Show Type: Western

First Telecast: February 6, 1974

Last Telecast: August 14, 1974

Broadcast History:

February 1974 - August 1974, Wednesday 8:00-8:30 on ABC


Jebediah Nightlinger..... Moses Gunn

Mrs. Annie Andersen..... Diana Douglas

U.S. Marshal Bill Winter..... Jim Davis

Cimarron..... A Martinez

Slim..... Robert Carradine

Jimmy..... Sean Kelly

Homer..... Kerry MacLane

Steve..... Clint Howard

Hardy..... Mitch Brown

Weedy..... Clay O'Brien


The Cowboys was a kind of teenage Western in which seven young boys, aged 9 to 17 years, faced the trials of growing into manhood while helping a widow run a ranch in the New Mexico Territory of the 1870's. The ranch foreman, Jebediah Nightlinger, and the widow, Mrs. Andersen, were around for adult supervision as the boys fought off teenage Comanches and adult rustlers. The series was based on the novel by William Dale Jennings and the movie starring John Wayne. Four of the boys in the series - Martinez, Carradine, Kelly, and O'Brien - also appeared in the film.