Rango
Created by
Starring
Theme music composer
Opening theme"Rango" performed by Frankie Laine
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time30 minutes
Production companyThomas-Spelling Productions
Original release
NetworkABC
ReleaseJanuary 13 (1967-01-13) –
May 5, 1967 (1967-05-05)
Tim Conway as Rango in a 1966 publicity photograph

Rango is an American Western situation comedy starring comedian Tim Conway, which was broadcast in the United States on the ABC television network in 1967 and lasted 17 episodes.[1]

Synopsis

Rango is an inept, bumbling Texas Ranger in the Old West[2][3][4] who has been assigned to the supply room at the quietest post the Rangers have, Deep Wells Ranger Station, so as to keep him from creating unnecessary trouble.[3] He seems to bring his own trouble with him, however, as after his arrival, crime suddenly returns to the Deep Wells area, a place that had seen very little of it during the previous 20 years.[3]

Rango's assistant in the supply room is Pink Cloud,[2][3] an overly assimilated American Indian who is very fond of the ways of the white people and prefers reading a book in a comfortable bed to living the traditional life of a Plains Indian.[3] Pink Cloud's command of the English language is generally better than those of the white people around him;[3] for example, in one episode, he says, "Rango say him return when sun high over teepee. By that, I presume he meant that he would be back by noon."[3]

Also at the Deep Wells Ranger Station is Captain Horton, Rango's long-suffering company commander.[2][3] Horton wants to transfer Rango out of Deep Wells, but cannot because Rango's father is the head of the Texas Rangers.[3]

Cast

Production

Tim Conway previously starred in McHale's Navy from 1962 to 1966 and in two theatrical films spun off from the series, McHale's Navy in 1964 and McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force in 1965. Rango was the first of several unsuccessful attempts at giving Conway a starring role in a situation comedy of his own.

Rango′s theme song, "Rango", was co-written by Earle Hagen and Ben Raleigh and sung by Frankie Laine.[3][4][5]

Reception

TV Guide ranked the series number 47 on its "TV Guide′s 50 Worst Shows of All Time" list in 2002.[6]

Broadcast history

Rango premiered on ABC on January 13, 1967.[2][3] It lasted only half a season, and its 17th and final new episode aired on May 5, 1967.[4] Reruns of Rango then aired during its regular time slot until September 1, 1967.[2][3] The show was broadcast at 9:00 pm on Friday throughout its run.[3][4]

