The Young Riders

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Set just before the American Civil War, this series presented a highly fictionalized account of the heyday of the Pony Express. Its focus was a group of young Express riders 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. In second season, their group was joined by Noah Dixon.


  • Genre: Western
  • Rating: 7.5 (2 votes)
  • Runtime: 45 minutes
  • Status: Ended
  • Years: 1989 - 1991
  • Episodes per season: 24
  • Network: ABC (US)


The Young Riders - season 1

Season 1 (1989)

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The Young Riders - season 2

Season 2 (1990)

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The Young Riders - season 3

Season 3 (1991)

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Characters and Actors

Josh Brolin as James Butler Hickok in The Young Riders

James Butler Hickok

Actor: Josh Brolin
Stephen Baldwin as William F. Cody in The Young Riders

William F. Cody

Actor: Stephen Baldwin
Gregg Rainwater as Running Buck Cross in The Young Riders

Running Buck Cross

Actor: Gregg Rainwater
Anthony Zerbe as Teaspoon Hunter in The Young Riders

Teaspoon Hunter

Actor: Anthony Zerbe
Yvonne Suhor as Louise McCloud in The Young Riders

Louise McCloud

Actor: Yvonne Suhor
Travis Fine as Ike McSwain in The Young Riders

Ike McSwain

Actor: Travis Fine
Ty Miller as Kid in The Young Riders


Actor: Ty Miller
Melissa Leo as Emma Shannon in The Young Riders

Emma Shannon

Actor: Melissa Leo
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