The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

  • TV-PG
  • 1955
  • 6 Seasons
  • 7.6  (729)

"The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" was the first western television series written for adults, premiering four days before Gunsmoke on September 6, 1955. It is loosely based on the life of frontier marshal Wyatt Earp. The half-hour black-and-white program aired for 229 episodes on ABC from September 6, 1955

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The Outlaws Cry Murder (5)
37. The Outlaws Cry Murder (5)
June 27, 1961
After the shootout editor Dameron and Sheriff Behan want the Earps and Doc hung or shot. Behan plans to charge them with murder while Curly Brocius and Johnny Ringo plan a quicker revenge by killing them during the outlaws's funeral.
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (4)
36. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (4)
June 21, 1961
Earp recalls in court the details of the day when the Clanton gang rides into Tombstone to shoot it out with the Earps and his plans initially to head off a street battle by arresting each one of the gang separately and then the gunfight.
Just Before The Battle
35. Just Before The Battle
June 13, 1961
A stagecoach holdup orchestrated by Johnny Ringo and Curly Bill Brocius gives Wyatt Earp the opportunity he's been waiting for--a chance to get the rival factions in the Clanton gang to turn on each other instead of the law.
When Brothers Join Up
34. When Brothers Join Up
June 6, 1961
After the death of Old Man Clanton, Doc Holliday hatches a not-quite-legal scheme involving Wyatt's brothers to help him in his desire to create an internal fight among the Clantons gang members over who takes control of the gang.
Requiem for Old Man Clanton (1)
33. Requiem for Old Man Clanton (1)
May 30, 1961
Wyatt tries to put a stop to ongoing border skirmishes between the Clanton gang and Mexican bandits. He's worried that if Old Man Clanton is killed, a bloody fight for power will erupt among his sons and subordinates.
Hiding Behind a Star
32. Hiding Behind a Star
May 23, 1961
Earp needs new deputies so Doc Holliday recommends his former brother-in-law for the job even though his sister-in-law hates Doc. She doesn't think her hot-tempered husband is a good fit but when he mentions framing Doc she agrees.
A Papa for Butch and Ginger
31. A Papa for Butch and Ginger
May 9, 1961
Wyatt's deputy, Shotgun Gibbs, runs off a saddle bum who was hassling a pretty young widow who had hired him to help her go to Colorado. Her two kids immediately take a liking to Gibbs while Wyatt and Doc wonder if Gibbs needs a change.
The Law Must Be Fair
30. The Law Must Be Fair
May 2, 1961
Tom McLowery's wife doesn't like ranch life so the couple decides to move to Tombstone against the wishes of Frank. Old Man Clanton decides to let them take over the OK Corral causing rancor with Curly Brocius and putting Earp on alert.
Wyatt Earp's Baby
29. Wyatt Earp's Baby
April 25, 1961
On the road to Tucson Earp finds a baby near a family killed by the Apaches. The Sheriff of Pima County refuses to take the baby so Earp is left to find someone to adopt it. He finds an unlikely couple but they are not married.
The Shooting Starts
28. The Shooting Starts
April 18, 1961
A tavern keeper finds himself losing business to another bar owner whose niece recites poetry to customers. He has the backing of the Ten Percent Ring and other saloon owners. He wants the not only the saloon but the niece for a year.
Until Proven Guilty
27. Until Proven Guilty
April 11, 1961
Johnny Ringo and Curly Bill Brocius, outraged over crooked Sheriff Behan taxing the money they make on some of their illegal activities enlist Doc Holliday to frame the Sheriff but Earp is suspicious the case seems a little too pat.it
The Convict's Revenge
26. The Convict's Revenge
April 4, 1961
A young man just released from prison is determined to go straight. However, his efforts are being sabotaged by his girlfriend's brother, a no-account gambler who has massive gambling debts to a man who wants to collect.
Wyatt Takes the Primrose Path
25. Wyatt Takes the Primrose Path
March 28, 1961
Chief Natchez fears being blamed for an attack on a wagon train, which was actually carried out by outlaws. In order to explain to Earp that his tribe is innocent, Natchez decides to kidnap Shotgun Gibbs to get Earp's attention.
Clanton and Cupid
24. Clanton and Cupid
March 21, 1961
When she returns home from New Orleans to visit, Old Man Clanton for political reasons tries to persuade his daughter Emma to pursue Wyatt Earp, even though she's actually in love with Tom Ware, a young attorney from New Orleans.
The Good Mule and the Bad Mule
23. The Good Mule and the Bad Mule
March 14, 1961
A lie told by a young boy about Shotgun's mule Roscoe kicking him causes a newspaper war between the Nugget and the Epitaph which escalates. Shotgun takes things too far when the Nugget pushes to have Roscoe destroyed for being dangerous.
