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The Young Riders

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Genre: Western
Channel: ABC (US)
Status: Ended
7.5 (2 votes)
Anthony Zerbe Anthony Zerbe as Teaspoon Hunter
Peter Brett Cullen Peter Brett Cullen as Sam Cain
Yvonne Suhor Yvonne Suhor as Louise McCloud
Christopher Pettiet Christopher Pettiet as Jesse James
Clare Wren Clare Wren as Rachel Dunne
Don Collier Don Collier as William Tompkins
Don Franklin Don Franklin as Noah Dixon
Gregg Rainwater Gregg Rainwater as Running Buck Cross
Josh Brolin Josh Brolin as James Butler Hickok
Melissa Leo Melissa Leo as Emma Shannon

Set just before the American Civil War, this series presented a highly fictionalized account of the heyday of the Pony Express. Its focus was a group of young Express riders based at the waystation in Sweetwater, Kansas. Running the station was ex-Texas Ranger and all-around eccentric Teaspoon Hunter. The role of cook, housekeeper and mother hen was filled first by Emma and later by Rachel. The riders included the future "Buffalo Bill" Cody and James Butler ("Wild Bill") Hickok, as well as Ike, a mute, Buck, a half-White/half-Kiowa scout and the Kid, a quiet Southerner. Their final member was Lou, a young woman who lived and worked with the riders disguised as a boy. In second season, their group was joined by Noah Dixon.

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