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The Young Riders - The Complete First Season (1989)

Max Tash , Stephen L. Posey , Guy Magar , Joseph L. Scanlan  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Max Tash, Stephen L. Posey, Stephen Baldwin, Josh Brolin, Brett Cullen
  • Directors: Guy Magar, Joseph L. Scanlan, Virgil W. Vogel, George Mendeluk, James Keach
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 1135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E3L7FA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Young Riders - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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  • 24 episodes on 5 discs

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Saddle up for fun and adventure with "The Young Riders"! Set in the early days of the Pony Express, the series tells the fictionalized story of a group of young riders for the express in Sweetwater, Kansas, who just happen to include a couple of dudes who would one day go down in real-life history as two of the west’s most notorious names: "Buffalo Bill" Cody (Stephen Baldwin) and "Wild Bill" Hickock (Josh Brolin). In charge of the bunch is ex-Texas ranger and all-around eccentric teaspoon hunter (Anthony Zerbe). See how they all put the wild in the wild, wild west in this complete first season of "The Young Riders."

The premise behind this revisionist Western from creator and supervising producer Ed Spielman (Kung Fu) was novel enough: veteran character actor Anthony Zerbe ran a Pony Express station, and counted among his diverse group of riders such future legends of the Old West as Wild Bill Hickok (Josh Brolin) and Buffalo Bill Cody (Stephen Baldwin; Christopher Pettiet would join them in the series' third and final season as a youthful Jesse James). Ostensibly, the Riders' job was to deliver the U.S. mail, but somehow, adventure kept intervening, and the Riders rallied valiantly to defend escaped slaves ("Black Ulysses"), give testimony in the case of a stagecoach massacre ("Speak No Evil"), and even deal with their own growing fame ("Ten-Cent Hero," which addresses the pulp mythologizing of Hickok). The comely housemother Emma Shannon, played by Melissa Leo, departed the show after this season for more modern pastures on Homicide: Life on the Street. A host of notable guest stars supported the uniformly fine cast, including Cynthia Nixon ("Gathering Clouds") and Chris Penn ("Matched Pair"). The lack of any extras is something of a disappointment. ----Paul Gaita

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! January 10, 2006
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I've waited for this show to be released on vhs/dvd since the first episode!!!! The cast of characters and the cast of actors and actresses is supurb. This show appeals to all ages and genders. For anybody that was too young in 1989 to have watched this show now is the time.

Anthony Zerbe as Teaspoon is the best. Not to be missed are Ty Miller, Stephen Baldwin, Josh Brolin and Yvonne Suhor. Also look for special guests like Cynthia Nixon,Della Reese, David Carradine, Pernell Roberts, Jamie Lynn Bauer, Richard Roundtree, Brian Bonsall and my favorite Bart the Bear.

In a nutshell the show is about the Pony Express and all its trials and tribulations leading up to the Cival War. However with such a large cast the show also deals with all its members lives as well such as Wild Bill, The Kid and Lou (a girl in disguise as a boy to become a member of the Pony Express.)

You'll find gunfights, sasparilla drinking, horses, beautiful country and even romance (yes there is some of that).

Trust me buy it!!!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly Waiting for Seasons Two & Three March 26, 2006
This set is wonderful. I'd forgotten much of the smaller plots that the reruns removed. If you saw the original show you'll be more than pleasently surprised by the clarity and length of each episode. If the only shows you were able to see were the reruns, many of the unanswered questions will be answered. There are dozens of scenes that were not shown during the rebroadcast and they will delight and enlighten both old and new fans alike.

I sincerly hope that seasons two and three will follow soon.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! January 10, 2006
I had given up all hope of ever seeing my favourite show out on DVD, so this news has made my year - heck my decade - and I've already pre-ordered it. I just cannot wait to ditch my flickering, worn out old video tapes and replace them with some quality recordings.

Sony, if you're listening, hurry up with S2 and 3! I'll be first in the queue to buy!

