List of How the West Was Won episodes

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The following is an episode list for the TV series How the West Was Won.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
Pilot episode January 19, 1976
1 3 February 6, 1977 February 20, 1977
2 14 February 12, 1978 May 21, 1978
3 11 January 15, 1979 April 23, 1979


Pilot (1976)[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"The Macahans" Bernard McEveety Jim Byrnes January 19, 1976 (1976-01-19)

Zeb Macahan returns to the farm of Macahan to take his family to Oregon. The civil war is about to begin and the family wants to go west to Oregon to make sure that the sons Seth (later called Luke) and Jed (later called Josh) are not drafted. Uncle Zeb agrees to lead the family on the perilous journey, but the civil war has greater consequences for the family than they could imagine.

Guest Stars: Gene Evans as Dutton, John Crawford as Hale Crowley, Rudy Diaz as Sioux Chief Bear Dance, Jonathan Banks as Woodward, William Bryant as Major at Shiloh, and William Conrad as the Narrator.

Season 1 (1977)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Provost Marshal" Burt Kennedy, Daniel Mann Ron Bishop, Jim Byrnes, William Kelley, John Mantley & Earl W. Wallace February 6, 1977 (1977-02-06)

Luke is on the run from Captain Grey who wants to arrest him for deserting from the Union Army. Luke gets shot when trying to prevent some men harassing a woman and is later taken care of by a group of Simonites. Zeb searches for Luke so the family can continue the journey towards Oregon.

Guest Stars: Anthony Zerbe as Martin Grey, David Huddleston as Christy Johnson, and William Conrad as the Narrator.
2 "Erika" Burt Kennedy, Daniel Mann Ron Bishop, Jim Byrnes, William Kelley, John Mantley & Earl W. Wallace February 13, 1977 (1977-02-13)

Zeb finds Luke with the Simonites but before Luke is strong enough to leave, Zeb must take the opportunity to find a friend who has started a vendetta against an Indian tribe. Luke has taken a liking for the lifestyle of the Simonites and especially for the young and beautiful Erika who has looked after him. He therefore contemplates the option of becoming a Simonite.

Guest Stars: Anthony Zerbe as Martin Grey, David Huddleston as Christy Johnson, Paul Fix as Portagee, Jack Elam as Cully Madigan and William Conrad as the Narrator.
3 "Bowie John Christie" Burt Kennedy, Daniel Mann Ron Bishop, Jim Byrnes, William Kelley, John Mantley & Earl W. Wallace February 20, 1977 (1977-02-20)

Zeb must make the hardest choice in his life when attempting to save the life of his friend who has been taken captive by the Indians. Luke realizes that he can not stay with the Simonites after more trouble has erupted and the consequences are horrible when Erika decides to follow him. Meanwhile, back on the farm, the rest of the family finds itself in the midst of an Indian tribal war. And at the same time Captain Grey, now turned bounty hunter, continues to search for Luke.

Guest Stars: Anthony Zerbe as Martin Grey, David Huddleston as Christy Johnson, Paul Fix as Portagee, Jack Elam as Cully Madigan and William Conrad as the Narrator.

