Produced by Aaron Spelling with his characteristic aplomb and eye for excitement, The Young Rebels assembled an attractive young cast, including Lou Gossett, Rick Ely, Alex Henteloff (as a Ben Franklin lookalike), Hilary Thompson (yes, a spunky girl!), the dashing Philippe Forquet as General Lafayette -- save for Gossett none of them are still acting -- for the show which would only last for fifteen episodes. Despite its short life, The Young Rebels still has a following, no doubt aging Boomers like myself who were enthralled with its colorful depiction of an adventurous time in U.S. history.
There are some clips of the show on this wonderful website TV Obscurities, a great and astonishingly complete tribute website here with amazing background info, some neat behind-the-scenes photos from the set of the show (from a guy who did extra work on many series of the time), a Yahoo group of Rebels fans, a site for fan fiction for The Young Rebels with lots of great series information, a complete episode listing with guest stars on TV.com, and you can listen to the peppy and memorable theme song here at TelevisionTunes.com.
Not yet available on DVD (but let's hope someday it turns up someplace, perhaps on the net), The Young Rebels was an unusual and welcome television foray into our exciting past.