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(1959–1973)

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Followed by 

Bonanza: The Next Generation (1988) (TV Movie)
Bonanza: The Return (1993) (TV Movie)
Bonanza: Under Attack (1995) (TV Movie)
Ponderosa (2001) (TV Series)

Referenced in 

The Joey Bishop Show: Joey Goes to CBS (1964) (TV Episode)
mentioned as opposition show.
The Flintstones: Sheriff for a Day (1965) (TV Episode)
The Cartrocks (Cartwrights) help Fred and Barney fight outlaws in a western town.
The Munsters: Herman's Raise (1965) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Lily and Herman
The Munsters: Herman Picks a Winner (1966) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Marylin
Gilligan's Island: The Postman Cometh (1966) (TV Episode)
Mr. Howell says the Skipper is big enough to be the Ponderosa
Hoy como ayer (1966)
Mentioned by the maid played by Gracita Morales.
I Spy: Sophia (1966) (TV Episode)
Robinson and Scott are stranded on a country road in Italy. A woman on a horse approaches their broken down vehicle, and Robinson quips, "We're closer to the Ponderosa than I thought."
The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966)
Stanley Farquhar lives at the 'ponderosa', complete with Bonanza theme
Lady in Cement (1968)
theme plays
Getting Into Heaven (1970)
there's an ad for this series show on the streets in one shot
Speedy Gonzales - noin 7 veljeksen poika (1970)
References this TV show.
Get Charlie Tully (1972)
Series referenced by Charlie Tulley
Seven Years of Marriage (1972)
Mentioned by Efi
Man About the House: How Does Your Garden Grow (1975) (TV Episode)
Chrissy's Lawn Green fertilizer reminds Jo of the series' star.
Sahte Kabadayi (1976)
Kemal is watching Bonanza on TV
The Chaos Class Is on Vacation (1977)
Inek Saban mentions in dialogue
Norma Rae (1979)
Saturday Night Live: Buck Henry/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1979) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Father Guido Sarducci during Weekend Update
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980) (Short)
Mentioned by Herzog.
Saturday Night Live: Rod Stewart (1981) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Rod at the funeral
Diner (1982)
dialogue
Saturday Night Live: Blythe Danner/Rickie Lee Jones (1982) (TV Episode)
Joe Piscopo dresses as Pa Cartwright during Lorne Greene For Alpo ad
48 Hrs. (1982)
Reggie calls a bartender Hoss
De weg: Iemand die me begrijpt (1983) (TV Episode)
Arie has named his horse 'Bonanza'
Cheers: Someone Single, Someone Blue (1983) (TV Episode)
Glen (Paul Willson) sings the theme song from Bonanza.
Saturday Night Live: Joan Rivers/Musical Youth (1983) (TV Episode)
Referenced on the david susskind show
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
The Driver hums the theme tune.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Bob Newhart/James Stephens/Ronnie Porter (1983) (TV Episode)
Johnny refers to the theme music
Splash (1984)
Top Secret! (1984)
Charles in Charge: Slumber Party (1984) (TV Episode)
After Charles finds Enid playing with her toy horses in his bedroom, he refers to it as "the Ponderosa."
The A-Team: Sheriffs of Rivertown (1984) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Murdock
Amazing Stories: Fine Tuning (1985) (TV Episode)
Little Joe and the theme are referenced
Saturday Night Live: Teri Garr/Dream Academy/The Cult (1985) (TV Episode)
Referenced during Weekend Update
Saturday Night Live: Jay Leno/The Neville Brothers (1986) (TV Episode)
Referenced on Weekend update
Night Court: Could This Be Magic? (1986) (TV Episode)
"Who do you think made it, Hop Sing?"
Perfect Strangers: A Christmas Story (1986) (TV Episode)
When Balki says "That's no angel, that's Little Joe Cartwright", he refers to Michael Landon's role on Bonanza.
Tin Men (1987)
Discussed by the characters at different times
ALF: It Isn't Easy... Bein' Green (1987) (TV Episode)
Willie: "Say, will you turn that off?" ALF: "Now? 'Bonanza' is just coming on. Kate: "ALF, you've seen 'Bonanza' a hundred times." ALF: "I know, but this is one of the lost episodes." Willie: "Please turn that off." ALF: "Fine. It's lost forever."
The Squeeze (1987)
In his first scene, Michael Keaton is humming the theme from Bonanza. Afterwards he makes several funny observations about the show.
Sledge Hammer!: Death of a Few Salesmen (1987) (TV Episode)
Sledge calls Cody a "Bonanza reject"
Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks/Keith Richards (1988) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during Jew, not a jew
ALF: Changes (1988) (TV Episode)
...Bonanza, ...
The Wonder Years: Christmas (1988) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Wayne.
Only Fools and Horses....: Dates (1988) (TV Episode)
Del compares his love life to Little Joe Cartwright's.
It's Garry Shandling's Show.: Home Sweet Home (1988) (TV Episode)
title mentioned
Mystery Science Theater 3000: SST: Death Flight (1989) (TV Episode)
Servo: "Tell Hoss to stay out of the kitchen!"
Cheers: The Cranemakers (1989) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Cliff.
