Boys Costumes Depicted in Television Shows: Alphabetical "R" Listings

Figure 1.--Johnny Crawford as Mark McCain almost always wore jeans in "The Rifleman" a popular series in the late 1950s and early 60s. For some reason you never see it in syndication.

HBC will list TV series alphabetically here to make them easier to find. TV shows, except for American TV shows, are generally not well know in countries other than in the countries in which they were made. They are also much more current than movies. Almost all TV shows date from the 1950s at the earliest. Costume dramas have the same problems as in the movies, but a great deal of useful information is avialible from TV shows set in contemporary periods. As non-American TV shows are not as widely distributed as movies, often little information is available on these shows outside each country. Movies are often widely distributed in foreign countries. TV shows, with the exceptiion of American programs, are generally not. As an American, we have, for example, never seen German, French, and Italian TV shows. Thus the TV pages provide a much-needed source of information on foreign programing.

Rated "K" for Kids - (US, 1987-88)

Kids movie rating show. Some of their ideas about the movies are interesting. One girl has a "hunk-o-meter" for rating the boys in the movies. She has a special category for junior hunks, which I think is for kids under 13. The same girl went on about the short pants that Pinochio wore in an animated feature. "It is so-o-o-o uncool," she said "to wear short pants all the time."

(The) Rifleman - (US, 1958-63)

I don't remember any particuarly interesting episodes of this Western. The costuming never changed much. Lucas McCain's had a son, Mark (Johnny Crawford). He only wore long pants--usually jeans. Mark was the thoughtful son of a rough man trying to make a man out of the motherless boy. Johnny looks very Western, but jeans like that were not worn in the 1870s-80s, rather overalls with the bib front was the available style.

Rin Tin Tin K-9 Cop -- (US, 1988)

Rather innocuous show with few redeeming aspects, except for the pooch. Rinnie=s master was a blond boy (Andrew Bednarski). He usually appears in longs, but I saw him once in a hideous pair of jams.

Tin Tin Tin

Rinny also appeared in "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" and "F-Troop".

Roomies - (US, 1987)

An ex-Marine drill instructor and a boy genius become college roommates.

Roseanne - (US, 1988? -)

The obnoxious girls get the major parts but the boy, TJ, is an engaging little fellow. He usually appears only briefly and has very limited lines. He always wears longs. He did appear once in a short pants Cub Scout uniform with longish, but perhaps not knee socks. In one episode he does something to his sister and she is allowed to punish him. She decides he has to wear a coat and tie to school--because he will be teased. Roseanne says caustically, "Why didn't you make him wear a dress." His sister likes the idea.

(The) Ruggles - (US, 1949-52)

Early family sitcom, the family included two girls and two boys. The two youngest boy and girl were twins, Donald and Donna. Jimmy Hawkins played Donald. They often were dressed alike, except Donald wore shorts and Donna a skirt. I don't know of any particularly interesting episodes, but Donald who began at about 9 years of age, wore proper shorts, the dressy kind even with pleats and a belt. Interestingly very early television from the late 1940s and early 1950s did have boys wearing short pants. By 1954-55 this changed and virtually no boys wore short pants. This was very unusual, growing up I can not remember a boy in a proper series appearing in short pants. He didn't wear knee socks though. Some episodes were run on cable in the "Golden Years of Television" series.

Run For Your Life - (UK)

Thriller about two boys fleeing from killers. One of the boys wears short pants.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: May 30, 2001
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