The Great Adventure (1963–1964)
27 Sep. 1963The Hunley
During the Civil War, an engineer working for the Confederacy develops a primitive submarine that can evade the Union ships blockading Southern ports.
4 Oct. 1963The Death of Sitting Bull
The first of a two part episode, the US Government believes that Sitting Bull has joined the Ghost Dancers, a Sioux religious movement the government believes will lead to another Indian War, and take action that ends in a double tragedy.
11 Oct. 1963The Massacre at Wounded Knee
The second of a two part episode. Days after Sitting Bull's death, the US Army's bungled attempt to disarm a party of Sioux results in the unnecessary deaths of over 300 men, women and children.
18 Oct. 1963Six Wagons to the Sea
The attempt in 1894 by farmers from California's Central Valley to get their produce to market by wagon despite attempts by the Southern Pacific Railroad to foil their efforts and preserve their monopoly of transporting produce.
25 Oct. 1963The Story of Nathan Hale
American Continental soldier turns spy against the British and gives all for a concept called Democracy.
1 Nov. 1963Go Down, Moses
The excellent Ruby Dee plays the escaped slave Harriet Tubman and her attempts to rescue enslaved family members and friends through the pre-Civil War Underground Railroad.
8 Nov. 1963The Great Diamond Mountain
In this humorous episode, two con men perpetrate the Diamond Hoax of 1872 in an attempt to swindle San Francisco banker William Ralston, played by Barry Sullivan.
15 Nov. 1963The Treasure Train of Jefferson Davis
The Confederate Government of Jefferson Davis makes a futile attempt to escape Richmond and capture by the Union Army.
6 Dec. 1963The Outlaw and the Nun
A nun comes to a town to teach school and finds that education is so undervalued by the community that she has only two pupils. She sets out to change that.
13 Dec. 1963The Man Who Stole New York City
The rise and fall of Boss Tweed and his Tammany Hall political machine in 1860s New York City.
20 Dec. 1963A Boy at War
The future seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, is a 13 year old boy soldier struggling to survive the American Revolution.
3 Jan. 1964Wild Bill Hickok - the Legend and the Man
Down on his luck and in decline, Wild Bill Hickok arrives at the end of his trail in Deadwood in 1876.
10 Jan. 1964The Colonel from Connecticut
The story of Col. Edwin Drake, the first man to drill for oil in the U.S.
24 Jan. 1964Rodger Young
James MacArthur plays Rodger Young. The story of a young man that enlists in the Army despite having poor eyesight and hearing and ends up earning the Medal of Honor for his deeds fighting the Japanese during WWII.
31 Jan. 1964The Testing of Sam Houston
In 1817, Andrew Jackson appoints a young Sam Houston to oversee the forced relocation of the Cherokee from Tennessee. He soon clashes with both Jackson and the US Government over his fair and humane treatment of the Cherokee.
14 Feb. 1964The Special Courage of Captain Pratt
Richard Pratt's now controversial efforts to assimilate Native Americans into "white" society by education and rejection of tribal traditions. He advocated for Native Americans and founded the Carlisle Indian Industrial School.
21 Feb. 1964The Night Raiders
A recounting of the events leading to John Brown's disastrous raid on Harper's Ferry in 1859.
28 Feb. 1964Plague
Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse attempts to convince the US Government and the public of the value of vaccinations against small pox. One of his first patients - the President of the United States Thomas Jefferson.
6 Mar. 1964The Pathfinder
The meeting of two great American Legends in 1846 California - Colonel John C. Fremont and John Sutter - on the eve of war with Mexico.
13 Mar. 1964The President Vanishes
In 1893 President Grover Cleveland embarks on a mysterious voyage into Long Island Sound aboard a friend's yacht pursued by a suspicious reporter. It was twenty four years later that it was revealed that he had surgery to remove a tumor.
20 Mar. 1964The Henry Bergh Story
A man crusades for better treatment of animals and forms the ASPCA in 1866. He later crusades for better treatment of children.
3 Apr. 1964Kentucky's Bloody Ground
The first of a two part episode recalling Daniel Boone's attempt to settle Kentucky and the events leading to the siege of Boonesborough by the Shawnee in 1778.
10 Apr. 1964The Siege of Boonesborough
This two part episode recounts the story of Daniel Boone and the 1778 Siege of Boonesborough by the Shawnee.
17 Apr. 1964Escape
The true Civil War story of an escape by Union POWs from the Confederate Libby Prison in 1864. The POWs tunneled under the walls and into an adjoining building which gave them access to the street. While some were recaptured, a few got away, including Colonel Streight [Michael Constantine] who had organized the escape.