Apache Gold
22. Apache Gold
March 7, 1961
The Clanton gang is selling liquor to the Apaches with Ike and Phin hoping their contact will tell the location of hidden gold rumored to be in a cave but it is causing unrest in the tribe. When Phin is captured, Earp must help free him.
Doc Holliday Faces Death
21. Doc Holliday Faces Death
February 28, 1961
Doc Holliday takes a turn for the worse causing Dr. Goodfellow to recommend that Doc cut back on drinking. Knowing Doc won't to it, Earp distributes Doc's favorite whiskey that has been cut 50% but it has unintended consequences.
Casey and the Clowns
20. Casey and the Clowns
February 21, 1961
Earp prepares for trouble when a group known as the Harlequins are expected to return to town. Although they disguise themselves as clowns, they have a deadly serious purpose--they robbed the Bank of Tombstone and want their comrade back.
Johnny Behan Falls in Love
19. Johnny Behan Falls in Love
February 14, 1961
Wyatt finds himself in the awkward position of having to come to the aid of crooked Sheriff Behan when, after spending an evening imbibing with a visiting actress, Behan reveals a bit too much about the Clanton operation to her.
Loyalty
18. Loyalty
February 7, 1961
Doc Holliday hits a long winning streak at the card tables and winds up with stock in a mine and railroad, both of which soon have a tremendous jump in value. Wyatt pushes Doc to invest the winnings wisely but did he pick the help wisely?
Old Slanders Never Die
17. Old Slanders Never Die
January 31, 1961
Earp saves Old Man Clanton during a robbery attempt. In Tucson the Ten Percent Ring forces Dameron to print false stories about Earp in the Nugget. Earp refuses to fight Dameron but when he does, it looks like an even bigger mistake.
Terror on the Desert
16. Terror on the Desert
January 24, 1961
Earp meets the wife of a man who was convicted of theft and sentenced to Yuma prison where escaped prisoners are tracked and killed by Apaches for the reward. The woman claims that her husband is innocent and was framed by Sheriff Behan.
Horse Thief
15. Horse Thief
January 10, 1961
Wyatt arrests and jails the McLowery brothers for mail robbery. Soon afterwards, however, he is enraged to learn that, because the McLowerys work for Old Man Clanton, they've been released by Sheriff Behan, who's on Clanton's payroll.
Billy Buckett, Inc.
14. Billy Buckett, Inc.
January 3, 1961
Morgan Earp has been having a streak of good luck in Tombstone's gambling houses causing him to break with his fianc
Winning Streak
13. Winning Streak
December 27, 1960
Morgan Earp has been having a streak of good luck in Tombstone's gambling houses causing him to break with his fianc
Miss Sadie
12. Miss Sadie
December 20, 1960
The wife of a wounded outlaw takes him to Tombstone for medical attention as he has decided to go straight. Earp learns who he is but doesn't trust him when a member of his gang is caught casing out one of the two Tombstone banks.
Johnny Ringo's Girl
11. Johnny Ringo's Girl
December 13, 1960
Ringo's girlfriend is trying to get him to turn his life around, so he goes to Old Man Clanton and tells him he wants to leave the gang. Clanton doesn't see things that way and decides to do whatever it takes to change Ringo's mind.
The Too Perfect Crime
10. The Too Perfect Crime
December 6, 1960
A man is found murdered in a stable but the weapon used is unique. The man was killed by shooting an air bubble into an artery in his neck. The primary suspect appears to be the fianc
He's My Brother
9. He's My Brother
November 29, 1960
Marshal Pritchard is severely wounded in front of Doc Goodfellow. Doc tells Earp that he believes the shooter may be mentally unstable and not responsible for his actions. Earp has to fight to bring the shooter and his brother in unharmed.
The Fanatic
8. The Fanatic
November 22, 1960
Odie Cairns learns that a couple who are True Lighters are moving into the Tombstone area. The religious sect is not embraced by everyone given their history. Odie takes it upon himself to drive the couple out of town which Earp must stop.
Woman from Tucson
7. Woman from Tucson
November 15, 1960
Ned Buntline returns to Tombstone to interview Amy Jones. Her husband a leader in the Ten Percent Ring was killed. She is after money to get out of Tombstone so when Buntline has no money she tries other means including framing Earp.
Big Brother
6. Big Brother
November 1, 1960
Morgan Earp has been helping Wyatt for a month but Morgan's interest in drinking, women and hanging with Doc Holliday bother Wyatt. Wyatt decides Morgan marrying a nice girl like Lucy Tedder would help until he learns more about her.
