Show Type: Western

First Telecast: October 8, 1959

Last Telecast: September 21, 1961

Broadcast History:

October 1958-September 1959, Wednesday 9:30-10:00 on NBC

October 1959-September 1960, Thursday 8:00-8:30 on NBC

September 1980-September 1961, Thursday 8:30-9:00 on NBC


Bat Masterson..... Gene Barry


Bat Masterson was a lawman, Indian fighter, scout and professional gambler. He was also, by Western standards, quite a dandy. With a derby hat, a gold-topped cane, and clothes that were more at home in New York than in Tombstone, Arizona, he did not look like he belonged in the Old West.

Preferring to use his wits and his cane to disarm opponents, rather than his gun, Masterson provided quite a contrast to the general run of violent Western heroes. He was a debonair charmer of women and roamed the Southwest romancing the ladies and helping to protect the innocent, especially in situations where they had been wrongly accused of crimes.

The real William Bartley "Bat" Masterson may not have been quite as glamorous a personality as Gene Barry's portrayal indicated, but he was quite a character in his own right. The derby, cane and specially designed gun were presented to him by the grateful citizens of Dodge City during his tenure as sheriff; he was a close friend of Wyatt Earp, another legendary Western hero; and his exploits created the legend upon which this series was based.