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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Michael Landon (born Eugene Maurice Orowitz; October 31, 1936), in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. In ...

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Michael Landon played the youngest, feistiest Cartwright son, whose mother (Felicia in the pilot, and later changed to Marie) was of French Creole descent. Landon began to develop his skills in writing and directing Bonanza episodes, starting with "The Gamble." Most of the episodes Landon wrote and directed were dramas, including the 1972 two hour, "Forever", which was recognized by TV guide as being one of television's best specials (November 1993). Landon's development, however, was a bit stormy according to David Dortort, who felt that the actor grew more difficult during the last five seasons the show ran. ("Bonanza" four DVD set biography notes, Bear Family Records). Landon appeared in all but fourteen Bonanza episodes for its run, a total of 416 episodes.

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03x25 - The Lawmaker
Season 3, Episode 25
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Season 1, Episode 20
03x06 - Broken Ballad
Season 3, Episode 06
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Season 14, Episode 15
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