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The Lone Ranger is an American Western television series that aired on ABC from 1949 to 1957. It follows the adventures of a masked Texas Ranger who fights for justice in the Old West alongside his Native American partner, Tonto. The show starred Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger, a man who was originally named John Reid and had his brother killed by a group of outlaws. After being left for dead, he was rescued by Tonto, played by Jay Silverheels, who nursed him back to health. The two then became partners, with the Lone Ranger wearing a black mask to conceal his identity. Throughout the series, the Lone Ranger and Tonto travel throughout the Wild West, seeking out evil-doers and bringing them to justice. Along the way they meet a variety of characters, both good and bad, including the show's main villain, the outlaw Butch Cavendish, played by John Hart. The Lone Ranger is known for his iconic catchphrase, "Hi-yo Silver, away!" which he shouts as he rides his horse, Silver, into action. The show also features a memorable theme song, "The William Tell Overture," which has become synonymous with the Lone Ranger character. In addition to the regular cast, The Lone Ranger also featured a recurring group of supporting actors, including Lane Bradford as Jim Blane, Chuck Courtney as Dan Reid, and Hank Worden as Rusty. The show was produced by Jack Chertok and George W. Trendle, and ran for a total of five seasons. It was a major success, and helped to popularize the Western genre on television. The show also spawned several spin-offs, including The Lone Ranger comic book series and a series of films. Overall, The Lone Ranger remains a beloved and iconic television series, known for its classic Western storytelling, memorable characters, and timeless themes of justice and heroism in the face of adversity.