The Real Wild West – Episode 4: Buffalo Bill (HISTORY DOCUMENTARY)
The Wild West collection features documentaries about some of the most controversial and mythic figures in American western history.
From Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to Billy the Kid, from Custers Last Stand to Geronimo’s fight against the U.S. government, learn the real stories behind some of America’s greatest western tales.
EPISODE 4: Buffalo Bill
In 1886, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show played to over one million people in New York City. It was one of the most elaborate shows on earth. There were cowboys and Indians, sharp shooters including the famed Annie Oakley, hundreds of horses, buffalo, elk and donkeys, with more than 200 cast members, all moving about in a sweeping western landscape of mountains and plains. It would go on to dazzle crowds in London, Paris, Rome and Barcelona, cementing the legend of the Wild West in the minds of people around the globe. Behind the extravaganza was one man — a meager plainsman turned international celebrity and frontier hero, whose meteoric rise to fame was made possible only by his genius, and his hucksterism. His name was William Cody, better known to the world as Buffalo Bill.