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With so many options available now on cable, streaming platforms, digital networks, and broadcast television, you might spend more time searching for something to watch than actually watching anything. So we’re offering a weekly guide to some programming of special interest to C&I readers. Here are a few suggestions for Nov. 20-26. Happy viewing.
Pick of the Week: Lakota Nation vs. United States
Writing for the showbiz trade paper Variety, Peter Debruge described it as “an essential and largely unprecedented Native-issues essay film [that] takes a head-on approach, citing ‘white fragility’ and America’s general unwillingness to confront its treatment of Indigenous peoples as obstacles to resolving decades of unfair treatment. While the subject has been well-covered by the news media, this lucid and ultimately uplifting documentary lets the Lakota speak for themselves, reflecting a much different sensibility. The resulting report feels nothing short of definitive as [co-directors Jesse Short Bull and Laura Tomaselli] condenses a wide range of philosophical, spiritual and historical concerns into a thoughtful (and artful) two-hour package.”
Blackthorn (2011) — Nearly two decades after secretly surviving the shootout that supposedly brought a bloody quietus to his outlaw career, Butch Cassidy (Sam Shepard) is alive and well – but a great deal less than content – in Bolivia.
Forsaken (2016) — A notorious gunfighter (Keifer Sutherland) tries to hang up his guns, but his preacher father (Donald Sutherland, Keifer’s real-life dad) has good reason to doubt his son can remain nonviolent for long.
Prey (2022) — Amber Midthunder gives a breakthrough performance as a young Comanche warrior woman who battles a monstrous Predator in the Northern Great Plains of 1719.
Django (2023) — An English-language series inspired by the classic 1966 Spaghetti Western of the same name, starring Matthias Schoenaerts (The Mustang) as a gunfighter seeking reconciliation with his estranged daughter in the Old West town of New Babylon.
Longmire (2012-17) — All six seasons of the modern-day Western series, starring Robert Taylor and Lou Diamond Phillips and based on the novels by Craig Johnson, are available for binging.
Silverado (1985) — Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Danny Glover and Scott Glenn play cowboys who form an unlikely alliance to battle corrupt figures in a small Old West town.
1923 (2022-23)— All Season 1 episodes of the Yellowstone prequel starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren
The Last Manhunt (2022) — Martin Sensmeier, Zahn McClarnon, Lily Gladstone and Tantoo Cardinal are featured in this Western inspired by real-life events previously dramatized in Tell Them Willy Boy is Here.
True Grit (1969 and 2010) — You can compare and contrast two adaptations of Charles Portis’ novel, the first featuring John Wayne in his Oscar-winning performance as Rooster Cogburn and the second starring Jeff Bridges as the one-eyed lawman.
Six Black Horses (1962) — Drifter (Audie Murphy) rides with widow (Joan O’Brien) and her husband’s killer (Dan Duryea). 8:07 pm ET on Encore Westerns.
Fort Massacre (1958) — A cavalry sergeant (Joel McCrea) leads his men through off-limits Apache territory. 8 pm ET on Grit.
Fargo (2023) — A new season begins with a new storyline, this one featuring Jon Hamm as North Dakota Sheriff Roy Tillman, who’s decked a cowboy hat, a shearling coat, and an improbably huge belt buckle that reads “A Hard Man for Hard Times” as he pursues a seemingly ordinary housewife (Juno Temple) with a checkered past. 10 pm ET on FX. (Available the next day on Hulu.)
Chisum (1970) — John Wayne stars as land baron John Chisum in a drama loosely based on real-life events that defined the 1878 Lincoln County War in the New Mexico Territory. 8 pm ET on Movies!
Dead Man’s Walk (1996) — Miniseries based on Larry McMurtry’s novel, about early days of Gus McCrae (David Arquette) and Woodrow F. Call (Jonny Lee Miller). Starts at 8:08 pm ET on Encore Westerns.
Streets of Laredo (1995) — Another miniseries based on a Larry McMurtry novel, starring James Garner as ex-Texas Ranger Woodrow Call. Starts at 9:34 am ET on Encore Westerns.
Seven Ways from Sundown (1960) — A novice Texas Ranger (Audie Murphy) and his mentor (John McIntire) pursue a notorious outlaw (Barry Sullivan). 9 pm ET on INSP.
Lawman (1971) — A brutally efficient marshal (Burt Lancaster) tracks rowdy cowboys who shot up his town and left an elderly citizen fatally wounded. 9 pm ET on INSP.
Yellowstone (2022-23) — The first eight episodes of Season 5 may tide you over until the “final Cycle” of the Taylor Sheridan-produced drama returns in Fall 2024. Starts at 10 am ET on Paramount Network.