Sharing the wonderfulness of Robert Culp



Season One

The Marple Brothers

Law in Lampasas

The San Saba Incident

Easton, Texas

Like Father

Sweetwater, Texas

Alpine, Texas


End of an Outlaw

Look for the Woman

The Town

Man and Money

The Reward

The Farrand Story

Right of Way

The Witness

The Toll Road

The Young Gun

The Wedding

The Trail

The Bounty Hunter

The Judge

The House

The Boy

The Pueblo Kid

The Winter Boys

The Mistake

The Deal

The Jailbreak

The End of the World

The Brothers

The Governor

Season Two

Killer Take All

Outlaw’s Wife

Chinese Cowboy

The Set Up

A Stone for Benny French


Matter of Justice

Tenner Smith

The Avenger

The Schoolteacher

Deadly Decoy

Sunday’s Child

Day of Vengeance

Three-Legged Fox

The Kid


Every Man a Witness

McCallin’s Daughter

Bad Judgment


The Feud

The Samaritan

The Gang

The Threat

Hard Lines


Stranger in Town

The Protector

False Witness

The Trick

The Eyes of Jerry Kelso

Gift Horse

The Vote

The Unwanted

Toss Up

Back to Crawford (written by Robert Culp)

Blind Alley

Quiet Night in Porter

8 Replies

  1. You know, I wish I liked Trackdown more than I do. I appreciate Culp was trying to create a “thinking man’s” lawman. But, Hobey seemed very two dimensional and even, dare I say it?, boring to me. He had few friends, few interests, no real personality quirks or flaws, except, he wound up killing an enormous amount of people during his rein as Texas Ranger in Porter. I mean, he killed an ENORMOUS amount of people. One supposes the town’s coffin maker gave Hobey a very nice Christmas gift each year…. Overall, there are some good episodes in this series, but I like Culp much more in his later series where his character is more developed and more complex. And he doesn’t kill so many people. ;-)

  2. I’ve only seen a handful of Trackdown episodes (watching this stuff on YouTube is sometimes a pain for me – waiting for stuff to load). Anyway, of what I’ve seen I like but I haven’t formulated much of an opinion on the series yet. The only episode that stands out among the ones I’ve seen is “Sweetwater, Texas,” where he decks the guy in the bar who laughed at him for ordering milk (for the baby he found earlier at an overturned stagecoach – with everbody on board dead). Hoby displays a (justified) rotten mood in this episode. LOL

    Since I haven’t seen a lot of episodes yet, if Hoby does kill an enormous amount of people as you say, then those publicity shots of Culp as Hoby with the black crow begins to make sense…

    Otherwise, yes, I do like the complexities of Kelly Robinson and, of course, Bill Maxwell. :)

  3. Well, to give the show credit, it was only 30 minutes long. Tough to create an exciting story AND have character development too in such a short space.

    I’ll have to look up “Sweetwater, Texas” — that sounds like a grand story.

  4. It’s true Hoby killed a lot of people, but he always (as far as I’ve seen so far) tried to avoid killing. Of coarse, if someone drew on him, they would always learn he was the faster draw!

    The character development I’ve seen so far has been low key and subtle — as has been pointed out, 1/2 hour doesn’t allow for much — but I like what I’ve seen.

  5. Barbara K Emanuele Jul 22nd 2013

    Really, we don’t see much of Hoby’s personality at all until he settles down, so to speak, in Porter. And even then, I think we would have seen a lot more of Hoby’s personality if he had one continuous best friend, as opposed to it switching from the town barber to the saloon owner.

    And no, it never makes sense to give a crow a cigarette, let alone light it for him. That kind of humor Hoby Gilman never possessed.

  6. Yeah, I don’t know that Hoby would’ve really allowed for a crow to sit on his hat while he read the newspaper either but there ya go. LOL.

  7. There is an old law enforcement adage about the use of deadly force: It is better to have to be tried by twelve than to be carried by six. Toby never picked a fight, but as a Ranger he could not back away from one either.

  8. This honestly inspires me. I simply want to be able to write as amorously as you do.

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