Episodes

SOURCES [4][7][8][9]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Rango the Outlaw"UnknownUnknownJanuary 13, 1967 (1967-01-13)
The Texas Rangers must get Rango out of their way so they can carry out their plan to trap a gang of thieves. Guest stars: Ned Romero, Ted DeCorsia, John Cliff, Herbie Faye, and Michael Carr
2"The Daring Holdup of the Deadwood Stage"UnknownUnknownJanuary 20, 1967 (1967-01-20)
While pursuing a gang of bank robbers, Rango plays a wild hunch. Guest stars: Parley Baer, Leo Gordon, Kent Taylor, Roxanne Arlen, Troy Melton, and Ernie Anderson
3"The Town Tamer"UnknownUnknownJanuary 27, 1967 (1967-01-27)
Rango believes he has reformed an outlaw, but is unaware that the outlaw's gang plans to steal a gold shipment. Guest stars: Paul Richards and Robert Strauss
4"Gunfight at the K.O. Saloon"UnknownUnknownFebruary 3, 1967 (1967-02-03)
Rango impersonates a classy thief to find his hidden loot. Guest stars: Joan Staley, Howard Caine, and Dabbs Greer
5"The Spy Who Was Out Cold"Murray GoldenFrank Gill, Jr. & G. Carleton BrownFebruary 10, 1967 (1967-02-10)
While trying to play the role of a detective, Rango finds two prime suspects from a gun-running gang. Guest stars: John Harmon, and Paul Mantee
6"What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing Holding Up a Place Like This?"UnknownUnknownFebruary 17, 1967 (1967-02-17)
After Rango mistakes a female bank robber for the governor's daughter, he unwittingly helps her case the bank she plans to rob. Guest stars: Carolyn Jones, Richard Deacon, Peter Leeds, Ruben Moreno, and Michael Carr
7"Requiem for a Ranger"UnknownUnknownFebruary 24, 1967 (1967-02-24)
To find the thief who stole a gold shipment worth $25,000, Rango pretends to be dead. Guest stars: Billy DeWolfe, Larry Pennell, and Larry D. Mann
8"Diamonds Look Better Around Your Neck Than a Rope"Sidney LanfieldR.S. Allen & Harvey BullockMarch 3, 1967 (1967-03-03)
Rango tries to solve a jewel robbery and a murder. Guest stars: Mike Mazurki and Linda Foster
9"My Teepee Runneth Over"UnknownUnknownMarch 10, 1967 (1967-03-10)
After unfriendly Indians capture Pink Cloud, Rango impersonates a peddler of pots and pans as he tries to find and rescue him. Guest stars: Jesse White, Michael Pate, Walter Sande, Grace Lee Whitney, and Bill Foster
10"The Not So Good Train Robbery"UnknownUnknownMarch 17, 1967 (1967-03-17)
While transporting a female prisoner, Rango mistakes a disguised Captain Horton for a member of her gang. Guest stars: Myrna Fahey and William Mims
11"Viva Rango"UnknownUnknownMarch 24, 1967 (1967-03-24)
Rango is lovesick, and a little white lie leads to big trouble when he is ordered to guard his girlfriend's jewels. Guest stars: Vito Scotti and Toian Matchinga
12"It Ain't the Principle, It's the Money"Sidney LanfieldScott AndersonMarch 31, 1967 (1967-03-31)
Rango and Pink Cloud impersonate an infamous outlaw and his Indian sidekick so they can arrest a criminal gang. Guest stars: Henry Beckman, Robert J. Wilke, Don Wilbanks, and Tol Avery
13"Shootout at Mesa Flats"UnknownUnknownApril 7, 1967 (1967-04-07)
Rango helps a wounded Captain Horton guard an outlaw. Guest stars: Lane Bradford and Jonathan Hole
14"In a Little Mexican Town"Murray GoldenHerbert Finn & Alan DinehartApril 14, 1967 (1967-04-14)
Rango and Pink Cloud head into Mexico to capture an elusive Mexican bandit. Guest stars: Don Haggerty, Mike de Anda, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., and Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez
15"If You Can't Take It with You, Don't Go"UnknownUnknownApril 21, 1967 (1967-04-21)
After Rango jails two robbers, they secretly tunnel from their jail cell to a safe next door. Guest stars: Tom Stern, Martin West, Don Gazzaniga, Herbie Faye, and Barry Kelley
16"You Can't Scalp a Bald Indian"UnknownUnknownApril 28, 1967 (1967-04-28)
Rango impersonates an Indian to capture Chief Angry Bear, but complications ensure when Angry Bear's daughter decides she wants to marry Rango. Guest stars: Anthony Caruso, and Muriel Landers
17"The Rustlers"UnknownUnknownMay 5, 1967 (1967-05-05)
Rango tries to prove a family of sheepherders is really a gang of rustlers. Guest stars: Ellen Corby and Walter Burke

References

  1. ^ "Rango". IMDB.
  2. ^ a b c d e McNeil, Alex, Total Television: The Comprehensive Guide to Programming From 1948 to the Present, Fourth Edition, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, ISBN 0 14 02 4916 8, p. 683.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Brooks, Tim, and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime-Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–present (Sixth Edition), New York: Ballantine Books, 1995, ISBN 0-345-39736-3, p. 853.
  4. ^ a b c d e The Classic TV Archive Rango (1967) Accessed 26 November 2021
  5. ^ "Rango". IMDb. 13 January 1967.
  6. ^ IMDB TV Guide's 50 Worst Shows in 2002 Accessed 28 November 2021
  7. ^ trakt.tv Rango: Season 1 1x01 Rango the Outlaw Accessed 26 November 2021
  8. ^ Rango: Season 1 1x02 The Daring Holdup of the Deadwood Stage Accessed 26 November 2021
  9. ^ Rango: Season 1 1x11 Shootout at Mesa Flats Accessed 26 November 2021