Wild Wild West


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This page is devoted to the tv series Wild Wild West, which starred Robert Conrad and Ross Martin. One year Martin had heart problems and was temporarily replaced by a series of guest stars, mainly William Schallert (who also got to guest star in Night Of The Gruesome Games as an eccentric with a very dark sense of humor). West went on the air as a CBS Production in 1965 with Night of the Inferno at the exact time that CBS production The Twilight Zone left the air for retooling (emerging 5 years later as Rod Serling's Night Gallery), so it inherited many of TZ's writers, directors and guest stars. The first 2 seasons in particular bore more than a passing resemblence to the sci-fi series, especially the Richard Donner directed ones. Gene L. Coon later adapted as a Star Trek episode his 1965 episode The Burning Diamond, about people who give West something to drink so he can see them - their metabolism has been speeded up to the point they're invisible. In #6606 Night of Flying Pie Plate, a small town is visited by green women from Venus who need gold for fuel and are willing to trade genuine diamonds (common on their planet), though West and a local businessman (William Windom) seem skeptical.

The series ran 9-17-65 to Spring of 1970, when Rod Serling had work again for his staff (Night Gallery).

Michael Dunn became the series' most popular guest-villain, as a self-proclaimed genius determined to take over the world one way or the other: in one he uses inter-dimensional doorways disguised as framed paintings (Night of the Surreal McCoy). Everyone in the series did their own stunts, sometimes getting injured in the process, and Michael Dunn was particularly proud when he was injured doing one of his, remarking that now he'd "joined the club." For an article on stunts (and injuries) on the series, click here.

In a 1966 ep (Night of Watery Death), West reports that he went to a waterfront bar to meet a tipster, where he's shot by a mermaid with a blowgun, and wakes up on a ship that's sunk by an exploding dragon. When he returns, the bar doesn't exist and he can't prove anything else (picture if you will, a man on the edge of insanity...), and other eps were based on urban legends about disappearing rooms the hotel says don't exist, a deadly bed, and getting a fortune cookie with a plea for help hidden inside. Some of the death traps were right out of Edgar Allen Poe
And then there were the Jules Verne/futuristic gadgets...

Wild Wild West has been the subject of Wild Wild West books, Television books, and Classic Television books. Of course if you want a CD of Will Smith's current version of the Wild Wild West themesong, that's available too.

Here are this month's episodes on TNT - Turner Network Television
Note: In June 2000, "Wild Wild West" went to a weekly broadcast so that "Babylon 5" could be seen Mon-Friday before it moved to the SciFi Channel and Wild Wild West is now back to 6 days a week:

Current Wild Wild West page
The 1st 4 numbers are the ep #, then the date TNT broadcast will be, daily Mon-Saturday @ 6am EST / Pacific Time unless noted. Most of the descriptions in links are provided by TNT

The 1999 Wild Wild West movie starring Will Smith is currently on HBO, along with a "Making Of Wild Wild West" 15 min. 
docu.

By the way, on Thursday 6-15-00, NBC reran the episode of "Just Shoot Me" guest-starring Robert Conrad as himself. Jack has written a biography in which he claims to have beat up Conrad, who then shows up at the magazine demanding to know when and where... the episode ends with Conrad and Jack (who by then are pals) trying on a garish Nahru jacket. Conrad looks at himself in the store's mirror and complains that it makes him look like Wil Smith ...

Conrad also starred in the Hawaiian Eye. On 4-14-00, TV Land ran this episode:
"Total Eclipse," Tracy and Tom disagree over whether or not a beautiful young girl is guilty of murdering her wealthy husband, despite the fact that a jury has acquitted her. The situation is not resolved until they uncover another murder attempt.

Wild, Wild West (1965)
More Wild, Wild West (1980)
TheWild, Wild West Revisited (1979)
Wild Wild West, vol. 1 (1965)

If you are interested in a video not currently available, click on the title and follow instructions to email your request - if the video company gets enough requests, they may start making more episodes of Wild Wild West available!

Animated graphics (c) 2001 by The Animation Factory.

