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12 September 1959 (USA) See more »
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The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community. Full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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The second longest running TV Western See more (43 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 774)

Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright / ... (430 episodes, 1959-1973)

Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright / ... (427 episodes, 1959-1973)

Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright / ... (415 episodes, 1959-1972)

Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright (200 episodes, 1959-1965)
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Series Directed by
William F. Claxton (56 episodes, 1962-1973)
Lewis Allen (42 episodes, 1960-1973)
Leon Benson (35 episodes, 1967-1970)
Don McDougall (31 episodes, 1961-1965)
William Witney (27 episodes, 1961-1967)
Christian Nyby (26 episodes, 1959-1967)
Michael Landon (14 episodes, 1968-1973)
John Florea (12 episodes, 1960-1965)
Leo Penn (11 episodes, 1968-1972)
Herschel Daugherty (11 episodes, 1969-1972)
Gerd Oswald (10 episodes, 1965-1967)
Don Richardson (9 episodes, 1968-1971)
Robert Altman (8 episodes, 1960-1961)
William Wiard (8 episodes, 1969-1972)
Tay Garnett (7 episodes, 1963-1965)
Murray Golden (6 episodes, 1963-1964)
Donald R. Daves (6 episodes, 1966-1967)
Joseph Pevney (6 episodes, 1968-1972)
Ralph E. Black (5 episodes, 1964-1966)
R.G. Springsteen (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
Virgil W. Vogel (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
James Neilson (4 episodes, 1960-1970)
John Rich (4 episodes, 1960-1968)
Joseph Kane (3 episodes, 1959)
Paul Landres (3 episodes, 1959)
Charles F. Haas (3 episodes, 1960)
Arthur Lubin (3 episodes, 1960)
Dick Moder (3 episodes, 1961)
Robert L. Friend (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Marc Daniels (3 episodes, 1968)
Philip Leacock (3 episodes, 1971)
James P. Yarbrough (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Thomas Carr (2 episodes, 1961)
William D. Faralla (2 episodes, 1961)
Arthur H. Nadel (2 episodes, 1963-1971)
Bernard McEveety (2 episodes, 1963-1965)
Robert Totten (2 episodes, 1965)
Gerald Mayer (2 episodes, 1967)
Nicholas Webster (2 episodes, 1970-1972)
Nicholas Colasanto (2 episodes, 1972)
Alf Kjellin (2 episodes, 1972)
 
Series Writing credits
David Dortort (430 episodes, 1959-1973)
John Hawkins (28 episodes, 1961-1972)
Michael Landon (20 episodes, 1962-1973)
Preston Wood (19 episodes, 1962-1972)
Thomas Thompson (17 episodes, 1959-1969)
Ward Hawkins (17 episodes, 1961-1973)
Frank Chase (14 episodes, 1961-1969)
Frank Cleaver (12 episodes, 1962-1965)
Jack B. Sowards (11 episodes, 1968-1972)
Robert Vincent Wright (10 episodes, 1961-1971)
B.W. Sandefur (9 episodes, 1968-1971)
Anthony Lawrence (8 episodes, 1960-1963)
Ken Pettus (8 episodes, 1964-1971)
Suzanne Clauser (8 episodes, 1965-1972)
Joel Murcott (8 episodes, 1967-1973)
Stanley Roberts (8 episodes, 1969-1972)
Alex Sharp (7 episodes, 1963-1968)
Carey Wilber (5 episodes, 1959-1969)
John Furia (5 episodes, 1960-1962)
Robert V. Barron (5 episodes, 1963-1967)
Paul Schneider (5 episodes, 1965-1967)
Walter Black (5 episodes, 1966-1968)
Gene L. Coon (4 episodes, 1959-1961)
Robert E. Thompson (4 episodes, 1959-1960)
Don Ingalls (4 episodes, 1961-1972)
William R. Cox (4 episodes, 1961-1966)
Denne Bart Petitclerc (4 episodes, 1961-1964)
Norman Lessing (4 episodes, 1961-1963)
Warren Douglas (4 episodes, 1963-1965)
Lois Hire (4 episodes, 1963-1965)
William L. Stuart (4 episodes, 1963-1965)
Peter Packer (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
Robert Sabaroff (4 episodes, 1964-1967)
Donn Mullally (4 episodes, 1964-1966)
Jo Pagano (4 episodes, 1964-1966)
William Blinn (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Arthur Heinemann (4 episodes, 1970-1973)
Robert Pirosh (4 episodes, 1970-1972)
Donald S. Sanford (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
David Lang (3 episodes, 1960-1968)
Steve McNeil (3 episodes, 1960-1967)
Laurence Heath (3 episodes, 1960)
Arnold Belgard (3 episodes, 1961-1963)
Lewis Reed (3 episodes, 1961-1963)
Elliott Arnold (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
N.B. Stone Jr. (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ed Adamson (3 episodes, 1963-1965)
Jerry Adelman (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Robert Goodwin (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
William F. Leicester (3 episodes, 1966-1968)
Mort Thaw (3 episodes, 1966)
Milton S. Gelman (3 episodes, 1968-1970)
Michael Fessier (3 episodes, 1968)
Arthur Weingarten (3 episodes, 1971-1972)
Herman Groves (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Al C. Ward (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Oliver Crawford (2 episodes, 1960-1967)
John T. Dugan (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Robert M. Fresco (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
George W. George (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Judy George (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Charles Lang (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
E.M. Parsons (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Borden Chase (2 episodes, 1962)
Dick Nelson (2 episodes, 1962)
Richard P. McDonagh (2 episodes, 1963-1970)
Eric Norden (2 episodes, 1963-1967)
Leo Gordon (2 episodes, 1963-1965)
Paul Leslie Peil (2 episodes, 1963-1965)
Jack Turley (2 episodes, 1964-1967)
Daniel B. Ullman (2 episodes, 1964-1966)
Mort R. Lewis (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Don Tait (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
Jessica Benson (2 episodes, 1964)
William Bruckner (2 episodes, 1964)
Murray Golden (2 episodes, 1964)
William Koenig (2 episodes, 1965-1971)
Martha Wilkerson (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Elliott Gilbert (2 episodes, 1966-1969)
John M. Chester (2 episodes, 1966-1968)
Frederick Louis Fox (2 episodes, 1966-1968)
Helen B. Hicks (2 episodes, 1966-1968)
Sidney Ellis (2 episodes, 1966-1967)
Marc Michaels (2 episodes, 1966)
Jack Miller (2 episodes, 1967-1970)
Richard Wendley (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
James Amesbury (2 episodes, 1967)
Peter Germano (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Alf Harris (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
S.H. Barnett (2 episodes, 1968)
Colin MacKenzie (2 episodes, 1968)
William H. Wright (2 episodes, 1968)
D.C. Fontana (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
Larry Markes (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
Jess Carneol (2 episodes, 1969)
Kay Lenard (2 episodes, 1969)
Joseph Bonaduce (2 episodes, 1972)

