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Release Date:
6 February 1977 (USA) See more »
The Macahans, a family from Virginia headed by Zeb Macahan, travel across the country to pioneer a new land and a new home in the American West. Full summary »
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 137)

James Arness ... Zeb Macahan (25 episodes, 1976-1979)

Bruce Boxleitner ... Luke Macahan (25 episodes, 1976-1979)
Kathryn Holcomb ... Laura Macahan / ... (25 episodes, 1976-1979)
William Kirby Cullen ... Josh Macahan (25 episodes, 1976-1979)
Vicki Schreck ... Jessie Macahan (25 episodes, 1976-1979)

Fionnula Flanagan ... Molly Culhane (21 episodes, 1978-1979)

Series Directed by
Vincent McEveety (14 episodes, 1977-1979)
Bernard McEveety (13 episodes, 1976-1978)
Burt Kennedy (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
Daniel Mann (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
Barry Crane (2 episodes, 1979)
Joseph Pevney (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Writing credits
John Mantley (17 episodes, 1976-1979)
Earl W. Wallace (16 episodes, 1976-1979)
Calvin Clements Jr. (14 episodes, 1977-1979)
Katharyn Powers (7 episodes, 1976-1978)
Ron Bishop (6 episodes, 1976-1979)
William Kelley (6 episodes, 1976-1978)
Colley Cibber (5 episodes, 1976-1978)
Calvin Clements Sr. (4 episodes, 1976-1979)
Jim Byrnes (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
Jack Miller (2 episodes, 1978)
Ray Goldrup (2 episodes, 1979)
Steve Hayes (2 episodes, 1979)
Albert S. Ruddy (1 episode, 1976)
Howard Fast (1 episode, 1978)

Series Produced by
John Mantley .... executive producer (21 episodes, 1976-1979)
John G. Stephens .... producer (20 episodes, 1976-1979)
John A. Fegan Jr. .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1976-1979)
Jim Byrnes .... producer / executive producer (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
Jeffrey Hayden .... producer (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Original Music by
Bruce Broughton (11 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jerrold Immel (8 episodes, 1976-1978)
John Carl Parker (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Cinematography by
Edward R. Plante (20 episodes, 1976-1979)
Jack Woolf (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Film Editing by
Steven C. Brown (5 episodes, 1976-1979)
Gregory Prange (5 episodes, 1976-1979)
John A. Fegan Jr. (4 episodes, 1976-1979)
Henry Batista (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
William B. Gulick (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Joe Morrisey (3 episodes, 1979)
Neil MacDonald (2 episodes, 1976-1979)
Series Casting by
Gary Shaffer (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Pam Polifroni (3 episodes, 1979)
Series Production Design by
Archie J. Bacon (1 episode, 1979)
Series Art Direction by
Archie J. Bacon (5 episodes, 1976-1979)
Series Set Decoration by
Herman N. Schoenbrun (6 episodes, 1976-1979)
Series Makeup Department
Richard Cobos .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1976-1979)
Mary Hadley .... hairdresser / hair stylist (4 episodes, 1976-1979)
Joan Phillips .... hairdresser / hair stylist (3 episodes, 1976-1979)
Al Fleming .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Lola Kemp .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Bob Westmoreland .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Marlene D. Williams .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Tony Lane .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1979)
Walter Schenk .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1976)
Series Production Management
Hal Klein .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1976-1979)
Kurt Neumann .... unit production manager (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Kusley .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1976-1979)
Carol Smetana .... second assistant director (7 episodes, 1978)
Lawrence S. Brooks .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1979)
Mary Lou MacLaury .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1979)
Lorin Bennett Salob .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1979)
Michael Daves .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
William McGarry .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Gerald Walsh .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Robert M. Beche .... assistant director (1 episode, 1976)
Series Art Department
Earl W. Huntoon Jr. .... property master (7 episodes, 1976-1979)
Earl Gawthorpe .... property master (5 episodes, 1979)
Dean Wilson .... property master (3 episodes, 1976-1977)

