James Arness had just completed a two-decade run as Marshal Matt Dillon on "Gunsmoke" when he jumped back into television Westerns in this late-1970s ABC series loosely inspired by the same-named 1962 movie.
He plays Zeb Macahan, patriarch of a family of Western settlers facing all the perils of that then-untamed territory. Also notable in the cast are Eva Marie Saint, Richard Kiley, Bruce Boxleitner and Fionnula Flanagan. *** (Not rated: AS, V)
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BXTDVEO/ref=nosim/?tag=zap2it07-20"><b>Buy 'How the West Was Won: The Complete First Season' on DVD</b></a>.
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