TV westerns in the 1970s were a little different than they had been earlier. They had to have a gimmick. The gimmick of McCLOUD was that it wasn't a western at all! Marshal Sam McCloud from Taos, New Mexico was a fairly traditional cowboy hero, though, albeit transplanted to Manhattan Island. Dennis Weaver created a memorable characterization that made people finally look past his limping Chester Good on GUNSMOKE. McCLOUD was my favorite cowboy in the '70s.