The adventures of the riders of the Pony Express.

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 William F. Cody (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
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 James Butler Hickok (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
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 The Kid (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
Gregg Rainwater ...
 Running Buck Cross (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
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 Louise McCloud (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
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 Teaspoon Hunter (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
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 Ike McSwain (51 episodes, 1989-1991)
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 Noah Dixon (43 episodes, 1990-1992)
Clare Wren ...
 Rachel Dunne (43 episodes, 1990-1992)
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 Marshal Sam Cain (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
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 Emma Shannon (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
Don Collier ...
 William Tompkins, Shop Keeper / ... (25 episodes, 1989-1992)
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 Jesse James (21 episodes, 1991-1992)
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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>

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20 September 1989 (USA)  »

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The recruitment ad read: Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over 18. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred. See more »

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Young Riders are missed
28 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I, and many friends, miss this show. While there were many liberties taken in the writing of the show it was very entertaining. The actors did exceptional jobs of expressing the mood and attitudes of the mid 1800's just prior to the Civil War. The Plight of the Native American people was highlighted in several episodes as was slavery. The writers used and developed characters to portray person's trapped in the non-white world. One character, Buck, played by Gregg Rainwater, developed over the three seasons from a relatively minor character of mixed blood to a highly intelligent, well read person who completely broke the misconception of the ignorant drunk Indian. I feel more could have been done with the Civil War aspect of the show but they chose to end it instead. I'm hoping this show will be released to DVD as I would like my children to see it.


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