Spanning the years 1865 to 1890, The American West, will show how -- in the aftermath of the Civil War -- the United States transforms into the “land of opportunity.” Viewers will be transported into the violent world of cowboys, Indians, outlaws and law men. The 8-episode limited event series chronicles the personal, little-known stories of Western legends such as Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. The series features exclusive interviews with notable names from classic Western films, including Robert Redford, James Caan, Burt Reynolds, Tom Selleck, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Harmon, Ed Harris and more.
• Like his father, Wyatt Earp starts as a lawman -- but playing by the rules gets him nowhere, and after the OK Corral, Wyatt snaps.
• Jesse James' crusade to keep fighting the Civil War is symbolic of troubles in the South threatening to tear apart the country.
• Of the many Native American braves who fought the U.S. government, Crazy Horse represents the most successful armed resistance to the military's encroachment on the Western Plains.
• Sitting Bull anticipates President Grant's future betrayal and amasses his followers, telling them that the white men will never keep their promises.
• Billy the Kid is a survivor who, despite his charm, becomes Public Enemy No. 1.
• Pat Garrett, a failure at nearly everything, gets the opportunity of a lifetime as a famous lawman... just because he knows Billy the Kid.
• When Custer is demoted after the war ends, everything in his life is about trying to re-win the glory he achieved at the Battle of Gettysburg.
When Grant becomes President, he's the great hope for repairing the country and his policy of assimilating the Indians on reservations becomes his legacy.