The 78 half-hour episodes of the "kiddie" television adventure series "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon" were originally broadcast on CBS during the 1955 to 1958 broadcast seasons; and in syndication for many years after. The Season Two DVD set features the 22 episodes from the third and final season. The episode titles and their original air-dates are listed below; it was a Thursday night show.
This was one of many transplants from network television. It was created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker who also put together both the radio and television versions of "The Lone Ranger" and the radio version of "The Green Hornet".
At a time of look-alike westerns filmed on the back-lots of Hollywood, "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon" offered viewers the white landscape of Canada's Yukon Territory. It was actually filmed each winter in the mountains near Big Bear Lake, in southern California.
Like "The Lone Ranger", each week the story's setting and characters were described by the narrator in the opening credits: "Sergeant Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police with Yukon King, swiftest and strongest lead dog breaking the trail in the relentless pursuit of lawbreakers, in the wild days of the Yukon. Back to the days of the Gold Rush, as Sergeant Preston, with his wonder dog, Yukon King, meets the challenge of the Yukon".
The gold rush he is talking about occurred in the 1890's as Canada's desolate western frontier found itself suddenly occupied by a swarm of gold crazed miners, cutthroats, and tenderfeet. It was up to Sgt. Preston (his first name is never used) to track down thieves, murderers, and claim jumpers. The job left him no time for romance even though his Boston Blackie mustache, red uniform, puffed-out trousers, and DI would no doubt have driven the ladies crazy.
No doubt the education of baby boomers on NWMP lore was responsible for the successful introduction of "Dudley Do-right" to "Rocky and and His Friends/The Bullwinkle Show" (1959-1964).
Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
Old Ben's Gold: 3 October 1957, The Rebel Yell: 10 October 1957, The Mark of Crime: 17 October 1957, Storm the Pass: 24 October 1957, Old Faithful: 31 October 1957, The Skull in the Stone: 7 November 1957, Ghost Mine: 14 November 1957, The Jailbreaker: 21 November 1957, Out of the Night: 28 November 1957, Three Men in Black: 5 December 1957, Lost River Roundup: 12 December 1957, The Old Timer: 19 December 1957, Battle at Bradley's: 26 December 1957, The Generous Hobo: 2 January 1958, Follow the Leader: 9 January 1958, Gold Rush Patrol: 16 January 1958, Grizzly: 23 January 1958, The Diamond Collar: 30 January 1958, Escape to the North: 6 February 1958, Outlaw in Uniform: 13 February 1958, Boy Alone: 20 February 1958, The Criminal Collie: 27 February 1958