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Release Date:
12 September 1959 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Quality Production, Character Stories; A Memorable Family Western See more (43 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 763)

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 (255 episodes, 1959-1970)
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 (1 episode, 1959)

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)
Wilbur Kinnett .... chief set electrician (19 episodes, 1970-1973)
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)
 
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)
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. / animal supervisor: Nature's Haven (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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Additional Details

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)

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Trivia:
Lasting 14 seasons, it is among the longest-running Western television series (second behind "Gunsmoke" (1955)) and continues to air in syndication.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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 »
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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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

How did the characters Adam and Hoss leave the series?
Did Bonanza have a proper series finale to end the show?
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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Quality Production, Character Stories; A Memorable Family Western, 29 September 2005
Author: silverscreen888

"Bonanza" was the first hour-long TV show in any genre produced in full-color. The continuing cast for the first 6 years featured essentially five persons--Benjamin Cartwright, his three sons and their Chinese cook, along with the local sheriff. Cartwright had been a seaman, who went west and married three times; each time he produced a son and lost his wife. Reaching the ponderosa pine country near Virginia City, Nevada and Lake Tahoe, he built up a large landholding, with cattle, timber, and mines, becoming an important man in the territory. Ben Cartwright was played by Canadian announcer-actor Lorne Greene, who was much younger than the part he played but had Shakespearean training and a powerful speaking voice. Pernell Roberts played his eldest son, Adam, a thoughtful but restless man, 1959-65. Eric "Hoss" Cartwright was portrayed huge Dan Blocker as a man of gentle ways and grit but ordinary intelligence. Attractive Michael Landon played "Little Joe", fast with a gun and learning to be a man; he also write and directed episodes for the series. Victor Sen-Young was Hop Sing, and veteran Ray Teal played Sheriff Roy Coffee. Later, others were added to the series for various stretches, once Adam's part was written out; these included David Canaray as Candy, Bing Russell, Harry Holcombe, Guy Williams, Kathie Browne, and Remo Pisani. Each week guest stars were hired, and a few actors were used in dozens of shows. Among the most memorable guest stars were John Larkin, Ruta Lee, Joan Hackett, Frank Overton, Bruce Yarnall, Inga Swenson as Inger, Ben's second wife, Felicia Farr as his third wife, Grandon Rhodes, Patricia Donahue, Robert Lansing, Lisa Lu and Steve Forrest. Titles such as "The Honor of Cochise", "The Eden Train", "Inger, My Love I,II", "Right is the Fourth "R"", and "The Mountain Girl" among many others bring fond memories. Many directors toiled on "Bonanza", whose title referred to the rich ore found in the Virginia City area during the nineteenth century. The list included Lewis Allen, Leon Benson, William F. Claxton, Herschel Daugherty, Don McDougall, Christian Nyby, Leo Penn and William Witney. Principal writers for the series, with 5 or more credits, included Robert V. Barron, Frank Chase, Suzanne Clauser, Frank Cleaver, the producer David Dortort, Warren Douglas, John Hawkins, Ward Hawkins, Arther Heinemann, Michael Landon, Jo Pagano, Stanley Roberts, Robert Sabaroff, Jack B. Sowards, Thomas Thompson and Al C. Ward. It is difficult to characterize the show except that it was a consistently second-rank attempt to do stories about first-rate ethical people living in an interesting era in a frontier setting. It was the first of the family-oriented westerns, and at the same time a show capable of detaching its principals for dual or independent adventures. If few of its episodes risk to great dramatic heights, many are far-above-average film-making efforts, even by feature-film standards. The production featured clean, straightforward cinematography, Nellie Manley's hairstyles, Wally Westmore's makeup, enjoyable costumes and expert sets, art direction and action scenes. If the family spent too much time at home, seldom were shown with cattle and had virtually no employees, the writers made up for such derelictions by involving the sons and the father in the affairs of town and territory. Innovatve and perhaps inimitable, this was quality dramatic western making from start to finish.

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