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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

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

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Best ever TV series
25 September 2006 | by liv-leggittSee all my reviews

This must be the best ever series made for TV. I have for years been looking for this to come on video or DVD, but with no luck in finding it as yet. I am not giving up hope, though, as I have just read that it is obviously very popular still. I watched it in Norway about 25 years ago when I was only about 14, but I still remember the series very clearly. I absolutely love it and hope that there will be a box set made with the entire collection of episodes from "The Macahans" and "How The West Was Won" and the films. It must be the best ever western series, with the actor James Arness as the perfect man for the job. All the actors are brilliant and really drags you into the story. A must have for all western fans all over the planet. Brilliant!!!


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