Study of a Crooked Sheriff
5. Study of a Crooked Sheriff
October 25, 1960
Old Man Clanton considers Johnny Behan his sheriff so he threaten Behan with replacement unless he stops Earp from rousting his men in Tombstone. Clanton aims to move back into Tombstone against Behan's warning pushing Behan to want out.
Shoot to Kill
4. Shoot to Kill
October 18, 1960
Due to the trouble in Arizona the Governor is fired and the new one has decided on a shoot to kill order and vigilantes to stop the lawlessness. He also appoints Morgan Earp as Wyatt's deputy but Wyatt is not happy with his orders.
Johnny Behind the Deuce
3. Johnny Behind the Deuce
October 11, 1960
Doc Holliday has a shadow named Johnny O'Rourke who is always at Doc's beck and call. He decides Doc's life is the one he wants which includes ignoring his fianc
The Doctor
2. The Doctor
October 4, 1960
During a robbery Doc Goodfellow is shot accidentally by the Hewitt gang. Doc Holliday says a real surgeon is needed to remove the bullet. The closest one is Dr. Mason who is now a prospector. Earp finds Mason is suffering from gold fever.
The Truth About Old Man Clanton
1. The Truth About Old Man Clanton
September 27, 1960
On orders from Territorial Governor Gosper Wyatt Earp heads south to make peace when he learns that Old Man Clanton has sent his men into Mexico to rob the silver trains and steal the cattle of wealthy Mexican rancher Don Sebastian.
Ep 190 - The Truth About Old Man Clanton
190. Ep 190 - The Truth About Old Man Clanton
January 1, 1960
Old Man Clanton takes on a new adversary: Mexican tycoon Don Sebastian.
Ep 191 - The Doctor
191. Ep 191 - The Doctor
January 1, 1960
Wyatt searches for a doctor-turned-prospector, the only man who can save critically wounded Doc Goodfellow.
Ep 192 - Johnny Behind The Deuce
192. Ep 192 - Johnny Behind The Deuce
January 1, 1960
A hero-worshiping youth shows every sign of following in Doc Holliday's footsteps.
Ep 193 - Shoot To Kill
193. Ep 193 - Shoot To Kill
January 1, 1960
Where the McAlester brothers go, trouble follows---and Dodge City is no exception.
Ep 194 - Study Of A Crooked Sheriff
194. Ep 194 - Study Of A Crooked Sheriff
January 1, 1960
A wary Wyatt joins crooked Sheriff Behan's hunt for an outlaw gang.
Ep 195 - Big Brother
195. Ep 195 - Big Brother
January 1, 1960
The wedding plans of Morgan Earp and Lucy Tedder are disrupted by a new arrival . . . Lucy's husband.
Ep 196 - Woman From Tucson
196. Ep 196 - Woman From Tucson
January 1, 1960
An outlaw's widow lures lovelorn Ned Buntline into a trap.
Ep 197 - The Fanatic
197. Ep 197 - The Fanatic
January 1, 1960
Mob justice threatens a religious fanatic suspected of instigating a massacre.
Ep 198 - He's My Brother
198. Ep 198 - He's My Brother
January 1, 1960
Wyatt risks his badge to prove that a crazed gunman is not responsible for his violent actions.
Ep 199 - The Too Perfect Girl
199. Ep 199 - The Too Perfect Girl
January 1, 1960
Wyatt's on the trail of a killer who brandishes an unusual murder weapon: a hypodermic needle.
Ep 200 - Johnny Ringo's Girl
200. Ep 200 - Johnny Ringo's Girl
January 1, 1960
Love-struck Johnny Ringo tries to sever his ties with the Clanton gang.
Ep 201 - Miss Sadie
201. Ep 201 - Miss Sadie
January 1, 1960
A wounded outlaw tries to break from his cohorts, who've included him in the plans for their next bank heist.
Ep 202 - Winning Streak
202. Ep 202 - Winning Streak
January 1, 1960
Morgan is coasting along on a winning streak---and heading straight for trouble.
Ep 203 - Billy Buckett, Inc.
203. Ep 203 - Billy Buckett, Inc.
January 1, 1961
Robbed and exhausted, an old prospector seeks shelter in Tombstone.
Ep 204 - Horse Thief
204. Ep 204 - Horse Thief
January 1, 1961
Billy Clanton made a big---and maybe fatal---mistake: he stole Wyatt's horse.
Ep 205 - Terror In The Desert
205. Ep 205 - Terror In The Desert
January 1, 1961
Wyatt tries to clear a convicted thief. Grover: Richard Crane.
