My favorite western of the early 1960's was The Rifleman. It was a half hour show and its two stars, Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford were great and made it believable. Johnny Crawford was a great child actor and had great acting skills. He died yesterday at age 75 from complications of Alzheimer's.
It is interesting that there were two shows of this same era whose main star was a widower with a young son, The Rifleman, a western and The Andy Griffith Show, a comedy, with another great child actor, Ronny Howard.
Ronny Howard is exactly my age and I can say that I grew up with him watching him grow up like me season after season of the Andy Griffith Show.
Both TV shows were great morality plays.
Here's the first episode of The Rifleman. I loved the intro to this show with Chuck Connors shooting his riffle and then starring into the camera! That was great!