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The Young Riders: Season 3: Episode 22 -- With the Civil War looming, Cody enlists as a Union scout.
The Young Riders: Season 3: Episode 22 -- Hickok and the Kid brawl, and Lou and the Kid marry.
The Young Riders: Season 3: Episode 20 -- Hickok defends a town cowed by five outlaws; Lou isn't sure she wants to sacrifice her freedom for marriage.
The Young Riders: Season 3: Episode 19 -- A vengeful gunfighter (Wings Hauser) tests Teaspoon's integrity; Teaspoon's third wife wants to reconcile.
The Young Riders: Season 3: Episode 18 -- Hickok and Teaspoon realize their friendship with a dying black man will transcend the impending Civil War.


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 (Series Cast Summary - 13 of 68)

Stephen Baldwin ... William F. Cody (67 episodes, 1989-1992)

Josh Brolin ... James Butler Hickok (67 episodes, 1989-1992)

Ty Miller ... The Kid (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
Gregg Rainwater ... Running Buck Cross (67 episodes, 1989-1992)

Yvonne Suhor ... Louise McCloud (67 episodes, 1989-1992)

Anthony Zerbe ... Teaspoon Hunter (67 episodes, 1989-1992)

Travis Fine ... Ike McSwain (51 episodes, 1989-1991)

Don Franklin ... Noah Dixon (43 episodes, 1990-1992)
Clare Wren ... Rachel Dunne (43 episodes, 1990-1992)

Brett Cullen ... Marshal Sam Cain (24 episodes, 1989-1990)

Melissa Leo ... Emma Shannon (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
Don Collier ... William Tompkins, Shop Keeper / ... (24 episodes, 1989-1992)

Christopher Pettiet ... Jesse James (21 episodes, 1991-1992)

Series Directed by
Virgil W. Vogel (18 episodes, 1989-1991)
James Keach (9 episodes, 1990-1992)
Lee H. Katzin (6 episodes, 1989-1992)
Joseph L. Scanlan (6 episodes, 1990-1992)
George Mendeluk (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael Preece (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Aaron Lipstadt (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Guy Magar (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Writing credits
Ed Spielman (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
Steven Baum (14 episodes, 1989-1992)
Raymond Hartung (11 episodes, 1989-1992)
Charles Grant Craig (10 episodes, 1990-1992)
James L. Novack (4 episodes, 1990-1992)
Christopher Thinnes (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Scott Shepherd (4 episodes, 1992)
Deidre Le Blanc (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Tony Blake (3 episodes, 1990)
Paul Jackson (3 episodes, 1990)
Richard Clayman (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Janet Himelstein (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jacqueline Zambrano (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Dennis Cooper (2 episodes, 1989)
Delle Chatman (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
William Hasley (2 episodes, 1990)
Howard Spielman (2 episodes, 1990)
Donald Marcus (2 episodes, 1991)
Sam Cooper (2 episodes, 1992)
Todd Robinson (2 episodes, 1992)

Series Produced by
Tony Palermo .... associate producer (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
Jonas McCord .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
Steven Baum .... producer / co-producer (4 episodes, 1991)
Raymond Hartung .... producer / co-producer (4 episodes, 1991)
Larry Rapaport .... coordinating producer (4 episodes, 1991)
Josh Kane .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael Ogiens .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Charles Grant Craig .... co-producer (3 episodes, 1991)
James Keach .... producer (3 episodes, 1991)
Series Original Music by
John Debney (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
Series Cinematography by
Earl L. Clark (3 episodes, 1990-1991)

Ross A. Maehl (unknown episodes, 1990)
Bob Moore (unknown episodes)
John Toll (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Mark Melnick (2 episodes, 1990)

Ed Rothkowitz (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Mary Jo Slater (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
Sharon Bialy (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Rick Millikan (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Production Design by
Anthony Brockliss (3 episodes, 1989-1990)

Michael Baugh (unknown episodes)
Larry Warwick (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Mary Swanson (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Makeup Department
Charles Blackman .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Kim Santantonio .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Gloria Blackman .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1990)

