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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  • From the third season on, the Cartwrights and nearly every other recurring character on the show wore the same clothing in almost every episode. This was done to cut the cost of re-filming…
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    From the third season on, the Cartwrights and nearly every other recurring character on the show wore the same clothing in almost every episode. This was done to cut the cost of re-filming action shots (such as riding clips in-between scenes), as previously-shot stock footage could be reused.
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  • The opening burning map of the Ponderosa Ranch was illustrated with incorrect bearings. David Dortort, choosing not to redo the map, altered the compass points.
  • 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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