Lonesome Dove: The Series

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  • TV-14
  • 1994
  • 1 Season
  • 8.7  (24,748)

Lonesome Dove: The Series is an epic western drama that originally aired in 1989. The show is a spin-off of the wildly popular 1985 western miniseries of the same name, based on the novel by Larry McMurtry. The series, produced by RHI Entertainment, features an all-star cast including Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Diane Lane, Anjelica Huston, Steve Buscemi, and Chris Cooper, among others.

The series is set in the late 1800s in the town of Lonesome Dove, Texas, and follows the adventures of former Texas Rangers, Augustus "Gus" McRae (Robert Duvall) and Woodrow F. Call (Tommy Lee Jones). The two old friends are now cattle ranchers and their journey takes them from Texas to Montana on a cattle drive with a group of cowhands.

Throughout the series, Gus and Call encounter various challenges and obstacles that test their friendship and their mettle. They navigate their way through Indian Territory, conflicts with rival cowboys, rustlers, and storms. Along the way, they are joined by a diverse group of characters, including lawmen, outlaws, prostitutes, and other colorful characters.

One of the most powerful storylines of the series is the relationship between Gus and Clara Allen (Anjelica Huston), a woman who the two rangers knew during their early years in Texas. Her husband has recently died, and she is looking to start a new life. Gus and Clara share a strong bond and affection for each other, but they are never able to fully pursue a romantic relationship due to their loyalty to their friend Call.

The series also explores the themes of honor, loyalty, and the price of violence. The characters are complex and richly drawn, reflecting the harsh realities of life in the Old West. The show is not just a horse opera, but a thoughtful and human drama that explores character traits, moral dilemmas, and the powerful bonds of friendship.

One of the standout performances in the series is Danny Glover's portrayal of Joshua Deets, a black ex-slave who has become a skilled marksman and loyal friend to Gus and Woodrow. His character adds depth and complexity to the story and is a reminder of the racial tensions that existed in the Old West.

Another strong performance comes from Ricky Schroder, who portrays Newt Dobbs, the illegitimate son of Gus. Newt is a conflicted character who struggles to find his place in the world and reconcile his love for his father with his own desire for independence.

The series is notable for its stunning cinematography, which captures the vast landscapes and sweeping vistas of the American West. The attention to detail in the props, costumes, and set design is also impressive, immersing viewers in the historical period.

In conclusion, Lonesome Dove: The Series is an outstanding western drama that builds on the success of the original miniseries. The all-star cast delivers strong performances, and the storyline explores the complexities of the human condition through the lens of the Old West. The series is a true classic and a must-see for any fan of the western genre.

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21. Snowbound
March 18, 1995
Curtis Wells is cut off from the rest of the world until the snow clears in the passes. Newt and Kearny rescue a group of minors lost in the mountains and near frozen to death.
Ties That Bind
20. Ties That Bind
March 18, 1995
Newt is ambushed and left for dead by a prisoner he is escorting to the gallows.
The List
19. The List
March 18, 1995
Mountain man, CURTIS, strikes gold near the town that bears his name and returns a rich man.
18. Rebellion
March 18, 1995
Newt trails horses to Sweetwater, only to find the deal he made with the livery no longer stands.
17. Traveller
March 18, 1995
When photographer, CLAUDIA HARRELL sets up her camera in Curtis Wells she creates a stir because she doesn't act or dress like most frontier women.
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
16. Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
March 18, 1995
Newt and Hannah travel to Bismark to attend BUFFALO BILL'S WILD WEST SHOW, and end up helping Bill stave off financial ruin and keep his beloved show on the stage.
Blood Money
15. Blood Money
March 18, 1995
When TRAVIS PACKARD returns to Curtis Wells after three years in prison for bank robbery, he's welcomed by some, mistrusted by others.
The Road Home
14. The Road Home
March 18, 1995
The Hell Bitch is captured by Crow braves and Newt is left stranded.
Law and Order
13. Law and Order
March 18, 1995
When men attempting to purchase their land threaten Newt and Hannah, Newt turns to Curtis Wells' newest citizen, SHERIF OWEDN KEARNY for help.
High Lonesome
12. High Lonesome
March 18, 1995
In Sweetwater, Austin kills Emile Tousaint in a bar fight. His gang seeks revenge.
11. Firebrand
March 18, 1995
When Newt and Hannah lose control of their new stallion FIREBRAND, he is stopped by JOHN LAWSON, a homesteader traveling with his wife to Oregon City.
Where The Heart Is
10. Where The Heart Is
March 18, 1995
Rustlers ambush Newt as he drives cattle belonging to the residents of Curtis Wells toward the railhead.
Ballad Of A Gunfighter
9. Ballad Of A Gunfighter
March 18, 1995
A dispute over a woman pits Austin against a disgruntled cowboy who turns out to be a famous gunfighter, VERN PARKER.
Last Stand
8. Last Stand
March 18, 1995
Newt and Buffalo Bill team up to find the legendary Indian Chief, Iron Bow, when he goes AWOL from reserve land.
Long Shot
7. Long Shot
March 18, 1995
Coming from different directions, Newt and Mosby join forces to pursue whiskey traders.
Duty Bound
6. Duty Bound
March 18, 1995
Needing money to complete work on the cabin, Newt hires on as a scout for the Army, little knowing that his assignment will be tracking down deserters.
Judgement Day
5. Judgement Day
March 18, 1995
Newt and Hannah struggle to make ends meet. Newt and Austin go on a hunting trip.
Wild Horses
4. Wild Horses
March 18, 1995
A young boy witnesses the slaughter of his family by a ruthless gang of horse thieves. Meanwhile, a convicted swindler en route to prison wins an unexpected reprieve when the marshall escorting him (CALEB POWLER) drops dead. The prisoner takes the marshall's name and, reaching Curtis Wells, impersonates him. In doing so, he has the opportunity to redeem his past cowardice - until Newt recognizes that he's indeed an imposter. In a climatic siege, Caleb actually gets the chance to prove himself, winning Newt's respect and the freedom he'd long since given up on.
When Wilt Thou Blow
3. When Wilt Thou Blow
March 18, 1995
Josiah finally gives Newt and Hannah his blessing to marry, and the two begin to plan the big day.
Down Comes The Rain
2. Down Comes The Rain
March 18, 1995
Mosby and Shelby are revealed to be in league with the men who attacked Ida Grayson. Mosby leads Newt and Aaron to the men and shoots them dead.
O Western Wind
1. O Western Wind
September 9, 1994
Ida Grayson shows up in Curtis Wells to meet up with her husband, but the proprietor of the hotel refuses to rent her a room because of her skin color.
  • Premiere Date
    September 9, 1994
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (24,748)