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Legends of the Old West

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Wild Bill returns to Cheyenne and joins the wagon train organized by his good friend Charlie Utter. The caravan begins the trip to Deadwood and Buffalo Bill Cody on the trail. He delivers shocking news of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Calam
Hickok hits his low point, but his old friend Buffalo Bill Body convinces him to join a play called “Scouts of the Plains,” and Hickok makes more money than he ever has in his life. However, Wild Bill hates the show and abruptly ends his career
A month after Hickok becomes marshal of Abilene, two Texas gunfighters, Phil Coe and Ben Thompson, start a saloon called the Bull’s Head Tavern. The rowdy joint creates tension all summer in 1871 and leads to a dramatic — and tragic — shootout
Hickok becomes the marshal of Hays City after Texas cowboys scare off the previous lawmen. The small Kansas town has never seen a marshal like Wild Bill. His unique appearance and routine cause the townsfolk to marvel, but nothing will stop out
Wild Bill finishes his service with the Union army in the Civil War and then ends up in Springfield, Missouri. A new friendship turns sour and leads to the first recorded quick-draw gunfight in the American West. Hickok’s legend as a frontiersm
James Butler Hickok has a restless spirit. He leaves his family home in Illinois and lands in Kansas during the lawless years of Bleeding Kansas. He becomes a freighter, a bodyguard, a scout, and a soldier. He survives shootouts and war, and ea
The Montana Column arrives at the battlefield in the Little Bighorn Valley and helps the survivors of the siege of Reno Hill. The fate of Custer’s command finally becomes clear and the news will soon shock the country. Weeks after the Battle of
On the second day of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the combined companies of Major Marcus Reno and Captain Frederick Benteen must survive blistering heat, a shortage of water, the stench of death, and constant gunfire and attacks from the w
Major Marcus Reno’s charge turns into a retreat and the survivors are trapped on a hill above the Little Bighorn River. At the other end of the valley, Custer leads a charge against the village in an attempt to capture the women and children. B
After the Battle of the Rosebud, the Native American village moves to the valley of the Little Bighorn River. Custer leads the Dakota column as it follows the trail of the village. General Terry leads the Montana column with the hope of trappin
Three army columns are in the field and the campaign is underway. The Montana column is the first to discover the enormous Native American village, but it’s slow to react. Sitting Bull participates in the Sun Dance ritual and receives his secon
The U.S. government tries and fails to buy the sacred Black Hills from the Lakota. As a result, President Ulysses S. Grant authorizes a plan to wage war on the Native American tribes of the Northern Plains. Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong C
A posse of lawmen rides to Pleasant Valley to stop the violence once and for all, but it leads to another gunfight that takes more lives from the Graham side of the feud. A lone survivor on the Graham side flees Pleasant Valley and begins a new
When members of the Graham family feel they were denied justice after the deadly ambush of Bill Graham, they team up with the Blevins brothers to take the law into their own hands. They attack the Tewksbury family and commit two brutal murders.
In August 1887, the simmering feud heats up to a boil when the notorious Blevins family becomes an ally of the Graham family. When a member of the Blevins family disappears, a search party finds itself in a deadly shootout with a Tewsbury broth
The Graham brothers form a secret pact with cattle baron Jim Stinson. In the process, the Grahams betray their friends, the Tewksburys. The betrayal ends the friendship between the two families and leads to a gunfight, courtroom trials, and mor
The cattle baron of Pleasant Valley believes the Tewksbury brothers are stealing his animals. He sends three men to the Tewksbury ranch to discover the truth, and the confrontation turns into a shootout. The first gunshots of the Pleasant Valle
Pleasant Valley in Arizona Territory becomes an ideal place to raise cattle in the late 1870s. But when Apache raids sweep through the area in the early 1880s, neighbors do their best to survive. Two families, the Tewksburys and the Grahams, be
The outlaw lifestyle finally catches up with Billy the Kid. A shootout claims the life of one of his oldest friends; he is sentenced to hang for his actions in the Lincoln County War; and he proves one last time that no jail can hold him. But a
Billy's violent end draws near. After another bloody shootout, he officially becomes "Billy the Kid" and the governor puts a price on his head. Pat Garrett becomes sheriff of Lincoln County and lures Billy into a trap. In the ensuing firefight,
Exactly one year after the murder of John Tunstall, a Lincoln County miracle occurs: Jimmy Dolan and Billy Bonney make peace. The two warring factions agree to stop fighting, but the armistice doesn't hold. As Billy pursues a risky plan to earn
The Lincoln County War ends with a murderous finale. The Dolan faction strikes a lethal blow, but it doesn't destroy the Regulators. The Regulators reach a crossroads. Each man must decide: is he in or out? Join Black Barrel+ for bingeable seas
Another Regulator captain dies. The Regulators continue their quest for vengeance. Alex McSween assembles his force; Jimmy Dolan assembles his force; and the battle finally arrives in Lincoln.  Join Black Barrel+ for bingeable seasons with no c
 In the wake of John Tunstall's murder, a group of his loyal fighters form a posse called the Regulators to bring his killers to justice. Within days, they murder three men. Then they target Sheriff Brady in the streets of Lincoln. The killing
The conflict brewing in Lincoln County reaches the point of no return. Sheriff Brady and Jimmy Dolan organize a posse to attack John Tunstall and Alex McSween. The first shots fired ignite a war that takes a heavy toll on both sides. Join Black
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