Quantum Leap: How the Tess Was Won - August 5, 1956 (1989) (TV Episode)
Sam says, "'Bonanza' was never like this."
E.M.U. TV: Episode #1.8 (1989) (TV Episode)
The Good the Bad and the Stupid opens with a burning map of the 'Pondoroso'
Quantum Leap: Camikazi Kid - June 6, 1961 (1989) (TV Episode)
Sam refers to the series.
UHF (1989)
E.M.U. TV: Episode #1.17 (1989) (TV Episode)
The Good the Bad and the Stupid opens with a burning map of the 'Pondoroso'
E.M.U. TV: Episode #1.20 (1989) (TV Episode)
The Good the Bad and the Stupid opens with a burning map of the 'Pondoroso'
E.M.U. TV: Episode #1.21 (1989) (TV Episode)
The Good the Bad and the Stupid opens with a burning map of the 'Pondoroso'
E.M.U. TV: Episode #1.22 (1989) (TV Episode)
The Good the Bad and the Stupid opens with a burning map of the 'Pondoroso'
Quantum Leap: Disco Inferno - April 1, 1976 (1989) (TV Episode)
Al sees Lorne Greene and excitedly exclaims that it is Ben Cartwright.
Who's the Boss?: I Dream of Genealogy (1990) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mona
The Golden Girls: Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mammy (1990) (TV Episode)
The theme song is heard in this episode.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) (TV Episode)
Joel: "It's the beginning of 'Bonanza.'"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Ring of Terror (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow: "You hold 'em down, Hoss, Little Joe."
Driving Me Crazy (1991)
Mentioned by Gunther.
City Slickers (1991)
The "Bonanza" theme is sung when the herd is brought home.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Barugon (1991) (TV Episode)
"Hey, it's the start of Bonanza"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time of the Apes (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: "Get back to the Ponderosa; tell Hoss we're in trouble!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Gaos (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: "Hoss! Little Joe!"
Countdown: Episode #22.36 (1991) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Richard.
Blobermouth (1991)
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991) (TV Movie)
"That would be a real bonanza for me."
Night Court: Looking for Mr. Shannon (1991) (TV Episode)
"Now it looks like a map of the Ponderosa."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teenage Caveman (1991) (TV Episode)
referenced by Joel
De Dageraad: Aflevering 18 (1991) (TV Episode)
Several characters mockingly sing the Bonanza theme tune
Quantum Leap: The Last Gunfighter - November 28, 1957 (1992) (TV Episode)
Al tells Sam that he saw Hoss Cartwright.
Doug: Doug's Secret Adnmirer/Doug's on TV (1992) (TV Episode)
Doug acquires the nickname "Hoss"
Seinfeld: The Watch (1992) (TV Episode)
The doorman refers to George as George "Bonanza."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Human Duplicators (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow hums part of the "Bonanza" theme.
Full House: Subterranean Graduation Blues (1993) (TV Episode)
Danny hums the theme tune.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)
"I think I saw this on "Bonanza" once."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Magic Voyage of Sinbad (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow hums the "Bonanza" theme.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: Kinda like watching Bonanza in reverse
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow and Tom sing the "words" to the theme music.
Melrose Place: The Tangled Web (1993) (TV Episode)
Ponderosa mentioned
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus (1993) (TV Episode)
Servo hums the theme.
Blank Check (1994)
Henry compared the horse drawn carridge on the street to something straight out of this show.
Jimmy Hollywood (1994)
Jimmy says to William, "Hey, Lorne Greene didn't happen in his 20s, or even in his 30s. All of a sudden, boom, the guy shows up on Bonanza he's got white hair".
The Stand (1994) (TV Mini-Series)
Stu calls Denniger "Hoss"
North (1994)
A musical number in the film is set to the theme song of "Bonanza"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Creeping Terror (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike: Apparantly, Dan Blocker had been there.
The Nanny: Everybody Needs a Bubby (1994) (TV Episode)
When Maxwell inquires how Fran's father reacted to her telling him that she hates him, she says, "Who the hell knows? He couldn't hear a damn thing over that Bonanza theme blasting in the background".
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Last of the Wild Horses (1994) (TV Episode)
starring the Mandrill Sisters
Mystery Science Theater 3000: San Francisco International (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike: "Little Joe and I will try to rope the plane."
Pet Shop (1994)
Joe complains that the redecorated house looks like the Ponderosa.
Now and Then (1995)
It Takes Two (1995)
The Nanny: The Unkindest Cut (1995) (TV Episode)
Fran sings the show's theme song.
William Shatner's Star Trek Memories (1995) (Video)
Title mentioned by William Shatner
