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Genre Western
Written by Frank Chase
Andrew J. Fenady
James Edward Grant
Louis L'Amour
Directed by Michael Caffey
Alan Crosland, Jr.
Harry Harris
Lee H. Katzin
Michael D. Moore
Arthur H. Nadel
Eddie Saeta
William Witney
Starring Ralph Taeger
Noah Beery, Jr.
Gary Clarke
Kathie Browne
Buddy Foster
Michael Pate
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 17
Producer(s) Andrew J. Fenady
Running time 60 mins.
Original channel ABC
Original run September 8, 1967 – December 29, 1967

Hondo is a Western television series starring Ralph Taeger, that aired in the United States on ABC during the 1967 fall season.



Hondo was based on the film of the same name starring John Wayne, which was in turn based on an early Louis L'Amour novel. It concerned a former Confederate cavalry officer who had moved west following the Civil War and taken an Indian bride, only to see her killed as part of an Indian massacre conducted by troops of the United States Army. Now he and his dog Sam travelled alone, trying to prevent further trouble between the Army and the remaining Indians, but also fighting to counter land grabbers and other outlaws.

While the Wayne film had been fairly successful, this series, airing against the hit sitcom Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. on CBS and Star Trek on NBC, was not, and it was canceled at year's end, with the last broadcast occurring on December 29, 1967.

Despite a run of only seventeen episodes, far less than the industry's rule of thumb 100 episodes, Hondo was very successful in syndication, which fact became the subject of an article in the Wall Street Journal.

Warner Bros. owns the rights to the series today - an ironic twist, given that they had been the original distributors of the film, but lost the rights soon after the initial release.


Actor Role
Ralph Taeger Hondo Lane
Noah Beery, Jr. Buffalo Baker
Gary Clarke Captain Richards
Kathie Browne Angie Dow
Buddy Foster Johnny Dow
Michael Pate Chief Vittoro
William Bryant Colonel Crook
Randy Boone Sean (two episodes)


Ep # Title Airdate
1 "Hondo and the Eagle Claw" (with John M. Pickard) September 8, 1967
2 "Hondo and the War Cry" (again with John M. Pickard) September 15, 1967
3 "Hondo and the Singing Wire" (with Pat Conway) September 22, 1967
4 "Hondo and the Superstition Massacre" September 29, 1967
5 "Hondo and the Savage" October 6, 1967
6 "Hondo and the Apache Kid" October 13, 1967
7 "Hondo and the War Hawks" October 20, 1967
8 "Hondo and the Mad Dog" October 27, 1967
9 "Hondo and the Judas" November 3, 1967
10 "Hondo and the Comancheros" November 10, 1967
11 "Hondo and the Sudden Town" November 17, 1967
12 "Hondo and the Ghost of Ed Dow" (with Chris Alcaide) November 24, 1967
13 "Hondo and the Death Drive" December 1, 1967
14 "Hondo and the Hanging Town" (with Quintin Sondergaard) December 8, 1967
15 "Hondo and the Gladiators" December 15, 1967
16 "Hondo and the Apache Trail" December 22, 1967
17 "Hondo and the Rebel Hat" December 29, 1967


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