While doing research for a previous article about the surprising versatility of the type of ranger who has been represented on TV, I discovered that the Texas Rangers (and I don’t mean the baseball team) has really been a hot spot for TV characters and entire TV series. You might just be surprised at how many characters on TV have been a member of this particular Texas law enforcement agency.
The Texas Rangers have apparently been around since at least the time of the Civil War. Who knew? Well, anyone who caught the mid-1960s TV show “Laredo” certainly knew this interesting little nugget of a tidbit of trivial information. “Laredo” offered a cross-section of America during the Civil War era by teaming a young gunslinger looking for action, a Bostonian transplanted to Lone Star country and a former officer in the Union Army who probably felt the most out of place of among those settling the future home of Ted Cruz.
Tales of the Texas Rangers
This TV show might well have been called History of the Texas Rangers. Jace Pearson and Clay Morgan appeared every week as Texas Rangers, but every week saw them in a different time period and area of the state. “Tales of the Texas Rangers” gave audiences a peek into how this law enforcement agency conducted their work from the hardscrabble days of frontier times to the contemporary Texas of the late 1950s during which the show aired.
“Trackdown” is a memorable addition to the long line of TV shows about the Texas Rangers because it aired with official stamp of approval from the actual Texas Rangers agency. Not only that, but its episodes which were set during the 1870s were based on authentic files from the criminal caseload of the Texas Rangers. “Trackdown” aired during the heyday of TV shows about the Texas Rangers and stood out as being the only that bore that stamp of approval.
The Lone Ranger
“The Lone Ranger” may well be the single most memorable TV show about the Texas Rangers for those who don’t confuse what Chuck Norris did on “Walker: Texas Ranger” with acting. That ranger part of the title of the western about the guy in the mask with the friend named Tonto referred to the Texas Rangers. Just in case you didn’t know.
King of the Hill
The very last episode of “King of the Hill” finally reveals, after 13 episodes, exactly what Boomhauer does a for a living. A few episodes before, it was revealed that his first name was Jeff. So what did Jeff Boomhauer do for a living? He was a Texas Ranger, of course.