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The Outcasts (TV series)

The Outcasts
From left: Otis Young as Jemal David, and Don Murray as Earl Corey.
Genre Western
Created by Ben Brady
Leon Tokatyan
Written by Albert Aley
Harold Jack Bloom
Richard M. Bluel
Ben Brady
Gerry Day
Anthony Lawrence
Don Tait
Leon Tokatyan
Directed by Robert Butler
Marc Daniels
Robert Sparr
Paul Landres
Joseph Lejtes
Allen Reisner
E.W. Swackhamer
Starring Don Murray
Otis Young
Music by Hugo Montenegro
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Hugh Benson
Producer(s) Jon Epstein
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 48 mins.
Production company(s) Screen Gems
Distributor Columbia TriStar Domestic Television (2001)
Sony Pictures Television (2002-present)
Original channel ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 23, 1968 (1968-09-23) – May 5, 1969 (1969-05-05)

The Outcasts is an American Western genre television series, appearing on ABC in the 1968-69 season. The series stars Don Murray and Otis Young. It is most notable for being the first television Western with an African American co-star.[1]


  • Synopsis 1
  • Episodes 2
  • Reception 3
  • Film 4
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


"Jemal David and Earl Corey. One black, one white; one ex-Union soldier, one ex-Confederate officer; one ex-slave, one ex-slave owner. Together, they are the Outcasts."

Those words opened a series telling the story of bounty hunter Earl Corey (Murray) who teams up with newly released slave Jemal David (Young) in the 1860s.

Several dynamics ran through the show. For one, the two heroes were not friends - Corey would frequently to call David "Boy" and David would call him "Boss". They were reluctant partners, both very fast and deadly with a gun, who were thrown together by circumstance when Corey walked into town carrying his saddle and needing a job, and David badly needing another gun to watch his back. Each had something the other wanted. And David was a realist, knowing there were places Corey could enter that he, a Black man, could not. There were times when Corey had to ponder whether to side with other Whites or back up his new partner. And David had to learn to trust a man who, a few years before, had held the whip hand - literally - and who once considered slaves as "inventory". But, as they moved through their new situation, a grudging respect came into being. It was not real friendship. "We ride together" Corey said, when asked. But there were hints along the way.

A rich - poor dichotomy was very subtle. Earl Corey had lived on a Virginia plantation, a rich man, who returned after the war to find his plantation untouched, everything just as he left it - but now in the hands of his pro-Union brother whom Corey, and other Southerners, considered a traitor. With the Union army and the carpetbaggers now in charge, Corey found himself with nothing. Jemal David, on the other hand, had been a slave who had never owned anything. Even his name was manufactured from a bottle of hair tonic. But he was now fairly prosperous, at least by his own standards. Earl tended to be tense in this "new" environment, but Jemal took things in stride, having come up, as he said: "a tough road... a long, hard road..." Both men lived only for today.


Ep # Title Airdate
1 "The Outcasts" September 23, 1968
2 "A Ride to Vengeance" September 30, 1968
3 "Three Ways to Die" October 7, 1968
4 "The Understanding" October 14, 1968
5 "Take Your Lover in the Ring" October 28, 1968
6 "The Heroes" November 11, 1968
7 "My Name is Jemal" November 18, 1968
8 "The Night Riders" November 22, 1968
9 "The Heady Wine" December 2, 1968
10 "The Man from Bennington" December 16, 1968
11 "The Bounty Children" December 23, 1968
12 "They Shall Rise Up" January 1, 1969
13 "Alligator King" January 20, 1969
14 "The Candidates" January 27, 1969
15 "The Glory Wagon" February 3, 1969
16 "Act of Faith" February 10, 1969
17 "The Thin Edge" February 17, 1969
18 "Gideon" February 24, 1969
19 "And Then There Was One" March 3, 1969
20 "Hung for a Lamb" March 10, 1969
21 "A Time of Darkness" March 24, 1969
22 "The Town That Wouldn't" March 31, 1969
23 "The Stalking Devil" April 7, 1969
24 "Give Me Tomorrow" April 21, 1969
25 "The Long Ride" April 28, 1969
26 "How Tall is Blood?" May 5, 1969


The show was criticized for "excessive violence", and was canceled after 26 episodes.


In 1973, several episodes of the series were compiled together as an overseas theatrical release entitled Call Me By My Rightful Name.[2]

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Recipient
1969 Winner American Cinema Editors, USA Best Edited Television Program Norman Colbert
1969 Nominated Emmy Award Outstanding Achievement in Musical Composition Hugo Montenegro


  1. ^ "Otis Young, 69, Actor Who Broke A Barrier".  
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Call Me By My Rightful Name (1973) - Overview".  

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