I hear this is one of the most requested TV to DVD shows out there. And no wonder. It's a beautifully crafted western with engaging characters, gorgeous scenery, sparkling dialogue and scripts, and most of all...heart. This show has a lot of heart.

I was on the edge of my seat every week, sharing the adventures of the Pony Express riders. Moving, funny and even shippy at times, this was just great entertainment with characters you cared about.

Buy it now! You won't be disappointed.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TOP RATED SHOW FOR DVD RELEASE January 27, 2013
This show was very popular with an extremely loyal fan base while airing. It was once rated the most highly anticipated DVD release of any TV show. There was a delay with the release of season two over distribution rights, but luckily that has been resolved and we have all three seasons now.

THE STORY: 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.

PACKAGING: The set includes five discs in two regular sized DVD cases and housed in a sort of collector's box snugly fitting the two standard DVD cases.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!! January 10, 2006
Fans of "The Young Riders" rejoice! This is something that we have been hoping would happen for so long. I have been a fan of TYR since it first aired on ABC in 1989 and I've remained a loyal fan through my taped episodes. My worries about the tapes being too old and falling apart can now be put to rest because of the DVD release!

If you've never seen "The Young Riders", trust me when I say that it's a great show. It follows the lives of Pony Express riders. It's got action, adventure, romance -- everything you need for a great television show! (Plus who can resist a show that features gorgeous men like Gregg Rainwater (my fave!), Josh Brolin, Stephen Baldwin, Ty Miller?)

I am pre-ordering this right now! Big thanks to whomever's decision this was -- you made a LOT of fans very happy!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Show January 10, 2006
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This is such great news! The Young Riders is a fantastic show, with the thrills and excitement of the Old West, and a little history thrown in. Gregg Rainwater played my absolute favorite character on the show, but truly the best episodes were the ensemble ones, where each character contributed.

OK, hard to wait until March 21 . . .
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YIPPEE!!!!!!! January 10, 2006
By Didi
I have been waiting for this is come out on DVD forever. The characters are well developed, the stories thoughtful and interesting, and when you start watching, you can't stop. I've been hooked since the very first show, so many years ago. I used to have ALL the episodes on VHS, but somehow I lost them, and I was crushed. So, like many people out there I will be ordering this, and all the other seasons as soon as they are released.

If you like westerns, family dramas, or just a GREAT ensemble cast, this is for you. And unlike many shows that just end, and leave you hanging with a cliffhanger or unresolved storylines, The Young Riders writers knew that it was being cancelled, and did the fans a great justice by ending the 3rd season by completely wrapping up all the stories. I can't wait for March 21st.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 days ago by Ramon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to be able to find old episodes like this
Thanks for being in the business you are in. Great to be able to find old episodes like this.
Published 12 days ago by Joy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Would give it a five star but some of the disc were scratched
Published 15 days ago by JERRY FERRELL
5.0 out of 5 stars It is so good to see these episode in good
Finally having these episodes in a DVD collection has been way too long coming. It is so good to see these episode in good, crisp quality with their amazing soundtracks. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynne-Marie Hope Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved the series when it originally aired back in 1989 and I still love it.
Published 1 month ago by Teresa Redmon-Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like this
Published 1 month ago by red
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family show
I still enjoy this show even if it is a little cheesy. It's not Walker Texas Ranger goofy but it's very "expected. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mariko L
5.0 out of 5 stars young riders are back
So glad I came across this deal to young riders season one. This is one of my favorite tv shows growing up. Not dissapointed at all, have hours of nostagic entertainment.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great to see these shows again
Published 2 months ago by Tracey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Young Riders
Still waiting for the 2nd season on DVD!!!
Published 2 months ago by Connie Strong
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Seasons 2 & 3
They have not announced release dates for this yet. MGM is now being distributed through Fox instead of Sony, which is who released season 1, so hopefully fox will get around to releasing seasons 2 and 3 soon...
Feb 1, 2007 by M. Leighton |  See all 9 posts
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