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The Young Riders 

The adventures of the riders of the Pony Express.

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Ed Spielman
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1992   1991   1990   1989  
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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
Don Collier ...  William Tompkins, Shop Keeper / ... 30 episodes, 1989-1992
Brett Cullen ...  Marshal Sam Cain 24 episodes, 1989-1990
Melissa Leo ...  Emma Shannon 24 episodes, 1989-1990
Christopher Pettiet ...  Jesse James 21 episodes, 1991-1992
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A group of young Express riders are based at the waystation in Sweetwater, Kansas. Running the station was ex-Texas Ranger and all-around eccentric Teaspoon Hunter. The role of cook, housekeeper and mother hen was filled first by Emma and later by Rachel. The riders included the future "Buffalo Bill" Cody and James Butler ("Wild Bill") Hickok, as well as Ike, a mute, Buck, a half-White/half-Kiowa scout and the Kid, a quiet Southerner. Their final member was Lou, a young woman who lived and worked with the riders disguised as a boy. They were later joined by Noah Dixon. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Romance | Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I ragazzi della prateria See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoita, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

William F. Cody (better known as Buffalo Bill) is perhaps the best known rider of the Pony Express. See more »

Goofs

"Wild Bill" Hickok never actually rode for the Pony Express, though he did join its parent company, Russell, Waddell & Majors Freight Company, when he was 21. See more »

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Wonderful cast, unforgettable show
25 September 1999 | by freak-16See all my reviews

I cannot calculate how many hours I have spent watching this show. You only have to check out the fan sites on the internet to see its impact. This must be one of the best (and best-looking) casts ever assembled. Josh Brolin is intense, sexy and magical as 'James Butler Hickock'. Anthony Zerbe hits just the right note as the wise but eccentric 'Teaspoon'. Ty Miller as 'Kid' is sincere and appealing. Gregg Rainwater plays the sensitive 'Buck', a half-breed torn between two worlds but belonging to none. Travis Fine is remarkable as 'Ike', a bald mute. Could any other actor have pulled off such a role? Brett Cullen is the handsome and fair marshal 'Sam Cain', if only he had stayed beyond season 1! Yvonne Suhor gives and amazing and sympathetic portrayal of 'Louise McLoud', a scared but strong woman trying to make it in a man's world by disguising her femininity. Don Franklin plays the intelligent, funny, but frustrated 'Noah Dickson' - who is very far from the usual stereotypical portrayal of blacks in westerns. Chris Pettiet plays 'Jesse James' at 14, a boy anxious to grow up and be a man but badly needing guidance and a sense of family. The comic relief is provided by Stephen Baldwin who gets all the best lines as the obnoxious but endearing 'William F. Cody' (although you may more often than not be laughing at him, not with him). The first housekeeper was 'Emma Shannon' (Melissa Leo), a woman trying to make it in the west after being deserted by her husband. She becomes a mother figure for the riders, something that most of them were lacking. Later came Clare Wren who played the sexy 'Rachel Dunne' who was a lot tougher and wiser than she looked. Well I don't think I missed anyone out. The show also had fantastic guest stars, excellent shoot-outs, and showed the conflicts that were developing between the north and the south at that time. It also showed the true meaning of love and friendship. It was wonderfully shot and had just the right blend of drama, action, and humor. I guess if you've read this far you already know and love the show. Why not write your own comments here? Oh, and "Try a little Jimmyness".


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