The Cisco Kid

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  • 1960
  • 6 Seasons
  • 7.3  (504)

The Cisco Kid was a half-hour Western American television series written by O. Henry, J. Bendon Cheney, and Barry Cohon. The main character is the Cisco Kid (played by Duncan Renaldo), who shared adventures with his fun-loving sidekick, Pancho (voiced by Leo Carrillo). These two were considered desperadoes and were wanted for random crimes. The audience viewed the duo as Robin-hood like in nature; they helped citizens who were down on their luck from corrupted authority figures. Much of the humor in the series was drawn from Leo Carrillo bumbling his way through the English language. The horses (Diablo and Loco) became beloved by fans of the show. The show dealt with some serious plots that were often layered with comedy. An example is the episode The Raccoon Story where Cisco and Pancho deliver a certificate of an old miner's death, only to discover that all the property was left to the miner's best friend, his dog. The Cisco Kid came from a series of literature written by O. Henry. The original name of the series was The Caballero's Way. In this original story, The Cisco Kid wasn't friendly, heroic or Hispanic at all, as he is portrayed in the television series. In the years of 1942-1955, The Cisco Kid became a radio drama, and the TV series began in 1949. An interesting fact is that Duncan Renaldo and Leo Carrillo had the honor of becoming the first regular Hispanic TV stars, opening the stage to future Hispanic stars such as Desi Arnaz in I Love Lucy. The program aired through syndication from 1950-1956. A special aspect of the Cisco Kid is that it was the first TV series to be filmed in color. Most viewers saw the show in black and white. The Cisco Kid TV show was nominated for an Emmy Award for children's programming in 1953.

