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Harts of the West is an hour-long 1993-1994 CBS western/comedy television series starring Beau Bridges (born 1941) and his father, Lloyd Bridges (1913-1998), set on a dude ranch in Nevadamarker.

Cast and premise of series

In the story line, Dave Hart, played by Beau Bridges, sustains a heart attack, leaves his job as an underwear salesman, and heads with his family to the American West, specifically fictitious Sholo, Nevada. There, Dave tries to revive the defunct Flying Tumbleweed Dude Ranch, where Jake Terrel, played by Lloyd Bridges, had worked years earlier. The 15-episode series ran from September 25, 1993, to January 29, 1994, and again from June 4-June 18, 1994.

Cast members include Harley Jane Kozak (born 1957) as Alison Hart, Dave's wife; Meghann Haldeman as their teen-aged daughter, L'Amour, presumably named for western author Louis L'Amour; Sean Murray (born 1977) as their son, Zane Grey Hart, named for novelist Zane Grey; Nathan Watt (born 1983) as their son, John Wayne Hart, known as "Duke" Hart and named for John Wayne; Saginaw Grant as Augie, an Indian storekeeper; O-Lan Jones (born 1950) as waitress Rose McLaughlin; Sterling Macer, Jr. (born 1963), as Marcus St. Cloud, an African American lawyer who wants to be a cowboy; R.O. Moon as the sheriff; Stephen Root (born 1951) as R.O.; Talisa Soto as Augie's granddaughter, Cassie Velasquez, and Dennis Fimple (1940-2002) as Garral.

Episode list

Series episodes include:

  • "Guess Who's Coming to Chow" (with Diane Ladd as Alison Hart's mother)

  • "Dead Man's Leap"

  • "Goodnight, Irene"

  • "Cowboyz in the Hood"

  • "Augie's End"

  • "Heart's Vacation" (January 29, 1994, end of initial run)

  • "Back in the Panties Again"

  • "Drive, He Said"

  • "Jake's and Duke's Excellent Adventure" (series finale).

Awards and production notes

Three actors on Harts of the West were nominated for Young Artist Awards in 1994: Nathan Watt, "Best Actor under Ten" in a television series; Sean Murray: "Best Youth Actor Leading Role", and Meghann Haldeman, "Best Youth Actress Leading Role".

Harts of the West was filed in Mayermarker in Yavapai Countymarker near Prescottmarker, Arizonamarker by the Kushner-Locke Company. The series aired at 9 p.m. Eastern Saturday following Jane Seymour's Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and preceding Chuck Norris's Walker, Texas Ranger, both long-term CBS series. Its competition was Empty Nest and Nurses on NBC and The Paula Poundstone Show on ABC.


  1. Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penquin Book, 1996, 4th ed., p. 363
  2. 1993-1994 American network television schedule, in appendix of Total Television

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