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The American West 

This series will provide unprecedented access to the wilderness, frontier lawlessness, and bloodshed of the 40 years between the end of the American Civil War and after the turn of the 20th... See full summary »
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Mark Lee Gardner Mark Lee Gardner ...  Himself, Author, Shot All to Hell / ... 8 episodes, 2016
Bert Thomas Morris Bert Thomas Morris ...  Narrator 8 episodes, 2016
David H. Stevens David H. Stevens ...  Jesse James 8 episodes, 2016
Will Strongheart ...  Crazy Horse / ... 8 episodes, 2016
Mo Brings Plenty ...  Sitting Bull 8 episodes, 2016
Morgan Lund Morgan Lund ...  Ulysses S. Grant / ... 8 episodes, 2016
John C. Bailey John C. Bailey ...  Gen. George Armstrong Custer / ... 8 episodes, 2016
Jonathan C. Stewart Jonathan C. Stewart ...  Wyatt Earp 8 episodes, 2016
Derek Chariton ...  Billy the Kid 8 episodes, 2016
Eric Rolland Eric Rolland ...  Thomas Durant / ... 8 episodes, 2016
Ric Maddox ...  Pat Garrett 8 episodes, 2016
Kera O'Bryon ...  Zerelda James 8 episodes, 2016
Jim Jackman Jim Jackman ...  Rutherford B. Hayes 8 episodes, 2016
Hugh Scully ...  Allan Pinkerton 8 episodes, 2016
David Eisenbach David Eisenbach ...  Himself, Historian / ... 7 episodes, 2016
Robert Redford ...  Himself, Actor, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid / ... 7 episodes, 2016
Paul A. Hutton Paul A. Hutton ...  Himself, Historian, University of New Mexico / ... 7 episodes, 2016
Karl Jacoby Karl Jacoby ...  Himself, Historian, Columbia University / ... 7 episodes, 2016
Joseph Carlson Joseph Carlson ...  Frank James 7 episodes, 2016
Isabela Osorio Isabela Osorio ...  Native American Girl 7 episodes, 2016
H.W. Brands H.W. Brands ...  Himself - Historian, University of Texas at Austin / ... 6 episodes, 2016
William Day ...  Bank Manager 6 episodes, 2016
Kiefer Sutherland ...  Himself / ... 5 episodes, 2016
Larry T. Pourier Larry T. Pourier ...  Himself, Oglala Lakota Filmmaker / ... 5 episodes, 2016
John McCain ...  Himself, U.S. Senator, Arizona / ... 5 episodes, 2016
Andrew C. Isenberg Andrew C. Isenberg ...  Himself, Author, Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life / ... 5 episodes, 2016
Mike Marunde ...  William T. Sherman 5 episodes, 2016
Scott Conner Scott Conner ...  Prosecutor / ... 5 episodes, 2016
Deven Davenport ...  Tom McLaury 5 episodes, 2016
Rich Dally III Rich Dally III ...  Custer's Lieutenant / ... 5 episodes, 2016
Joseph Discher Joseph Discher ...  Adalbert James 5 episodes, 2016
Samuel Dunning ...  Charley Ford 5 episodes, 2016
Nick Bialis Nick Bialis ...  Morgan Earp 5 episodes, 2016
Michael Chmiel ...  Ike Clanton 5 episodes, 2016
Ann Kirschner Ann Kirschner ...  Herself, Author, Lady at the O.K. Corral 4 episodes, 2016
Anne Collier Anne Collier ...  Herself, Curator, Edward C. Jaeger Cultural & Natural History Museum / ... 4 episodes, 2016
Richard Fike ...  Boom Town Sherriff / ... 4 episodes, 2016
Deborah Lee Douglas 4 episodes, 2016
Paul Wallis Paul Wallis ...  Western Cowboy 4 episodes, 2016
Kathleen Chamberlain Kathleen Chamberlain ...  Herself, Author, In the Shadow of Billy the Kid 3 episodes, 2016
Eric Foner Eric Foner ...  Himself - Historian, Columbia University / ... 3 episodes, 2016
Danny Glover ...  Himself - Actor, 'Silverado' 3 episodes, 2016
Michael Murande Michael Murande ...  William T. Sherman 3 episodes, 2016
Mike Anderson Mike Anderson ...  Express Messenger #2 3 episodes, 2016
Sidney Blackmer Jr. ...  Sheriff Moss 3 episodes, 2016
Roger Blomquist Roger Blomquist ...  Brewer 3 episodes, 2016
Seth Andrew Bridges ...  Beligerent Cowboy / ... 3 episodes, 2016
Sean M. Brown Sean M. Brown ...  Cole Younger 3 episodes, 2016
Jake Eavey ...  Confederate Guerrilla #1 3 episodes, 2016
Nick Bloxsom-Carter Nick Bloxsom-Carter ...  North Plains Soldier 3 episodes, 2016
Ashton Old Elk Ashton Old Elk ...  Native American Rider 3 episodes, 2016
Jay Cerrado Jay Cerrado ...  Buffalo Hunter #2 3 episodes, 2016
Michael Flynn Michael Flynn ...  Conductor 3 episodes, 2016
Edgar Fox Edgar Fox ...  Doc Holiday 3 episodes, 2016
Marty Collins Marty Collins ...  John Tunstall 3 episodes, 2016
Larry l Clifton Larry l Clifton ...  Railroad Train Passenger 3 episodes, 2016
Sheldon Raymore ...  Sioux Warrior / ... 3 episodes, 2016
Bill Richardson Bill Richardson ...  Himself - Former Governor of New Mexico / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Walter R. Borneman Walter R. Borneman ...  Himself - Author, 'Iron Horses' 2 episodes, 2016
Burt Reynolds ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Adam J. Gonzalez Adam J. Gonzalez ...  Indian Captive #1 / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Graham Goodfield Graham Goodfield ...  Commander (LBH) 2 episodes, 2016
Matt Griff Matt Griff ...  Express Messenger #2 2 episodes, 2016
Jason Gupton ...  Northfield Bank Teller 2 episodes, 2016
Ed Heavey ...  Confederate Guerrilla #2 / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Brad Jessey ...  Billy Clanton 2 episodes, 2016
Elmer John Jr. Elmer John Jr. ...  Indian Chief #2 2 episodes, 2016
Tom Selleck ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Quinton Haines Quinton Haines ...  Archie James / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Dan Anders Dan Anders ...  Railroad Boxer 2 episodes, 2016
Brian Edward Kidd ...  Bartender 2 episodes, 2016
Danny Rice Danny Rice 2 episodes, 2016
Richard Walz Sr. Richard Walz Sr. ...  Union Pacific RR Foreman 2 episodes, 2016
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This series will provide unprecedented access to the wilderness, frontier lawlessness, and bloodshed of the 40 years between the end of the American Civil War and after the turn of the 20th Century, when the west was won. From Jesse James and Crazy Horse, to Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill, the characters at the center of this violent, blood-soaked period in American history are explored as each episode follows the stories and struggles of the West's most infamous outlaws as they fight for their land and identity. Written by Tarra

