was an award winning, star-packed mini-series that aired
on CBS in 1989 (it was six hours). The mini-series was
based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Larry
McMurtry. The show starred Robert Duvall as Captain Gus
McCrae, Tommy Lee Jones as Captain Woodrow Call, Danny
Glover as Joshua Deets, Diane Lane as Lorena Wood, Ricky
Schroder as Newt Dobbs, and Robert Urich as Jake Spoon.
The series won seven Emmy Awards and was estimated to be
viewed by over 26 million households.
series was about three ex-Texas Rangers who decide to
trail cattle from Lonesome Dove, Texas, to Montana to
start a new life. Gus (Duvall) and Call (Jones) run a
livery in Lonesome Dove, and Jake (Ulrich) is an old
Texas Ranger pal who shows up years later after getting
into serious law trouble in a nearby town. After Jake
convinces Gus and Call about the splendors of Montana,
the group decides to make a move. The story is about
the adventures of the trip, where in the end, the only
Ranger to make it alive is Call.