Show Type: Western

First Telecast: September 23, 1958

Last Telecast: August 20, 1962

Broadcast History:

September 1958-September 1960, Tuesday 7:30-8:30 on ABC

October 1960-August 1962, Monday 7:30-8:30 on ABC


Bronco Layne..... Ty Hardin


Bronco, as portrayed by newcomer Ty Hardin, was born of the fight between Clint Walker and Warner Bros. Studios over the series Cheyenne. When Walker quit his successful series in 1958, Hardin was brought in to replace him. Although the series continued under the title Cheyenne, Hardin starred in it as Bronco Layne, an ex-Confederate Army captain who had wandered west after the war in search of adventure. There were no other regulars, but the handsome young Bronco did encounter plenty of interesting characters in his exploits, including Billy the Kid, Jesse James (played by James Coburn), Cole Younger, Belle Starr, and Wild Bill Hickok.

In 1959, Clint Walker returned to Cheyenne, and Bronco became a separate series. In both the 1958-1959 and 1959-1960 seasons, Hardin's series alternated with another western, Sugarfoot. Then, In 1960, Bronco was brought back under the Cheyenne umbrella title as part of a rotating anthology consisting of Walker's Cheyenne, Will Hutchin's Sugarfoot, and Hardin's Bronco; the three stars were seen separately, in different episodes. Sugarfoot was dropped from the rotation in 1961, leaving only Bronco and Cheyenne to alternate in 1961-1962.