Sep. 12, 1959
60 min.
NBC TV Network

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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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Lorne GreeneLorne Greene
Canadian-born Lorne Greene began acting while attending Canada's Queen's University, and after graduation ...

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He had three sons, each by a different wife: the eldest was the urbane architect Adam Cartwright (Pernell Roberts) who built the ranch house; the second was the warm and lovable giant Eric "Hoss" (Dan Blocker); and the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or "Little Joe" (Michael Landon).

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Season 14, Episode 11
02x25 - The Duke
Season 2, Episode 25
10x17 - Mrs. Wharton and the Lesser Breeds
Season 10, Episode 17
14x01 - Forever (1)
Season 14, Episode 01
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