Wild West Tech
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Wild West Tech is a program that aired on The History Channel in the United States from 2003 to 2005. The show was originally hosted by Keith Carradine (2003–04), but his half-brother, David Carradine, took over hosting duties for season 2 and subsequent seasons. The show illustrates a variety of technologies used in the Wild West, and features interviews with numerous Western historians, as well as re-creating versions of important events in Western history.
|Wild West Tech|
|Starring||Keith Carradine (season 1)|
David Carradine (seasons 2 and 3)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||34|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original network||The History Channel|
|Original release||August 19, 2003 –|
November 8, 2005
The series was created by Dolores Gavin (History Channel) and supervising producer Louis Tarantino.
Each episode is dedicated to some broader aspect of Wild West life. Once the context is established in brief by the host, more specific elements are developed. Throughout the program, professors, writers, and other experts explain finer points while historical reenactments and dramatizations portray just how key 19th century events may have transpired. The production aims to put the viewer into the spirit of the Old West with its host inhabiting an unnamed frontier town, delivering commentary.
A new spin on the typical technology fact program, this program often covers subjects from the American Old West that are not generally discussed in more traditional settings. For example, one episode takes a look at the brothel, focusing on the inventions and technological innovations used to make the institution of prostitution less harsh on the lives of the women involved.
Another explains that Morphine was first isolated in 1803 by the German pharmacist Friedrich Wilhelm Adam Sertürner, but it was not until the development of the hypodermic needle (1853) that its use spread and it spread quite a bit in the American West. It was used for pain relief and as a "cure" for opium or alcohol addiction. Its extensive use during the American Civil War resulted in over 400,000 sufferers from the "soldiers disease" (addiction).
Two pilot episodes were produced, hosted by Keith Carradine, to help sell the History Channel on the concept of the series. Seasons 2 and 3 were hosted by David Carradine.
|1||Pilot–1||Aug 25, 2003||Outlaw Tech|
|2||Pilot–2||Aug 19, 2003||The Gunslingers|
|1||1–1||Mar 30, 2004||Cowboy Tech|
|2||1–2||Apr 6, 2004||Execution Tech|
|3||1–3||Apr 13, 2004||Military Tech|
|4||1–4||Apr 20, 2004||Hunting Tech|
|5||1–5||Apr 27, 2004||Western Towns|
|6||1–6||May 4, 2004||Brothel Tech|
|7||1–7||May 11, 2004||Native American Tech|
|8||1–8||May 18, 2004||Train Tech|
|9||1–9||May 25, 2004||Gambling Tech|
|10||1–10||Jun 8, 2004||Gold Rush Tech|
|11||2–1||Nov 9, 2004||Six–Shooter Tech|
|12||2–2||Nov 16, 2004||Vigilante Tech|
|13||2–3||Nov 23, 2004||Alamo Tech|
|14||2–4||Nov 30, 2004||Deadwood Tech|
|15||2–5||Dec 7, 2004||Massacre Tech|
|16||2–6||Dec 14, 2004||Biggest Machines in the West|
|17||2–7||Dec 21, 2004||Freak Show Tech|
|18||2–8||Dec 28, 2004||Disaster Tech|
|19||2–9||Jan 25, 2005||Shootout Tech|
|20||2–10||Feb 1, 2005||Saloons|
|21||2–11||Feb 15, 2005||Law & Order Tech|
|22||2–12||Feb 22, 2005||Gang Tech|
|23||2–13||Mar 22, 2005||The Road West|
|24||2–14||May 24, 2005||Civil War in the West|
|25||3–1||Sep 13, 2005||Revenge Tech|
|26||3–2||Sep 20, 2005||Freak Shows II|
|27||3–3||Sep 27, 2005||The Unexplained|
|28||3–4||Oct 4, 2005||Massacres II|
|29||3–5||Oct 11, 2005||Bounty Hunters|
|30||3–6||Oct 18, 2005||Vices|
|31||3–7||Nov 1, 2005||Grim Reaper|
|32||3–8||Nov 8, 2005||Gadgets|
The History Channel sometimes airs re-edited versions of the episodes to fill odd bits of time on the schedule; these 30 minute versions feature no new content.
There is a video that documents how Keith lost the show to David in a poker game that appears at the beginning of episode 2–1.
Shortly before leaving the show, Keith Carradine grew a mustache for his role in the TNT production of Monte Walsh.