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Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: The Kid

20 September 1989
In this, the pilot episode, we are introduced to six Pony Express riders, their sage mentor and boss, Teaspoon, their station mother, Emma, and the local marshal, Sam, as well as the concept of the Pony Express itself. More specifically, The Kid earns his trusty horse, Katy, learns a little about the nature of good and evil, and becomes the first to discover Lou's secret.

Season 1, Episode 2: Gunfighter

21 September 1989
When Hickok accidentally insults a professional gunfighter, Emma attempts to step between them. Apologies and promises are not enough, however, to keep Hickok from his destiny.

Season 1, Episode 3: Home of the Brave

28 September 1989
When the Kiowa begin to attack white settlements and civilians, Buck must decide between loyalty to his Kiowa brother and to the obligations and friendships he has found with the Pony Express. In the meantime, Lou, Hickok and Cody get into a fight with Tompkins and his men because of the shopkeeper's insults against Buck.

Season 1, Episode 4: Speak No Evil

5 October 1989
While on an Express run, Ike witnesses a terrible stagecoach massacre and finds himself unable to take the life of the gang's leader. The man is apprehended, however, and it is up to the Riders to ensure Ike's safe passage to the courthouse where he can testify.

Season 1, Episode 5: Bad Blood

12 October 1989
Lou ventures back to the orphanage where she grew up in order to see her younger brother and sister for the first time in five years. However her estranged father, a villainous gunrunner, has taken the children to his canyon fortress. Can Lou rescue her siblings and keep her secret from the other Riders?

Season 1, Episode 6: Black Ulysses

26 October 1989
When an escaped slave helps around Emma's farm and saves The Kid's horse, Katy, from a fire, the Riders must decide whether to obey the law - the Fugitive Slave Act - or act to save a man who has suffered a life of injustice and cruelty.

Season 1, Episode 7: Ten-Cent Hero

2 November 1989
After Jimmy insults a dime novel author named Marcus, he suffers the consequences of much unwanted notoriety as the exaggerated subject of Marcus's newest novel. Guns blazing, hired hitmen and toughs arrive in Sweetwater, determined to take down Wild Bill Hickok, the fastest gun in the West.

Season 1, Episode 8: False Colors

9 November 1989
The Kid's estranged brother Jed is up to no good. After bushwhacking an Army detachment and stealing their identities, Jed and his gang ingratiate themselves with the Riders while angling to receive a gold shipment intended for the US Government. When Sam becomes suspicious, The Kid must decide between family and justice.

Season 1, Episode 9: A Good Day to Die

16 November 1989
The Kid discovers a half-Hunkpapa warrior, Curly, at the sight of an apparent Sioux massacre and takes him into custody. Curly's smart mouth does nothing to ease tensions in Sweetwater, but The Kid and the Riders come to trust him. Were the Sioux really responsible for the massacre or is someone trying to set up the tribe?

Season 1, Episode 10: End of Innocence

30 November 1989
When Emma insists on traveling to Ft. Reunion to help deliver her friend's baby, Hickok accompanies her. They become virtual prisoners of an ambitious captain who schemes to incite an Indian war and make a name for himself on the frontier. Trapped, Emma and Jimmy must rely on each other for survival and comfort.

Season 1, Episode 11: Blind Love

7 December 1989
Hickok falls hard for a young woman named Sarah who, unbeknownst to him, is married. When her husband is shot dead, Jimmy is imprisoned and tried for murder. But what is it Sarah's deceptive nature and a lying cattle wrangler that feels all wrong? Sam and the Riders work together to solve the mystery before Jimmy hangs.

Season 1, Episode 12: The Keepsake

14 December 1989
A girl comes to Sweetwater to con Teaspoon into believing she's his daughter.

Season 1, Episode 13: Fall from Grace

4 January 1990
Hickok has a fight with Teaspoon and agrees to go to work in a brothel where the madam, Grace Rollins, has taken a fancy to Jimmy. But deceptions abound: Grace has her eye on a secret Army cache of weapons she plans to sell on the black market, and Jimmy has his eye on her illegal schemes.

Season 1, Episode 14: Hard Time

11 January 1990
Cody and The Kid, on special assignment, stop for refreshments in a little town called Prosperity. When The Kid tries to defend a woman and gets into trouble with local lawmen, Cody suspects that not all is right with the strange town. He seeks the Riders' aid to help rescue The Kid from terrible punishment.

