Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The brother of a man Hoss killed in self-defense says he understands but secretly plans revenge.

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Ben Cartwright
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Adam Cartwright
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Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
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Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
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Clarence Bolling
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The brother of a man Hoss killed in self-defense says he understands but secretly plans revenge.

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24 September 1961 (USA)  »

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Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
Traditional Negro spiritual
Portion sung by Herschel Bernardi
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Gripping Premise, but Sadly a Letdown
14 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

To me, this was insulting. Yes, an interesting premise, and some haunting, ominous undertones. I have been watching Bonanza for 50 or more years. I like many of the episodes. This one let me down.

I had to wonder, how did supposedly smart people act so much like dunces. How did the writers goof around with this so much. Sure, it was a TV show. I don't expect perfection. I do expect a fair degree of competence.

I think is an example of a good 30 minute show presented as a 60 minute mistake. A half hour might have been cramped, but the longer period yielded to much idle brain time for the writers. Again, some good acting and situations. Still, aggravating and disappointing.


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