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The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community.

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  • Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 9 wins & 14 nominations.
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  Ben Cartwright / ... (430 episodes, 1959-1973)
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  Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright / ... (428 episodes, 1959-1973)
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  Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright / ... (415 episodes, 1959-1972)
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  Adam Cartwright (201 episodes, 1959-1965)
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  Townsman / ... (141 episodes, 1959-1973)
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  Hop Sing / ... (107 episodes, 1959-1973)
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  Sheriff Roy Coffee (98 episodes, 1960-1972)
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  Candy Canaday (91 episodes, 1967-1973)
Martha Manor ...
  Townswoman / ... (90 episodes, 1960-1972)
Bob Miles ...
  Townsman / ... (76 episodes, 1959-1968)
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  Deputy Clem Foster / ... (57 episodes, 1961-1972)
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  Jamie Hunter Cartwright / ... (48 episodes, 1968-1973)
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  Dr. J.P. Martin / ... (26 episodes, 1960-1967)
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  Townsman / ... (24 episodes, 1965-1973)
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  Gunman / ... (23 episodes, 1959-1972)
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  Bartender / ... (21 episodes, 1961-1968)
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  Dr. Paul Martin / ... (18 episodes, 1959-1970)
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  Dr. J. P. Martin / ... (16 episodes, 1969-1972)
Clint Sharp ...
  Stage Driver / ... (16 episodes, 1960-1968)
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  Store Owner / ... (15 episodes, 1962-1969)
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  Griff King (15 episodes, 1972-1973)
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  Buck / ... (14 episodes, 1959-1971)
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  Deputy Sheriff Clem / ... (13 episodes, 1960-1968)
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  Crusty / ... (12 episodes, 1960-1970)
Bern Hoffman ...
  Bartender / ... (12 episodes, 1963-1971)
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  Burkhart / ... (12 episodes, 1959-1967)
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  1st Robber / ... (12 episodes, 1960-1972)
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  Little Cowboy / ... (12 episodes, 1960-1971)
Raymond Guth ...
  Bill Cooper / ... (11 episodes, 1962-1971)
Lou Frizzell ...
  Dusty Rhodes / ... (11 episodes, 1968-1971)
Charles Maxwell ...
  Billings / ... (10 episodes, 1959-1971)
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  Arch Stewart / ... (10 episodes, 1960-1971)
Remo Pisani ...
  Bartender / ... (10 episodes, 1969-1971)
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  Capt. Arnholt / ... (9 episodes, 1961-1971)
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  Collier / ... (9 episodes, 1960-1972)
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  Charlie / ... (9 episodes, 1961-1972)
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  Telegrapher / ... (9 episodes, 1960-1967)
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  Sheriff Ed / ... (8 episodes, 1961-1972)
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  Deputy Sheriff Rick Conley / ... (8 episodes, 1960-1971)
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  Arch Tremayne / ... (8 episodes, 1968-1972)
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  Abner Ledbetter / ... (8 episodes, 1962-1972)
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  Doc Tasker Dunkatt / ... (8 episodes, 1961-1971)
Ken Drake ...
  Brave Pony / ... (8 episodes, 1960-1969)
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  Solicitor George Osgood / ... (8 episodes, 1962-1972)
Clegg Hoyt ...
  Barney / ... (8 episodes, 1960-1966)
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  Stableman / ... (8 episodes, 1960-1967)
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  Capt. John Fenner / ... (7 episodes, 1960-1972)
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  Clerk / ... (7 episodes, 1959-1967)
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  Almont / ... (7 episodes, 1962-1970)
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  Barney Arden / ... (7 episodes, 1960-1968)

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Plot Summary

The Cartwright's one-thousand square mile Ponderosa Ranch is located near Virginia City, Nevada, site of the Comstock Silver Lode, during and after the Civil War. Each of the sons was born to a different wife of Ben's; none of the mothers are still alive. Adventures are typical western ones, with lots of personal relationships/problems thrown in as well. Written by Ed Stephan

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Also Known As
  • Ponderosa (United States)
  • Les clairons du Pony Express (France)
  • Bröderna Cartwright (Sweden)
  • Бонанца (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 49 min
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Trivia During the filming of one episode, Lorne Greene was required to jump off of a small ledge into a lake five feet below. Michael Landon recalled that when Greene did the stunt, he jumped into the water feet first and went completely under, but his hair piece came off and floated on the surface of the lake. Landon and the rest of the crew watched to see what would happen. After a short while, Greene's hand shot up out of the water, grabbed the hairpiece, and pulled it down. Greene emerged from the lake, wearing his hairpiece slightly askew. He walked nonchalantly past the snickering crew, and went into his trailer without saying a word. See more »
Goofs During the first season opening credits, the Cartwrights can be seen galloping on horses on a dirt road that contains an unmistakable set of tire tracks from the truck carrying the camera in front of them. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Zenith Presents: A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary (1972). See more »
Soundtracks Bonanza See more »
Crazy Credits In the opening sequence, when the actors ride on their horses towards the camera and are introduced, the order in which they are introduced is never consistent - this was most likely done to prevent a single actor from becoming the "main" star of the show. See more »
Quotes Ben Cartwright: You and your education.
Adam Cartwright: Education is progress! Now what have you got against it?
Ben Cartwright: I don't have anything against education - as long as it doesn't interfere with your thinking!
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