If you are purchasing Riverboat despite having never seen the program you will not be disappointed.
This was a very well produced, gripping Western series with excellent production values and terrific writing to match a top-notch cast. Some of the guest stars not mentioned above that you will see are a young and alluring Elizabeth Montgomery, the dashing Ricardo Montalban (look for a quick glimpse of Mary Tyler Moore as an extra), a guy from another ship called "Enterprise" - DeForest Kelley, Charles Bronson, Suzanne Pleshette and a familiarly scruffy-looking Buddy Ebsen (playing the role that might well have landed him the spot of the Beverly Hillbillies Jed Clampett) in "The Waters of Gorgeous Springs".
You will enjoy Burt Reynolds in his first TV role too - he manages to hang around for 21 episodes (before he goes overboard) and its too bad that he leaves the show. At this writing before the DVD release date I have not seen all the episodes, just a few I collected on original distribution reels but most were in the first 20 episodes and all thoroughly satisfying. There is a line of continuity - at least in the episodes with Reynolds and you will want to watch them in the correct order. There are a couple of episodes where Darren McGavin is missing from the cast - and that unfortunately leaves a void that Noah Berry Jr. cant really fill but the omission is brief and McGavin's brilliant performances carry Riverboat all the way to its final stop.
A fine show of the period, this truly deserved to be released in its entirety and I will be purchasing Riverboat: The Complete Series to finally see all the episodes!!