While a number of minor (or perceived) inconsistencies exist between Ponderosa (2001) and Bonanza (1959), a few glaring retroactive consistencies are present. Most notable among these is the fate of Little Joe's mother, Marie. In the original series, Marie's death was depicted in the episode "Marie, My Love" as a result of falling off a horse in front of the Ponderosa ranch house. Meanwhile in the new series, Marie is killed in Virginia City by a miner who is trying to murder Ben Cartwright. Making the situation even more confusing, the pilot for the original series identifies Little Joe's mother as "Felicia" and not Marie. See more »
Ponderosa is undoubtedly the most outstanding television program to come along in years. The combination of David Dortort, Beth Sullivan, excellent writers and award winning cast makes this show a winner in all ways. Any network considering this show has a ready made vocal and supportive fan base whose numbers continue to grow even though Ponderosa is not officially on the air.
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