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The story is based on the family known as the Macahans in the series. Moving to the wild west country of Oregon after living in Virginia in the time period of 1865. During this time Mrs. Macahan works with her three children to build a large farmland property. She waits with her children Josh, Laura and Jessie for her husband to return. During this time her other child Luke who was in the civil war returns home to them, after hearing that their father has passed away.

Unfortunately Luke is almost taken away by officers from the army, until the strong frontiersman uncle Zeb jumps in and prevents them from taking Luke. Luke finds himself with no other alternative but to leave the farmland area. Far away from the family hiding out in the community of Simonite.

During this time Zeb is then forced to head out to the mountains to track down a friend. Needless to say his friend is headed for trouble fighting against the Indians. Not only that but the rest of the family back at the farm is struggling to keep their farm safe from Indian intruders.

Warner Bros.
3 Seasons, 29 Episodes
January 19, 1976
Drama
8.2/10
Cast: James Arness, Eva Marie Saint, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb
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  • Zeb and Josh travel to Mexico to uncover a white slavery ring.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Zeb, Molly and Laura are enjoying a riverboat ride when pirates attack and overrun the ship.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A by-the-book Army lieutenant clashes with the Macahans when he hunts for an Indian chief suspected of raiding wagon trains.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fleeing jail with Josh, Luke finds Judge Rensen dead. When the brothers split up after narrowly eluding the posse, Josh is attacked and Zeb's pursuit ends in a face off with Stillman. The cattle drive regroups and makes a final homeward push. Deek menaces Laura and Molly for the last time.

  • Luke's hearing begins and things look bad for him. Frank Grayson produces proof that Luke was a member of the Flint gang. A snooping Evans overplays his hand with Deek. Josh is framed for assault by Doreen - and his brother's plight provokes Luke to drastic action.

  • A vengeful Stillman hires local power broker Francis Britten to help convict Luke. Deek moves onto Macahan land, and Tap confesses the truth to Zeb. Luke gets a mysterious visitor..

  • After he learns of presence of gold, Deek bribes a land agent to seize ownership of the Macahan creek. Tap takes extreme measures to keep Zeb from learning about the rustlers. Josh arrives in Las Mesas to support Luke at the hearing and - literally - runs into Doreen, with whom he is instantly smitten.

  • Luke is jailed pending his hearing, and from his cell, gives a newspaper interview that draws trouble to Las Mesas. Apaches disrupt the cattle drive. Jessie is rescued, and she and the others return home to find gold in the Machan creek - just as Deek becomes more neighborly.

  • Jessie and Teel-O have a fateful encounter with Teel-O's grandfather. While scouting for water, Luke comes to the rescue of Judge Rensen, who offers to seek a pardon for Luke's criminal past in Missouri. Teel-O and Jessie are stalked be would-be slavers..

  • Deek Peasley is reluctantly hired to lead the search party for Jessie, who tries to bridge the language gap with Teel-O. The cattle drive gets underway, shadowed by Tap's rustler cronies. While camping out, tensions mount between Deek and Molly, and a costly bargain is negotiated..

  • On the journey home, the stagecoach carrying Molly and Jessie is wrecked - and a dazed Jessie wanders into the desert, where she meets the young Navajo Teel-O. Zeb and Josh purchase a cattle herd to bring back to the reservation, and Zeb hires old friend Tap Henry to serve as cook on the drive

  • Jessie recovers with the help of the Aapaho, but the tribe finds itself on the brink of starvation due to the broken promise of beef shipments. Zeb and Luke embark on a cattle-herding journey across harsh flatlands, joined by contentious Indian drovers - and trailed by a young runaway.

  • Zeb learns Beth's husband is supposedly a dead, guilt-ridden Army hero involved in a military massacre. As Jessie nears death, Zeb decides to take her to an Arapaho medicine man - with a skeptical Luke and Josh in close pursuit.

  • With the sheriff's son held hostage by Flint, the robbery moves forward, leaving two men dead. Jessie's condition worsens as the doctor can't help her. Zeb's and Beth's accounts of her rescue come under suspicion by the authorities, causing her to leave abruptly - with her trail leading Zeb to a mountain cabin.

  • Luke's attempt to foil the Flint gang's gold robbery scheme doesn't go as planned. Zeb rescues a woman from two hide-cutters and is surprised to find a love from his past. When a certain guest arrives for Laura's wedding, second thoughts arise. Jessie fights for her life after being stung by a swarm of bees.

  • Zeb sides with the Sioux after the Russian incident triggers a war - and the clash leads to a great leader's sacrifice. Luke's feelings for Hillary Gant intensify, but when her father learns of Luke's past, he asks Luke to leave. Laura accepts a marriage proposal, while Luke finds himself forced to join a thieving band of ex-Confederates.

  • Kate Macahan's sister, Molly Culhane from Chicago, joins the family. A Mormon family arrives at the homestead while fleeing religious persecution, but the patriarch soon charms Laura. Zeb mediates between the Army and the angry Sioux after Russian royalty kills buffalo on Sioux land. Luke aids a local sheriff and meets his feisty daughter.

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