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The West catapults us into this violent world of cowboys, Indians, outlaws, and gunslingers. See more »

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Drama | History | Western

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USA

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English

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11 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Ambitious failure
24 July 2016 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

For me and for most Americans there is nothing more interesting than the story of the West. From the Civil War until World War 1, the West was full of adventure, opportunity, drama and tragedy. AMCs series "Hell on Wheels" was an excellent attempt to portray one aspect of this period, the building of the railroads. But their far more ambitious "The American West" is a big disappointment on a number of levels.

For a documentary, the use of "expert" opinion from movie stars is hardly a good idea. Have we stooped so low that we get our history from movie stars?

Perhaps the reliance on movie stars for the primary documentation is one of the reasons this 8 part series has so many errors (e.g., Jesse James and Billy the Kid met, Wyatt Earp went to Tombstone to be their Sheriff).

Another weakness of the series is that there is no real underlying theme. There are brief episodes about Jesse James (Missouri), Billy the Kid (New Mexico), Wyatt Earp (Kansa and Arizona), and Custer and Sitting Bull (the Dakotas). But there is no real glue that holds the episodes together (e.g., the demands of capitalism to obtain natural resources, the political post war climate, the economic problems and the challenges of currency, etc.)

Telling the story of the West is an important project, but this series fails to do it in a meaningful way. FWIW - I really like the TV series "Centennial" (1978-79) and "Hell on Wheels" (2011-16). They both gave a comprehensive history of the West and did so in a more entertaining manner. For sheer pleasure, "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973) is my favorite telling of this story.


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