The Cowboys (TV series)

The Cowboys is a short-lived Western television series based on the 1972 motion picture of the same name. It aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) television network from February 6 to June 27, 1974. The television show starred Jim Davis, Diana Douglas, Moses Gunn, A Martinez, Robert Carradine, and Clay O'Brien. David Dortort, best known for Bonanza and The High Chaparral, produced the series. The television show followed the exploits of seven boys who worked on a ranch in 1870s New Mexico.

The Cowboys
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GenreWestern
StarringJim Davis
Belinda Balaski
Moses Gunn
Walter Brooke
Robert Carradine
A Martinez
Theme music composerJohn Williams
Opening themeOpen Prairies
Ending themeOpen Prairies (instrumental)
ComposerHarry Sukman
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Running time30 minutes
Production companyWarner Bros. Television
Release
Original networkABC
Original release6 February (1974-02-06) –
27 July 1974 (1974-07-27)

The Cowboys was conceived as an hour-long series, but ABC decided to reduce the running time to a half-hour format. The format change did not lead to increased viewers, and the show was the victim of early cancellation. As a traditional television Western, it was an aberration compared to most television trends of the 1970s (as most had ended production several years prior and only Gunsmoke was still in production by then).

Guest stars included Cal Bellini as Wa-Cha-Ka in "The Indian Givers", Kevin Hagen as Josh Redding in "Death on a Fast Horse", and Lurene Tuttle as Grandma Jesse in "Many a Good Horse Died".

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Each guest star made only one appearance.

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