The adventures of Sam Cade, sheriff of rural Madrid County.




1972   1971  
2 nominations. See more awards »




Complete series cast summary:
Glenn Ford ...  Sam Cade 24 episodes, 1971-1972
Edgar Buchanan ...  J.J. Jackson / ... 24 episodes, 1971-1972
Taylor Lacher Taylor Lacher ...  Arlo Pritchard 24 episodes, 1971-1972
Victor Campos Victor Campos ...  Rudy Davillo 22 episodes, 1971-1972
Peter Ford Peter Ford ...  Pete 20 episodes, 1971-1972
Betty Ann Carr ...  Betty Ann Sundown / ... 15 episodes, 1971-1972


Sam Cade is the tough but sensitive sheriff of sprawling Madrid County located somewhere in the American Southwest. Between chases and shootouts, episodes deal with a number of relevant '70s issues such as the plight of the American Indian. Written by Marty McKee <>

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Glenn Ford as Sam Cade, A Sheriff in the New West. With Edgar Buchanan as His Deputy.


Action | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

19 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sam Cade See more »

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Technical Specs


(24 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Alternate Versions

Two episodes released to television as film entitled "Marshal From Madrid." See more »


Referenced in This Is Your Life: Glenn Ford (1973) See more »

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Cades County a 70s Western / Cop TV Series that had great potential but ultimately did not deliver. Cancelled after one season
30 May 2007 | by ahod2887See all my reviews

Cades County had a great opening sequence with Glenn Ford riding his Jeep V6 through the desert landscape to the arrangement by Henry Mancini. It was a Big Picture title sequence for Television. I enjoyed this series and some of the episode's were well written and addressed some of the more difficult American issues of the time. Unfortunately, the budget,screen writing & direction was not of a consistently high standard (I am a fan of the Series). Some episodes were great, others very ordinary. I heard at the time that the network was selecting scripts from independent writers for each episode. If that was the case, a better idea would have been to stick with one set of writers so as to develop the characters and the story lines and retain an audience. We should recall that the early seventies was a time when older Movie stars were attracted to TV. Ford did an admirable job as Sam Cade as he did in all his movie roles. But in the end I believe it was the budget and the poor scripts that killed the series. Glenn Ford travelled to Australia to promote the Series in 1971/72 for the Australian TV Logie awards.

Regards Peter H Sydney, Austraila

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