The Cisco Kid is a character created by O. Henry in a 1907 short story called The Cabellero's Way. That Cisco Kid is a nasty murderous outlaw. He's got a girlfriend, Tonia, who's torn between fear and love for Cisco. She takes up with the Texas Ranger that's chasing the Kid. Cisco finds out about the romance and tricks the Ranger into killing Tonia. What a bastard, huh. There were 28 movie versions, starting in 1914, with an adaptation of The Cabellero's Way. The character would change and become more of a hero. The movies would add a sidekick which isn't in the story. The tv series ran from 1950 to 1956 and had 156 episodes. That's Duncan Renaldo as Cisco on the right and Leo Carillo as Pancho on the left.
I had seen some Cisco Kid episodes over at the Internet Archive and watched a couple. They weren't too bad, not as good as the episodes of The Lone Ranger or Bonanza that I had been watching recently. Like the Bonanza DVD set I had seen Best of The Cisco Kid dvd set for 5 bucks so I picked that up. I would prefer a dvd to a download. That way I have the option to watch it on my tv or my pc. There are 35 episodes on 3 discs. They don't look too good, these are the public domain episodes, and Mill Creek wouldn't care what they looked like, they just shovel crap on a disc and sell it to you. The title of the set is a bit of a misnomer, there is no best, there's just available. The stories are your typical western fair. Some bad guy wants to take the ranch, town or mine from some nice people. Usually an old guy gets killed, or if he's lucky, beaten or wounded. Sometimes people think Cisco did the crime and he has to get out of that bit of trouble. He's got his best pal Pancho, who's lacking a knowledge of English grammer, but enjoys a nice tamale. Both the food and female versions. There's a lot of comedy, a little bit of action and a good amount of riding in the country side. You see the same shots over and over again when you watch a lot of episodes in a row. It's not a high budget show, that's for sure, but they all did that sort of thing. That's why they always dressed the same, easier to match already done shots. I just saw a Beverly Hillbillies where Jed pulled off the fancy hat he had on when he got into the family truck and replaced it with his normal hat. Jethro asked him what was going on and Jed said he didn't want his fancy hat to blow off and get ruined. Nice try, Jed, but you forgot to change your jacket. The long shot of them in the truck has Jed in a light colored coat nothing like the coat he wore when he got in to the truck. For the most part I enjoyed the shows but thought they were too much alike. A few years down the road the tv western would improve greatly. The 1959 first season of Have Gun-Will Travel was a major step up in everyway. The second half of the fourth season is out and you can stream them on NetFlix. If I was going to recommend one series to watch then I would recommend HG-WT.