First episode date
10 September 1981
Number of seasons
Country of origin
Final episode date
21 June 1982
Number of episodes
Joel Higgins Carlene Watkins Meeno Peluce Leonard Frey Tom Ewell Valri Bromfield Tracey Walter
Theme music composer
Earl Pomerantz Roger Steinman
"Best of the West" (sung by Rex Allen)
American Broadcasting Company
Joel Higgins, Tracey Walter, Carlene Watkins, Tom Ewell, Meeno Peluce
The Associates, Silver Spoons, Taxi, The Tortellis, Bob
Best of the west opening credits abc sitcom
Best of the West is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 1981 through August 1982.
The Old West spoof featured the misadventures of Sam Best (Joel Higgins), a Civil War veteran who becomes a marshal in Copper Creek after accidentally scaring off an incompetent gunfighter called the Calico Kid.
Sam's family was made up of his Southern-belle wife Elvira (Carlene Watkins) and his smart-mouthed son Daniel (Meeno Peluce). The cast also included Leonard Frey as villain Parker Tillman, Tom Ewell as drunken town doctor Jerome Kullens, and Tracey Walter as Tillman's clueless but kind-hearted henchman, Frog Rothchild, Jr.
ABC delayed in renewing the series for a second season. Rather than waiting, Joel Higgins signed to star in the new series Silver Spoons on NBC. At that point, ABC announced that it had decided to renew but was cancelling due to the star's departure.
Noted guest stars
In its short run, the show managed to feature an array of guest stars. The list of noted actors and actresses who appeared include: