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1A Documentary Series from Creator/TheHistoryChannel. Ran from 2003 to 2005. This series explores the technology of TheWildWest. Hosted first by Creator/KeithCarradine then by Creator/DavidCarradine, it features just about all of the Wild West tropes one would have encountered in RealLife in the Old West. A variety of historians and experts on The Old West act as TalkingHeads and fill in more info on the event/person/technology under discussion. !! Tropes featured in this series: * CoolCar: One episode features a TwilightOfTheOldWest era shootout involving an early automobile fitted with some armor plating and a [[MoreDakka machine gun]]. * CoolTrain: At least one episode spends time examining the tech and troubles associated with travel by rail on the frontier. * {{Cowboy}}: One episode is dedicated to cowpokes and their tech and exploits. * TheDungAges: Frontier towns often feature muddy, unpaved streets that feature just as many horses as humans. The resulting mess can be... unappealing to say the least. * GoodOldFisticuffs: Many historical fights between men as well as pairs/groups of women are mentioned. * TheGrimReaper: He gets his own episode. Let's face it: TheWildWest was a dangerous place and era. The Grim Reaper was a constant companion to all settlers of the time. * HangingJudge: Several get mentions throughout the show's run. ** Judge Roy Bean. "The Law West of the Pecos". ** Issac Parker gets his own segment and is treated in a favorable light. He claimed that he brought peace to a lawless territory, and, among other things, treated Indians as fairly as whites. According to Time/Life the only reason he hanged so many people was that there was an excess of {{Outlaws}} in his territory who "needed killin'." *** Parker's reputation for harshness is often overstated; of 13,490 cases tried before his bench, 344 were for capital offenses. Of those, 160 defendants were convicted and sentenced to hang, and only 79 were actually hanged. * HurricaneOfPuns: This series is liberally sprinkled with puns. Usually a play on how some unfortunate individual met their end. * OpenMouthInsertFoot: One commenter made this statement about [[ Capt. Fetterman]] in 1866. Fetterman said that with 80 good soldiers with him, he could " roughshod over the Sioux Nation". Pursuing a retreating band of attackers, he and his 80 man company were ambushed and killed. * {{Outlaw}}: At least one fugitive per episode. Often more. * OutOfCharacterIsSeriousBusiness: Usually Dave will end on some wise crack involving the last segment. But in Massacres II, he basically just says [[INeedADrink he needs a drink]], before lamenting on how we've seen the absolute worst of humanity and no matter what, a massacre is not the solution. * PublicExecution: Hanging a convicted criminal in the town square might have been the highlight of an entire month in this era of limited entertainment opportunities. * RevolversAreJustBetter: One episode featured an outlaw being undone by the complexities of the safety on one of them new-fangled semi-auto pistols. ** The lethal effectiveness of double-barrel shotguns and lever-action rifles is also discussed. * TheRustler: Cattle and horse rustling and the men accused of such get a ''lot'' of discussion. * TrainJob: Lots of them. Some more successful than others. * TwilightOfTheOldWest: This gets some discussion with events occurring during the early 20th century. * UnproblematicProstitution: One episode harshly deconstructed this trope. * USMarshal: Often the only law in The WildWest. Not always readily available. * VigilanteExecution: Was occasionally known to involve the entire community. ----


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