A couple of things that I really enjoy about the show is the length of the episodes and the terrific guest stars. With a running time of slightly less than thirty minutes (gotta make time for commercials), the scripts are lean, tight and compact. There are no wasted moments or sub-plots in an episode of THE RIFLEMAN. Lucas gets down to business mighty quick.
The roster of guest stars reads like a who's who of classic Hollywood movie and TV character actors. The episode I watched the other day featured the legendary duo of Warren Oates and Lee Van Cleef as bad guys with an appearance by Hope Summers (Clara on THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW) as a shopkeeper.
In the course of the story, six people meet their death by gunfire. Three of them are gunned down by Lucas. That's an extraordinarily high body count by anyone's standards. Did any other hero on any other western television series of the time kill as many people as Lucas McCain?