Bonanza (1959–1973)

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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 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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Lasting 14 seasons, it is among the longest-running Western television series (second behind Gunsmoke (1955)) and continues to air in syndication. See more »

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In every episode each character who wore a gun had a pistol belt with no loops for bullets. The show took place during the Civil War. Pistols were cap and ball, did not use metallic cartridges. Thus no bullet loops. See more »

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[Hoss reluctantly agrees to serve as a temporary deputy sheriff]
Deputy Sheriff: I'll swear you in. Do you?
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: I do.
Deputy Sheriff: You are.
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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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