In 1842, widower Evan Thorpe (Rod Taylor) and his three children leave their Illinois farm and join a wagon train heading west into the Oregon territories to make a new life for themselves. Along the way they must deal with Indian marauders, storms, con men and more!
The show also starred Andrew Stevens, Tony Becker and Gina Marie Smika as Thorpe's children joined by an impressive guest cast including Kim Hunter, Claude Akins and William Smith. The series pilot aired on CBS in 1976, and the series ran in 1977.
This collection includes 14 of the 20 original episodes, including six unaired episodes.
The 1977 NBC series THE OREGON TRAIL embodied a short-lived attempt (in the wake of GUNSMOKE and BONANZA, which had each wrapped several years prior) to bring the serial western back to prime-time television, albeit with a certain degree of family appeal. It starred Rod Taylor (THE BIRDS) as widower Evan Thorpe, who decided to leave his home in Illinois circa 1842 with his three children in tow (10-year-old Rachel, 17-year-old Andy and 12-year-old William) and search for a new life in the Oregon Territory, courtesy of the famed trail of the title. At the outset of the series, the family joined a wagon train moving westward; en route, they encountered a series of tribulations including hostile Indians, inclement weather, con men and a host of other ills. NBC cancelled the original program after only a couple of months; this set contains all 14 original episodes including the 8 that originally aired and 6 that did not. Features in the set include interactive menus, full screen presentation and episode selection.