Season 2 (1978)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
4 "Buffalo Story" Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety N/A February 12, 1978 (1978-02-12)
Kate Macahan's sister, Molly Culhane from Chicago, joins the family. A Mormon family arrives at the homestead while fleeing religious persecution, but the patriarch soon charms Laura. Zeb mediates between the Army and the angry Sioux after Russian royalty kills buffalo on Sioux land. Luke aids a local sheriff and meets his feisty daughter.
5 "Mormon Story" Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety N/A February 19, 1978 (1978-02-19)
Zeb sides with the Sioux after the Russian incident triggers a war - and the clash leads to a great leader's sacrifice. Luke's feelings for Hillary Gant intensify, but when her father learns of Luke's past, he asks Luke to leave. Laura accepts a marriage proposal, while Luke finds himself forced to join a thieving band of ex-Confederates.
6 "Interlude" Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety N/A February 26, 1978 (1978-02-26)
Luke's attempt to foil the Flint gang's gold robbery scheme doesn't go as planned. Zeb rescues a woman from two hide-cutters and is surprised to find a love from his past. When a certain guest arrives for Laura's wedding, second thoughts arise. Jessie fights for her life after being stung by a swarm of bees.
7 "Orville Gant" Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety N/A March 5, 1978 (1978-03-05)
With the sheriff's son held hostage by Flint, the robbery moves forward, leaving two men dead. Jessie's condition worsens as the doctor can't help her. Zeb's and Beth's accounts of her rescue come under suspicion by the authorities, causing her to leave abruptly - with her trail leading Zeb to a mountain cabin.
8 "Amnesty" Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety N/A March 12, 1978 (1978-03-12)
Zeb learns Beth's husband is supposedly a dead, guilt-ridden Army hero involved in a military massacre. As Jessie nears death, Zeb decides to take her to an Arapaho medicine man - with a skeptical Luke and Josh in close pursuit.
9 "Cattle Drive" Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety N/A March 19, 1978 (1978-03-19)
Jessie recovers with the help of the Aapaho, but the tribe finds itself on the brink of starvation due to the broken promise of beef shipments. Zeb and Luke embark on a cattle-herding journey across harsh flatlands, joined by contentious Indian drovers - and trailed by a young runaway.
10 "Robber's Roost" Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety N/A March 26, 1978 (1978-03-26)
On the journey home, the stagecoach carrying Molly and Jessie is wrecked - and a dazed Jessie wanders into the desert, where she meets the young Navajo Teel-O. Zeb and Josh purchase a cattle herd to bring back to the reservation, and Zeb hires old friend Tap Henry to serve as cook on the drive
11 "Deek" Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety N/A April 9, 1978 (1978-04-09)
Deek Peasley is reluctantly hired to lead the search party for Jessie, who tries to bridge the language gap with Teel-O. The cattle drive gets underway, shadowed by Tap's rustler cronies. While camping out, tensions mount between Deek and Molly, and a costly bargain is negotiated..
12 "The Judge" Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety N/A April 16, 1978 (1978-04-16)
Jessie and Teel-O have a fateful encounter with Teel-O's grandfather. While scouting for water, Luke comes to the rescue of Judge Rensen, who offers to seek a pardon for Luke's criminal past in Missouri. Teel-O and Jessie are stalked by would-be slavers..
13 "Gold" Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety N/A April 23, 1978 (1978-04-23)
Luke is jailed pending his hearing, and from his cell, gives a newspaper interview that draws trouble to Las Mesas. Apaches disrupt the cattle drive. Jessie is rescued, and she and the others return home to find gold in the Macahan creek - just as Deek becomes more neighborly.
14 "Brothers" Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety N/A April 30, 1978 (1978-04-30)
After he learns of presence of gold, Deek bribes a land agent to seize ownership of the Macahan creek. Tap takes extreme measures to keep Zeb from learning about the rustlers. Josh arrives in Las Mesas to support Luke at the hearing and - literally - runs into Doreen, with whom he is instantly smitten.
15 "Secrets" Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety N/A May 7, 1978 (1978-05-07)
A vengeful Stillman hires local power broker Francis Britten to help convict Luke. Deek moves onto Macahan land, and Tap confesses the truth to Zeb. Luke gets a mysterious visitor..
16 "The Hearing" Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety N/A May 14, 1978 (1978-05-14)
Luke's hearing begins and things look bad for him. Frank Grayson produces proof that Luke was a member of the Flint gang. A snooping Evans overplays his hand with Deek. Josh is framed for assault by Doreen - and his brother's plight provokes Luke to drastic action.
17 "The Posse" Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety N/A May 21, 1978 (1978-05-21)
Fleeing jail with Josh, Luke finds Judge Rensen dead. When the brothers split up after narrowly eluding the posse, Josh is attacked and Zeb's pursuit ends in a face off with Stillman. The cattle drive regroups and makes a final homeward push. Deek menaces Laura and Molly for the last time.

Season 3 (1979)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
18 "The Gunfighter" Vincent McEveety Steve Hayes, Ron Bishop January 15, 1979 (1979-01-15)
Rancher Henry Coe hires a professional gunman to drive the Macahans off what he considers to be his property. Frank Grayson ingratiates himself with the Macahans, but Josh recognizes him as the gunman once hired to kill Luke.
19 "The Rustler" Barry Crane Calvin Clements Sr., John Mantley January 22, 1979 (1979-01-22)
Jessie is completely infatuated with a handsome young stranger named Bob who rescues her from the advances of a nasty character. Later on, the couple run away to a small town where a minister agrees to perform a wedding ceremony.
20 "The Enemy" Gunnar Hellström Ron Bishop, Steve Hayes February 5, 1979 (1979-02-05)
A by-the-book Army lieutenant clashes with the Macahans when he hunts for an Indian chief suspected of raiding wagons trains.
21 "The Innocent" Alf Kjellin Ray Goldrup February 12, 1979 (1979-02-12)
Josh becomes involved with a rivalry over a ferry business when he befriends Cora Johnson and her children, operators of a ferry crossing. The fight becomes more complicated when her retarded son, Willie is accused of maliciously shooting a man in the leg.
22 "Hillary" Irving J. Moore Earl W. Wallace February 26, 1979 (1979-02-26)
Luke sets out to reclaim the affections of his neglected flame Hillary as well as get a confession from the man suspected of committing the murder with which Luke was long ago accused.
23 "L'Affaire Riel" Harry Falk John Mantley, Calvin Clements Sr. March 5, 1979 (1979-03-05)
Zeb reluctantly tries to help the U.S. Army capture a French-Indian revolutionary and leader of a violent Métis attempt to win back lands from Canada.
24 "The Scavengers" Ralph Senensky Calvin Clements Jr. March 12, 1979 (1979-03-12)
Zeb, Molly and Laura are enjoying a riverboat ride when pirates attack and overrun the ship.
25 "The Forgotten" Barry Crane Earl W. Wallace, Ray Goldrup March 19, 1979 (1979-03-19)
A mysterious stranger in the mountains turns out to be a former Confederate Army officer who claims he had no knowledge the war was over.
26 "Luke" Vincent McEveety Calvin Clements Sr., John Mantley April 2, 1979 (1979-04-02)
Luke hooks up with a pretty, lethal robber who wants him for her own romantic reasons while he dodges bounty hunters in a desperate effort to clear his name of a murder charge.
27 "China Girl" Joseph Pevney Calvin Clements Jr. April 16, 1979 (1979-04-16)
The Macahan clan befriends a young Chinese immigrant whose rape on the ship has resulted in a pregnancy that provokes her father to proclaim the child must die.
28 "The Slavers" Joseph Pevney Dick Nelson April 23, 1979 (1979-04-23)
Zeb and Josh travel to Mexico to uncover a white slavery ring.