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The Young Riders - The Complete First Season

4.7 out of 5 stars 245 customer reviews

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Product Description

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."

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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

Special Features

  • 24 episodes on 5 discs

Product Details

  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E3L7FA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,570 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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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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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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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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By Ticked Off on January 10, 2006
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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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All I can say is that this show is brilliant! And its about time its out on DVD. I've been watching old re-runs of this show that I had taped years ago and dreaming about it coming out on DVD for years.

The show looks great, its bright, crisp, and clean! And if you love horses, or westerns, or Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, you need to own this series!! Its ridiculously good!

Now I'm just hoping and praying that they'll realease seaons 2 and 3 as well!!!!
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This show is absolutely awesome!! I loved it as a teenager when it first aired, and I am once again enjoying it on DVD. My kids are also enjoying it. Thanks MGM for finally giving our Riders to us on DVD!! Now can we have the remaining two seasons, ASAP? All us Riders fans are kinda in a hurry to get all the seasons!!
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By paul on January 22, 2006
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This show has been my favorite since it first came out, and I am thrilled it is comming to DVD. It captures the real-life emotions of six young people trying to find out where they belong, and it is surprisingly true to the time period. I would recomend this show to anyone, and will buy it the first chance I get.
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I watched this show when it originally came on and was a tad bit afraid to try watching it again. You know the old saying about you can't go home again. I was very happy to find that that was not the case here. It was wonderful to watch it all again. It has stood up to time very well and I found it entertaining.
The lack of bad language and blood was a breath of fresh air. I understand that the bad guy died when he was shot without having to see his insides all over the road. I understand that someone in these situations wouldn't just say, "Oh, drat", but I do so get tired of the expletives all over tv now.
My youngest child and myself have had tons of fun watching this.
The only problem is now waiting for seasons 2 and 3 to come out. Please hurry with them!!!!!
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