Watch a Western, Save the World

While do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by sheltering in place, a new challenge arises . . . how to stay sane while cooped up with annoying (cough, cough), I mean beloved family members.

Never fear, we have a host of cowboys who are ready to hogtie your boredom and send it packin’.

There’s a western to fit every mood.

In the mood for a crime drama? Try Longmire (streaming on Netflix).

Maybe you’re into reality shows. Check out The Cowboy Way (streaming on Amazon Prime).

There’s nothing better than a good medical drama, right? Gotta love Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (available for purchase on Amazon).

Or maybe you like to mix in a little kooky steampunk action with your cowboys. You can’t get kookier than Wild, Wild West (available on Netflix DVD).

And if you like kooky, you’ll no doubt enjoy this western adventure/comedy from back in 1990s – The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (available on Amazon Prime).

Or maybe you like to mix things up with a bit of science fiction. Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford. Yep. Cowboys & Aliens (available on Netflix DVD or to rent on Amazon).

Then to help you get some much-needed exercise, everybody can get up and dance through a barn raising with the classic western musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (available through Netflix DVD or to rent on Amazon).

What western movie/TV show are you going to watch to help save the world?

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34 thoughts on “Watch a Western, Save the World”

  1. Good Morning Karen- Itโ€™s funny you used this topic as your blog. I have been watching my fair share of Gunsmoke lately.
    I have last season of Yellowstone recorded and Iโ€™m thinking about Re-watching it before the new season starts in June.
    I hope you and yours are doing well as we all stay at home.
    Thanks for the recommendations of other shows.

  2. I think I Would like to try Cowboys and Aliens. I never heard of it and I have been watching Murder in PAradise.

  3. WESTERNS! My husband and I are obsessed with the classic TV Westerns, which go a little further back than your suggestions. We watch the “Wagon Train” reruns every afternoon on Retro TV. It’s our little ritual. I also like “Gunsmoke,” he likes “Cheyenne” with Clint Walker, and we’re both John Wayne fans. There is nothing like Retro TV, especially now.
    Kathy Bailey

    • Wagon Train was the show that got me hooked on westerns, Kathy. Love that one! Bonanza, The Big Valley, The Rifleman – I grew up on reruns of those every Saturday. They are the reason I write western romance today. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Good morning. I haven’t hurt or killed anyone yet but… Great blog! I’m going to have to check out A Cowboy Way. This just reminded me that a dear friend sent me the second season of Yellowstone so I’ve got to watch it first. I have Netflix and have been thinking about going back and watching Longmire. I’ve seen some of them but not all. I loved it. Some of these Cowboy shows sound too weird for me though. Cowboys and aliens?!?! Nah I never been one to enjoy the cowboy comedies either. Give me a more traditional western old or new and most likely I’ll love it!!

    • I love superhero movies/shows, too, Estella. My husband and I watched Arrow together for several seasons. I gave up on it after a while, but my hubby still watches. Great escapism.

  5. Only thing about John Wayne movies is he wasn’t too good at writing women. Maureen O’Hara was the only one who could stand up to him, and even she got spanked. We need to examine the Duke in the context of his times, sigh.

    • The world has definitely changed since those early film days. For the better. My husband was watching a James Bond marathon this last weekend, and I just couldn’t stomach the bond girls from the early films. It was as if their only value lay in their looks and ability to either seduce someone or play the hapless damsel in need of rescuing. I much prefer the more modern take where the women are just as skilled, intelligent, and capable as the men.

  6. fun post. I loved Dr Quinn and Wild Wild West, both the original and the steam punk one as well as 7 brides for 7 brothers. We have pulled out John Wayne’s movies recently. Tonight we will be watching McClintock

  7. I love Longmire I hated when they stopped making that show I watched it faithfully every week and have binge watched it a time or two since itโ€™s on Netflix

  8. Karen, we watch Death Valley Days every day. I’m pretty much over it but my husband is obsessed. We usually watch an episode of Maverick, too.
    And he’s reading War and Remembrance currently. So we’re watching every WWII movie that comes along. Including some amazingly obscure ones.

    • Really expanding your WWII horizons, Mary. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wes and I have shows that we watch together, shows that I watch, and shows that he watches. I appreciate that you watch so many with your Cowboy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Can I watch all of the above? Love them all! I think a favorite is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. We are lucky. We have local stations that are METV and H&I that show classic westerns every day….Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Rifleman, Wagon Train daily on METV and Rawhide and Wanted Dead or Alive as well as others on Saturday. H&I shows westerns weekday mornings and Dr Quinn is on a different channel every morning. This week the Gunsmoke episodes are the half hour black and white earliest seasons. Marshall Dillon and Miss Kitty look so young!

  11. My lineup for Westerns I watch are Laramie every morning at 10, Gunsmoke every day at 1, Wagon Train every day at 4. Saturdays, I start with Have Gun Will Travel, Wagon Train, The Big Valley, Gunsmoke, and sometimes I watch Rawhide and others, too. At night, sometimes I’ll watch GRIT, which only shows westerns!

  12. We do not do Netflix or Hulu and have never done Amazon Prime. I just checked and never realized we could get movies and series through them. We do not have a smart TV (or smart operator) or a gaming system with which we can link the computer to the TV. My daughter informed me the TV, Wii, and me are too old to link or operate the system. I guess I will have to use the computer to watch anything if I can figure out how to do that. I do have DVD’s of westerns that we haven’t watched in quite a while or at all. One we love and are due to view again is 7 Brides For 7 Brothers. That has been a famiy favorite for well over 20 years. Our daughter named her son after the youngest brother, Gideon. She borrowed our DVD so often, I finally gave up and let her keep it, and got another one. We still aren’t into movie watching or binge watching series yet. There is more than enough else to keep ourselves busy, like reading.
    Stay safe and healthy.

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