Season 1, Episode 15: Lady for a Night

18 January 1990
While away from Sweetwater on a run, Lou impulsively buys a dress and tours a new town as the young woman she is. An insurance salesman, Tyler Dewitt, takes Lou out to dinner, and she becomes enamored of him. But is the polite salesman all he appears? And what will The Kid think?

Season 1, Episode 16: Unfinished Business

1 February 1990
Evan, Emma's estranged husband, returns, reminding Emma of her difficult past and driving a wedge between her and Sam. But despite any reluctant loyalty she feels for him, even Emma must admit that Evan's behavior is suspicious. Just what is his link to a terrible stagecoach massacre?

Season 1, Episode 17: Decoy

8 February 1990
The Army requests a rider to deliver a special dispatch, and Cody volunteers for the job. Along the way, he encounters brigands, a bear, and a desolate widow, but he remains committed to his task. Meanwhile, the Riders tend to an abandoned baby.

Season 1, Episode 18: Daddy's Girl

15 February 1990
At a town celebration, Buck falls for the daughter of an ambitious banker, but her motives in the relationship are questionable. Meanwhile, the Riders help a desperate woman whose husband was killed by the banker's henchmen, and they investigate accusations of illegal claim jumping.

Season 1, Episode 19: Bull Dog

22 February 1990
When the Pony Express ownership wants to move the mail route north through Sioux burial lands, they send a college boy - Ambrose - to secure the arrangement. Ambrose has a serious case of hero worship for Hickok and, despite his naiveté, he refuses to be a pawn to anyone's manipulative plans.

Stephen Baldwin ... William F. Cody

Josh Brolin ... James Butler Hickok

Brett Cullen ... Marshal Sam Cain

Travis Fine ... Ike McSwain

Melissa Leo ... Emma Shannon

Ty Miller ... The Kid
Gregg Rainwater ... Running Buck Cross

Yvonne Suhor ... Louise McCloud

Anthony Zerbe ... Teaspoon Hunter
Jay Bernard ... Banker
Tom Connor ... Minister

J. Mark Donaldson ... Receptionist
William Kiehl ... Merriweather
Jim Newcomer ... Alexander Majors

Kevin J. O'Neill ... Pony Express rider
Ric San Nicholas ... Young Man At Meeting

Fisher Stevens ... Ambrose 'Bulldog' Merryweather
Tim Hiser ... Pony Express Rider (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 20: Matched Pair

8 March 1990
Jimmy reunites with a friend and rival from his youth, Brad, both of whom trained under a Machiavellian mentor named Enright. When Enright's daughter goes missing, Jimmy helps Brad try to find her. But why did Clara really run away, and what does Enright have to do with corrupt land prospecting?

Season 1, Episode 21: Man Behind the Badge

22 March 1990
A corrupt businessman from Sam's violent past, Van Dorn, arrives in Sweetwater as the saloon's new owner. Van Dorn's henchmen are appointed as the town's new racketeering law enforcers, ousting Sam Cain as marshal. When Sam is accused of murder, Teaspoon, the Riders, a reluctant witness, and an alcoholic lawyer come to his aid.

Season 1, Episode 22: Then There Was One

5 April 1990
When aging survivors of the Alamo are found murdered, one by one, Teaspoon and his old friend travel to Texas to get to the bottom of the killings. Jimmy and Buck follow in search of the truth and to lend a hand, and they learn that there is more to their mentor's past than they realized.

Season 1, Episode 23: Gathering Clouds: Part 1

30 April 1990
The Kid plays on his Virginia roots in order to infiltrate a gang of renegades led by an anti-government rebel named The Hawk. Meanwhile, an ambitious and head-strong Army captain begins to crack down on dissent in Sweetwater in his own bid to reveal and capture The Hawk and his men.

