Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 12, 1959
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
NBC TV Network
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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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  • The last 14 episodes of Season One and the first 17 episodes of Season Two have fallen into the public domain. These 31 episodes have been released by many different companies in many…
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    The last 14 episodes of Season One and the first 17 episodes of Season Two have fallen into the public domain. These 31 episodes have been released by many different companies in many different configurations, usually with the familiar theme music replaced with generic music. Starting with episode 1.19, the 31 episodes in order are: The Gunmen, The Fear Merchants, The Spanish Grant, Blood on the Land, Desert Justice, The Stranger, Escape to Ponderosa, The Avenger, The Last Trophy, San Francisco Holiday (aka San Francisco), Bitter Water, Feet of Clay, Dark Star, Death at Dawn, Showdown, The Mission, Badge Without Honor, The Mill, The Hopefuls, Denver McKee, Day of Reckoning, The Abduction, Breed of Violence, The Last Viking, The Trail Gang, The Savage, Silent Thunder, The Ape, The Blood Line, The Courtship, and The Spitfire.
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  • According to David Dortort, 'Michael Landon' himself grew difficult during the last five seasons the show ran, "Nearly every line, every scene, every set up... everything would halt for…
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    According to David Dortort, 'Michael Landon' himself grew difficult during the last five seasons the show ran, "Nearly every line, every scene, every set up... everything would halt for endless story conferences on the set... it got increasingly bitter toward the end."
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  • Anthony Lawrence didn't write authentic Western scripts so he focused on writing about relationships and character (as he did in "Bonanza" (1959) {Dark Star (#1.31)} and "Bonanza" (1959) {The…
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    Anthony Lawrence didn't write authentic Western scripts so he focused on writing about relationships and character (as he did in "Bonanza" (1959) {Dark Star (#1.31)} and "Bonanza" (1959) {The Last Viking (#2.10)}, for example). One day, producer David Dortort told Lawrence he wanted to do a story on each of Ben's wives, and the screenwriter replied, "Let me do it, I can kill off at least two of them!" Lawrence thought he would get thrown off the set for saying this, and instead was given the task of becoming the writer who scripted the stories with Ben and his wives, all three of whom died ("Bonanza" (1959) {Elizabeth, My Love (#2.33)}, "Bonanza" (1959) {Inger, My Love (#3.29)}, "Bonanza" (1959) {Journey Remembered (#5.8)}, and "Bonanza" (1959) {Marie, My Love (#4.20)}).
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