For some reason, comedies set in the Wild West don't have much staying power. For example, F-Troop lasted just two seasons, and when ABC needed a similar show to replace it, they went to Tim Conway and Rango, which barely got through one season.
In 1981, ABC decided to try again, this time with Best of the West, which toplined Joel Higgins (ex-Salvage 1) as Marshal Sam Best, who moved West with his family, but often had to deal with a nefarious businessman, Parker Tillman (Leonard Frey). In some episodes, however, Tillman & Best worked together, with Best still perhaps suspicious of Tillman's motives.
Rex Allen performed the title song. The supporting cast included Meeno Peluce (ex-The Bad News Bears) as Best's son, Carlene Watkins as Best's wife, Elvira, and Tracey Walter as Frog, Tillman's good-hearted henchman. In that respect, Frog was meant to be Best's answer to Enos (Sonny Schroyer) on Dukes of Hazzard. Walter, though, would later resurface in the 1989 "Batman" movie as one of the henchmen of the Joker (Jack Nicholson), but didn't land too many TV roles otherwise.
Here's the intro:
This was fun, but not enough people were interested. Then again, it was on opposite Magnum, PI.