Alan Sims .... leadman (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Hal Watkins .... sound (6 episodes, 1976-1979)
Larry Hadsell .... sound (6 episodes, 1979)
Gene Garvin .... sound (5 episodes, 1979)
Dick McCarthy .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1979)
Tom C. McCarthy .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1979)
Barry Thomas .... sound (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Jack Cheap .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1979)

Ken Dufva .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Charles Schulthies .... special effects (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Bill Balles .... special effects (3 episodes, 1979)
Series Stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (5 episodes, 1979)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Ben Bates .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1979)
Richard Lundin .... action coordinator (3 episodes, 1979)
Dean Smith .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 1976)

Russ Dodson .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Dennis Lehane .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Neil Summers .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Stafford .... assistant camera (11 episodes, 1979)

Johnny E. Jensen .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes, 1978)
Michael D. O'Shea .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1978)
Ron Anderson .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Don E. FauntLeRoy .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gilda Craig .... wardrobe: women (4 episodes, 1976-1979)
Chad Harwood .... wardrobe: men (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Yvonne Kubis .... wardrobe: women (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Ed Sunley .... wardrobe: men (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Robert Magahay .... wardrobe: men (3 episodes, 1979)
Series Editorial Department
Ron Honthaner .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Michael J. Sheridan .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Robert Souders .... additional editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor (7 episodes, 1976-1979)
Joanie Diener .... music editor (6 episodes, 1979)
Jerrold Immel .... composer: theme music / music by / ... (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Scott Perry Jr. .... music editor (5 episodes, 1979)
Joe Tuley .... music editor (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Transportation Department
Randy Peters .... driver (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Rita Lundin .... wrangler (12 episodes, 1976-1979)
Jim Byrnes .... developed for television by (6 episodes, 1976-1979)
John Dutton .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1976-1979)
Albert S. Ruddy .... developed for television by (6 episodes, 1976-1979)
Calvin Clements Sr. .... executive story consultant (4 episodes, 1976-1979)
Ron R. Kinsey .... co-operator: Soutwest Museum (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Richard Lundin .... lead wrangler / action coordinator (3 episodes, 1976-1977)

Tom Blomquist .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Calvin Spencer .... double: Lloyd Bridges (unknown episodes)
Sharon Thurgood .... studio teacher (unknown episodes)
Jack N. Young .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
Ron R. Kinsey .... acknowledgment: cooperation (1 episode, 1976)

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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The Russian hunting expedition that serves as the basis for conflict with the Sioux tribes of the Dakotas in the miniseries, is based on the actual highly publicized state visit to the United States by Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia in 1871-72. The miniseries fictionalizes the historic meeting between the Sioux, the visiting Russians and their US Army hosts, into fabricated subplots of hostility and violence that devolve into a melodramatic tale of poaching, kidnapping, murder, political crisis, warfare and genocide before the absurdity reaches its climax with a ritual suicide. Thankfully, history records a far more benign encounter with the Sioux during the Grand Duke's visit. US Army preparations for the hunt were conducted well in advance of the Russian hunting expedition. The assistance of William "Buffalo" Cody was employed in negotiations with the Sioux. Rather than being itinerant poachers on Sioux lands as portrayed in the miniseries, the US government provided the Sioux tribes under Chief Spotted Tail with a wagon train containing tons of coffee, sugar, tobacco and other provisions in exchange for the use of the Sioux hunting grounds. Spotted Tail and hundreds of warriors greeted the expedition at the expedition's camp and received the Grand Duke and his party as guests of the Sioux nation. Not only did the Sioux approve of the hunt, they participated in it, being eager to demonstrate their style of horsemanship and marksmanship to the "great white chief from across the water".See more »
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
I just love it!, 2 May 2003
Author: sonie from Norway

How the west was won, was sendt on tv in Norway in they early eigthies. I'v never forgot it, and has waited and waited for a rerun, or that dvd's or vhs's should show up in the stores. Can't wait to see it again, but so far my wish has not come thru. I had like most of the girls in Norway, a hugh crush on Luke and Wolf Paw! And the week could'nt go fast enough, waiting for the next episode. My highest wish for the future is that the whole series will be released on dvd, so I can buy it and see it as much as i want to. And I know that many in Norway would agree with me, we never forgot the Macahans, and saturday night on tv has'nt been the same since!!!!!!!!!!


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