Oh how I loved this series when it first aired. We just recently ordered it from Netflix to supplement our continuing American History studies. While not perfect, it really brought to life some aspects of frontier life and how the Homestead Act and the railroads shaped our nation.
I did have to monitor, skipping over a scene here or there for the sake of my delicate children. And I do find some of the participants unbearably obnoxious, but the scenery was so beautiful I could have watched it on mute and been happy. Oooh, PBS even has some lesson plans here.