The BEST Episodes of Lonesome Dove

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 4, 2020

Network: CBS

Retired Texas Rangers Gus McRae and Woodrow Call are content to live out their remaining years in the tiny Texas town of Lonesome Dove. Then their old friend Jake comes to town, and tells them about the incredible opportunities for cattle ranching in Montana. Encouraged by this, Call convinces Gus and many other townspeople to go on a perilous cattle drive to Montana. Gus has another agenda though: his former sweetheart now lives in Nebraska, and he hopes for a second chance with her. As the drive goes on it takes on an epic scale, ultimately becoming what could well be called the central event in the lives of all involved.

Return

#1 - Return

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 8, 1989

Conclusion. A tragedy in the Montana Territory exacts a painful promise from Call (Tommy Lee Jones) that takes him on a haunting mission back to Texas

star 8.95
113 votes
Directors: Simon Wincer
Writers: Larry McMurtry, William D. Wittliff
The Plains

#2 - The Plains

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 7, 1989

Off the trail, Jake (Robert Urich) falls in with bad company, while Gus (Robert Duvall) shares a bittersweet reunion with an old flame (Anjelica Huston).

star 8.55
130 votes
Directors: Simon Wincer
Writers: Larry McMurtry, William D. Wittliff
On the Trail

#3 - On the Trail

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 6, 1989

A deadly pursuit on the plains pits Gus (Robert Duvall) against a sadistic renegade named Blue Duck (Frederic Forrest).

star 8.51
167 votes
Directors: Simon Wincer
Writers: Larry McMurtry, William D. Wittliff
Leaving

#4 - Leaving

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 5, 1989

Larry McMurtry's saga opens with two former Texas Rangers (Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones) beginning a cattle drive to Montana.

star 8.45
234 votes
Directors: Simon Wincer
Writers: Larry McMurtry, William D. Wittliff