Fred Hamilton (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
David Dortort .... producer / executive producer (425 episodes, 1959-1973)
James W. Lane .... associate producer / production executive / ... (242 episodes, 1961-1968)
Richard Collins .... producer (127 episodes, 1968-1973)
John Hawkins .... associate producer (85 episodes, 1969-1973)
Thomas Thompson .... associate producer (34 episodes, 1960-1961)
Robert Blees .... producer (12 episodes, 1967-1968)
Robert Stillman .... production executive (6 episodes, 1963-1965)
 
Series Original Music by
David Rose (319 episodes, 1959-1973)
Harry Sukman (18 episodes, 1969-1972)
Walter Scharf (5 episodes, 1961-1963)
 
Series Cinematography by
Haskell B. Boggs (134 episodes, 1960-1972)
William P. Whitley (76 episodes, 1962-1968)
Ted Voigtlander (32 episodes, 1968-1973)
Lester Shorr (31 episodes, 1959-1960)
Walter Castle (28 episodes, 1961-1962)
William E. Snyder (17 episodes, 1960-1961)
Harkness Smith (2 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Film Editing by
Marvin Coil (94 episodes, 1959-1969)
Ellsworth Hoagland (81 episodes, 1959-1968)
Everett Douglas (74 episodes, 1959-1967)
Jack Harnish (17 episodes, 1967-1972)
Danny B. Landres (16 episodes, 1968-1970)
George Watters (10 episodes, 1971-1973)
Richard L. Van Enger (6 episodes, 1969-1970)
Archie Marshek (3 episodes, 1967)
Edward Haire (3 episodes, 1969-1970)
Otho Lovering (2 episodes, 1962)
Harry Coswick (2 episodes, 1970)
Daniel A. Nathan (2 episodes, 1970)
George A. Gittens (2 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Casting by
Joe Scully (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
William Maybery (3 episodes, 1960-1963)
 
Series Art Direction by
A. Earl Hedrick (331 episodes, 1959-1971)
Hal Pereira (270 episodes, 1959-1967)
E. Preston Ames (10 episodes, 1971-1972)
Carl Anderson (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
George Renne (2 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Grace Gregory (323 episodes, 1959-1972)
Sam Comer (201 episodes, 1959-1967)
Robert R. Benton (79 episodes, 1959-1967)
Bob Signorelli (9 episodes, 1971-1973)
 