                        

Previous TNT broadcasts:

6604 11/04/00, Night Of The Big Blast 6603 11/11/00, Night of the Raven 6617 11/18/00, Night of Feathered Fury 6613 12/16/00, Night of the Infernal Machine 6717 1/02/01 Night Of Headless Woman 6611 1/03/01 Night of Ready Made Corpse 6817 1/04/01 Night Of Sabatini Death 6814 1/05/01 Night of the Spanish Curse 6527 1/08/01 Night of the Murderous Spring 6823 1/09/01 Night of the Tycoons 6824 1/10/01 Night Of The Plague 6721 1/11/01 Night Of The Amnesiac 6810 1/12/01 Night of the Camera 6524 01/22/01 Night Of Druid's Blood 6821 01/23/01 Night of Bleak Island 6818 01/24/01 Night of the Janus 6714 01/25/01 Night of Iron Fist 6723 01/26/01 Night of the Simian Terror 6506 01/29/2001 Night Of The Thousand Eyes 6616 01/30/2001 Night of the Tottering Tontine 6607 01/31/2001 Night of the Poisonous Posey 6523 02/01/2001 Night of Two Legged Buffalo 6712 02/02/2001 Night of Cutthroats 6516 02/05/2001 Night Of Steel Assassin 6517 02/06/2001 Night The Dragon Screame (not to be confused with Night of Watery Death 6708 02/07/2001 Night Of The Hangman 6507 02/08/2001 Night of Glowing Corpse 6624 02/09/2001 Night Of Colonel's Ghost 6508 02/12/2001 - 2 episodes @ 5am Night of Dancing Death 6518 02/12/2001 and Night of the Grand Emir 6804 02/13/2001 Night Of Sedgewick Curse 6528 02/14/2001 Night Of The Sudden Plague 6627 02/15/2001 Night Of The Wolf 6509 02/16/2001 Night of Doubled Edged Knife 6514 02/19/2001 Night of the Howling Light 6609 02/20/2001 Night of Watery Death 6519 02/21/2001 Night Of Flaming Ghost 6704 02/22/2001 Night of Legion of Death 6510 02/23/2001 Night that Terror Stalked the Town 6521 02/26/2001 Night of the Puppeteer 6809 02/27/2001 Night of Fire & Brimstone 6512 02/28/01 Night of the Human Trigger (no TNT description available) 6619 3/1/01 Night of the Braine 6724 3/2/01 Night of the Death-Maker 6513 3/5/01 Night of the Torture Chamber (no TNT description available) 6615 3/6/01 Night of the Lord of Limbo 6803 3/7/01 Night Of Juggernaut 6715 3/8/01 Night of the Running Death 6802 3/9/01 Night of Doomsday Formula 6511 3/12/01 Night of the Red-Eyed Madman 6622 3/13/01 Night of Deadly Bubble 6713 3/14/01 Night of the Turncoat (no TNT description available) 6719 3/15/01 Night of Underground Terror 6718 3/16/01 Night Of The Vipers 6520 3/19/01 Night Of Whirring Death 6602 3/20/01 Night of the Golden Cobra 6820 3/21/01 Night Of The Diva 6608 3/22/01 Night Of Bottomless Pit 6625 3/23/01 Night Of Deadly Blossom 6515 3/26/01 Night of the Fatal Trap (no TNT description available) 6618 3/27/01 Night of Gypsy Peril 6702 3/28/01 Night Of The Firebrand 6620 3/29/01 Night of Vicious Valentine 6711 3/30/01 Night of the Falcon 6525 4/02/01 Night of Freebooters 6716 4/03/01 Night Of The Arrow 6626 4/04/01 Night Of The Cadre 6705 4/05/01 5:00 AM, Night of the Assassins 6805 4/05/01 6:00 AM, Night Of Gruesome Games 6706 4/06/01 Night of Jack o' Diamonds 6501 4/09/01 Night of the Inferno (1st of series) 6707 4/10/01 Night Of The Samurai 6605 4/11/01 Night of the Returning Dead 6815 4/12/01 Night Of Winged Terror 1 6816 4/13/01 Night Of Winged Terror 2 6502 4/16/01 Night of the Deadly Bed 6722 4/17/01 Night of the Undead 6504 4/18/01 Night of Sudden Death 6808 4/19/01 Night Of Egyptian Queen 6812 4/20/01 Night of Miguelitos Revenge 6503 4/23/01 Night Wizard Shook Earth 6612 4/24/01 Night of Man Eating House 6621 4/25/01 Night Of The Tartar 6526 4/26/01 Night Of Burning Diamond 6813 4/27/01 Night of the Pelican 6522 4/30/01 Night Of Bars Of Hell 6811 5/01/01 Night of Avaricious Actuary 6614 5/02/01 Night Of The Skulls 6709 5/03/01 Night of Montezuma's Hordes 6801 5/04/01 Night of Big Blackmail 6806 5/07/01 Night of the Kraken (no TNT description available) 6710 5/08/01 Night of the Circus of Death 6623 5/09/01 Night of the Surreal McCoy 6703 5/10/01 Night Dr. Loveless Died 6601 5/11/01 Night