The Young Pioneers (miniseries)
|The Young Pioneers|
|Written by||Rose Wilder Lane|
|Directed by||Irving J. Moore|
|Opening theme||Dominic Frontiere (instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||3|
|Executive producer(s)||Ed Friendly|
|Running time||approx. 47 minutes|
|Original run||April 2, 1978– April 16, 1978|
The Young Pioneers is a three-episode ABC western television series starring Linda Purl and Roger Kern in the role of young newlyweds Molly and David Beaton, who settle in the Dakota Territory during the 1870s. The program was based on novels of Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, whose work inspired NBC's Little House on the Prairie starring Michael Landon. The Young Pioneers aired at 7 p.m. Eastern on Sundays on April 2, 9, and 16, 1978.
The recurring cast included Robert Hays as Dan Gray, Robert Donner as Mr. Peters, Mare Winningham as Nettie Peters, Michelle Stacy as Flora Peters, and Jeff Cotler as Charlie Peters. A Martinez portrayed the Indian Circling Hawk. Geno Silva played another Indian, Fool's Crow.
The episodes are entitled "Sky in the Window", "A Kite for Charlie", and "The Promise of Spring".