Series Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor / hair styling supervisor / ... (277 episodes, 1959-1967)
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor / makeup artist (277 episodes, 1959-1967)
Jeanette Marvin .... hair stylist / hair style supervisor / ... (63 episodes, 1968-1973)
Marvin C. Thompson .... makeup supervisor / makeup artist (63 episodes, 1968-1973)
Abe Haberman .... makeup artist / makeup supervisor (24 episodes, 1969-1973)
Beau Wilson .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1971-1972)
 
Series Production Management
Kent McCray .... production manager / production supervisor / ... (295 episodes, 1962-1973)
Donald R. Daves .... unit production manager (57 episodes, 1968-1973)
Andrew J. Durkus .... unit production manager (48 episodes, 1960-1961)
John Banse .... production supervisor (34 episodes, 1961-1962)
James W. Lane .... production supervisor (30 episodes, 1959-1960)
Shiu Look .... unit production manager (20 episodes, 1967-1968)
Dick Mang .... unit production manager / unit manager (20 episodes, 1967-1968)
Don Robb .... unit production manager / unit manager (8 episodes, 1959-1960)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph E. Black .... assistant director (66 episodes, 1961-1965)
Donald R. Daves .... assistant director (51 episodes, 1963-1967)
John Burch .... assistant director (34 episodes, 1960-1962)
Wilbur D'Arcy .... assistant director (27 episodes, 1968-1972)
Miles Middough .... assistant director (26 episodes, 1966-1969)
Charles R. Scott Jr. .... assistant director (19 episodes, 1969-1973)
Clancy Herne .... assistant director (17 episodes, 1966-1967)
Walter Daniels .... assistant director (15 episodes, 1962-1963)
Henry E. Brill .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1959-1960)
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jack Voglin .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1960-1961)
Nathan Barragar .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1961-1965)
Bud Brill .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1960)
John Barnwell .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1967)
Ned Dobson .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Donald Roberts .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1960)
Dale Hutchinson .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1961)
George Walls .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1964-1966)
 
Series Art Department
Dwight Thompson .... property master (430 episodes, 1959-1973)
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (64 episodes, 1967-1969)
Robert Ayres .... illustrator (32 episodes, 1959-1960)
 
Series Sound Department
Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor (348 episodes, 1959-1973)
Joel Moss .... sound recordist / sound (261 episodes, 1961-1970)
Lyle Figland .... sound recordist (234 episodes, 1959-1968)
Winston H. Leverett .... sound recordist (32 episodes, 1959-1960)
Harley Ramsey .... sound recordist (32 episodes, 1969-1973)
John Wilkinson .... sound recordist (30 episodes, 1960-1961)
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist (26 episodes, 1959-1960)
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist (26 episodes, 1960-1961)
Jack F. Lilly .... sound recordist / sound (22 episodes, 1968-1969)
Richard Weaver .... sound recordist (18 episodes, 1970-1973)
 
Series Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects / special effects crew (146 episodes, 1959-1963)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography (9 episodes, 1959-1964)
 
Series Stunts
Bob Miles .... stunts / stunt double: Michael Landon / ... (98 episodes, 1959-1969)
Bill Clark .... stunts / stunt double: Dan Blocker / ... (66 episodes, 1959-1969)
Hal Burton .... stunts / stunt double / ... (16 episodes, 1966-1969)
Henry Wills .... stunt double: Pernell Roberts / stunts / ... (14 episodes, 1961-1972)
Alex Sharp .... stunts / stunt double: George Kennedy / ... (13 episodes, 1961-1968)
Troy Melton .... stunts / stunt double: 'James Beck (IV / ... (9 episodes, 1959-1969)
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (7 episodes, 1972-1973)
Robert F. Hoy .... stunts (6 episodes, 1961-1965)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts / stunt double: Bobby Byles / ... (6 episodes, 1965-1970)
Bobby Somers .... stunts (5 episodes, 1972-1973)
Fred Carson .... stunts / stunt double: Michael Ross (3 episodes, 1961-1967)
Clint Sharp .... stunts / stunt double (3 episodes, 1963-1967)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (2 episodes, 1959)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt double: 'Carl Reindel' (qv / stunt double: Guy Williams (2 episodes, 1962-1964)
Carol Daniels .... stunts (2 episodes, 1962)
Jerry Summers .... stunts (2 episodes, 1965-1969)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Debolt .... camera & mechanical design (333 episodes, 1959-1973)
Elmer Faubion .... assistant camera (32 episodes, 1959-1960)
Wilbur Kinnett .... chief set electrician (19 episodes, 1970-1973)
Allan Lum Li .... video controller (15 episodes, 1972-1973)
James V. King .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Casting Department
William Maybery .... casting supervisor (282 episodes, 1959-1968)
Milt Hamerman .... casting supervisor (52 episodes, 1968-1972)
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting: locations (4 episodes, 1972)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dario Piazza .... costumer / costumer: men (110 episodes, 1966-1973)
Floydine Alexander .... costumer: women (20 episodes, 1970-1973)
 