Stephen Baldwin ... William F. Cody

Josh Brolin ... James Butler Hickok

Brett Cullen ... Marshal Sam Cain

Travis Fine ... Ike McSwain

Melissa Leo ... Emma Shannon

Ty Miller ... The Kid
Gregg Rainwater ... Running Buck Cross

Yvonne Suhor ... Louise McCloud

Anthony Zerbe ... Teaspoon Hunter

David Soul ... Jeremy Styles

Ash Adams ... Jeffrey Darnell (as Jason Adams)

Martha Byrne ... Vera Collins

Cynthia Nixon ... Annie

John Philbin ... Aaron Darnell
Franc Luz ... Captain Lewis
David Dwyer ... Sergeant Miller

Don Collier ... William Tompkins, Shop Keeper
Billy Joe Patton ... Corporal Macon
Tony Noakes ... Lieutenant Maxwell
Don Pendergrass ... Aloysius Darnell
Michael F. Woodson ... Benjamin Fetterman
Frank Sprague ... Mr. Trilling
Gerald Burgess ... Arnold Tillem
Chrissy Parker ... Melissa
Ann Risley ... Woman Customer
Warner McKay ... Man #2
Kenneth Boys ... Alvin Brown (uncredited)

Jay Hewlett ... Rancher (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 24: Gathering Clouds: Part 2

7 May 1990
In part two, Jimmy joins The Kid as infiltrators into The Hawk's gang, and Ike befriends an abandoned mail-order bride named Annie. When Captain Lewis will not listen to the Riders with regard to The Hawk's plans, the citizens of Sweetwater must take up arms to defend their town against the renegade onslaught.

Stephen Baldwin ... William F. Cody

Josh Brolin ... James Butler Hickok

Brett Cullen ... Marshal Sam Cain

Travis Fine ... Ike McSwain

Melissa Leo ... Emma Shannon

Ty Miller ... The Kid
Gregg Rainwater ... Running Buck Cross

Yvonne Suhor ... Louise McCloud

Anthony Zerbe ... Teaspoon Hunter

David Soul ... Jeremy Styles

Ash Adams ... Jeffrey Darnell (as Jason Adams)

Martha Byrne ... Vera Collins

Cynthia Nixon ... Annie

John Philbin ... Aaron Darnell
Franc Luz ... Captain Lewis

Don Collier ... Tompkins
Billy Joe Patton ... Corporal Macon
Tony Noakes ... Lieutenant Maxwell
Gerald Burgess ... Arnold Tillem
Bo Roberts ... Harold Roberts
Kathleen Erickson ... Farm Woman
Ben Tyler ... Aide

Jasper Cole ... Dex

Jay Hewlett ... Rancher (uncredited)
Michael F. Woodson ... Benjamin Fetterman (uncredited)

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: Born to Hang

22 September 1990
Stagecoach Sally, a woman raising money to send escaped slaves back to Africa, is robbed, and the riders try to help her recover her stolen gold.

Season 2, Episode 2: Ghosts

29 September 1990
The Buzzard, a creepy man from Teaspoon's past, shows up with his evil looking dog and creates misery for those who cross him. The young riders aid Rachel by taking on the Browning clan, one who she's accused of killing.

Season 2, Episode 3: Dead Ringer

6 October 1990
Hickok learns he has a doppelganger using his identity and with Teaspoon's help works to expose him. Cody thinks he's cursed so Buck tells him of a ritual that will cure him.

Season 2, Episode 4: Blood Moon

13 October 1990
The citizens of Sweetwater are on edge do to a cholera outbreak and look to anyone to place the blame on. They target a defenseless deaf mute boy and it's up to the boys to protect him.

Season 2, Episode 5: Pride and Prejudice

27 October 1990
When Thompkins' wife and daughter who were taken by Indians years ago are found, they return to him. But also with give is a boy whom his wife says was fathered by the Indian who took them. Upon learning this, he pushes them away. His daughter wants to go back cause she is betrothed to a member of the tribe. And if she doesn't go back he will come after her.

Season 2, Episode 6: The Littlest Cowboy

3 November 1990
Ike is beaten by some ruffins because of his deafness and becomes bitter about life. He meets a young Arthur, who is terminally ill but remains excited about everything and is thrilled to meet his heroes, the riders.

Season 2, Episode 7: Blood Money

10 November 1990
The Kid brings in suspected horse thief Dyson to Sheriff Lambert but the prisoner dies in custody. Lambert, who's extorting the town's citizens, finds himself up against the dead man's family and the other riders when the truth comes out.

Season 2, Episode 8: Requiem for a Hero

17 November 1990
Cody's hero (Pernell Roberts), a legendary figure from the Old West, teaches him about responsibility.

Season 2, Episode 9: Bad Company

1 December 1990
Guilty over the accidental shooting of a young woman, Hickok seeks death as the sheriff of a lawless town.

