Jan. 10, 2012 at 12:28pmThe Wild West Collection

Great programming!

Tonight’s airing of Billy the Kid from 9-10p.m. is the beginning of American Experience’s January series on the legend of the Wild West and Western Heroes called the Wild West Collection.

The series this month also includes programs on Custer’s Last Stand, Wyatt Earp, Geronimo, Annie Oakley and Jesse James.


While I enjoy learning about the history of the West and all, I’m by no means an officianado of those who tamed the “Wild West.”

However, my husband is all about not just Western history but military history as well. So, I was excited to tell him about the series this month that showcases some of the men and women who shaped the West and western heroes we’ve celebrated in TV and movies for the past 50 decades.

The first in this series, Billy the Kid a.k.a. Henry McCarty, was only 21 years old when he was gunned down by a sheriff named Pat Garrett on July 14, 1881 in New Mexico. Despite his short life, the Kid was a popular figure in a stream of dime store novels and soon a big-screen hero. He was famous for outfoxing the law and making miraculous escapes. This program tells the real story behind the myth.

Go online to read much, much more about each of the chapters in the series and watch previews of the upcoming shows.

There are also photo galleries, a bonus short video on Billy the Kid Ballad, and lots more.

All of the programs in the series have a plethora of information and multimedia on their stories including blogs about each individual program.

Fascinating Americana. I can hardly wait to see the first chapter tonight at 9 p.m.

Here’s the schedule for the month:

Jan. 10 - Billy the Kid – 9-10p.m.

Jan. 17 – Custer’s Last Stand - 8-10p.m.

Jan. 24 – Wyatt Earp – 8-9p.m.

Jan 24 – Geronimo – 9-10p.m.

Jan. 31 – Annie Oakley – 8-9p.m.

Jan. 31 – Jesse James – 9-10p.m.


  • Comments (1)
The 4th episode of downtime abby was very poorly transmitted. Bad picture and missed auto, couldn't follow.. is the station going to re-broadcast?
Left by penny robinson | Jan. 29, 2012 at 8:20pm

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