Of The Eccentrics 6628 5/14/01 Night of the Bogus Bandits 6720 5/15/01 Night Of Death Masks (no TNT description available) 6610 5/16/01 Night of the Green Terror 6606 5/17/01 Night of Flying Pie Plate 6604 5/18/01 Night Of The Big Blast 6603 5/21/01 Night of the Raven 6617 5/22/01 Night of Feathered Fury 6613 5/23/01 Night of Infernal Machine 6717 5/24/01 Night Of Headless Woman 6611 5/25/01 Night of Ready Made Corpse 6817 5/28/01 Night Of Sabatini Death 6814 5/29/01 Night of the Spanish Curse 6527 5/30/01 Night of Murderous Spring 6824 6/1/01 Night of the Plague 6721 6/4/01 Night of the Amnesiac 6810 6/5/01 Night of the Camera 6505 6/6/01 Night of the Casual Killer 6701 6/7/01 Night of the Bubbling Death 6807 6/8/01 Night of the Fugitives 6819 6/11/01 Night of the Pistoleros 6822 6/12/01 Night of the Cossacks 6524 6/13/01 Night of the Druid's Blood 6821 6/14/01 Night of the Bleak Island 6818 6/15/01 Night of the Janus 6714 6/18/01 Night of Iron Fist 6723 6/19/01 Night of the Simian Terror 6506 6/20/01 Night Of Thousand Eyes 6616 6/21/01 Night of Tottering Tontine 6607 6/22/01 Night of the Poisonous Posey 6523 6/25/01 Night of Two Legged Buffalo (no description available from TNT.com) 6712 6/26/01 Night of Cutthroats 6516 6/27/01 Night Of Steel Assassin 6517 6/28/01 Night The Dragon Screame (no description available from TNT.com) 6708 6/29/01 Night Of The Hangman 6705 7/2/01 Night of the Assassins 6507 7/3/01 Night of Glowing Corpse 6624 7/4/01 Night Of Colonel's Ghost 6508 7/5/01 Night of Dancing Death 6518 7/6/01 Night of the Grand Emir 6804 7/9/01 Night Of Sedgewick Curse 6528 7/10/01 Night Of Sudden Plague 6627 7/11/01 Night Of The Wolf 6509 7/12/01 Night of Doubled Edged Knife 6514 7/13/01 Night of the Howling Light Mon 16 Night of the Watery Death Tue 17 Night Of Flaming Ghost Wed 18 Night of Legion of Death Fri 20 Night of the Puppeteer Thu 2 6802, Night of the Doomsday Formula Fri 3 6511, Night of The Red-Eyed Madman Mon 6 6622, Night of the Deadly Bubble Tue 7 6713, Night of the Turncoat (no TNT description available) An art collector (John McGiver) plans to turn West against his colleagues. Wed 8 6719, Night of the Underground Terror Thu 9 6718, Night of the Vipers Fri 10 6520, Night of the Whirring Death Mon 13 6602, Night of the Golden Cobra Tue 14 6820, Night of the Diva Wed 15 6608, Night of the Bottomless Pit Aug 16th, Night of the Deadly Blossom - Gordon and West attend a meeting of Navy officers, who subsequently are slain; guest Nehemiah Persoff. Aug 17th, Night of the Fatal Trap - Gordon poses as a prospector to pave the way for West's impersonation of a gold thief. Aug 20th, Night of the Gypsy Peril - Gordon and West guard the Sultan of Ramapur and the sacred white elephant he brings as a gift to President Grant Aug 21st, Night of the Firebrand - West must stop a Canadian revolutionary (Pernell Roberts) planning a personal empire. Aug 22nd, Night of the Vicious Valentine - A socialite (Agnes Moorehead) plans to become queen of the United States. Aug 23rd, Night of the Falcon - A giant cannon that has destroyed one town is aimed at Denver; guest Robert Duvall. Aug 24th, Night of the Freebooters - Gordon and West pose as mercenaries to infiltrate a renegade's (Keenan Wynn) private army. Aug 27th, Night of the Arrow - A general (Robert Wilke) plans to use his reputation as an Indian fighter to become president. Aug 28th, Night of the Cadre - A master criminal plans to implant a mind-control device in President Grant.
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For more Wild Wild West stuff, including Robert Conrad's thoughts on the movie (he may sue), and the trains used, click here (if it's still there). For more background on the series and how it was created, click here. For biographies of West, Gordon, and the major villians go here

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