How the West Was Won (1976–1979)
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The Macahans 

Zeb Macahan returns to the farm of Macahan to take his family to Oregon.


Bernard McEveety


Jim Byrnes
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Zeb Macahan
Eva Marie Saint ... Kate Macahan
Bruce Boxleitner ... Seth Macahan
Kathryn Holcomb Kathryn Holcomb ... Laura Macahan
William Kirby Cullen William Kirby Cullen ... Jed Macahan
Vicki Schreck Vicki Schreck ... Jessie Macahan
Richard Kiley ... Timothy Macahan
Gene Evans ... Dutton
John Crawford ... Hale Crowley
Victor Mohica Victor Mohica ... Billy Joe
Frank Ferguson ... Grandpa
Ann Doran ... Grandma
Vince St. Cyr Vince St. Cyr ... Ponca Chief (as W. Vincent St. Cyr)
Rudy Diaz ... Sioux Chief
F. Allen Livers F. Allen Livers ... The Runner


Zeb Macahan, a pioneering westerner, help's move his brother's family to the wild west. They run into several obstacles, including the breakout of the Civil War. This sends the father back to fight in the war, and leaves the family to move on ahead.

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Release Date:

19 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alla conquista del West See more »

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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Zeb returns to his parents homestead in Virginia, which can be seen to be surrounded by - the Malibu Mountains. The Malibu Mountains of California could never be confused with the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: It's been said that the west was won with guns and gold. It was not. It was won by the courage of simple people, who pushed their ponderous wagons forever west, through 200.000 square miles of awesome wilderness. Some were drawn by the lure of gold, but for the most part they were families, moved by the dream of a new beginning. This story is about such a family. Their name: Macahan. The sons and daughters of Katherine Macahan were destined to write their own brilliant pages into ...
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The Macahans is the best
3 August 2005 | by ole-70See all my reviews

This is probably the best western series I have ever seen. I loved to watch the Macahan family get settled in the west. You were looking forward to every weeks episode. Zeb Macahan was my favorite. The way he took care of the family together with Luke was outstanding. You followed the family from the south, just in the beginning of the civil war and continued together with them to they found peace in the west. Unfortunately the family lost their father in the beginning, but uncle Zeb took over to secure the family against criminals and outlaws. Luke Macahan was my favorite a long time after the series stopped. Fortunately it has been shown in Denmark and Sweden several times. I still want to see the series once more.

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