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Comanche Moon

Comanche Moon, the prequel to McMurtry's bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Lonesome Dove follows Texas Rangers Augustus "Gus" McCrae (Zahn) and Woodrow F. Call (Urban), now in their middle years, as they continue to deal with the ever-increasing tensions of adult life-Gus with his great love, Clara Forsythe (Cardellini), and Call with Maggie Tilton (Banks), the young prostitute who loves him and bears him his son, Newt (Joseph Castanon). Kilmer plays Captain Inish Scull, a Yankee aristocrat and hero of the recently concluded Mexican War. Griffiths plays Inez Scull, the Captain's sexy wife who doesn't hesitate to fill her time with other men when he's away from home. Wes Studi plays Comanche Chief Buffalo Hump.


The Virginian
NBC,

1962

| Drama, Action, Adventure, Western
Rating: 3/5

The Virginian was the very first 90 minute western on prime-time television, and is about a man, only known as "the Virginian" who served as foreman on the Shiloh Ranch (owned in sequence by Judge Garth, the Grainger brothers, and Col. MacKenzie) in 19th century Medicine Bow, Wyoming. James Drury starred as the title character with the likes of Doug McClure, Lee J. Cobb, John McIntire, and Clu Gulager co-starring. It is in these settings that a variety of stories, much more based on character and relationships than the usual westerns, take place.


Lonesome Dove: The Series
CTV,

1994

| Drama, Western

Set in the small western town of Curtis Wells, Lonesome Dove: The Series follows first the romance and later the marriage of Newt Call and Hannah Peale, and the obsession that Clay Mosby, who owns most of the town, has with young Hannah, who looks remarkably like his late wife, Mary. In addition to the talented regular Canadian cast of Scott Bairstow, Christianne Hirt, and Eric McCormack, the show also featured the recurring players of Dennis Weaver as legend Buffalo Bill Cody, Diahann Carroll as innkeeper and widow Ida Grayson, Paul Johansson as newspaperman and family member Austin Peale, and Paul Le Mat as Hannah's father and the editor of the local paper.


Guns of Paradise
CBS,

1988

| Drama, Western

Paradise starred Lee Horsley as Cord, a professional gunfighter who was forced to take custody of the four children of his sister, a St. Louis singer who was dying and unable to make any other arrangements for their care. Cord realized that his profession was unsuitable to child rearing and decided to change, renting a farm from Amelia Lawson (Sigrid Thornton), who also owned the local bank in the small town of Paradise, California (the origin of the title). Ethan tried to live a peaceful life, but was constantly haunted by his violent past and frequently called upon by the townspeople to defend them from lawlessness. Cord was close friends with John Taylor (Dehl Berti), a Native American medicine man, who often provided him with wise counsel and insights into human nature.


Lawman (1958)
ABC,

1958

| Drama, Western

Dan Troop is the new Marshall in Laramie, Wyoming. He quickly hires Johnny McKay as his deputy, and together they work to clean up the town. Each week, the two lawmen are engaged in helping the citizens solve problems, fight injustice, and keep peace.


Sheriff Callie's Wild West

Set in the colorful Wild West, the show follows the titlular character and her deputy woodpecker, Peck, as they watch over their pleasant little frontier town. Although known as the friendliest town in the West, Callie and Peck work hard to keep it that way and when trouble comes a-callin', they make sure it doesn't stay long. By their side is her sweet-natured sidekick, Toby, a loveable cactus with a predisposition to see the good in everything and who is always ready to lend a helping hand. Each episode features two 11-minute stories and has two original songs.


Trackdown
CBS,

1957

| Western
Rating: 5/5

Trackdown is an American Western television series starring Robert Culp that aired on CBS between 1957 and 1959. More than seventy episodes of this series were produced by Dick Powell's Four Star Television and filmed at the Desilu-Culver Studio. The series was itself a spin-off of Powell's anthology series, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater.


Dead Man's Walk
CBS,

1996

| Drama, Action, Adventure, Western
Rating: 3/5

A prequel to the award winning Lonesome Dove, this story is set in the Texas Republic in the early 1840's, where the Anglo, Hispanic and Comanche cultures fight over the same harsh land. We are introduced to Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call who are young Texas Rangers ripe for adventure. They get it with the Texas-Santa Fe expedition, an ill-conceived effort on the part of some freebooters and adventurers to capture Santa Fe and annex New Mexico.


Streets of Laredo
CBS,

1995

| Drama, Western

A vicious new breed of killer is stalking the west Texas plains and only an old fashioned kind of lawman can stop him. That man is legendary Texas Ranger Woodrow Call. Renowned as the greatest manhunter on the Southwest frontier, Calls mission will pit him against his deadliest adversary ever and lead him to the spectacular conclusion of the epic that began with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove.


Bronco

After the end of the American Civil War, former Confederate army captain Bronco Layne seeks his fortune in the lawless West.


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