Michael Key .... makeup supervisor (unknown episodes)
Alicia M. Tripi .... key hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Andrew Gonzales .... post-production executive (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
Mary Pat Avery .... post-production supervisor (43 episodes, 1990-1992)
Bruce A. Pobjoy .... post-production supervisor (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
Larry Rapaport .... production manager (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
Christopher Seitz .... executive in charge of production (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laura Petticord .... second second assistant director (43 episodes, 1990-1992)
Craig Beaudine .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Nancy Henkle Green .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Art Department
Larry D. Koszakovszky .... prop assistant (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
Brian McGuinn .... carpenter (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
Robert DePatis .... construction coordinator (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
David DeCamp .... property master (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Barbara Anne Bock .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 1990)

Tommy Estridge .... property master (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Susan Moore-Chong .... sound mixer (61 episodes, 1989-1992)
Bob Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
John J. Stephens .... sound re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Gary Wright .... sound effects (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
B. Tennyson Sebastian II .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Stan Gordon .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1990)

Marty Church .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
Paul J. Diller .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
John Hays .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Jim Hilton .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Sherry Klein .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Catt LeBaigue .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Mark L. Mangino .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Timothy Pearson .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Craig T. Rosevear .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Michael Stern .... assistant sound engineer (unknown episodes)
Steven Ticknor .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Donald Zenz .... utility sound (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Bruce Mattox .... special effects (3 episodes, 1990-1991)

Clifton Dance .... special effects assistant (unknown episodes)
Ken Speed .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Thomas Baker .... motion control camera (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Richard Burch .... stunts (9 episodes, 1990-1992)
Monty Stuart .... stunt coordinator (4 episodes, 1989-1991)

Cinda-Lin James .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Ronald Jaynes .... stunt performer (unknown episodes)
Monty L. Simons .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Sassen .... gaffer (43 episodes, 1990-1992)
Clifton Dance .... grip (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Brian McGuinn .... grip (21 episodes, 1990-1991)
Amy La Licata .... assistant camera (12 episodes, 1989)
Paul Maibaum .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1989)
Paul Threlkeld .... key grip (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
Michael Frediani .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1990)
Ross A. Maehl .... chief lighting technician (2 episodes, 1990)

John T. Connor .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Randy Feemster .... camera operator: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Steve Mathis .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Joseph D. Urbanczyk .... director of photography: second unit (unknown episodes)
Tony Whitman .... key grip (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Andrew Reid .... casting assistant / extras casting assistant (9 episodes, 1990-1991)
David Sherry .... casting assistant (6 episodes, 1992)
Sharon Bialy .... original casting (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Richard Pagano .... original casting (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Hyde .... set costume / key set costumer (45 episodes, 1989-1991)
Patrick Cummings .... costumer (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
Frances Harrison Hays .... costume supervisor (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Series Editorial Department
John Potter .... colorist (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
Jim Passon .... color timer (66 episodes, 1989-1992)
John Kawamoto .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Music Department
John Debney .... composer: theme music (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
Richard S. Kaufman .... music supervisor (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor (2 episodes, 1989-1991)
Leslie Whitfield .... music editor (2 episodes, 1990)

Brad Dechter .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Daniel Quick .... transportation coordinator (1 episode, 1991)
Series Other crew
Deena Burkett .... main title sequence designed and produced by / main title sequence designer (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
Bill Millar .... main title sequence designed and produced by / main title sequence designer (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
Sonja Solomun .... assistant production accountant (67 episodes, 1989-1992)
Jay Rabins .... production coordinator (64 episodes, 1989-1992)
Marrissa O'Leary .... business affairs (43 episodes, 1990-1992)
Erica Bennett .... writers assistant (24 episodes, 1989-1990)
Suzie Sax .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 1989-1992)
Andrew Reid .... production assistant (12 episodes, 1991-1992)
Tracey Duke .... script supervisor intern (9 episodes, 1989-1990)
Richard Lundin .... wrangler (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
Bruce Margolis .... location manager (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
Raymond Hartung .... executive story editor (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Steven Baum .... executive story editor (2 episodes, 1990)
Karen L. Carson .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1990)
Janel Diersing .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1990)
Ed Spielman .... creative consultant (2 episodes, 1990)

Leah Kerr .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Quinn Kristian Koeniges .... set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Terrance C. Leavey .... re-enactor coordinator (unknown episodes)
Sonny Ritscher .... assistant production accountant (unknown episodes)

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The 19th Century Greatest Generation, 16 June 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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.

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