Melissa Leo portrayed “Emma Shannon” on ‘The Young Riders,’ during the first season of the show. Melissa’s talent and ability to play a believable western woman were easy to see. A young woman herself, she became nurse, mother, housekeeper, and friend to an unruly bunch of Pony Express riders.
Emma’s relationship to Sweetwater’s Marshal was a little more difficult to fathom. The two shared a spark of something deeper than mere attraction and it was soon evident that the fiesty woman would stand beside him through thick and thin and he, well, he worried about her more and more as he fell in love with her.
For 22 episodes, Melissa Leo was the heart of “The Young Riders.”