Stoney Burke (TV series)

Stoney Burke is an American Western television series broadcast on ABC from October 1, 1962, until May 20, 1963. Jack Lord starred in the title role, a rodeo rider competing for the Golden Buckle, presented annually to the world champion saddle bronc rider.

Stoney Burke
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Jack Lord as Stoney Burke
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes32
ProducerLeslie Stevens
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time44 mins.
Production companyDaystar Productions
DistributorUnited Artists Television
Original networkABC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 1, 1962 (1962-10-01) –
May 20, 1963 (1963-05-20)


During his quest for the Golden Buckle, Stoney becomes entangled in the lives of numerous people and is accompanied on the rodeo circuit by friends Ves Painter (Warren Oates), Cody Bristol (Robert Dowdell), and E. J. Stocker (Bruce Dern).


The same year that Stoney Burke premiered, NBC aired its own drama about rodeo performers, The Wide Country, starring Earl Holliman and Andrew Prine. It ended after twenty-eight episodes. Both series were Westerns that debuted at the end of the time when Western programs—a fixture of 1950s and early 1960s television—had been a number one draw on the medium. By the mid-1960s, market saturation had begun to take its toll; while established series such as Bonanza and Gunsmoke continued to thrive, new shows with less than robust ratings struggled to survive. Both rodeo series were cancelled after one season.

Guest starsEdit

Dick Clark of American Bandstand was cast as Sgt. Andy Kincaid in the 1963 episode "Kincaid" (one of several backdoor pilots), which also featured real-life rodeo performer Casey Tibbs playing himself.[1] James Coburn was cast as Jamison in the 1963 episode "The Test"; J. Pat O'Malley, Richard Eyer, and Ivan Dixon were also featured in this episode.[2]

DVD releaseEdit

On April 16, 2013, Timeless Media Group released Stoney Burke - The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.[3] The six disc set includes all 32 episodes of the series.

See alsoEdit

Jack Lord filmography


  1. ^ ""Kincaid", April 22, 1963". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  2. ^ ""The Test", May 13, 1963". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  3. ^ Stoney Burke - Box Art Arrives for 'The Complete Series' Starring Jack Lord Archived 2013-02-11 at the Wayback Machine

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