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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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Jim Byrnes, Al Ruddy
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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 / ... 26 episodes, 1976-1979
Bruce Boxleitner ...  Luke Macahan / ... 26 episodes, 1976-1979
Kathryn Holcomb Kathryn Holcomb ...  Laura Macahan / ... 26 episodes, 1976-1979
William Kirby Cullen William Kirby Cullen ...  Josh Macahan / ... 26 episodes, 1976-1979
Vicki Schreck Vicki Schreck ...  Jessie Macahan / ... 26 episodes, 1976-1979
Fionnula Flanagan ...  Molly Culhane 22 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

This mini-series starred James Arness, who played Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke (1955). The narrator was William Conrad, who had originated the role of Marshal Matt Dillon on radio's "Gunsmoke". See more »

Connections

Spun-off from How the West Was Won (1962) See more »

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The best show ever
5 January 2001 | by LeidanSee all my reviews

I feel sorry for those of you who missed the adventures of Zeb and his family. Zeb (Arness) is the greatest man ever walked the screen. Josh is the little boy who never got to do anything. He is getting slapped around of all different sorts of people.

Luke is the handsome longhaired young stud who travels the west, facing problems proving to be the nephew of Zeb. Laura is the kid sister who just loves everything and everyone.

Laura is the oldest sister whose eyes starts to glow every time a man passes the macahan ranch. She is every feminist worst nightmare, hence she characterais the beutiful but week woman who just waits for a man to fulfill her dreams.

In summary, this is the greatest show ever broadcasted. Here in sweden nightclubs were forced to close when macahans was aired. Everybody was sitting at home watching it at saturday nights. more than half the swedish population that is. Just order the tapes and enjoy.


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