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The Young Riders: Best of Season 1 [DVD]

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  • Release Date: 08/30/2012

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    Season One of The Young Riders begins in 1860, as a rambunctious teenaged hothead known only as The Kid (Ty Miller) signs on as a rider for the Central Overland Express mail service in Sweetwater, Wyoming. This particular branch of the service is overseen by stationmaster Teaspoon Hunter (Anthony Zerbe, a grizzled-old-codger type who is doing his best to live down his past as a gunslinger. Before long, several other youthful buckaroos have joined up as riders, including natural-born scout Billy Cody (Stephen Baldwin), straight-shooter Jimmy Hickok (Josh Brolin), taciturn mute Ike McSwain (Travis Fine), half-Kiowa Indian Buck Cross (Gregg Rainwater), and short-tempered Lou McCloud (Yvonne Suhor)--who, unbeknownst to anyone (at least at first), is a girl in male disguise. Emma Shannon (Melissa Leo) is the station's cook and resident "earth mother", while local lawkeeper Marshall Cain (Brett Cullen) is Emma's would-be beau. This season, Don Collier makes the first of many recurring appearances as versatile general store keeper William Tompkins, who hopes to one day be reunited with the wife and daughter who'd been stolen by the Sioux years earlier; the taciturn Ike demonstrates time and again that it would take a bolt from Heaven to persuade him to abandon his curious set of values; and the Riders come to the defense of runaway slaves, abandoned and abused children and wrongly persecuted Native Americans, and overall demonstrate a stronger sympathy for the abolitionist North than the slaveholding South in the months leading to the Civil War. As for historical accuracy. . .well, you can't have everything. The season ends with a two-hour finale, involving the Young Riders' dangerous encounter with a vigilante character clearly based on the infamous "Kansas Raider" Quantrill. ~ Hal Erickson

    Cast & Crew

    • Anthony Zerbe - Teaspoon Hunter
    • Ty Miller - The Kid
    • Stephen Baldwin - Cody
    • Josh Brolin - Hickok
    • Gregg Rainwater - Buck

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      One of my favorite TV series...


      I LOVED this series back then and I still love it! Knowing that it wasn't as popular as other series that came out at the same time (e.g. Twin Peaks, Northern Exposure, etc.), I was a bit nervous that it would never be released on DVD. Now we fans have Season 1 and are anxiously awaiting Seasons 2 & 3 to finally come out as well...*ahem* It's a wonderful "little-series-that-could" with a big heart and family appeal. Watching the episodes on this first DVD set have brought back so many memories for me and my friends. With the exception of two ("Speak No Evil" and "Home of the Brave" on Disc 1), I believe the episodes are in the order that they were shown. Each disc only contains the episodes, and viewers have the option to watch only one episode at a time or to play all continuously. I do wish that they had included some special features, possible commentaries, cast interviews, or even behind-the-scenes footage. Bloopers would have been wonderful, as well as some updates on where the actors are today. Other than that, I'm glad that I can finally get rid of my Season 1 VHS tapes, since the sound and picture quality obviously degrade over time (mine are probably almost 10 years old!)

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Finally Found This Series!

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      Been looking for this series everywhere and only found "the best of" DVDs - so excited to finally own!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love this show

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Love this show! the discs play well in my DVD player

      I would recommend this to a friend

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