1 9 6 6 – 1 9 6 7 (USA)
26 x 60 minute episodes
A family western TV series, The Monroes related the doings of five orphans whose parents drowned when their covered wagon’s wheel broke and both were swept downstream while on the way to claim land in the Wyoming Territory in 1876.
Eighteen-year-old son Clayt (Michael Anderson Jr.) and 16-year-old daughter Kathy (Barbara Hershey) led their 13-year-old twin brothers, their 6-year-old sister and their dog to their claim and set about making a life for themselves.
Unfortunately, their land was coveted by the evil land baron Major Mapoy (Liam Sullivan), who wasn’t about to let the kids and their Native American pal Dirty Jim (Ron Soble – and yes, they called him “dirty” even though they liked him) get in his way.
Not to be confused with the ABC series of the same name in the 1990s – A tawdry series which focused on a powerful Kennedy-like family headed by William Devane, which ran for a year starting in 1995.
Michael Anderson Jnr