The Young Riders

The BEST episodes of The Young Riders

Every episode of The Young Riders ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The Young Riders!

Set just before the American Civil War, this series presented a highly fictionalized account of the heyday of the Pony Express. Its focus was a group of young Express riders based at the waystation in Sweetwater, Kansas. Running the station was ex-Texas Ranger and all-around eccentric Teaspoon Hunter. The role of cook, housekeeper and mother hen was filled first by Emma and later by Rachel. The riders included the future "Buffalo Bill" Cody and James Butler ("Wild Bill") Hickok, as well as Ike, a mute, Buck, a half-White/half-Kiowa scout and the Kid, a quiet Southerner. Their final member was Lou, a young woman who lived and worked with the riders disguised as a boy. In second season, their group was joined by Noah Dixon.

Last Updated: 7/26/2022Network: ABC (US)
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The Keepsake
star
8.75
8 votes

#1 - The Keepsake

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/14/1989

Teaspoon is given claim to a small fortune, but he may lose it to a young woman he thinks is his lost daughter, and to a crooked gambler willing to kill for the cash.

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Gunfighter
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8.47
32 votes

#2 - Gunfighter

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/21/1989

Hickok projects the demons of his childhood onto a bullying hired gun and decides only a showdown with the gunslinger will exorcise them.

Directors: Max Tash
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False Colors
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8.38
16 votes

#3 - False Colors

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/9/1989

Kid enjoys a reunion with his brother Jed, who seems to have found a niche in the Army, but is really leading a gang that is posing as cavalry to steal gold for the budding Confederacy.

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The End of Innocence
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8.30
10 votes

#4 - The End of Innocence

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/30/1989

Hickok discovers hidden feelings for Emma on a venture to an Army outpost commanded by a captain with a passion for cruelty.

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Lady for a Night
star
8.20
10 votes

#5 - Lady for a Night

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/18/1990

Dressed as a lady for a night, Lou meets a vicious brute who develops an obsession for her, while he masterminds a series of heists in the territory.

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Pride and Prejudice
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8.14
7 votes

#6 - Pride and Prejudice

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/27/1990

Buck finds Tompkins' long-missing wife and child assimilated into the Sioux tribe which took them.

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Ten-Cent Hero
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8.07
15 votes

#7 - Ten-Cent Hero

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/2/1989

A dime novelist creates the legendary gunslinger Wild Bill Hickok, and Hickok faces the consequences when a gunfighter arrives for a showdown with the fastest gun in the West.

Black Ulysses
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8.06
16 votes

#8 - Black Ulysses

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/26/1989

The riders stand up for a runaway slave who is pursued by Missouri state militiamen committed to bringing down the fugitive.

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Decoy
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8.00
8 votes

#9 - Decoy

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/8/1990

On a wild ride to deliver a top-secret Government message, Cody helps a mortally wounded mountain man, who asks Cody to care for his pet bear. Meanwhile, back in Sweetwater, the other riders look after an abandoned baby.

Directors: Virgil Vogel
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Daddy's Girl
star
8.00
7 votes

#10 - Daddy's Girl

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/15/1990

A new girl in town has Buck in her sights, but he is caught in the cross-fire between her, her tyrannical father and her cruel suitor.

Directors: George Mendeluk
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Then There Was One
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8.00
5 votes

#11 - Then There Was One

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/5/1990

Teaspoon sets out for Texas with an old comrade in arms to warn three other veterans that someone has been murdering the last men who truly remember the Alamo.

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Blood Moon
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8.00
7 votes

#12 - Blood Moon

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/13/1990

Fear of a cholera outbreak turns the citizens of Sweetwater into a mob intent on lynching a deaf-mute boy suspected of being the carrier.

Directors: Virgil Vogel
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Jesse
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8.00
5 votes

#13 - Jesse

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/5/1991

The riders befriend a young man named Jesse, who seeks vengeance against a gang of outlaws that kills his guardian.

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The Presence of Mine Enemies
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8.00
5 votes

#14 - The Presence of Mine Enemies

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/9/1991

Ike meets and falls hard in love with Emily Metcalfe (Kelly Williams). Emily's father is murdered by a card cheat, Neville. Emily seeks to avenge her father's murder. Ike goes after Emily to save her and takes the bullet meant for her himself. As the riders bid a tearful farewell to their friend, Buck seeks ultimate vengeance against Neville.

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Fall from Grace
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7.92
12 votes

#15 - Fall from Grace

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/4/1990

Hickok has a falling-out with Teaspoon, and he falls in with a gang of outlaws who are after a store of Army guns and ammunition.

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Initiation
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7.83
6 votes

#16 - Initiation

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/25/1991

Jimmy captures Jesse's brother Frank James after a bank robbery. Jesse feels that he owes his brother his loyalty and so he breaks him out of jail forcing Teaspoon and Jimmy to track them.

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Between Rock Creek and a Hard Place
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7.80
5 votes

#17 - Between Rock Creek and a Hard Place

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/26/1991

Noah meets Quinn and his sister Casey, the only other black people in the town. At the same time he fights with an army recruiter. When the recruiter turns up dead, Noah is suspected.

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The Littlest Cowboy
star
7.78
9 votes

#18 - The Littlest Cowboy

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/3/1990

Ike, bitter after being beaten by men who take advantage of his handicap, befriends Arthur, a terminally ill boy.

Directors: Virgil Vogel
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Bad Blood
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7.77
26 votes

#19 - Bad Blood

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/12/1989

Lou returns to the orphanage to retrieve her younger brother and sister, but her estranged father, a gunrunner, gets to them first.

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Home of the Brave
star
7.77
30 votes

#20 - Home of the Brave

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/28/1989

When the Kiowa begin to attack white settlements and civilians, Buck must decide between loyalty to his Kiowa brother and to the obligations and friendships he has found with the Pony Express. In the meantime, Lou, Hickok and Cody get into a fight with Tompkins and his men because of the shopkeeper's insults against Buck.

Directors: Dan Lerner
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The Kid
star
7.74
43 votes

#21 - The Kid

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/20/1989

This was the pilot episode. We meet Kid first, he gets into a fist fight to get his horse, Katy. Later he joins the Pony Express where we are introduced to Emma Shannon the station mistress, Teaspoon Hunter the shaggy station master, Buck, Jimmy, Ike, Cody, and Lou. Later in the episode we also meet the continuing character Sam Cain, the marshal of Sweetwater.

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Matched Pair
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7.67
6 votes

#22 - Matched Pair

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/8/1990

Hickok helps a friendly rival search for their gunfighting mentor's kidnapped daughter, who actually has escaped with evidence of her dad's corruption.

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Star Light, Star Bright
star
7.67
6 votes

#23 - Star Light, Star Bright

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/15/1990

At Chrismastime the riders believe they own half a gold mine as repayment for Hickok's kindness to old prospector Cyrus.

Directors: Joseph Scanlan
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Hard Time
star
7.62
13 votes

#24 - Hard Time

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/11/1990

Kid is sentenced to hard time on a trumped-up charge by a small-town sheriff carrying out the policies of the sadistic man who keeps the town under a cloud of fear.

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A Good Day to Die
star
7.53
15 votes

#25 - A Good Day to Die

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/16/1989

Kid finds a young warrior at the scene of a way-station massacre, and although the warrior denies any wrongdoing, Kid hauls him back through Indian territory to face justice in Sweetwater.

Directors: Virgil Vogel
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