Ep 206 - Old Slanders Never Die
206. Ep 206 - Old Slanders Never Die
January 1, 1961
Old Man Clanton is short on gratitude and long on venom when Wyatt saves his life.
Ep 207 - Loyalty
207. Ep 207 - Loyalty
January 1, 1961
Doc becomes a respectable businessman---he thinks.
Ep 208 - Johnny Behan Falls In Love
208. Ep 208 - Johnny Behan Falls In Love
January 1, 1961
Loose-tongued Johnny Behan tells an itinerant actress a little too much about the Clantons' murderous exploits.
Ep 209 - Casey And The Clowns
209. Ep 209 - Casey And The Clowns
January 1, 1961
The laughs are on Tombstone when a gang of robbers known as the Harlequins show up to rob the bank.
Ep 210 - Doc Holliday Faces Death
210. Ep 210 - Doc Holliday Faces Death
January 1, 1961
"Doc Holliday Faces Death" if he doesn't ease up on his fast living and faster drinking.
Ep 211 - Apache Gold
211. Ep 211 - Apache Gold
January 1, 1961
An Indian chief tries to stop the flow of whisky to his warriors.
Ep 212 - The Good Mule And The Bad Mule
212. Ep 212 - The Good Mule And The Bad Mule
January 1, 1961
A much-maligned mule plays a pivotal role in a newspaperman's efforts to ruin Wyatt's reputation.
Ep 213 - Clanton And Cupid
213. Ep 213 - Clanton And Cupid
January 1, 1961
Old Man Clanton's idea of a perfect son-in-law: Wyatt
Ep 214 - Wyatt Takes The Primrose Path
214. Ep 214 - Wyatt Takes The Primrose Path
January 1, 1961
Outlaws raid a wagon train---and try to pin the blame on Apaches.
Ep 215 - The Convict's Revenge
215. Ep 215 - The Convict's Revenge
January 1, 1961
A gambler tries to palm his troubles off on his brother-in-law, an ex-con trying to go straight.
Ep 216 - Until Proven Guilty
216. Ep 216 - Until Proven Guilty
January 1, 1961
Outlaws recruit Doc Holliday in their efforts to frame crooked sheriff Johnny Behan.
Ep 217 - The Shooting Starts
217. Ep 217 - The Shooting Starts
January 1, 1961
It's free enterprise to the extreme as rival saloonkeepers compete for customers.
Ep 218 - Wyatt Earp's Baby
218. Ep 218 - Wyatt Earp's Baby
January 1, 1961
A homeless infant and a dance-hall queen create problems for Wyatt.
Ep 219 - The Law Must Be Fair
219. Ep 219 - The Law Must Be Fair
January 1, 1961
The Clanton gang moves toward a showdown with the Earps.
Ep 220 - A Papa For Butch And Ginger
220. Ep 220 - A Papa For Butch And Ginger
January 1, 1961
Gibbs has two problems---a pair of fatherless children.
Ep 221 - Hiding Behind A Star
221. Ep 221 - Hiding Behind A Star
January 1, 1961
Tim Connell uses his comely wife and a deputy's badge to frame former son-in-law Doc Holliday for murder.
Ep 222 - Requiem For Old Man Clanton
222. Ep 222 - Requiem For Old Man Clanton
January 1, 1961
Old Man Clanton's death sets off a power struggle among his gunslingers.
Ep 223 - Wyatt's Brothers Join Up
223. Ep 223 - Wyatt's Brothers Join Up
January 1, 1961
Doc Holliday tries to recruit Wyatt's brothers to fight against the Clantons.
Ep 224 - Just Before The Battle
224. Ep 224 - Just Before The Battle
January 1, 1961
Wyatt latches onto an opportunity to turn the rival factions of the Clanton gang against each other.
Ep 225 - Gunfight At The O.K. Corral
225. Ep 225 - Gunfight At The O.K. Corral
January 1, 1961
The famous "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" erupts when the Clantons invade Tombstone.
Ep 226 - The Outlaws Cry Murder
226. Ep 226 - The Outlaws Cry Murder
January 1, 1961
The gunfight at the O.K. Corral is over---and Wyatt is charged with murder.
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"The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" was the first western television series written for adults, premiering four days before Gunsmoke on September 6, 1955.

It is loosely based on the life of frontier marshal Wyatt Earp. The half-hour black-and-white program aired for 229 episodes on ABC from September 6, 1955The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (411 episodes). The series first aired on September 6, 1955.

The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Starz and The Roku Channel Free and The Roku Channel.

  • Premiere Date
    September 6, 1955
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (729)