The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community.
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 Ben Cartwright / ... (430 episodes, 1959-1973)
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 Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright / ... (427 episodes, 1959-1973)
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 Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright / ... (415 episodes, 1959-1972)
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 Adam Cartwright (200 episodes, 1959-1965)
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The Cartwright's one-thousand square mile Ponderosa Ranch is located near Virginia City, Nevada, site of the Comstock Silver Lode, during and after the Civil War. Each of the sons was born to a different wife of Ben's; none of the mothers is still alive. Adventures are typical western ones, with lots of personal relationships/problems thrown in as well. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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For most of its 430-episode run the show's main sponsor was Chevrolet, The stars occasionally appeared in commercials endorsing Chevrolet automobiles. See more »

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Floor model wheel slot machine in saloon was not built until 1896. See more »

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[running gag]
Ben Cartwright: Hey, Joe, do you know the difference between a table and an ottoman?
Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright: Sure I do.
Ben Cartwright: Then take your feet off the table!
[Hoss rolls his eyes]
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: He'll never learn to do that.
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The opening and closing credits show a picture on the screen that corresponds with whatever credit is being given ("Music by" is accompanied by a man playing a violin, "Written by" has a Mark Twain-inspired writer type holding a book with "Bonanza" written on its cover, etc.) See more »

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Bonanza
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
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Facts about the show "Bonanza"
17 December 2007 | by (Durham,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

1. The series produced an astounding 431 episodes-all filmed in full color. "Bonanza" became the second longest-running western in television history right next to "Gunsmoke" which lasted more than 20 years on the air.

2. Ran for 14 years on NBC-TV from September 12,1959 until the final episode on January 16,1973. Executive Producer and Creator of this series was David Dortort. Episode 1:"A Rose For Lotta"(Airdate:9-12-59). Episode 431:"The Hunter"(Airdate:1-16-1973,the final episode of the series).

3. It was schedule during seasons 1-2 on Saturday nights from September 12,1959 until June 3,1961.

The show moved to Sunday nights during seasons 3-13 from September 24,1961 until April 11,1971. It was here between 1961-1967,that the show was within the top ten of the Nielsens.

The show moved to Wednesday nights for its last two seasons 13-14 from September 19,1971 until the final episode of the series on January 16,1973.

4. Only actors Lorne Greene,Michael Landon,Dan Blocker,Ray Teal and Victor Sen-Yung remained throughout the show's astounding 14-year run. Pernell Roberts remained with the show during seasons 1-6 with Roberts' last episode of the series "Patchwork Man"(Episode No. 202)which aired May 23,1965.

*David Canary played "Candy Canaday"(Seasons 9-11 and 14)[1967-1973],

*Mitch Vogel played Jamie Hunter Cartwright(Seasons 12-14)[1970-1973],

*Tim Matheson played hired hand Griff King(Seasons 13-14)[1971-1973],

*Lou Frizzell played hired hand Dusty Rhodes (Seasons 12-13)[1970-1972],

The original episodes:Seasons 1-6 from 1959-1965. The lost episodes Seasons 7-14 from 1965-1973.


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