The adventures of the riders of the Pony Express.

Creator:

Reviews
Popularity
882 ( 15)

On Disc

at Amazon

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1   Unknown  
1992   1991   1990   1989  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Magnificent Seven (1998–2000)
Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When an Indian village is threatened by ex-Confederate soldiers, several villagers head out to seek help. They recruit seven men, each with unique skills, who return to the village and take... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Close, Michael Biehn, Ron Perlman
The Sentinel (1996–1999)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After spending years in the Peruvian jungle during his tour in Army Special Forces, Cascade PD Detective James Ellison developed hyperactive senses, which came back to him five years after ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Burgi, Garett Maggart, Bruce A. Young
China Beach (1988–1991)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Dateline: November 1967, within klicks of Danang, Vietnam, sits a U.S. Army base, bar and hospital on China Beach. This is the 'Nam, filled with wounded soldiers and one very lovely but ... See full summary »

Stars: Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Robert Picardo
Buckskin (1958–1959)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Annie O'Connell's boarding house in Buckskin, Montana, in 1880, is the setting for dramas unfolding for travelers and townies alike. Stories are seen through the eyes of 10-year-old Jody.

Stars: Tom Nolan, Sally Brophy, Mike Road
Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Young Jim Craig returns to his home in the Australian high country. He finds that things are not as he left them - his girlfriend is being pursued by another man, and her father doesn't want Jim back into her life.

Director: Geoff Burrowes
Stars: Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton, Brian Dennehy
TekWar (1994–1996)
Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The year is 2045 and "tek," a highly addictive computer-based reality drug takes the users of the drug into a fantasy world. Jake Cardigan, a cop who was jailed on trumped charges, is hired... See full summary »

Stars: Greg Evigan, William Shatner, Natalie Radford
The Blue and the Gray (TV Mini-Series 1982)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent.

Stars: Stacy Keach, John Hammond, Diane Baker
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of two friends and their families on opposite sides of the American Civil War.

Stars: Kirstie Alley, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.

Stars: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine
Viper (TV Series 1994)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In the near future, an organized crime group known as the "Outfit" has become a major force in America. Engineer Julian Wilkes develops a high-tech crime-fighting vehicle called the Viper, ... See full summary »

Stars: James McCaffrey, Joe Nipote, Dorian Harewood
Life Goes On (1989–1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A TV-series about the life of the Thatchers, especially "Corky", that has Down syndrome but goes to ordinary school ("mainstreaming). We get into their problems and joys. Drew Thatcher's ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Smitrovich, Patti LuPone, Chris Burke
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Ron Ford, Dennis Lehane, Kerry Wallum
Edit

Cast

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)
...
 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 / ... (26 episodes, 1989-1992)
...
 Marshal Sam Cain (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
...
 Emma Shannon (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
...
 Jesse James (21 episodes, 1991-1992)
Edit

Storyline

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 <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Romance | Western

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I ragazzi della prateria  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Pony Express operated for only 18 months. It greatly reduced the time it took for messages to reach from the east coast to the west coast. However, the invention of the telegraph soon followed. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The 19th Century Greatest Generation
16 June 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

What do MASH and The Young Riders have in common? It's an interesting answer and you'd guess it immediately if you know your history. Both television series lasted longer than the historical event they were set in. MASH which ran over ten years was longer than the three years of the actual Korean War.

The Young Riders lasted for 3 seasons and in real life The Pony Express was started in 1860 and lasted until the beginning of the Civil War. Technology replaced horses, the telegraph invented almost 20 years earlier finally spanned the continent.

Still for its brief time, The Pony Express which was run under government contract by the famous western freighting firm of Russell, Majors&Waddell certainly earned its colorful place in our history. In doing the television show the producers went back into what used to be done in Hollywood westerns, take some frontier legends and weave plots around the names that had nothing to do with real life.

According to this show Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickok and Jesse James all rode for the Pony Express. Of the group only Cody did in real life and he was all of 14 at the time. Stephen Baldwin was a bit older than the real Cody during his Pony Express period. Of course in the film Pony Express the mature Charlton Heston played Cody and Baldwin was certainly closer than him.

In that same film Forrest Tucker played Wild Bill Hickok. Hickok would have been in his early twenties as Josh Brolin was at the time of the series and he did work for Russell,Majors&Waddell at the time. But he was a teamster, he drove their freight wagons. He was too old to be a Young Rider. In fact that was what the Pony Express looked for, young riders, teenage boys looking for a little adventure and a chance to make a decent wage. To those farm and ranch kids trying to make a living off the land, this was a great opportunity.

A third western legend, a child actually at this time also joined The Pony Express. Young Christopher Pettiet played Jesse James who never had any connection at all with the Pony Express joined the cast in the third and final season. He was a fine young player and his death from a drug overdose in 2000 was a tragic end to a promising career.

The rest of the cast reflected some of the issues of the times. There was a southern kid simply called The Kid who was played by Ty Miller. Gregg Rainwater played an American Indian young rider, Travis Fine was a mute young rider, Don Franklin joined the cast as a runaway slave escaped to the free west in the third season as a young rider.

The most interesting gimmick was Yvonne Suhor who was going in incognito drag. I don't think the rules of The Pony Express expressly forbade women in its employ, but they sure didn't provide any separate accommodations in those relay stations. For about half the first season, no one knew she was a women. Then it finally came out, though at first only relay station manager Anthony Zerbe knew.

Zerbe played a colorful western type character who must have felt like he was running a summer camp. But these kids were there to work and their work created a legend that's come down to us today. If the young people of the World War II era are the Greatest Generation of the last century, than those who were in the Pony Express who joined the Union and Confederate Armies of the time in an awful Civil War, were the 19th Century Greatest Generation. The awful tragedy is that this generation was busy killing each other in that the USA be preserved and free for all.

When The Young Riders ended its run, the various cast members left the disbanded Pony Express to whatever destiny their consciences told them where to go. It was a moving finale to the series and something played out across the United States of America and the Confederate States of America in thousands of homes.

Despite some really bad historical inaccuracies, The Young Riders was a fine series and I wish it lasted a bit longer.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anyone heard about season's 2 and 3 comong to DVD yet? SuperNatural01983
Young Riders Survivor Nirvanaliz23
Fave Character Nirvanaliz23
The Hottest Young Rider? jabcountry
Fave lines someone_somewhere
Seasons 1-3 on Netflix!! MelLotti
Discuss The Young Riders (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?