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Writers:
Jim Byrnes (developed for television by)
Howard Fast (episodes)
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Contact:
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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
25 October 1979 (Belgium) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Two thumbs way way up!!!! See more (9 total) »

Cast

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James Arness ... Zeb Macahan (24 episodes, 1978-1979)

Fionnula Flanagan ... Molly Culhane (24 episodes, 1978-1979)

Bruce Boxleitner ... Luke Macahan (24 episodes, 1978-1979)
Kathryn Holcomb ... Laura Macahan / ... (24 episodes, 1978-1979)
William Kirby Cullen ... Josh Macahan (24 episodes, 1978-1979)
Vicki Schreck ... Jessie Macahan (24 episodes, 1978-1979)
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Series Directed by
Vincent McEveety (14 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bernard McEveety (13 episodes, 1978)
Barry Crane (2 episodes, 1979)
Joseph Pevney (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Writing credits
John Mantley (16 episodes, 1978-1979)
Earl W. Wallace (15 episodes, 1978-1979)
Calvin Clements Jr. (14 episodes, 1978-1979)
Calvin Clements Sr. (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Katharyn Powers (4 episodes, 1978)
Colley Cibber (3 episodes, 1978)
William Kelley (3 episodes, 1978)
Ron Bishop (2 episodes, 1979)
Ray Goldrup (2 episodes, 1979)
Steve Hayes (2 episodes, 1979)
Jim Byrnes (1 episode, 1978)
Albert S. Ruddy (1 episode, 1978)

Howard Fast (unknown episodes)
Jack Miller (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
John G. Stephens .... producer (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
John A. Fegan Jr. .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
John Mantley .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Original Music by
Bruce Broughton (2 episodes, 1979)
John Carl Parker (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Cinematography by
Edward R. Plante (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Film Editing by
Steven C. Brown (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Gregory Prange (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Joe Morrisey (3 episodes, 1979)
Neil MacDonald (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Casting by
Pam Polifroni (3 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Production Design by
Archie J. Bacon (1 episode, 1979)
 
Series Art Direction by
Archie J. Bacon (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Herman N. Schoenbrun (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Makeup Department
Richard Cobos .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Mary Hadley .... hairdresser / hair stylist (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Joan Phillips .... hairdresser / hair stylist (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Tony Lane .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1979)
Walter Schenk .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1978)
 
Series Production Management
Hal Klein .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Kusley .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
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)
Gerald Walsh .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1978)
Robert M. Beche .... assistant director (1 episode, 1978)
 
Series Art Department
Earl W. Huntoon Jr. .... property master (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Earl Gawthorpe .... property master (5 episodes, 1979)

Alan Sims .... leadman (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Larry Hadsell .... sound (6 episodes, 1979)
Gene Garvin .... sound (5 episodes, 1979)
Hal Watkins .... sound (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Dick McCarthy .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1979)
Tom C. McCarthy .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1979)
Jack Cheap .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Special Effects by
Bill Balles .... special effects (3 episodes, 1979)
Charles Schulthies .... special effects (1 episode, 1978)
 
Series Stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (5 episodes, 1979)
Ben Bates .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1979)
Richard Lundin .... action coordinator (3 episodes, 1979)
Dean Smith .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 1978)

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)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gilda Craig .... wardrobe: women (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
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
Joanie Diener .... music editor (6 episodes, 1979)
Scott Perry Jr. .... music editor (5 episodes, 1979)
Harry V. Lojewski .... music supervisor (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jerrold Immel .... composer: theme music (3 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Other crew
Rita Lundin .... wrangler (11 episodes, 1979)
Calvin Clements Sr. .... executive story consultant (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jim Byrnes .... developed for television by (3 episodes, 1979)
John Dutton .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1979)
Albert S. Ruddy .... developed for television by (3 episodes, 1979)

Ron R. Kinsey .... co-operator: Soutwest Museum (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, 1978)
 

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Runtime:
USA:60 min (25 episodes) | USA:60 min (20 episodes)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The first shot of the title sequence where the camera zooms over the treetops of Oregon's Rogue River was first used in Gunsmoke: The River [1972] which was filmed along the Rogue River.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows The Macahans (1976) (TV)See more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Two thumbs way way up!!!!, 24 March 2007
Author: hzenzenberger from Canada

I agree with everyone else, excellent show. Considering some of the crap that they put on DVD, I am very disappointed that this mini-series is not available.

Best Mini-Series of all time in my opinion. I saw it 20 years ago and would buy it in a second if it came out on DVD. I just hope it wouldn't be like watching Billy Jack 15 years later. Oh....my....God, did I really think that was good the first time around? I was only a teenager when I first watched "The West" but my parents and my brothers all really enjoyed it too. We all thought it depicted the west how it really was, not as one of those phony westerns that are common to the big screen.

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