Best of the West

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Broadcast History:

First Telecast: September 10, 1981
Last Telecast: August 23, 1982

Sep 1981, ABC Thu 8:00-8:30
Sep 1981-Jan 1982, ABC Thu 8:30-9:00
Feb 1982, ABC Fri 9:00-9:30
Jun 1982-Aug 1982, ABC Mon 8:00-8:30

Total number of episodes: 22


Joel Higgins as Marshal Sam Best
Carlene Watkins
as Elvira Best
Meeno Peluce
as Daniel Best
Leonard Frey
as Parker Tillman
Tom Ewell
as Doc Jerome Kullens
Valri Bromfield
as Laney Gibbs
Tracey Walter
as Frog
Macon McCalman
as Mayor Fletcher

Theme Song:

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Series Summary:

Best of the West

The brave marshal, the evil saloonkeeper who "owns" the town, the drunken old sawbones--Best of the West was a rollicking spoof of the cliches of TV Westerns. "Best" was Sam Best, a Civil War veteran from Philadelphia who journeyed west in 1865. With him were his ten-year-old son Daniel and his new wife Elvira, a Southern belle whom he had met while burning her father's plantation to the ground. Fluttery Elvira and smart-mouthed Daniel were not exactly at home on the rough-and-tumble frontier. Elvira did her best to tidy up their new cabin, though. Dabbing daintily at the floor with a broom she sighed, "I just can't seem to get the dirt off this floor"--to which Sam deadpanned, "It's a dirt floor." And from city kid Daniel came: "I want you to understand, Dad, I'm never going outside.

But Sam's problems weren't confined to home. First there was the Calico Kid, an incompetent gunfighter who terrorized the town until Sam accidentally drove him off, thereby earning himself the job of town marshal. A more continuing source of aggravation was Parker Tillman, the villainous proprietor of the Square Deal Saloon (and of most of the rest of Copper Creek). Though his fastidious, prissy demeanor seemed totally out of place in the West, Tillman had his manicured fingers in every racket imaginable. When his construction company put up the new jail, the building promptly collapsed; when the townspeople had to fight a flood, he rented them shovels.

Also in the cast was Tillman's dim-witted henchman Frog, bawdy mountain woman Laney Gibbs, and--of course--drunk old Doc Kullens.

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