The Monroes (1966–1967)
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After their parents drown, the five surviving children continue on their journey West to Wyoming to farm the land their father had claimed ten years before; but there are some men that ... See full summary »


Bernard L. Kowalski (as Bernard Kowalski)


Otis Carney


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Episode cast overview:
Michael Anderson Jr. ... Clayt Monroe
Barbara Hershey ... Kathy Monroe
Keith Schultz Keith Schultz ... Jefferson Monroe
Kevin Schultz Kevin Schultz ... Fennimore Monroe
Tammy Locke ... Amy Monroe
Liam Sullivan ... Major Mapoy
Ron Soble ... Dirty Jim
John Doucette ... Buttermore
James Murdock ... Ham (as James Murdoch)
Russ Conway ... Albert Monroe
Marilyn Stader Marilyn Stader ... Mary Monroe (as Marilyn Moe)
Ben Johnson ... Sleeve
James Westmoreland ... Ruel Jaxon (as Jim Westmoreland)


After their parents drown, the five surviving children continue on their journey West to Wyoming to farm the land their father had claimed ten years before; but there are some men that declare the Monroe family as squatters, and their Indian friend, Jim, as a rustler. Written by Michelle

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Release Date:

7 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Clayt Monroe: [voiceover] My name is Clayt Monroe. The year 1875. Coming here was a wild dream my Pa had - to find a valley somewhere in Wyoming. He sold a good farm in Illinois and brought us a thousand miles west to build a new home, start a new life. But we had to drag our wagon through the fiercest country we'd ever seen. Storms would hit sudden, lightning, rains, snow. Finally, lay and waiting was the last river we had to cross: The Snake... I carried my brothers and sister over on horseback...
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Good intro
2 January 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

In this first episode of the short lived television Monroes series, we are introduced to the Monroe family and the reason they are out all by themselves.

Clayt narrates the beginning of this episode. He introduces us to his parents who die before the opening credits. The remainder of the episode is about Clayt deciding what would be best for his family. They do make it to the piece of land their father had claimed years before. The family is reasonably stressed without their parents. Clayt, at the age of 18, is learning how rough the range is.

Major Mapoy's character is introduced in this. He's a complex character. He doesn't like the Monroes, yet he likes them. He wants to be fair, but he doesn't like law-breaking or squatters. Clayt proved himself a man by being able to stand up the the Englishman. Personally, I really like Major Mapoy. I think he has a lot of respect and class as far as the Monroes are concerned.

Clayt immediately takes on the role of patriarch. Kathy isn't afraid to give him her two cents, yet she understands that Clayt will make the final decision on what is best for their family.

Jim is also introduced in this first episode and his story is also explained. Clayt and Jim share a certain bond, so when Jim gets in trouble, Clayt knows he has no choice but to help him.

Yes, Clayt is a bit vulnerable and young but through the following episodes, we see him live and learn - just like every other western hero had to do...

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