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Writers:
Jim Byrnes (developed for television by)
Howard Fast (episodes)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3
Release Date:
6 February 1977 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Best ever TV series See more (21 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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
Roger C. Burford III .... propmaker (11 episodes, 1979)
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
Chuck Schulthies Jr. .... special effects assistant (14 episodes, 1978)
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 Location Management
Jack N. Young .... location manager (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)
 
Series Thanks
Ron R. Kinsey .... acknowledgment: cooperation (1 episode, 1976)
 

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Trivia:
Luke and Josh Macahan were called Seth and Jed in the pilot.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows The Macahans (1976) (TV)See more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Best ever TV series, 25 September 2006
Author: liv-leggitt from United Kingdom

This must be the best ever series made for TV. I have for years been looking for this to come on video or DVD, but with no luck in finding it as yet. I am not giving up hope, though, as I have just read that it is obviously very popular still. I watched it in Norway about 25 years ago when I was only about 14, but I still remember the series very clearly. I absolutely love it and hope that there will be a box set made with the entire collection of episodes from "The Macahans" and "How The West Was Won" and the films. It must be the best ever western series, with the actor James Arness as the perfect man for the job. All the actors are brilliant and really drags you into the story. A must have for all western fans all over the planet. Brilliant!!!

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