How have TV Westerns changed since the 1950s and 1960s?

Hell on Wheels (2016) with Colm Meaney and Deadwood (2006) with Timothy Olyphant represent a scattering of western shows over the past decade or so. In the year 1959, for example, there was Rawhide (with Clint Eastwood), The Californians (with Richard Coogan), The Rifleman (with Chuck Connors) and Bonanza (with Lorne Greene) and several more. What changes have taken place to reflect greater sensitivity to issues that were not always addressed in earlier Westerns? Is it possible to say that more recent TV Westerns have improved upon earlier ones? If so, in what ways?

  • Already addressed (with political undertones and and analysis): 1) https://the-artifice.com/the-virginian-political-journeys 2) https://the-artifice.com/symbolism-in-the-western-genre – L:Freire 4 years ago
  • "Justified" with Timothy Olyphant (2010-2015) and "Westworld" (2016-present) are also golden examples of a modern take on the Western genre. – ValleyChristion 4 years ago

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