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How the West Was Won 

The Macahans, a family from Virginia, headed by Zeb Macahan, travel across the country to pioneer a new land and a new home in the American West.
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1979   1978   1977   1976  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
James Arness ...  Zeb Macahan 25 episodes, 1976-1979
Bruce Boxleitner ...  Luke Macahan / ... 25 episodes, 1976-1979
Kathryn Holcomb Kathryn Holcomb ...  Laura Macahan 25 episodes, 1976-1979
William Kirby Cullen William Kirby Cullen ...  Josh Macahan / ... 25 episodes, 1976-1979
Vicki Schreck Vicki Schreck ...  Jessie Macahan 25 episodes, 1976-1979
Fionnula Flanagan ...  Molly Culhane 21 episodes, 1978-1979
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Episodes revolving around the Macahan family as they try to fulfill their dream of going to Oregon. They run into many setbacks along the way and are forced to delay their move many times as a result. Common wild west themes and characters abound, such as Native Americans and crazy mountain men. Written by Anonymous

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1976 (USA) See more »

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The Macahans See more »

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Production Co:

MGM Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first shot of the title sequence where the camera zooms over the treetops of Oregon's Rogue River was first used in Gunsmoke (1955), season eighteen, episodes one and two, "The River: Parts 1 and 2", which was filmed along the Rogue River. See more »

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Referenced in Rederiet: Wild Wild East (2001) See more »

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Excellent Western mini-series !
12 October 2005 | by BeassSee all my reviews

This TV-series is/was truly excellent ! It is interesting, fun and exciting. The characters are all watch-able ; Zeb, Luke, Laura, Aunt Molly, Hillary and Mr.Beasley. :-) The actors all do a great job.

The main title (theme) is terrific and I wish somebody would post a link to somewhere on the web, where it can be obtained/purchased. I can only seem to find the soundtrack for the original movie (1963) and NOT the TV-mini (1978)...

I saw the show for the first time when I was 10 - so that doesn't count. :-) he he However, I saw it again last year and now that I'm thirty-something, I still think it's a tremendous show ! :-)

I recommend the show to anybody, although obviously some parts may be a little scary for small children.

All in all, one of the greatest (mini) TV-series ! :-)


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