This great series is finally available on DVD collections by seasons. "The Wild, Wild West" was one of the last successful Western television shows, coming on right as the era of the great Western TV show was coming to an end.
Its success was due to the fact that not only was it exciting and action-packed, but it was a curious meld of traditional Western action, espionage, science fiction, and high camp. It was in equal parts a product of its time as a Western, such as "Gunsmoke" and "Bonanza," a semi-serious, lots of camp spy show like "I-Spy," "The Man From UNCLE," and "The Avengers," science fiction like "Star Trek" and "Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea," and sophomoric camp like "Batman." Robert Conrad and Ross Martin made a formidable team as US Secret Service agents James West and Artemis Gordon, as they travelled all over the West in their personal locomotive thwarting the schemes and intrigues of power-mad scientists and ruthless governments.
This show is near and dear to a lot of us who grew up in the mid to late 60's, and it is a joy to watch these episodes and remember that while the world was not a simple, carefree place, our living rooms could be while watching shows like "The Wild, Wild West."