The adventures of the riders of the Pony Express.


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Complete series cast summary:
 William F. Cody (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
 James Butler Hickok (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
 The Kid (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
Gregg Rainwater ...
 Running Buck Cross (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
Yvonne Suhor ...
 Louise McCloud (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
 Teaspoon Hunter (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
 Ike McSwain (51 episodes, 1989-1991)
 Noah Dixon (43 episodes, 1990-1992)
Clare Wren ...
 Rachel Dunne (43 episodes, 1990-1992)
 William Tompkins, Shop Keeper / ... (29 episodes, 1989-1992)
 Marshal Sam Cain (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
 Emma Shannon (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
 Jesse James (21 episodes, 1991-1992)


Set just before the American Civil War, this series presented a highly fictionalized account of the heyday of the Pony Express. Its focus was a group of young Express riders based at the waystation in Sweetwater, Kansas. Running the station was ex-Texas Ranger and all-around eccentric Teaspoon Hunter. The role of cook, housekeeper and mother hen was filled first by Emma and later by Rachel. The riders included the future "Buffalo Bill" Cody and James Butler ("Wild Bill") Hickok, as well as Ike, a mute, Buck, a half-White/half-Kiowa scout and the Kid, a quiet Southerner. Their final member was Lou, a young woman who lived and worked with the riders disguised as a boy. In second season, their group was joined by Noah Dixon. Written by Marg Baskin <>

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20 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I ragazzi della prateria  »

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William Cody (better known as Buffalo Bill) is perhaps the best known rider of the Pony Express. See more »

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The Young Riders
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First of all I want to say that I LOVE this show. This was the first new show I watched with my parents as a family on a regular basis, and was second only to The Waltons. The characters are fantastic, it's action-packed, romantic, emotional, and just overall endearing. I believe this show is one of the main reasons that I love American History so much, to this day I search for anything I can find about the Pony Express. And now it has been released on DVD (just season 1 so far), and I have been watching at least one episode a day, reliving the love I felt for this show when I saw it as a young girl who started off simply loving it because it had beautiful horses and a girl that was just as good as the boys.

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