Harts of the West
|Harts of the West|
|Created by||Robert Moloney|
|Written by||Robert Moloney
|Directed by||James Hayman
Harley Jane Kozak
|Opening theme||"In a Laid Back Way" performed by Clint Black|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||15|
|Running time||45–48 minutes|
|Production company(s)||The Kushner-Locke Company|
|Distributor||Multicom Entertainment Group Inc.|
|Original release||September 25, 1993– June 18, 1994|
Harts of the West is an American Western/comedy–drama series starring Beau Bridges and his father, Lloyd Bridges, set on a dude ranch in Nevada. The series aired on CBS from September 1993, to June 1994.
In the story line, Dave Hart (Beau Bridges), sustains a heart attack. He leaves his job as an underwear salesman and heads with his family to the fictitious Sholo, Nevada in the American West. There, Dave tries to revive the defunct Flying Tumbleweed Dude Ranch, where Jake Terrel, played by Lloyd Bridges, had worked years earlier. The 15-episode series ran from September 25, 1993, to January 29, 1994, and again from June 4–June 18, 1994.
Cast members include Harley Jane Kozak as Alison Hart, Dave's wife; Meghann Haldeman as their teen-aged daughter, L'Amour; Sean Murray as their son, Zane Grey Hart; Nathan Watt as their son, John Wayne Hart, known as "Duke"; Saginaw Grant as Augie, an Indian storekeeper; O-Lan Jones as waitress Rose McLaughlin; Sterling Macer, Jr., as Marcus St. Cloud, an African American lawyer who wants to be a cowboy; R.O. Moon as the sheriff; Stephen Root as R.O.; Talisa Soto as Augie's granddaughter, Cassie Velasquez; and Dennis Fimple as Garral.
Series episodes include:
- "The Right Stuff" (Guest stars O'Neal Compton and Mark Harmon)
- "Guess Who's Coming to Chow" (Guest star Diane Ladd)
- "Dead Man's Leap"
- "Goodnight, Irene"
- "Cowboyz in the Hood"
- "Augie's End"
- "Jake's Brother" and "Home Alone" (Guest star Dale Robertson)
- "Ghost Run" (Guest star Betty Garrett)
- "You Got to Have Heart" (Guest star Robert Pine)
- "Heart's Vacation" (January 29, 1994, end of initial run)
- "Back in the Panties Again"
- "Drive, He Said"
- "Jake's and Duke's Excellent Adventure" (series finale)
The theme song was "In a Laid Back Way" written and performed by Clint Black.
Harts of the West was filmed at Sable Ranch in the Santa Clarita Valley and in Mayer in Yavapai County near Prescott, Arizona by the Kushner-Locke Company. The series aired at 9 p.m. Eastern Saturday following Jane Seymour's Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and preceding Chuck Norris's Walker, Texas Ranger, both long-term CBS series. Its competition was Empty Nest and Nurses on NBC and The Paula Poundstone Show on ABC.
Awards and nominations
Three actors on Harts of the West were nominated for Young Artist Awards in 1994: Nathan Watt, "Best Actor under Ten" in a television series; Sean Murray, "Best Youth Actor Leading Role", and Meghann Haldeman, "Best Youth Actress Leading Role".
In 2005, the complete series was released on Region 1 DVD in the United States by Tango Entertainment.
- Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Book, 1996, 4th ed., p. 363
- "Episode List of Harts of the West". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 27, 2009.
- "Harts of the West (1993)". IMDB. Retrieved February 27, 2009.
- 1993-1994 American network television schedule, in appendix of Total Television
- "Awards for Harts of the West". IMDB. Retrieved February 27, 2009.