The Americans – western TV show.
Original Date of Broadcast March 20,1961. Directed by John Florea Written by Andy Lewis. Starring Richard Davalos Guest Starring Robert Culp, Sonya Wilde, Berry Kroeger, Norman Alden, Patrick Waltz, Ken Mayer, Strother Martin, James Seay, George Kennedy, Terry Ann Ross, Paul Lambert, Gertrude Flynn Pauline Myers and Peggy Stewart. Still has original vintage commercials for Pepsi, Saran Wrap, Polident, Gillette and Right Guard. The story of the Canfield brothers, Ben and Jeff, who had taken up arms on opposites sides of the Civil War. While Ben chose to fight with Union forces, younger brother Jeff
sided with the Confederacy. Episodes alternated between the brothers, as each one faced the challenges and horrors of this bloody war, until the two finally faced each other on the battlefield.
– Written by Jean-Marc Rocher.
Harper’s Ferry S1, Ep1
23 Jan. 1961 Harper’s Ferry
The Canfield family finds itself split down the middle after the Civil War breaks out when Confederate forces attack the Union arsenal at Harpers Ferry.
Rebellion at Blazing Rock S1, Ep2
30 Jan. 1961 Rebellion at Blazing Rock
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The Regular S1, Ep3
6 Feb. 1961 The Regular
A regular-army sergeant is given the job of delivering badly needed guns to a volunteer unit. However, when he sees how badly trained the unit’s soldiers are and how inexperienced its captain is, he refuses to complete the mission.
The Rebellious Rose S1, Ep4
13 Feb. 1961 The Rebellious Rose
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On to Richmond S1, Ep5
20 Feb. 1961 On to Richmond
Ben is having trouble with his soldiers, who are volunteers and not regular troops. They only signed up for a short time and don’t take the war particularly seriously. In addition, Ben’s captain his getting on his case because he believes a big battle is brewing and he doesn’t want to fight it with ill-disciplined and unmotivated troops.
Half Moon Road S1, Ep6
27 Feb. 1961 Half Moon Road
Jeff is taken deep into the back country on a potentially dangerous mission–recruiting sharpshooters for the Confederate army from among the reclusive and suspicious backwoods people.
Reconnaissance S1, Ep7
6 Mar. 1961 Reconnaissance
A Union force is camped at Harper’s Ferry, and Jeff is assigned to sneak through their lines to gather information. He discovers that his brother Ben is among the soldiers stationed there.
The Escape S1, Ep8
13 Mar. 1961 The Escape
Col. Fry and Ben are captured and sent to the Confederate POW camp at Libby Prison, where they get a taste of the harsh treatment meted out to prisoners by the camp commandant, Maj. Turner.
The Guerrillas S1, Ep9
20 Mar. 1961 The Guerrillas
A band of guerrillas lays siege to a town that has been torn apart by the war.
The Invaders S1, Ep10
27 Mar. 1961 The Invaders
After a Union force takes over a Confederate town, its captain orders the Confederate flag taken down. Outraged, an elderly resident of the town fires at him.
The Gun S1, Ep11
3 Apr. 1961 The Gun
Jeff is given the task of taking a unit out to capture as many Union cannons as he can, because the South is in desperate need of artillery.
The Sentry S1, Ep12
10 Apr. 1961 The Sentry
Three men are picked to cross over enemy lines in Harper’s Ferry and sabotage an important railroad trestle that will be used by a train supplying Union troops with much-needed ammunition.
The Bounty Jumpers S1, Ep13
17 Apr. 1961 The Bounty Jumpers
Ben goes undercover to gather evidence on a criminal ring that has its members enlist in the army for the monetary incentives, then smuggles them out of the camp once they’ve been paid.
Long Way Back S1, Ep14
24 Apr. 1961 Long Way Back
A group of Missour farmers capture Jeff, and he realizes the only hope he has of surviving is to escape.
The War Between the States S1, Ep15
1 May 1961 The War Between the States
Ben finds himself in a quandary when his best friend falls for a Confederate girl.
The Coward S1, Ep16
8 May 1961 The Coward
A soldier convicted of cowardice under fire and sentenced to death has his execution delayed. However, two of the soldiers in his company are determined to see the sentence carried out, even if they have to do it themselves.
The Inquisitors S1, Ep17
15 May 1961 The Inquisitors
Congress wants answers as to why the Battle of Ball’s Bluff turned so disastrous, and a very angry Union officer believes he has them.