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Tangled Trails
26. Tangled Trails
March 22, 1956
When an old friend of our heroes disappears along with a shipment of money, Cisco and Pancho set out to clear his name.
The Magician of Jamesville
25. The Magician of Jamesville
March 15, 1956
Cisco uses a boomerang from a magician's kit to expose a crooked politician and apprehend a mysterious killer who uses a blowgun as his weapon of death.
Dangerous Shoemaker
24. Dangerous Shoemaker
March 8, 1956
Cisco and Pancho become entangled in a shoemaker's blackmail plot when Pancho stops off to get his boots repaired.
West of the Law
23. West of the Law
March 1, 1956
Cisco and Pancho come to the defense of a young man who's been accused of stealiing the jewelry of an opera singer.
Kilts and Sombreros
22. Kilts and Sombreros
February 23, 1956
Cisco and Pancho try to help a Scotsman get his job with Wells Fargo back after he's ambushed by bandits.
He Couldn't Quit
21. He Couldn't Quit
February 16, 1956
Cisco and Pancho get involved with three individuals: a gypsy palm reader, a seemingly respectable businessman, and an outlaw seeking his share of the loot from a prior robbery.
Roundup
20. Roundup
February 9, 1956
A damsel needs the help of Pancho and Cisco when she comes West to take possession of a ranch she just inherited.
Mr. X
19. Mr. X
February 2, 1956
Cisco tries to rescue a mine owner who's trapped in a collapsed tunnel only to be trapped there himself when the apparent accident turns out to be deliberate.
The Epidemic
18. The Epidemic
January 26, 1956
This time Cisco and Pancho pursue a group of scumbags who are holding a bottle of smallpox vaccine for ransom.
Man with the Reputation
17. Man with the Reputation
January 19, 1956
A newspaper editor wrongly accuses Cisco and Pancho of taking bribes from the criminal element in a town.
The Joker
16. The Joker
January 12, 1956
Cisco and Pancho go after a con man who keeps selling a ranch he doesn't own.
Strangers
15. Strangers
January 5, 1956
When their horses are stolen in an ambush, Pancho and Cisco try to purchase fresh mounts but it appears that everyone in the area doesn't want to sell to our heroes.
Six Gun Cupids
14. Six Gun Cupids
December 29, 1955
Cisco and Pancho try to help a pair of star-crossed lovers find happiness despite strenuous opposition from the man's wealthy mother.
Ambush
13. Ambush
December 22, 1955
Three outlaws who are after Cisco's hide kidnap Pancho and use him as bait to lure our hero into a fatal trap.
Jumping Beans
12. Jumping Beans
December 15, 1955
Cisco and Pancho use Mexican jumping beans to help them apprehend three escaped convicts.
Gold, Death and Dynamite
11. Gold, Death and Dynamite
December 8, 1955
A stageline owner, plagued by robberies, substitutes dynamite for gold in his next shipment.
Quick on the Trigger
10. Quick on the Trigger
December 1, 1955
Cisco comes to the aid of an expectant father who's suffering from financial woes.
Bounty Men
9. Bounty Men
November 24, 1955
Cisco and Pancho trail a wanted killer to an Army recruiting station and encounter a corrupt military doctor who enlists wanted men into the service under aliases.
School Marm
8. School Marm
November 17, 1955
It's Cisco and Pancho to the rescue when a pretty school teacher is kidnapped.
Young Blood
7. Young Blood
November 10, 1955
Cisco tries to keep a youth from taking up with a gang of outlaws.
Cisco and the Tappers
6. Cisco and the Tappers
November 3, 1955
Cisco and Pancho help a pair of lawmen capture a band of outlaws who tap into telegraph wires to learn of upcoming gold shipments.
New York's Finest
5. New York's Finest
November 3, 1955
Cisco and Pancho come to the aid of a New York police officer who has come west in search of the killer of his former commander. Using a clever ruse, they are able to expose the killer.
Choctaw Justice
4. Choctaw Justice
October 27, 1955
Cisco must clear a Native American of a murder charge.
Witness
3. Witness
October 20, 1955
Cisco comes to the aid of a robbery witness who happens to be the niece of the chief bandit.
Arroyo Millionaire's Castle
2. Arroyo Millionaire's Castle
October 13, 1955
On the trail of an outlaw who killed a prospector, Pancho and Cisco encounter an eccentric millionaire who lives in a desert castle.
A Quiet Sunday Morning
1. A Quiet Sunday Morning
October 6, 1955
Cisco and Pancho go after three robbers, one of whom is a teenager, who killed a sheriff during their getaway.
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The Cisco Kid was a half-hour Western American television series written by O. Henry, J. Bendon Cheney, and Barry Cohon. The main character is the Cisco Kid (played by Duncan Renaldo), who shared adventures with his fun-loving sidekick, Pancho (voiced by Leo Carrillo). These two were considered desperadoes and were wanted for random crimes.

The audience viewed the duo as Robin-hood like in nature; they helped citizens who were down on their luck from corrupted authority figures. Much of the humor in the series was drawn from Leo Carrillo bumbling his way through the English language. The horses (Diablo and Loco) became beloved by fans of the show. The show dealt with some serious plots that were often layered with comedy. An example is the episode The Raccoon Story where Cisco and Pancho deliver a certificate of an old miner's death, only to discover that all the property was left to the miner's best friend, his dog.

The Cisco Kid came from a series of literature written by O. Henry. The original name of the series was The Caballero's Way. In this original story, The Cisco Kid wasn't friendly, heroic or Hispanic at all, as he is portrayed in the television series.

In the years of 1942-1955, The Cisco Kid became a radio drama, and the TV series began in 1949. An interesting fact is that Duncan Renaldo and Leo Carrillo had the honor of becoming the first regular Hispanic TV stars, opening the stage to future Hispanic stars such as Desi Arnaz in I Love Lucy. The program aired through syndication from 1950-1956. A special aspect of the Cisco Kid is that it was the first TV series to be filmed in color. Most viewers saw the show in black and white. The Cisco Kid TV show was nominated for an Emmy Award for children's programming in 1953.

The Cisco Kid is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (164 episodes). The series first aired on September 5, 1960.

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The Cisco Kid is available for streaming on the Syndicated website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Cisco Kid on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, The Roku Channel Free, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 5, 1960
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (504)