Harts of the West

Originally published: June 20, 1994
Last updated: October 17, 2017

Compiled by Loren Heisey


Series notes

City slicker Dave Hart is an underwear salesman who after a heart attack quits his dead-end job, uproots his family, and heads West in search of his inner hombre.


Guide notes

At this time the only credits listed in the guide besides the cast are the guest stars, writers, and directors. Anything not actually listed in the on screen credits is enclosed in brackets. The synopses were adapted from TV Guide listings.



         Beau Bridges               [Dave Hart]
         Harley Jane Kozak          [Alison]
         Meghann Haldeman           [L'Amour]
         Sean Murray                [Zane]
         Nathan Watt                [Duke]
         Saginaw Grant              [Auggie]
         O-Lan Jones                [Rose]
         Sterling Macer             [Marcus]
         Stephen Root               [R.O.]
         Talisa Soto                [Cassie]
    [recurring cast]
         Lloyd Bridges              [Jake]
         Dennis Fimple              [Garral]
         Dale Robertson             [Zeke]


  1. Pilot  9/25/93

     The Harts discover that the Sholo, Nevada spread they've bought
     is a run-down former dude ranch populated only by an aging cowpoke
     named Jake.

         Written by                  Robert Moloney
         Directed by                 Robert Lieberman

  2. The Right Stuff 10/02/93

     Dave has something to prove - to himself and his family - after a
     champion rodeo clown he hired to help break wild mustangs ends up
     charming Alison and the kids instead.

     Special Appearance by
         Mark Harmon                [rodeo clown]
         O'Neal Compton

         Written by                  Robert Moloney
         Directed by                 Bill D'Elia

  3. Guess Who's Coming to Chow? 10/30/93

     A prairie-dog infestation at the Tumbleweed has Dave squirming,
     and so does a visit from Alison's intimidating mom, whom Dave
     promptly fixes up with "gentleman" Jake to squire her around Sholo
     - and with luck, into the sunset.

     Special Appearance by
         Diane Ladd                 [Alison's mom]
     The Voice of "Ralph" the Prairie Dog by
         Frank Welker

         Written by                  Robert Moloney
         Directed by                 James Hayman

  4. Dead Man's Leap 11/06/93

     R.O. is zapped by lightning and soon develops many personalities,
     one of which is that of Dave's late father. Meanwhile, Zane disobeys
     his dad by accompanying some new friends to Dead Man's Leap, where
     he's challenged to jump across the gap.

     Special Appearance by
         Ethan Randall              [Randy]
         George Pilgrim             [H.K. Akers]
        [Randy Guiting]             [Steve]

         Written by                  Chris Ruppenthal
         Directed by                 James Hayman

  5. Goodnight Irene 11/13/93

     Sheriff R.O. looks for clues leading to a suspect in the murder of
     Garral's beloved bovine Irene, which dropped dead while Garral was
     painting her portrait. Alison gets the urge to work. Duke's more
     interested in being a cowboy than an A student.

         Written by                  Jill Gordon
         Directed by                 Bill D'Elia

  6. Cowboyz in the Hood 12/04/93

     Like it or not, Dave gets a tough inner-city youth as a ranch hand,
     thanks to Marcus, who believes that equestrian therapy will turn the
     kid's life around.

     Special Appearance by
         Larenz Tate                [youth]

         Teleplay by                 David Debin
         Story by                    Bill Spoon and
                                     Robert Moloney & Chris Ruppenthal
         Directed by                 Scott Brazil

  7. Auggie's End 12/11/93

     As Auggie turns 60, he announces he's going to die - on the Harts'
     property, where his late wife is buried. But Dave wants him to stick
     around to help Duke win a sheep-shearing contest.

    [Guest Starring]
         Apesanahkwat               [Andrew]
         Tantoo Cardinal            [Helen]
         Betty Carvalho             [Lillian]

         Written by                  Mark Masuoka
         Directed by                 Greg Beeman

  8. Jake's Brother 12/25/93

     Jake's hotheaded brother, Zeke, a Western romance writer who returns
     to Sholo threatening to kill Jake in a shoot-out at high noon.

