Multi-part westerns: 20 series about the Wild West

The Wild West continues to beckon with the smell of gunpowder romance of American filmmakers. In the world of warlike Indians, tough cowboys, cold-blooded rangers and bloodthirsty raiders, the most incredible adventures take place and the most ardent passions boil. We offer you to get acquainted with the list of the best series in the western genre and be transported to the endless prairies, where everything is decided by fortitude, strong friendship and accurate shooting from a revolver.

Yellowstone (2018 – 2020)

A neo-western about brave people striving to preserve the land of their ancestors. The Dutton family owns one of the largest ranches in the United States. The Yellowstone National Park, an Indian reservation and greedy developers claim vast holdings. Arguments in the territorial dispute are not legal norms, but cruel attacks. The family, torn apart by internal conflicts, adequately resists more and more new challenges.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Yellowstone

Genre:
Drama, Western

Actors:
Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.5, IMDb – 8.6

Age Limits :
18+


Forgotten by God (2017)

Historical series about the Wild West. The adopted son of a sinister bandit, succumbing to the voice of conscience, escaped from accomplices with prey from the last robbery . An angry dad with a team of henchmen goes on the trail. The search leads the gang to a small town inhabited only by women – almost all the men died during an explosion in a mine. A deadly threat hangs over the life of the townspeople.

Original title:
Godless

Genre:
Western, drama

Actors:
Jack O’Connell, Michelle Dockery, Scoot McNairy…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.3

Age Limits :
12+


Son (2017 – 2019)

An epic series based on the novel of the same name by American writer Philip Mayer. The history of Texas is shown on the example of three generations of one family. Aggressive Indians slaughtered an entire family and kidnapped a young man who had become an orphan. The young man grew up at the crossroads of civilizations, forming an iron character that can withstand any test. Descendants will continue the formation of an influential clan.

Original title:
The Son

Genre:
Drama, Western

Actors:
Pierce Brosnan, Jacob Lofland, Henry Garrett…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
18+


World of the Wild West (2016 – 2020)

Top Series continues the highly rated futuristic western based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 cult film. In an amusement park that recreates the times of the Wild West, wealthy visitors can have complete impunity and do whatever they want. Anthropomorphic androids are forced to endure cynical and cruel treatment, but technicians regularly erase the memory of robots. However, some manage to keep the memories.

Original title:
Westworld

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, detective

Actors:
Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:
18+


American West (2016)

The bloody civil war subsided. There are many new opportunities for desperate adventurers. Dashing, fearless and charismatic people set out to conquer new lands. The Indians do not want to cede their ancestral territories, which means that a bloody slaughter will unfold for the right to own it. The TV series is designed in a semi-documentary style and contains fragments of interviews with actors who played legendary characters in famous westerns.

Original title:
The American West

Genre:
Drama, western, history

Actors:
Mark Lee Gardner, Bert Thomas Morris, David Stevens…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.4

Age limits :
12+


Texas Rising (2015)

Spectacular and dynamic action series about the American Wild West. A number of decisions by the Mexican government cause dissatisfaction among the people of Texas. An uprising breaks out in the state. The case seems lost in advance: the Texans do not even have a regular army. However, the irresistible thirst for freedom and indomitable spirit help the Rangers turn the tide of the war and achieve independence.

Original Title :
Texas Rising

Genre:
Drama, Western, History

Actors:
Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez…

Country:
USA, Mexico

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits :
12+


Klondike (2014)

The gold rush draws the most desperate adventurers into the pursuit of the yellow metal . A group of strong-willed people go to the Klondike, hoping to get rich. On the way to the coveted state, there will be many obstacles – from harsh natural conditions to the same fearless treasure seekers , ready to go to any recklessness for the sake of getting the coveted profit.

Original title:
Klondike

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Abbie Cornish, Marton Csokas, Ian Hart…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
16+


Rapid Fire (2013 – 2014)

A comedy western about a young Harvard graduate who takes up the position of sheriff in Kansas. The city is teeming with bandits, murderers and other crooks, but the new guardian of the law, together with his stubborn assistant, will be able to restore order. In addition to a strong character, a sharp mind and accurate shooting from a revolver, knowledge in a new amazing science – forensics will help the sheriff in the fight against crime.

Original title:
Quick Draw

Genre:
Comedy, Western

Actors:
John Lehr, Nick Brown, Allison Dunbar…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Hatfields & McCoys (2012)

Top series about the Wild West continues the historical drama, which received 16 nominations for the Emmy Award. Two comrades from neighboring states are returning from the Civil War. One fought for the southerners, the other for the northerners. The neighbors’ possessions are separated by a river, but hostility and enmity know no boundaries. The gradually growing conflict turns into a real war with dozens of victims.

Original title:
Hatfields & McCoys

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, western

Actors:
Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt Barr …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
12+


Hell on Wheels (2011 – 2016)

A soldier who fought in the Civil War for the Confederacy lost his wife and young son. The hero intends to deal with the northerners who committed the crime. The search for the killers leads the avenger to the construction of a transcontinental railroad . In a new business of unprecedented scope, changing the country, a retired fighter finds his calling, having gone from a simple hard worker to a chief engineer.

