How The West Was Won

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  • 1976
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.2  (614)

How The West Was Won is an American western drama television series that was produced and released by Warner Bros. in 1976. The series was based on the classic 1962 film, which was also produced by Warner Bros. and directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, and George Marshall. The show was directed by Richard Bartlett, Bernard McEveety, and Herb Wallerstein, and it was created by John Wilder, who also served as the show's executive producer.

The show features an ensemble cast that includes James Arness, Fionnula Flanagan, Bruce Boxleitner, Eva Marie Saint, and William Conrad, among others. The show is set in the late 19th century and follows the adventures of a family called the Macahans as they try to make their way in the American West. The Macahans are a pioneer family from Virginia, and they make the dangerous journey to California in search of a better life. Along the way, they face many challenges and dangers, including hostile Native American tribes, outlaw gangs, and the brutal reality of life on the frontier.

James Arness plays the role of Zeb Macahan, the patriarch of the Macahan family. Zeb is a tough, no-nonsense frontiersman who knows how to survive in the harsh and unforgiving environment of the Wild West. He is a skilled horseman, marksman, and fighter, and he uses his skills to protect his family and to help others in need. Fionnula Flanagan plays the role of Kate Macahan, Zeb's sister-in-law, and a strong and resourceful woman who helps to hold the family together through all their trials and tribulations.

Bruce Boxleitner plays the role of Luke Macahan, Zeb's nephew, and a former Confederate soldier who is trying to find his place in the changing world of the post-Civil War era. Luke is tough and brave, but he is also haunted by the memories of the war and struggles to put the past behind him. Eva Marie Saint plays the role of Hillary Gant, a wealthy widow who hires Zeb to lead her and her family to California. Hillary is a strong and independent woman who is not afraid to take risks, but she also has a vulnerable side and struggles to connect with her children. William Conrad plays the role of Deek Peasley, a grizzled mountain man who helps Zeb and his family survive in the wilderness.

The show is known for its epic scale and its attention to historical detail. The producers went to great lengths to recreate the world of the American West, from the costumes and sets to the language and customs of the time. The show also features stunning cinematography, with sweeping vistas of the western landscape and expertly choreographed action scenes.

Overall, How The West Was Won is a gripping and entertaining television series that captures the spirit of the American West. It is a must-watch for fans of the genre and for anyone who loves epic storytelling and unforgettable characters.

How The West Was Won is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (29 episodes). The series first aired on January 19, 1976.

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The Slavers
11. The Slavers
April 23, 1979
Zeb and Josh travel to Mexico to uncover a white slavery ring.
China Girl
10. China Girl
April 16, 1979
The Macahan clan befriends a young Chinese immigrant whose rape on the ship over has resulted in a pregnancy that provokes her father to proclaim the child must die.
9. Luke
April 2, 1979
Luke hooks up with a pretty, lethal robber who wants him for her own romantic reasons while he dodges bounty hunters in a desperate effort to clear his name of a murder charge.
The Forgotten
8. The Forgotten
March 19, 1979
A mysterious stranger in the mountains turns out to be a former Confederate Army officer who claims he had no knowledge the war was over.
The Scavengers
7. The Scavengers
March 12, 1979
Zeb, Molly and Laura are enjoying a riverboat ride when pirates attack and overrun the ship.
L'Affaire Riel
6. L'Affaire Riel
March 5, 1979
Zeb reluctantly tries to help the U.S. Army capture a French-Indian revolutionary and leader of a violent Metis attempt to win back lands from Canada.
5. Hillary
February 26, 1979
Luke sets out to reclaim the affections of his neglected flame Hillary as well as get a confession from the man suspected of committing the murder with which Luke was long ago accused.
The Innocent
4. The Innocent
February 12, 1979
Josh becomes involved with a rivalry over a ferry business when he befriends Cora Johnson and her children, operators of a ferry crossing. The fight becomes more complicated when her son, Willie, is accused of murder.
The Enemy
3. The Enemy
February 5, 1979
A by-the-book Army lieutenant clashes with the Macahans when he hunts for an Indian chief suspected of raiding wagon trains.
The Rustler
2. The Rustler
January 22, 1979
Jessie is completely infatuated with a handsome young stranger named Bob who rescues her from the advances of a nasty character. Later on, the couple run away to a small town where a minister agrees to perform a wedding ceremony.
The Gunfighter
1. The Gunfighter
January 15, 1979
Rancher Henry Coe hires a professional gunman to drive the Macahans off what he considers to be his property. Frank Grayson ingratiates himself with the Macahans, but Josh recognizes him as the gunman once hired to kill Luke.
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How The West Was Won is available for streaming on the Warner Bros. website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch How The West Was Won on demand at Amazon, Google Play, Apple TV and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 19, 1976
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (614)