Series Editorial Department
Edward P. Ancona Jr. .... color consultant (316 episodes, 1960-1973)
Bill Wistrom .... post-production coordinator (160 episodes, 1967-1973)
Marvin Coil .... supervising editor (59 episodes, 1968-1973)
Alex Quiroga .... color consultant (31 episodes, 1959-1960)
Allan Lum Li .... telecine engineer (27 episodes, 1972-1973)
 
Series Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (429 episodes, 1959-1973)
Ray Evans .... composer: theme music (373 episodes, 1959-1973)
Jay Livingston .... composer: theme music (371 episodes, 1959-1973)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (181 episodes, 1959-1964)
Edna Bullock .... music editor (69 episodes, 1970-1973)
William Lava .... music supervisor / composer: theme music (67 episodes, 1960-1965)
David Rose .... composer: theme music (54 episodes, 1970-1972)
Milt Holland .... musician: percussionist (32 episodes, 1959-1960)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar soloist (32 episodes, 1959-1960)
 
Series Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver (1 episode, 1971)
 
Series Other crew
Frank Cleaver .... story consultant (134 episodes, 1961-1965)
May Wale Brown .... script supervisor / script continuity (97 episodes, 1964-1973)
Robert Stillman .... production executive (94 episodes, 1962-1965)
John Hawkins .... story consultant / executive story consultant (55 episodes, 1966-1969)
Thomas Thompson .... executive consultant / story editor (39 episodes, 1960-1967)
Denne Bart Petitclerc .... story consultant (33 episodes, 1965-1966)
John S. Peters .... technical advisor (32 episodes, 1959-1960)
James W. Lane .... production executive (27 episodes, 1960-1961)
Richard P. McDonagh .... story consultant (26 episodes, 1962-1963)
Ward Hawkins .... story editor (25 episodes, 1968-1971)
Allan Lum Li .... broadcast video tape engineer (15 episodes, 1972-1973)
Patricia Falken Smith .... story editor (13 episodes, 1959-1960)
Laurence Heath .... story consultant (12 episodes, 1960)
Edward W. Walsh .... story editor (8 episodes, 1960-1961)
Jo Pagano .... story consultant (6 episodes, 1965)
Brian McKay .... story editor (6 episodes, 1969)
Sidney Marshall .... executive story consultant (6 episodes, 1971-1972)
Erika Wernher .... script continuity (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
William D. Gordon .... executive story consultant (3 episodes, 1972)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Africa U.S.A. (2 episodes, 1960-1964)
Anthony Wilson .... story consultant (2 episodes, 1963)
William Douglas Lansford .... story consultant (2 episodes, 1966)
Jack B. Sowards .... executive story consultant / story editor (2 episodes, 1970-1973)
Clyde Ware .... executive story consultant (2 episodes, 1972)
 

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Also Known As:
"Ponderosa" - USA (rerun title)
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Runtime:
49 min (430 episodes)
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Finland:K-11 (DVD) (2006)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to the 1973 book "Marilyn Beck's Hollywood", when Pernell Roberts told Lorne Greene he was leaving the series because he wanted to challenge himself as an actor, Greene told him to stick to it as he would be so rich by the end of the run he could hire Tennessee Williams himself to write a play for him. Roberts' career went into a tailspin that lasted over a decade after he left the show. Co-star Michael Landon later said of Roberts' departure that they simply took a leaf out of the dining room table and split the money three rather than four ways. While the post-"Bonanza" Roberts struggled (until later catching on with "Trapper John, M.D." (1979), Greene, Landon and Dan Blocker became very wealthy from their income from the show, which all three wisely invested in.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Floor model wheel slot machine in saloon was not built until 1896.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in North (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The second longest running TV Western, 19 January 2001
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

As a child growing up,I can recall seeing every episode at least a dozen number of times and can fondly recognize all the characters on the show. "Bonanza" was that show. For the 14 years that it ran on NBC,it has become television's second longest running western series,and the only TV show that was presented in "living color" throughout its run. The show was the equilavent of My Three Sons,with the exception that it was in the rolling hills of Nevada during the turn of the 1800's. Only during its run that Lorne Greene and Michael Landon were the original two cast members that stayed on the series in which Landon produced and directed several of the episodes. Only two other members left the show at the peak of their fame when it was in the top ten for the duration of the show(which was #1 in the Nielsen ratings during much of the 1960's). Pernell Roberts,who played big brother Adam left in 1965,and Dan Blocker who played the mighty Hoss left in 1972 due to health problems. Repeats of the series can be seen on PAX-TV along with the lost episodes that date back to the early 1970's. A Must See!

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