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A western is a type of book, film, or holoprogram based on the Western United States of America during the 19th century, a period later known as the Ancient West. (ENT: "Horizon"; TNG: "A Fistful of Datas")

Charles Tucker once speculated that Zefram Cochrane spent his nights reading "about cowboys and Indians". (ENT: "Shuttlepod One")

On 26 September 2152, the Enterprise crew watched a western in the catwalk, shortly before the ship emerged from a neutronic wavefront. T'Pol found the treachery of one of the characters obvious. (ENT: "The Catwalk")

In 2153, Charles Tucker considered the possibility of showing a western film to the cogenitor "Charles", but ultimately decided on The Day the Earth Stood Still. After seeing this film, "Charles" asked Tucker to tell him more about westerns and expressed interest in the possibility of watching a western film next. (ENT: "Cogenitor")

Deanna Troi was a fan of stories set during the Ancient West. Her father, Ian Andrew Troi, often read her such tales when she was a child. (TNG: "A Fistful of Datas")

In 2373, after Lieutenants Tuvok and Tom Paris had finished playing out Seska's revised Insurrection Alpha holoprogram, several of the USS Voyager crew gathered in the mess hall and discussed the possibility of Tuvok and Paris creating a new program. Captain Kathryn Janeway suggested that it be a western. (VOY: "Worst Case Scenario")

In 2375, Nog watched Western films on a television set at Vic's lounge in the holosuite program Bashir 62, including Shane and The Searchers. (DS9: "It's Only a Paper Moon")

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