Christopher Sharrett is professor of film and communication at Seton Hall University. He is editor of Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media (Wayne State University Press, 1999).
Even if you never saw The Rifleman when it originally aired, this
book is bursting with intriguing and well-structured commentary, as
Sharrett examines the series with effortless competence, as it
amazingly apt at distilling the show's themes and placing it in
context, both then and now."--Quarterly Review of Film & Video
Politically astute and exhaustively researched, Sharrett's monograph is a significant contribution to television studies. It is also a compelling account of how, during the years of the Cold War, theentertainment industry taught Americans to understand themselves through the genre of the western."--Krin Gabbard "State University of New York at Stony Brook, author of Black Magic: White Hollywood and African American Culture "
The Rifleman is a milestone book for both television and cultural studies. Using perceptive close readings of individual episodes and descriptions of creative contributions of important figures like Sam Peckinpah, it makes a compelling case for the enduring value of the series. It also insightfully contextualizes the series within the 1950s/1960s television and film industries, Cold War ideology, and shifts in postwar masculinity."--William Luhr "Saint Peter's College, author of Raymond Chandler and Film "