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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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Bonanza is Canceled/Ended
The show had 14 seasons and 437 episodes air between 1959 and 1973.

Series Info

Type:
Scripted
Premiered:
Sep. 12, 1959
Status:
Canceled/Ended
Runtime:
60 min.
Aired:
1959 - 1973
To-Date:
14 Seasons
437 Episodes
Network
NBC TV Network
AKA:
Ponderosa (syndication title)
Genre

Series Fun Facts

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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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  • Although it got off to a rough start, by 1961 it was the #1 show on TV.
  • In the show's early episodes, the writers would typically have the Cartwrights being hostile to visitors to their property. Lorne Greene objected to this, pointing out that with the Ponderosa…
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    In the show's early episodes, the writers would typically have the Cartwrights being hostile to visitors to their property. Lorne Greene objected to this, pointing out that with the Ponderosa being as large as it is, the Cartwrights would be an important business interest in the community. Thus visitors would naturally come for economic and political reasons as well as social ones and the Cartwrights would logically welcome them as such. The producers agreed and altered the premise of the characters accordingly.
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