The Californians (TV series)

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The Californians
Maria Tsien Adam Kennedy The Californians 1958.jpg
Adam Kennedy as Dion Patrick with Maria Tsien.
Starring Richard Coogan
Art Fleming
Herbert Rudley
Sean McClory
Adam Kennedy
Carole Mathews
Nan Leslie
Theme music composer Harry Warren
Harold Adamson
Opening theme "I've Come to California"
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 69
Running time 30 minutes
Original network NBC
Picture format Black and white
Original release September 24, 1957 – May 26, 1959

The Californians is a half-hour Western television series, set during the San Francisco gold rush of the 1850s, which was broadcast by NBC from September 24, 1957, to May 26, 1959 for 69 episodes. Adam Kennedy appeared the first year in early episodes as Dion Patrick, an Irish newspaperman who helps the local vigilante committee. Season one episodes also featured Sean McClory as store owner Jack McGivern, who headed the vigilante committee and Nan Leslie as his wife, Martha McGivern. Early season one episodes featured Herbert Rudley as newspaper editor Sam Brennan but Jack McGivern later took over the newspaper.


Richard Coogan appeared in later season one episodes and in season two as Matthew Wayne, a sheriff and then marshal who organizes the city police, courts a young widow, Wilma Fansler, portrayed by Carole Mathews, and clashes with an ambitious attorney, Jeremy Pitt, played by Art Fleming, later the original host of Jeopardy! At the end of season two, Matt departs when the vigilante committee becomes active again, and the last episode has James Coburn as Matt's cousin, Anthony (Pittsburgh) Wayne taking over as deputy marshal and series lead, however the show was not renewed for a third season.

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The Californians theme song was composed by Harry Warren, with lyrics by Harold Adamson, entitled "I've Come to California". Ken Darby, of the Ken Darby Singers, did some of the musical composition for the series.

The Californians had competition from The West Point Story which was broadcast by the American Broadcasting Company and The $64,000 Question by CBS. In its second season, the western competed with The Garry Moore Show of CBS and the crime/police reality show Confession, hosted by Jack Wyatt, of ABC.[1]


  1. ^ 1957–1958 and 1958–1959 American network television schedules

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