The Young Pioneers (miniseries)

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The Young Pioneers
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Genre Western/family/drama
Written by Rose Wilder Lane
Directed by Irving J. Moore
Starring Linda Purl
Roger Kern
Mare Winningham
Robert Donner
Robert Hays
Jeff Cotler
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 network ABC
Picture format Film
Audio format Monaural
Original release April 2 (1978-04-02) – April 16, 1978 (1978-04-16)

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.[1] The program was based on novels of Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Young Pioneers aired at 7 p.m. Eastern on Sundays on April 2, 9, and 16, 1978.[2]

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.[1]

The episodes are entitled "Sky in the Window", "A Kite for Charlie", and "The Promise of Spring".[2]


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1 1 "Sky in the Window" Irving J. Moore Rose Wilder Lane (novel) April 2, 1978 (1978-04-02) 101

Newlyweds,Molly and David seventeen and eighteen years old officially become married.

Note:The characters original names were Charles and Caroline based on Rose's maternal grandparents, Charles and Caroline.
2 2 "A Kite for Charlie" Irving J. Moore Rose Wilder Lane (novel) April 9, 1978 (1978-04-09) 102
The Beatons meet their new neighbors.
3 3 "A Promise for Spring" Irving J. Moore Rose Wilder Lane (novel) April 16, 1978 (1978-04-16) 103
Molly and David plan to find new land.


  1. ^ a b "The Young Pioneers (1978)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 27, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "The Young Pioneers: Summary". Retrieved February 27, 2009. 

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