This five-part documentary cuts through the idealized myths and takes aim at the cold hard reality of Old West gunslingers. A group of 17 top historians strip the varnish from decades of folklore and reveal the truth about Billy the Kid, Wild Bill Hickock, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Jesse James and some of the most infamous outlaw gangs, like the Youngers and the Daltons. This series begins in 1865 after the Civil War, which left a shattered nation and a generation trained to kill their fellow man. While the rest of the nation recovered, conflict raged for 35 years in the west – from the hills of Missouri to the mining towns of Arizona and South Dakota. Outlaws from the south and lawmen from the north clashed across our great nation and forged legends that live to this day. This is their story. 185 minutes.