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Texas Rising 

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The story of how the Texas Rangers were created.
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Series cast summary:
Bill Paxton ...  Sam Houston 5 episodes, 2015
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ...  'Deaf' Smith 5 episodes, 2015
Olivier Martinez ...  Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna 5 episodes, 2015
Thomas Jane ...  James Wykoff 5 episodes, 2015
Crispin Glover ...  Mosley Baker 5 episodes, 2015
Jeremy Davies ...  Ephraim Knowles 5 episodes, 2015
Rhys Coiro ...  Vern Elwood 5 episodes, 2015
Christopher McDonald ...  Henry Karnes 5 episodes, 2015
Max Thieriot ...  Jack Hays 5 episodes, 2015
Cynthia Addai-Robinson ...  Emily West 5 episodes, 2015
Robert Knepper ...  Empresario Buckley 5 episodes, 2015
Chad Michael Murray ...  Mirabeau Lamar 5 episodes, 2015
Jeff Fahey ...  Thomas Rusk 5 episodes, 2015
Sarah Jones ...  Pauline Wykoff 5 episodes, 2015
Joe Egender ...  Beans Wilkins 5 episodes, 2015
Robert Baker ...  Big Foot Wallace 5 episodes, 2015
Stephen Monroe Taylor ...  Gator Davis 5 episodes, 2015
Trevor Donovan ...  Kit Acklin 5 episodes, 2015
Rob Morrow ...  Colonel James Fannin 5 episodes, 2015
Kris Kristofferson ...  Andrew Jackson 5 episodes, 2015
Brendan Fraser ...  Billy Anderson 5 episodes, 2015
Ray Liotta ...  Lorca 5 episodes, 2015
Gerardo Taracena ...  Manuel Flores 5 episodes, 2015
Raúl Méndez ...  Juan Seguin 5 episodes, 2015
Jacob Lofland ...  Colby Pit 5 episodes, 2015
Antonio de la Vega ...  Almonte 5 episodes, 2015
Darrell Fetty ...  Doc Ewing 5 episodes, 2015
Harold Torres ...  Portilla 5 episodes, 2015
Horacio Garcia Rojas ...  Buffalo Hump 5 episodes, 2015
Vico Escorcia ...  Sarah Ewing 5 episodes, 2015
Mayra Serbulo Mayra Serbulo ...  Guadalupe 5 episodes, 2015
John Elvis John Elvis ...  Yellow Knife 5 episodes, 2015
Johnathon Schaech ...  Colonel Sherman 5 episodes, 2015
Paula Romo Paula Romo ...  Emilia 5 episodes, 2015
Courtney Gains ...  Cole Hornfischer 4 episodes, 2015
Molly McMichael ...  Rebecca Pit 4 episodes, 2015
Geoffrey Blake ...  Colonel George 'Boots' Hockley 4 episodes, 2015
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ...  Romolo / ... 4 episodes, 2015
Amen Igbinosun ...  Nate 4 episodes, 2015
Nigel Haaswijk Nigel Haaswijk ...  Clarence 4 episodes, 2015
Madelyn Deutch ...  Curls 3 episodes, 2015
Adam Hicks ...  Truett Fincham 2 episodes, 2015
Dillon Lane ...  Yancy Burns 2 episodes, 2015
Darby Hinton ...  President Burnet 2 episodes, 2015
Jake Busey ...  Samuel Wallace 2 episodes, 2015
James Paxton ...  Roy 2 episodes, 2015
Antonio Monroi Antonio Monroi ...  Maguara 2 episodes, 2015
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Jon Bloch ...  Captain Markus 2 episodes, 2015
Armando Espitia ...  Ubaldo 2 episodes, 2015
Alejandro Bracho Alejandro Bracho ...  General Urrea 2 episodes, 2015
Harlow Jane-Arquette Harlow Jane-Arquette ...  Stephanie Wykoff 2 episodes, 2015
Daniel Walker Daniel Walker ...  Fuzz 2 episodes, 2015
Ian Shultz Ian Shultz ...  Lucas Wykoff 2 episodes, 2015


A depiction of the rise of Texas from the Battle of the Alamo to San Jacinto. A story told through the lives of the men who gave everything up to defend an infant country from a ruthless Dictator and Native Americans, and paved the way for the Republic of Texas to emerge. Written by jblueboy

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Don't mess with Texas


Drama | History | Western


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Release Date:

25 May 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Durango, Mexico

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2.35 : 1
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Brendan Fraser adopted the horse he used for the majority of the series in real life. The horse's name is Pecas, the Spanish word for freckles, on account of his freckled coloring. See more »


None of the landscape resembles the Texas areas portrayed in this series. There are no mountains between San Antonio and Houston. Filming occurred in Mexico. See more »


Edited into Texas Rising: The Lost Soldier (2015) See more »

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poor history on the History Channel
16 June 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

This 5-part 10-hour TV mini-series starts with the defeat at the Alamo. It follows the fight between General Sam Houston (Bill Paxton) and Santa Anna (Olivier Martinez) as well as other stories. Santa Anna would eventually lose the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836 and be captured. The last episode would see the aftermath and the rise of the Texas Rangers.

There are some obvious accuracy problems even to a clueless guy like me. The question is whether it matters. The channel is called History Channel afterall. It ain't Lifetime and this is important history unlike "Hatfields & McCoys". One can play around with minor legends and folklore but if you play around with major history, it'd be nice to plaster the entire show with flashing neon signs saying THIS AIN'T TRUE.

The second problem is that the opening misdirected me by pontificating that all these various groups have differing goals. One of the first scene is Indians acting and portrayed as Indians from old Hollywood movies. That includes killing them easily and then mourning over the one white guy getting killed. It's very old fashion. At least, the Indians have one early scene discussing the politics and that saved the show at that point.

The first episode is very boring. Houston and his group are stuck in camp. I feel like some of his men who are itching to get moving. That idea could have been delivered in a more compelling way. It's not until the second episode that a big battle occur. This is still a show and it should try to hook the viewers right away. The obvious solution is to show some of the battle at the Alamo.

Just as the show seems to be picking up steam in the second episode, it loses me for good when the Mexican commander calls Colonel James Fannin a wetback. It is problematic on so many levels and it shows me the care with which the writers take. They think they're more clever than they actually are.

The actors in general are very good quality but they're not all necessarily shown in the best light. Bill Paxton is listless, I don't generally like Olivier Martinez and the years haven't been kind to Brendan Fraser. The acting is still generally good. The action scenes are also generally good for a TV miniseries. The production is relatively well made but those are not the problem.

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