"Cheyenne" and "Laramie" were two of the most popular television westerns in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

"Cheyenne" premiered on the ABC network in 1955 and ran for eight seasons. It was the first hour-long series in television history and was also the first of many shows produced by the Warner Brothers studio.

It began as part of a rotating series of westerns, playing once every three weeks. It eventually aired weekly. The show was finally cancelled in 1963 after 108 episodes.

"Laramie" was introduced by rival network NBC in 1959. Two years later, it became one of the first westerns to air in color. It also marked the debut of NBC's iconic peacock logo, which became known as the "Laramie Peacock".

It was also a launching pad for several future telelvision and movie stars, including Eddie Albert, Charles Bronson, Leonard Nimoy and Adam West.

Like "Cheyenne", the series came to end in 1963 after 124 episodes. Thanks to the Encore Westerns cable channel, both shows are still airing in syndication and attracting a new generation of fans.

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