The Nanny: A Pup in Paris (1996) (TV Episode)
C.C. mentions the character, Hop Sing.
Freakazoid!: Dexter's Date (1996) (TV Episode)
The Lobe seeks the last season episodes
Frasier: A Crane's Critique (1996) (TV Episode)
Marty talks about the characters of the series.
The Simpsons: The Homer They Fall (1996) (TV Episode)
Two of the stars of Bonanza do an appearance at the mall in costume, talk about the show and the theme tune plays twice.
The Pest (1997)
Twin Town (1997)
Bryn Cartwright's home is named The Ponderosa after the Cartwrights' ranch in Bonanza
Mystery Science Theater 3000: I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1997) (TV Episode)
"We gotta film and it's starring Mi-chal Landon"
Mean Guns (1997)
The show is mentioned by Barbie, and there is also a character named Hoss.
Everybody Loves Raymond: Anniversary (1997) (TV Episode)
Robert mentions Ray watching the show as a child
Law & Order: Castoff (1998) (TV Episode)
Congressman Maxwell refers to the series.
Lukas: Schatten der Vergangenheit (1998) (TV Episode)
Lukas mentions the series.
FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue (1998) (Video)
Batty calls out to Hoss and Little Joe
Lukas: Steueraffäre (1998) (TV Episode)
Lukas calls Ludwig "Hop Sing".
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Final Sacrifice (1998) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name when a fire burns a hole in a map.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Quest of the Delta Knights (1998) (TV Episode)
"Bonanza, now in femmy clothes."
That '70s Show: The Pill (1999) (TV Episode)
Donna says that Kitty and Red are watching Bonanza.
Outside Providence (1999)
Conversation about Hoss Cartwright (Dan Blocker) being dead.
Rederiet: Dilemma (1999) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Uno when he speaks to Peachy about the Wild West
Lukas: Die gekaufte Braut (1999) (TV Episode)
The character Hop Sing gets mentioned.
The David Cassidy Story (2000) (TV Movie)
There is a reference to this show.
Donnie Darko (2001)
TV series is refernced by Kitty Farmer.
Hangman (2001) (TV Movie)
Nickname 'Little Joe' is from Bonanza series. Little Joe explains that in the movie.
Ponterosa (2001)
theme music
Angel: Belonging (2001) (TV Episode)
Angel: "Right. Lorne Green. Bonanza? Fifteen years on the air not mean anything to anyone here?"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Homo Homini Lupis (2002) (TV Episode)
Someone has a cell phone with the theme song as a ringtone. Also, he likes to be referred to as "Little Joe".
Futurama: Where the Buggalo Roam (2002) (TV Episode)
Bender sings a song to the theme tune from Bonanza.
Scrubs: My Hero (2002) (TV Episode)
The Todd, in his mind, hums about surgery to the tune of the "Bonanza" theme.
American Dreams: The Home Front (2002) (TV Episode)
Reverend Lewis refers to Hoss and Little Joe Cartwright while Jack refers to the Ponderosa.
American Dreams: And Promises to Keep (2003) (TV Episode)
Henry refers to the Ponderosa.
The Last Shot (2004)
Steven's brother and father re-enact scenes from the show in a "Bonanza" stage show.
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tom Hanks (2004) (TV Special)
Mentioned during Jew, not a jew
The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch (2004) (TV Special)
Mentioned by Conan O'Brien
Cowgirl (2004)
The gangster boss' boat is called 'Ponderosa' and his three sons constantly refer to him as 'Pa'.
Strongbad_email.exe: Disc Four (2005) (Video)
In "Pizzaz", the Easter egg at the end of the toon shows a concept for a TV show called "The Strong Bad", whose theme song shares many traits with the show's
The Simpsons: The Girl Who Slept Too Little (2005) (TV Episode)
Shown on tv
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) (TV Movie)
mentioned by Paul Schrader
Lost: Fire + Water (2006) (TV Episode)
In one scene Sawyer calls Hurley "Hoss".
Drake & Josh: Little Sibling (2006) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Drake as he recalls visiting senior citizens in a retirement home.
Boston Legal: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2006) (TV Episode)
Alan says to Denise: "Suddenly I feel like wacthing 'Bonanza'."
Die Hochstapler (2006)
Mentioned in interview by Jürgen Harksen.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Title mentioned by character
Dancing with the Stars: Episode #6.5 (2007) (TV Episode)
In a segment on David Graham and Eliza Campagna's rehearsal, the theme music from this title is played when Eliza takes David on a horse ride.
Mad Men: New Amsterdam (2007) (TV Episode)
Don says that the advert will look better when it's breaking up Bonanaza.
Dan in Real Life (2007)
Dan tells Marie that he had a Bonanza lunchbox as a child.
Neues aus der Anstalt: Episode #2.1 (2008) (TV Episode)
Gets compared to the political situation of Finland.
Muchachada nui: Episode #2.5 (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by characters
Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story (2008) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
The Rocker (2008)
Manager refers to Hoss from this series.
RocknRolla (2008)
mentioned in dialogue
Dancing with the Stars: Episode #8.4 (2008) (TV Episode)
The theme music from this title is played when Charli Delaney takes Csaba Szmirnai horseriding.
Feast III: The Happy Finish (2009) (Video)
someone is called "Hoss"
Lost in Galicia (2009)
A couple of the scenes are centered around the characters discussing Bonanza and humming its theme.
How I Met Your Mother: Right Place Right Time (2009) (TV Episode)
Robin calls Ted "Hoss".
The Captain's Summit (2009) (Video)
Johnathan Frakes mentions watching this show.
NCIS: Semper Fidelis (2009) (TV Episode)
Fornell calls Gibbs "Hoss" at one point
Land of the Lost (2009)
Marshall is called Hoss
De jaren stillekes: Episode #1.3 (2009) (TV Episode)
Walter talks about the German dub of Bonanza.
De jaren stillekes: Episode #1.4 (2009) (TV Episode)
The mini-documenary tells the story of how 't Amerikaantje used the Bonanza theme song for its television commercial.
Couples Retreat (2009)
The resort-staffs spare-time-hall is called The Ponderosa, Dave asks when Hoss and Little Joe will be there
Jeopardy!: Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Quarterfinal 2 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,200 clue in the category "TV Sole Dads"
Nip/Tuck: Jenny Juggs (2009) (TV Episode)
"Little Joe on Bonanza"
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.64 (2009) (TV Episode)
Tim McGraw sings part of the theme song
From Paris with Love (2010)
wax calls reese 'hoss" several times
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.32 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay compares Tracy Morgan having three sons to Ben Cartwright on the show
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Applebuck Season (2010) (TV Episode)
The first stampede scene features Bonanza theme music
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Swarm of the Century (2010) (TV Episode)
The scene in which Applejack uses her herding skills to collect together the parasprites features the theme song to Bonanza
Pioneers of Television: Westerns (2011) (TV Episode)
David Dortort is a pioneer of television westerns with "Bonanza".
Evil Bong 3-D: The Wrath of Bong (2011)
Hoss mentioned
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.132 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay says Paul Reiser's sons are very different, like Hoss and Little Joe from the show
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.145 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay says the show was reportedly Osama Bin Laden's favorite show
The Reunion (2011)
Leo compares his family to the show.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The Last Roundup (2012) (TV Episode)
The music behind AJ's practice run in the Cold Open is a slightly adjusted version of this show's theme.
Celebrity Sex Tape (2012)
Website called Pornderosa
Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #20.14 (2012) (TV Episode)
From "Top Ten Characteristics of the Newly Discovered Monkey": "8. Hates bananas; Loves "Bonanza""
One Hit Wonderland: Monster Mash (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned when discussing Bobby Pickett's acting career.
Django Unchained (2012)
In the screenplay, Tarantino describes one of Django's outfits as a little like Elvis in Flaming Star and Little Joe Cartwrigth from Bonanza.
Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot (2013)
mentioned during tour of backlot
Archer: Once Bitten (2013) (TV Episode)
Ray admits that his dream man is Lorne Greene from this show.
Jeopardy!: Episode #29.136 (2013) (TV Episode)
Clue in category 1960's Television
Levenslied: Episode #2.2 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jeroen's mother says he wants to be a 'Bonanza' when he grows up.
Magic City: Crossroads (2013) (TV Episode)
Nicky Grillo refers to Lee as "Hop Sing".
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.182 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay says the show was one of NBC's last hits
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.15 (2013) (TV Episode)
a man says he likes the show
American Dad!: Familyland (2014) (TV Episode)
When the map burns
Raising Hope: Anniversary Ball (2014) (TV Episode)
Guy at Bar None Dude Ranch says he was on an episode of Bonanza. Keith Carradine who played this charactor actually was on an episode on Oct 3 1971.
Fargo: The Six Ungraspables (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Katie: Changing Careers at Any Age/Lori Loughlin (2014) (TV Episode)
Katie Couric says she remembers watching this show.
Hangin' with Hoyt on the Set of 'Gremlins' (2014) (Video)
mentioned once
Jeopardy!: Episode #31.25 (2014) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue and correct response in "The Wisdom of 'Bo'" category
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
Jedediah calls Larry Hoss
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Daisy Domergue is a reference to the actress Faith Domergue in Bonanza
The Cinema Snob: Wonder Woman (2016) (TV Episode)
"Take your time, boys. Bonanza just ended production."

