The Young Riders

ABC (ended 1992)
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  • The Young Riders is a romantic western TV series that ran for three seasons from 1989 to 1992 and is directed by Ed Spielman. The series is set right before the beginning of the American Civil War and focuses on a Pony Express station in Sweetwater, Kansas. At the Pony Express station, several young riders are responsible for delivering the mail. Riders employed at the station include William F. Cody "Buffalo Bill" (Stephen Baldwin), James Butler (Josh Brolin), Ike McSwain (Travis Fine), Running Buck Cross (Greg Rainwater), The Kid (Ty Miller) and Lou McCloud (Yvonne Suhor). The series follows the riders as they encounter difficult tasks including interpersonal problems with each other and dangerous delivery conditions in order to deliver the mail. Rachel Dunne (Clare Wren) and Emma Shannon (Melissa Leo) act as the house mothers of the Pony Express and attempt to care for the riders and provide interference amongst the riders when tensions boil over.moreless

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  • S 3 : Ep 22

    'Til Death Do Us Part (2)

    Aired 7/23/92

  • S 3 : Ep 21

    'Til Death Do Us Part (1)

    Aired 7/23/92

  • S 3 : Ep 20

    The Debt

    Aired 7/16/92

  • S 3 : Ep 19

    Lessons Learned

    Aired 7/9/92

  • S 3 : Ep 18

    The Sacrifice

    Aired 6/25/92

  • Cast & Crew
  • Stephen Baldwin

    William F. Cody

  • Brett Cullen

    Sam Cain

  • Anthony Zerbe

    Aloysius "Teaspoon" Hunter

  • Melissa Leo (I)

    Emma Shannon

  • Josh Brolin

    James Butler Hickok

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  • Quotes (55)

    • Lou: (When Kid goes to check on her wound) What's the matter, Kid? Ain't you never seen a girl before?

    • Teaspoon: (To the riders) Out here you do not stand and fight, you run... like hell!

    • Emma: They're not orphans while I'm around.

    • (To Kid about marriage) Teaspoon: Some people get married and they call it love, but... but it weren't really who they thought it was in the first place... so the years pass by and you found you've done married up to a stranger. So, the question is, if they're married to a stranger, who's they with all that time before.

    • Teaspoon: This job ain't nothing but sweat and trouble.

    • Teaspoon: That's the trouble with you. You've got swinish habits. You don't know that gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins. Cody: Yeah? What are the others. Teaspoon: Let's see there's... (Smiles) Never mind. Cody: Well, don't matter. I'll get around to them sooner or later.

    • Cody: (To his horse) Nothing personal friend, but I could eat a horse.

    • (The riders are in the store owned by Mr. Tompkins. Kid splashes some scented water on himself). Lou: You smell like a whore house. Kid: What? How would you know? Lou: I know a lot more than you think. Now go get fifty pounds of pinto beans. (She sends him away. He walks toward Cody) Cody: Something wrong? (Smells something on Kid and coughs) Whoo, nobody light a match! (Kid walks by Jimmy who reacts rather violently to the smell).

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    Notes (44)

    • This episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Costuming for a Series.

    • The original script for The Kid included an old man (actually Kid himself as an old man and looking back to his youth adventures) narrating the story. It would have been something similar to Lonesome Dove.

    • The original script included a character named the Dog Man. He was supposed to help Kid save Katy after she's shot, but Sam ended up replacing him.

    • Even though during this episode Jimmy Hickok remembers his mother being beaten by his father, there's no historical evidence to prove that Alonso Hickok abused his wife.

    • "Lou" Louise McCloud Mother - Mary Louise McCloud Brother - Jeremiah McCloud Sister - Teresa McCloud Father - Boggs (a gun-runner)

    • The actor who played Ulysses was also in North and South II.

    • Ed Adams, who plays Boone in this episode appeared in a number of episodes and was a stunt coordinator and player at Old Tucson Studios. He was interviewed for

    • In the Old Scotsman's cabin, you see a box marked minnie balls... a popular ammunition during the time.

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    Trivia (32)

    • When Lou rides up the station where he/she is shot, it's a small station. These were relay stations where the riders could change horses to keep from running them into the ground and killing the animals. It is not a Way Station where riders would sleep, bathe, eat, etc.

    • Cody and Ike have a small subplot involving Buck's medicine pouch.

    • Goof: The picture of Jimmy's mother in this episode is the same picture used in a later episode, The Keepsake, to represent one of Teaspoon's old loves.

    • Larry Soller plays a judge in a few episodes of the Young Riders. He also comes back as a shopkeeper in another episode. Mr. Soller is one of a number of local Tucson talent that was called back over and over against to appear in episodes...

    • Keep an eye on Kid... or rather his backside. When he climbs up the side of a rocky face a small rip in his pants can be seen.

    • Buck says there are too many men chasing them to count them when in reality there are maybe 9 men.

    • Miss Annabelle Mumblepuss is the name of the doll that Louise gave to her younger sister Teresa. Knowledge of the doll's name convinces her younger sister of her identity.

    • Aces and Eights is also in the episode Starlight Starbright. A character named McPhalen has the hand in that episode.

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    Allusions (13)

    • Title: Speak No Evil This is a reference to the three wise monkeys - Hear No Evil, See No Evil and Speak No Evil.

    • Kid: What you need is reindeer and a sleigh. Santa Claus comes from the Christmas poem A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement C. Moore. Written for his children in 1823, St. Nicholas would have been something that Lou and Kid would have known about.

    • Title: Black Ulysses Ulysses was the Latin name for the ancient hero Odysseus, in Homer's epic, The Odyssey.

    • Sam Cain holds the hand of Aces and Eights is known as the Dead Man's hand. Famous because it was the hand that Wild Bill Hickok had in his hand when he died.

    • Speculation only since the ref. was made prior to the episode being filmed. Teaspoon makes ref. to Jimmy being with some Bad Company. There is an episode in the Second Season named Bad Company and features the song of the same name by the band of the same name.

    • Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen.

    • After Hezekiah kills himself, Buck assists Cody in preparing an Indian burial for the man. This will be echoed in Presence of Mine Enemies, when Buck builds another pyre for his own friend, Ike.

    • Jimmy: I'm sorry mister, I'm so sorry. In the earlier episode Gunfighter he says he only apologizes on Sundays.

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  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Best visit to AZ ever!!!

    By melyssaandrews77, Sep 16, 2014

  • My Only Fave Television Series.

    By Selby1972, Jun 27, 2014

  • The Young Riders - a Family Western filmed in Tucson, Arizona.

    By missraye, Jun 30, 2007

  • Great family show.

    By pegasus2966, Mar 20, 2007

  • It's about a group of young men who join the Pony Express in a pre-civil war western tv series.

    By phantommiss73, Oct 31, 2005