     Special Appearance by
         Diana Douglas              [Betty]
         Nan Martin                 [Beverly]
         John Gowans
        [Archie Lang]               [Frank]

         Written by                  Jill Gordon
         Directed by                 Bill D'Elia

  9. Ghost Run  1/08/94

     Dave vows to win Sholo's Frontier Days Ghost Run buckboard race, but
     once Alison enters the contest - partnered with a headstrong frontier
     widow - Dave is up against a formidable opponent.

     Special Appearance by
         Betty Garrett              [Thelma]

         Written by                  Trish Soodik
         Directed by                 Neal Isreal

 10. You Got to Have Hart  1/15/94

     Cowboy Dave takes the bull by the horns and joins the competition to
     restore Sholo's luster in the annual rodeo. Meanwhile, a dashing
     rodeo Romeo sets L'Amour's spurs to jingling.

    [Guest Starring]
         Robert Pine                [Bart Tupelo]
         Anndi McAfee               [Marti]
         David Charvet            as Tad [Miller]
        [Haryl Deason]              [cowboy]
        [Steve Manning]             [cowboy]

         Teleplay by                 Mike Lyons & Kimberley Wells
         Story by                    Jill Gordon
         Directed by                 James Hayman

 11. Home Alone  1/22/94

     Rose boots R.O. who moves into the Flying Tumbleweed. L'Amour learns
     Alison posed for a lingerie catalog. Duke has a problem with horses,
     and Zane tries to help him over it.

     Special Guest Star
         Ethan Randall            as Randy

         Written by                  Trish Soodik
         Directed by                 Greg Beeman

 12. Heart's Vacation  1/29/94

     The Harts' family vacation in the countryside turns into a series of
     disasters, including a mine-shaft accident, a marauding bear, and

         Written by                  Chris Ruppenthal
         Directed by                 Mel Damski

 13. Back in the Panties Again  6/04/94

     Dave may be forced back into the rat race after the ranch's well runs
     dry and his former boss pays him a visit in Sholo. Meanwhile, Zane 
     falls for a lingerie model.

     Special Appearance by
         Stephen Tobolowsky         [Dave's former boss]
         Katie Wright               [lingerie model]
         Garry McGurk
         R. Leo Schreiber
         Allan Hunt

         Written by                  James Kramer
         Directed by                 James Hayman

 14. Drive, He Said  6/11/94

     Spurred by a dispute with a greedy cattle driver, the greenhorn Harts
     and town volunteers embark on their own cattle drive to deliver a
     herd of steers to Carson City - and to preserve a Sholo way of life.

     Special Appearance by
         Stacey Dash
         Michael McManus            [cattle driver]
         Bill Zuckert
         Tim Haldeman

         Written by                  Robert Moloney
         Directed by                 Neal Isreal

 15. Jake and Duke's Excellent Adventure  6/18/94

     On his 10th birthday, Duke embarks on a rite of passage out on the
     range with "prairie elder" Jake. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Alison
     and Dave contemplate the imminent threat of parenthood; and Zane
     misinterprets Cassie's motives.

    [Guest Starring]
         John Gowans
         Patricia Van Ingen         [Elizabeth]
         Richard Ryder
         Dale Swann

         Written by                  Robert Moloney
         Directed by                 Helaine Head


Title listings

Air dates

Date format is: year/month/day

93/09/25   1. Pilot
93/10/02   2. The Right Stuff
93/10/09      preempted (baseball playoff)
93/10/16      preempted (World Series game 1)
93/10/23      preempted (World Series game 6)
93/10/30   3. Guess Who's Coming to Chow?
93/11/06   4. Dead Man's Leap
93/11/13   5. Goodnight Irene
93/11/20      preempted (Dr. Quinn)
93/11/27      preempted (Dr. Quinn)
93/12/04   6. Cowboyz in the Hood
93/12/11   7. Auggie's End
93/12/18      preempted (movie)
93/12/25   8. Jake's Brother
94/01/01      preempted (movie)
94/01/08   9. Ghost Run
94/01/15  10. You Got to Have Hart
94/01/22  11. Home Alone
94/01/29  12. Hart's Vacation
              on hiatus
94/06/04  13. Back in the Panties Again
94/06/11  14. Drive, He Said
94/06/18  15. Jake and Duke's Excellent Adventure
              end of series


A Harts of the West: The Complete Collection DVD box set with 3 discs was released on October 25, 2005. This set has gone out of print.

A Harts of the West: The Complete Series DVD box set with 2 discs was released on October 17, 2017. According to the box access to a digital version is included.