Season 2, Episode 10: Star Light, Star Bright

15 December 1990
Hickok's kindness brings good fortune to the riders when a grateful old prospector named Cyrus deeds half of his gold mine to them.

Season 2, Episode 11: The Play's the Thing

29 December 1990
Cody is asked to join a group of traveling actors, unknowingly taking part in a plot to assassinate a U.S. general.

Season 2, Episode 12: Judgment Day

5 January 1991
Cody enlists the help of self-proclaimed preacher, Gideon Poole, but regrets it when he learns the truth about him.

Season 2, Episode 13: Kansas

12 January 1991
Noah is taken into slavery when he tries to free his former teacher Calvin (Roundtree).

Season 2, Episode 14: The Peacemakers

19 January 1991
Hickok falls in love with a woman who belongs to an unwanted religious group, but must first settle an old score with a gunfighter.

Season 2, Episode 15: Daisy

2 February 1991
Rachel's ex, (William Russ), a riverboat gunman, plans to leave their precocious 9 year old in her care.

Season 2, Episode 16: Color Blind

9 February 1991
The Kid, (Ty Miller), falls for Sweetwater's new schoolteacher, a young woman with a mysterious past.

Season 2, Episode 17: Old Scores

16 February 1991
Ike plots revenge against a conspirator to his family's murder; the riders track a mysterious beast spooking livestock and people.

Season 2, Episode 18: The Talisman

23 February 1991
The riders help a priest defend his mission from marauding bandits; Buck protects Lottie from from a mountain man.

Season 2, Episode 19: The Noble Chase

9 March 1991
Hickok and his long-time nemesis, a bounty hunter, lock horns as they bring a bank robber to justice.

Season 2, Episode 20: Face of the Enemy

6 April 1991
Teaspoon's old friend, a war hero, endangers the lives of everyone in Sweetwater when he orders an attack on a Sioux delegation.

Season 2, Episode 21: The Exchange

4 May 1991
The riders prepare for a gunfight when Teaspoon's would-be daughter is kidnapped and held ransom for the release of a condemned outlaw.

Stephen Baldwin ... William F. Cody

Josh Brolin ... James Butler Hickok

Travis Fine ... Ike McSwain

Don Franklin ... Noah Dixon

Ty Miller ... The Kid
Gregg Rainwater ... Running Buck Cross

Yvonne Suhor ... Louise McCloud
Clare Wren ... Rachel Dunne

Anthony Zerbe ... Teaspoon Hunter

Jeffrey Nordling ... Frank Pike
Tony Acierto ... Ramirez
Peter Phelps ... Hack 'Kangaroo Kid' Wilkins
Sue-Ann Leeds ... Amanda O'Connel

Robert Knott ... Emory Pike
Lisa Rubin ... Jane
Patrick McCord ... Lucas Redfern (as Pat McCord)
Tommy Townsend ... Sheriff Dooley
George Dobbs ... Grave Digger
Michael B. Crawley ... Hangman
David Richards ... Mayor of Benton
Sonya Austin ... Desk Clerk
Ric San Nicholas ... Renegade (uncredited)

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: A House Divided

28 September 1991
Teaspoon draws the assignment of rebuilding a way station destroyed by renegades. He and the riders relocate to Rock Creek, a new territory for them to make their way in, getting to know the new neighbors.

Season 3, Episode 2: Jesse

5 October 1991
Young Jesse vows revenge after the murder of his foster father Doc but the riders try to disuade him. Someone also wants Jesse dead so his new friends protect him. Noah deals with ugly racial comments from Jarvis.

Season 3, Episode 3: The Blood of Others

12 October 1991
Hickok, Lou and the Kid tangle with a vengeful ex-lawman while escorting a desperado to his execution.

Season 3, Episode 4: Between Rock Creek and a Hard Place

26 October 1991
The riders become involved in a murder investigation when a Union Army recruiter is found stabbed following an argument with Noah.

Season 3, Episode 5: The Presence of Mine Enemies

9 November 1991
Ike is romancing Emily Metcalfe whose father has been feuding with shady gambler Neville. Emily vows revenge when Neville shoots her father but it's Ike who pays when trying to protect his girlfriend.

Season 3, Episode 6: Survivors

16 November 1991
Cody wants the reward the Army is offering regarding their weapons theft. He falls for a widow Julia, with her son Danny, who wants to break with her husband's gun running gang. Buck grieves the loss of his friend Ike.

