How the West Was Won

How the West Was Won

Stars James Arness, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb, and Fionnula Fannagan!

Follow the adventures of the Macahan family! Zeb Macahan reunites with his family and leads them on the perilous journey west from Virginia, just as the Civil War breaks out. When tragedy strikes, Zeb, a well-known mountain man and scout, finds himself the head of the family, responsible for protecting and defending them.

How the West Was Won


How the West Was Won: The Enemy

Sat, Apr 11th | 8PM ET
Zeb clashes with a young, strong-minded lieutenant on a mission for peace talks with an Indian Chief.

How the West Was Won: L’Affaire Riel

Sun, Apr 12th | 8PM ET
General Sheridan appeals to Zeb Macahan to search for notorious revolutionary, Louis Riel and return him to Canada. While Zeb is away, the general finds himself smitten with a certain member of Zeb’s family.

How the West Was Won: The Rustler

Sun, Apr 13th | 2AM ET
After three boys steal the horses that Zeb and his nephews have wrangled and trained, Zeb must deal with the young thieves. Which is complicated, since one of them is his niece’s boyfriend.

How the West Was Won: The Macahans

Sun, Apr 17th | 8PM ET
Rockies mountain man Zeb Macahan leads his brother’s family eastward with dreams of a better life. But none of them can imagine the hardships and dangers they are about to endure.


Mountain man, Zebulan Macahan has a renowned reputation as a trapper, trader and scout for the U.S. Army, working the Indian Territories in the early 1860s. He makes a good living and is comfortable in his lifestyle. But trouble is brewing, as the Civil War breaks out. Concerned about family he hasn’t seen in years, living in Manassas, Virginia, Zeb treks back east to reunite with his brother, Tim, Tim’s wife, Kate and their sons, Luke and Josh and daughters, Jessie and Laura. Now the war is coming too close to home, so the family packs up and Zeb leads them west, hoping to settle in Oregon. They get as far as Nebraska, and decide to homestead there for the winter until they can continue on to Oregon.

As the war escalates, Tim heads back to Virginia to bring his and Zeb’s parents west, but when he doesn’t return within a reasonable time, Luke leaves to look for him. Both Luke and Tim, unbeknownst to the other, are involuntarily drafted into the Union Army. When his entire platoon is killed, Luke deserts and starts to make his way back to Zeb and his family. Luke is now a wanted man and on the run, as a sheriff he shot in self-defense will not stop hunting him down until he sees Luke hang. Meanwhile, life at the homestead is not without its own drama. A renegade mountain man escapes jail and goes gunning for Zeb, who put him behind bars for killing innocent Indians.

Over the years, adventures abound, from Luke keeping just steps ahead of the vengeful sheriff to a tragedy that brings Kate’s sister, Molly Culhane, a wealthy Chicago widow west, to Zeb fighting for his family, not to mention, hints of sweet romance.

Join the Macahan clan in these special airings of How the West Was Won on INSP!