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Season 1

The Oregon Trail

When Evan Thorpe and his family make the decision to "go west" they get much more than they bargained for on the perilous 2000-mile journey along the Oregon trail from the Missouri River to the Williamette valley.
Director: Boris Sagal

1 :01x01 - Hard Ride Home

A widower with three kids, Taylor's Evan Thorpe leads a wagon train through Indian country, during which he lands a mountain man as his scout, puts up with a peppery lady schoolteacher, and manages to keep his kids from being scalped. Evan Thorpe is appointed wagon master after the original leader is killed in an Indian attack which was precipitated by 12-year-old William Thorpe's theft of a spear from a secret burial ground.
Guest Stars: William Windom as Packy | Hoke Howell as Vaughn | John Vernon as Charles Shrigley | Carole Tru Foster (1) as Effie | Wilford Brimley as Unknown | Ken Swofford as Cutler

2 :01x02 - The Last Game

Thorpe's 12-year-old son (Tony Becker) inadvertently defiles Indian burial ground.
Guest Stars: Ken Swofford as Cutler | Carole Tru Foster (1) as Effie | Wilford Brimley as Unknown | William Windom as Packy | John Vernon as Charles Shrigley | Hoke Howell as Vaughn
Writer: Eugene Price

3 :01x03 - The Waterhole

Wagonmaster Evan Thorpe and his scout, Luther Sprague, battle dust storms, intense heat and injury in their search for water to relieve their drought-plagued pioneers.
Guest Stars: William Phipps as Hayes | Jean Rasey as Elie Webster | Kim Hunter as Liz Webster | Lonny Chapman as Coe Webster
Director: Virgil W. Vogel

4 :01x04 - Trapper's Rendezvous

The wagon train's scout is captured by hostile mountain men and Evan Thorpe must fight their leader in order to win his freedom.
Guest Stars: Claude Akins as Lemus Harker | Ted Gehring as Tobias

5 :01x05 - The Army Deserter (aka The Deserter)

Andy Thorpe helps protect an army deserter who, in turn, holds Andy hostage when soldiers come to get him.
Guest Stars: Nicholas Hammond as Unknown | Kevin McCarthy as Levering | Clu Gulager as Harris

6 :01x06 - Hannah's Girls

A group of shady ladies liven up Evan Thorpe's Oregon bound wagon train until they come under the harassment of their deranged ex-employer.
Guest Stars: Maxine Olmstead as Mrs. Stewart | Suzanne Hunt as Kate Bowles | Denise Galik-Furey as Libby Owens | Roy Gaintner as Mr. Stewart | Billy Green Bush as Niles Sharpe | Stella Stevens as Hannah Morgan | Mills Watson as Dixie Long
Director: Don Richardson

7 :01x07 - Return From Death

A jury trial halts the wagon train as Thorpe (Rod Taylor) plays defense attorney for the accused slayer of a relentless lady's man.
Guest Stars: James Wainwright as Ephraim | Beth Brickell as Martha | Jack Hogan (1) as Unknown
Story: John W. Bloch | Teleplay: Robert Pirosh

8 :01x08 - The Scarlet Ribbon

While investigating a bullet riddled wagon, Evan is taken prisoner by embittered soldiers when he discovers their gunrunning operation. Evan tangles with a pair of gun-smugglers (Bill Bixby, Donna Mills).
Guest Stars: Bill Bixby as Unknown | Richard Jaeckel as Jess Smith | Donna Mills as Unknown | William Shatner as Buford Cole
Director: Bill Bixby

9 :01x09 - The Gold Dust Queen

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Guest Stars: Susan Howard as Unknown
Director: William Wiard

11 :01x11 - Evan's Vendetta

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Guest Stars: William Smith (1) as Unknown

12 :01x12 - Suffer the Little Children

Thorpe (Rod Taylor) and his convoy face starvation when a larger wagon train threatens to purchase all the available supplies in the next town.

13 :01x13 - Wagon Race

Thorpe (Rod Taylor) has to deal with a religious zealot who refuses treatment for his daughter when she's hurt in a wagon accident.
Guest Stars: Mariette Hartley as Susan | Robert Fuller as Matthew Hancock | Robert Pine as Unknown | Jean Rasey as Elie Webster | Elizabeth Cheshire as Jenny Hancock
Director: Lewis Allen
Warning: The Oregon Trail guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama | Western
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Wednesdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 21, 1977
Ended: October 26, 1977
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