Season 3, Episode 7: The Initiation

25 November 1991
Hickok brings in Frank James after a bank robbery and Frank sees it as an opportunity to get Jesse to join as part of his gang. Teaspoon appeals to Jesse to stay with friends instead of choosing family and their criminal ways.

Season 3, Episode 8: Just Like Old Times

30 November 1991
The Kid meets an old girlfriend and realizes that adult experiences change one's perceptions of youth.

Season 3, Episode 9: Spirits

7 December 1991
With Teaspoon and others away, Noah heads a slim crew. Rachel falls for an injured Mike Stolder who they learn has a drinking problem. Murderous horse thieves trail him for revenge. Jesse wants to grow up too fast.

Season 3, Episode 10: A Tiger's Tale

28 December 1991
Noah and Cody have the unusual task of escorting a tiger, two nuns and Elizabeth, a novice. Cody falls for Elizabeth, tries to disuade her from taking vows while they fight off hunters wanting a tiger hide. Jesse gets a crush on Louise.

Season 3, Episode 11: Good Night Sweet Charlotte

4 January 1992
Lou's past haunts her when her friend Charlotte arrives, followed closely by Wicks a man who hurt them both. After Charlotte mysteriously dies, Lou tells Rachel everything. Hickok tries to help an injured Lakota, Red Sky.

Season 3, Episode 12: Song of Isaiah

18 January 1992
Isaiah Burke and wife Rosemary are abolitionists trying to lead a group to freedom but slave catchers are close behind. Hickok helps them out but also falls in love with Mrs. Burke. Isaiah is captured and must be rescued by the riders.

Season 3, Episode 13: Spies

25 January 1992
The Kid helps out Margaret but the act of kindness connects him to a plot to steal a gold shipment. Both sides on the slavery issue want the money to help their cause and are willing to use any means necessary to get it.

Season 3, Episode 14: Shadowmen

21 May 1992
Teaspoon falls for Miss Marie who claims to be destitute because of a robbery. But Jesse and Bill learns she has a connection to an outlaw gang. Hickok seeks vengeance outside the law after a child is murdered.

Season 3, Episode 15: Mask of Fear

28 May 1992
Jesse has a new boss in Walter, a gruff man who is the father figure the lonely boy is looking for. But Jesse finds him murdered right after the return of Tarkoski from prison and the others have to stop an act of revenge.

Season 3, Episode 16: Dark Brother

4 June 1992
Buck encounters Camille, about to wed Bill Barlow, who he left behind when they ran across buffalo hunters. She was Little Feather then and when she seems possessed Buck takes her to find a Native American healer to heal her.

Season 3, Episode 17: The Road Not Taken

11 June 1992
Cody has written a story about the riders and the rest take exception about how they are portrayed when it's published. Jimmy and Jesse take after cold blooded killer Dobbins who's after a widow and her son Seth.

Season 3, Episode 18: The Sacrifice

25 June 1992
Teaspoon and Jimmy save African American Edward from a lynching. It brings their disagreement over the South and slavery to a head. The Kid's proposal to Lou is stopped by a gunfight and a prisoner named Dawkins who's help they need..

Season 3, Episode 19: Lessons Learned

9 July 1992
Killer Randle is seeking vengeance against Marty who testified against him and Teaspoon is unable to prevent it. His ex-love Polly and a lawman friend also arrive in town. Buck and Cody take off after Randle followed by Teaspoon to get justice.

Season 3, Episode 20: The Debt

16 July 1992
Jimmy trains a new rider Matt who on an ride meets a terrible end at the hands of the Garrett family. Jimmy finds a town in terror but with Lou's unexpected appearance faces the killers. Lou fears the changes marriage to Kid will bring.

Season 3, Episode 21: 'Til Death Do Us Part: Part 1

23 July 1992
The Riders prepare for the upcoming nuptials of The Kid & Lou while those around them brace for the Civil War, some signing up to join the Army.

Season 3, Episode 22: 'Til Death Do Us Part: Part 2

23 July 1992
War arrives on the plains forcing the riders to choose sides. Cody joins the Union army while Frank returns for his brother Jesse. But a encounter with renegade Rebels leaves Noah dead and the rest intent on giving him justice.

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Episode dated 1 July 1989

1 July 1989


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