An excellent 1963 Western serial which, sadly, ran for only 20 episodes on ABC. It starred Larry Ward as Federal Marshal Frank Ragan, and Jack Elam, Chad Everett and Mike Greene as his three deputies: JD Smith, Del Stark and Vance Porter. The show followed Ragan and his deputies as they tried to keep law and order in the Dakota Territory.Noticeably darker and more morally ambiguous than many contemporary Western series, The Dakotas was consistently well-acted and tightly written. It was eventually cancelled after an episode where one of the main characters shot a villain inside a church. Viewers wrote angry letters of complaint, and the network pulled the plug.
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