The Roy Rogers Show

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Classic Western offers adventure, positive themes, fighting.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

It's meant to be entertaining, not educational.

Positive Messages

Themes include "civilizing" the frontier, friendship, and loyalty.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans are positive people out to help the folks in their town.

Violence & Scariness

Lots of shootouts and fist fighting; people get shot and hurt, but there's no blood. Animals (mules, horses) are occasionally shot and killed, but most of these events aren't shown in any detail. Hostages are occasionally tied up and gagged.

Sexy Stuff

Occasionally there are references to having "a girl" and being in love, but these moments aren't sexual.


Words like "stupid" are occasionally audible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Roy Rogers Show is a classic Western adventure series that kids of all ages might find entertaining. But there are some intense moments, thanks  to endless fistfights, shootouts (resulting in folks getting injured and animals getting killed, but no blood), and other violent moments. Outside of this, the show is fairly mild, and contains strong positive messages about friendship, loyalty, and doing the right thing.

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What's the story?

THE ROY ROGERS SHOW (1951-1957) stars King of the Cowboys Roy Rogers as a ranch owner who helps keep the peace in the fictional Mineral City. Along with Dale Evans, the proprietress of the Eureka Cafe, her cook Pat Brady, Roy's golden Palomino, Trigger, and Bullet, the wonder dog, he fights greedy-gold seeking claim jumpers, finds escaped convicts, and on occasion, even helps the FBI.

Is it any good?

The classic Western series spins lots of adventurous tales, full of danger, shootouts, and fistfights. But these perilous moments are offset by Pat Brady's goofiness, often underscored by the use of his jeep, Nelleybelle, which seems to have a mind of its own. Rogers and Evans' signature "Happy Trails" send-off also adds some charm.

The show reflects the era's struggle to hold on to the traditional ways of the old West amidst on the rapid modernization of post-World War II America. In fact, Roger and Evans' seem stuck in an odd time warp, given that they're surrounded by electric conveniences, shiny Cadillacs, and the occasional mobster. But it's the cowboys' old-timer ways that always saves the day, and what makes the show fun and entertaining.

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