Original title:
Hell on Wheels

Genre:
Drama, Western

Actors:
Anson Mount, Colm Mini, Common…

Country:
Canada, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.3

Age Limits :
16+


Comanche Moon (2008)

Historical drama series about the confrontation between the Indians and the Texas Rangers. Brave fighters protect local residents from aggressive Comanches, and at the same time push the redskins from their ancestral lands. In three episodes of a gripping western, the Rangers will have to pursue the elusive horse thief, fight a ruthless Mexican thug, and fight back against an experienced Indian warlord.

Original title:
Comanche Moon

Genre:
Drama, Western

Actors:
Val Kilmer, Steve Zahn, Karl Urban, Linda Cardellini, Elizabeth Banks…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.2

Age Limits :
12+


Interrupted Path (2006)

An interesting series about noble cowboys. Two men are engaged in the distillation of herds across North America. Along the way, the partners meet several Chinese girls who miraculously escaped being sold into sexual slavery. Cowboys are going to help outlanders start a new life, but a gang of thugs is going to profitably sell exotic beauties. The captivating western has won three Emmy awards.

Original title:
Broken Trail

Genre:
Western

Actors:
Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church, Greta Scacchi …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


To the West (2005)

A gripping story of a Lakota Indian tribe and an American family. A young wheel master sets out to conquer the unexplored western lands. Along the way, a young man frees a widowed Indian woman from slavery. A woman marries her savior. Hasty marriage will not find understanding among others. Heroes on the way waiting for a lot of adventures and dangers.

Original title:
Into the West

Genre:
Drama, romance, adventure, western, history

Actors:
Matthew Settle, Skeet Ulrich, Rachel Lee Cook…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:
16+


Deadwood (2004 – 2006)

A series about cowboys of the Wild West with many explicit walls and hyper-realistic violence. The town of prospectors in South Dakota attracts seasoned adventurers and notorious villains. Fights here take place several times a day, and murder is considered commonplace. The protagonist and his friend arrive in such a disadvantaged place to open a trading shop.

Original title:
Deadwood

Genre:
Drama, crime, western, history

Actors:
Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:
16+


The Magnificent Seven (1998 – 2002)

A remake of the classic cult western from 1960. Seven men with different characters and different fates undertake to protect a small town from arbitrariness and lawlessness reigning in the district. A noble mission requires incredible fortitude and complete dedication, because the seven daredevils have many ill-wishers – the threat of prison and death accompanies brave men everywhere.

Original title:
The Magnificent Seven

Genre:
Action, Western

Actors:
Michael Biehn, Eric Close, Dale Midkiff…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits :
16+


Real Woman (1997)

Three American women found themselves in the midst of the Civil War. Troubled times bring complete confusion to life, and Indians, southerners and northerners alike pose a threat. Women have to go through many trials in order to eventually find happiness and love. The historical Western-style series received many admiring reviews from viewers. The plot is based on the autobiography of writer Janice Woods Windle.

Original title:
True Women

Genre:
Action, drama, romance, adventure, western, military, biography, history

Actors:
Dana Delaney, Annabeth Gish, Angelina Jolie …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Dead Man’s Trail (1996)

A detachment of Texas Rangers is sent to Mexico, hoping to capture solid booty and annex new territories. Due to poor organization on the distant prairies, the expedition has problems with water and provisions. The warlike Comanches become the main danger for the detachment – every daring raid of the Redskins turns into the loss of horses and human casualties. The Western is based on a book by American writer Larry McMurtry.

Original title:
Dead Man’s Walk

Genre:
Western

Actors:
F. Murray Abraham, Keith Carradine, Patricia Childress…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.1

Age Limits :
16+


Streets of Laredo (1995)

A foreign series in the western genre about a former ranger turned bounty hunter. The authorities hire a hero to deal with a raider who robs trains and mercilessly kills everyone who comes to hand. Together with a group of associates, a bounty hunter goes in search of a villain in newly independent Texas, full of various dangers.

Original title:
Streets of Laredo

Genre:
Drama, Western

Actors:
James Garner, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Dr. Quinn: female doctor (1993 – 1998)

A young woman from a wealthy Boston family comes to a small Wild West town to work as a doctor . Local residents are initially skeptical about a visiting specialist, but a stubborn woman, curing the most difficult cases, will prove her professionalism every day. In a strange town, the heroine will find recognition, adopted children and true love.

original title :
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

Genre:
Drama, Family, Western

Actors:
Jane Seymour, Joe Lando, Sean Toovey …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits :
12+


Lonesome Dove (1989)

The iconic western film, which won a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Series and Best Actor, is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Larry McMurtry. At the center of events are two former rangers. Old age is already creeping up on people shabby by life. Friends undertake to overtake the herd from one state to another. The path along the still wild, but already partly civilized land will be full of dangerous adventures.

Original title:
Lonesome Dove

Genre:
Drama, adventure, western

Actors:
Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.7

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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