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
Last Episode14x16 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. …
Bonanza: Season 2, Episode #3 - Badge Without Honor
Adam is rescued from an ambush by Gerald Eskith, a lawman who is on a mission to Virginia City. He's looking…
Series Fun Facts
- Goof (anachronisms): The story of Bonanza starts in 1859 Nevada but the clothing worn by the cast is invariably 20th century . For example belt loops did not appear on men's trousers and…
[show]Goof (anachronisms): The story of Bonanza starts in 1859 Nevada but the clothing worn by the cast is invariably 20th century . For example belt loops did not appear on men's trousers and jeans until many decades later.
- Lasting 14 seasons, it is among the longest-running Western television series (second behind Gunsmoke) and continues to air in syndication.
- Goof (anachronisms): Floor model wheel slot machine in saloon was not built until 1896.