Viewers of certain generations will remember the late Robert Culp for I Spy (1965-8) or The Greatest American Hero, but before either one of those series, Culp first cut his teeth in Westerns.
Trackdown, spun off from Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre, ran for 2 seasons (1957-9) on CBS, and created a more realistic picture of the Texas Rangers of the Old West, in contrast to The Lone Ranger, which ended its run a year earlier.
Hoby Gilman (Culp) settles in as an interim sheriff in a small town, but not before traveling across the southwest in pursuit of outlaws, con artists, and thieves. Trackdown, in turn, spun off Wanted: Dead or Alive by introducing bounty hunter Josh Randall (Steve McQueen) in a 1st season episode. I wish I was able to have that particular one ready, as it was fresh in my memory, having aired earlier today on Me-TV. McQueen had appeared in an earlier episode as a set of twin brothers. Culp also wrote at least one episode himself.
Me-TV airs a full hour of Trackdown on Saturday mornings, added to the schedule back in October, as the network expanded its Saturday Western block to its current length (8 am-7 pm ET). As we previously documented, Zane Grey airs on Grit weekday mornings, so maybe they'll also take a crack at Trackdown (and vice versa, if Me-TV has an interest in Zane Grey) down the line.
Edit, 2/22/17: Had to change the video since "Law in Lampasas" was deleted by YouTube. Thanks to a tip from Mike Doran, this one may have some relevance with a certain President.