Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 12, 1959
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
NBC TV Network
Genre
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Bonanza

The Cartwright's 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 is still alive. Adventures are typical western ones, with lots of personal relationships/problems thrown in as well

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14x16 The Hunter Aired: Jan. 16, 1973

- Bill Tanner, posing as a soldier he had killed earlier, is searching like a predator for Joe, and his wagon stocked with goods, as his prey. …

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The show had 14 seasons and 437 episodes air between 1959 and 1973.

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  • Both Robert Blake and Robert Fuller were considered for the role of Little Joe Cartwright, but were both lost to Michael Landon. This was because David Dortort had mixed feelings about the…
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    Both Robert Blake and Robert Fuller were considered for the role of Little Joe Cartwright, but were both lost to Michael Landon. This was because David Dortort had mixed feelings about the new, unfamiliar actor auditioning for the part, thinking Landon was way too young to play the role. With the encouragement of David's wife, who picked up a publicity still of Landon, her husband changed his mind, and bestowed Landon the role.
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  • Dan Blocker owned a chain of restaurants called "Bonanza". They were steakhouses similar to the "Golden Corral" chain. When the ownership later changed, all of the restaurants were later…
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    Dan Blocker owned a chain of restaurants called "Bonanza". They were steakhouses similar to the "Golden Corral" chain. When the ownership later changed, all of the restaurants were later renamed "Ponderosa".
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  • In 1968, Dan Blocker began wearing a toupee on the series as he was approaching forty and losing hair. He joined the ranks of his fellow co-stars Pernell Roberts and Lorne Greene, both of…
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    In 1968, Dan Blocker began wearing a toupee on the series as he was approaching forty and losing hair. He joined the ranks of his fellow co-stars Pernell Roberts and Lorne Greene, both of whom began the series with hairpieces (Greene wore his modest frontal piece in private life too, whereas Roberts preferred not wearing his, even to rehearsals/blocking). Michael Landon was the only original cast member who was wig-free throughout the series, as even Victor Sen Yung's Hop Sing wore an attached queue (ponytail).
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