Featured in 

Open All Night: Buckaroo Buddies (1981) (TV Episode)
Gordon watches the show.
Splash (1984)
Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love (1991) (Video)
Opening theme is shown overlaid with related 'TV Guide' covers, plus numerous clips are shown.
Michael Landon (1997) (TV Movie)
Happy Now (2001)
Max & Nicky watch it on TV
NBC 75th Anniversary Special (2002) (TV Special)
Brilliant But Cancelled (2002) (TV Movie)
Postcards: Episode #8.7 (2006) (TV Episode)
Some clips from the opening sequence of this series are played during a story that visits the location used for "The Ponderosa".
The Wrecking Crew! (2008)
Clip shown during news broadcast reporting on the death of Tommy Tedesco.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 17 April 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
This show is referenced by name.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 18 April 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
Featured in the 'American TV Icon' segment with show expert Andrew J. Klyde.
De jaren stillekes: Episode #1.4 (2009) (TV Episode)
Part of the intro sequence is shown in the mini-documentary about 't Amerikaantje.
Flipped (2010)
The Loski family is seen watching it
The Roth Show: The New York City Way (2014) (TV Episode)
Clip shown during "don't piss me off" montage

Spoofed in 

The Monkees: Monkees in Texas (1967) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as the Cartwheel family: Ben, Mule and Little Moe
The Benny Hill Show: Cinema: The Vintage Years (1971) (TV Episode)
Parodied within international bloopers sketch.
Finlandisation (1974) (TV Movie)
Spoofs the opening theme
The Facts of Life: Out of the Fire... (1985) (TV Episode)
The Part 2 preview parodies this show's title sequence of a map catching fire.
Repossessed (1990)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
spoofs opening credits of show, with Bush, Cheney, Blair, and Rumsfeld taking the place of the Cartwrights
The Last Shot (2004)
The show features a Bonanza reenactment team of lookalikes performing for tourists.
The Simpsons: We're on the Road to D'owhere (2006) (TV Episode)
The Couch Gag is a parody of the opening of Bonanza. A map of Springfield is on-screen; a hole is burnt through it and the family ride from the distance on horseback.
The Simpsons: Rome-old and Juli-eh (2007) (TV Episode)
Opening gag with burning map, chararters on horseback and Bonanza theme playing
Supernatural: Frontierland (2011) (TV Episode)
opening credits done in the same style
The Simpsons: The Real Housewives of Fat Tony (2011) (TV Episode)
New Jersey map burns as theme plays

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