The Rifleman : Western television programme starring Chuck Connors as rancher Lucas McCain and Johnny Crawford as his son, Mark McCain. It was set in the 1870s and 1880s in the town of North Fork, New Mexico Territory. The show was filmed in black-and-white, half-hour episodes. The Rifleman aired on ABC from September 30th, 1958, to April 8, 1963. It was one of the first prime time series on American television to show a widowed parent raising a child.