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Did you know that the story of the Ben Cartwright family and the Ponderosa was one of the most famous story lines in TV history? If you’re a big TV buff and you get TV Land through SlackWare.org or the like, those names might sound familiar.

When the series first aired in 1959, it was titled “The Ponderosa,” which was a huge Nevada ranch owned by Ben Cartwright, played by Lorne Greene, and was one of the most powerful men in Virginia City. Miners called enormous ore deposits “bonanzas,” and Cartwright’s 1,000 acre ranch was loaded with gold. The producers changed the name of the show to “Bonanza.”

Sources state that “Bonanza” first aired on Saturday nights as one of the first TV shows broadcast in color. Ratings were poor due to the number of westerns during that time. However, NBC kept the series because it was filmed in color. It’s appeal quickly grew because “Bonanza” was a family show that was more than just shoot-outs with bad guys. The storyline taught life and moral lessons. Instead of solving problems with guns, they used their fists.

Pernell Roberts, who played the oldest son, Adam, left the show in 1965 to further his career. Dan Blocker, the middle son, Hoss, was the big, gentle-hearted brother. Blocker died in 1972. Michael Landon, the youngest son, was a favorite of the TV audience. who went on to writing and directing.

“Bonanza” started off its career as just another western, but dramatically changed the face of western TV shows. It was cancelled in 1973 when producers deemed the show as “too old-fashioned.”

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One of television’s most successful westerns ever, Bonanza told the story of rugged Ben Cartwright and his three very different sons, Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe. The three had different mothers, which allowed for their physical and personality differences. Good shows are never forgotten, which is why in 1988, David Dortort brought back this beloved western as Bonanza: The Next Generation. It was time for Ben’s grandchildren to take over as a new century dawned. The TV movie which featured Michael Landon’s son as Joe Jr. along with Laramie and Wagon Train star Robert Fuller, was a (more…)

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Because so many people loved the popular “Bonanza” series that aired from 1959 to 1973, the made-for-television movie sequel that was created in 1993 was expected to be received with a substantial amount of fanfare. However, the sequel didn’t feature any of the original actors — in fact, all of the main actors in the series except for Pernell Roberts were dead when filming began on the sequel. The sons of Michael Landon and Dan Blocker did appear, though, but many Bonanza purists think that the (more…)

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Bonanza was a western produced by NBC. The television series ran from September, 1959 to January, 1973. Bonanza was the second longest western that continued to air on television during this time period. The stars of Bonanza were Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker and Pernell Roberts.

In 1972 the show began to air on Tuesday nights. The schedule change along with the death of Dan Blocker (Hoss) caused ratings to drop. The last episode of Bonanza aired on January 16, 1973.

In 1988, Bonanza:The Next Generation aired. The show was a sequel to Bonanza. The series contained none (more…)

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Collectors know the value of items relating to TV shows and their characters. You can go online to search for Bonanza collectables and see what prices are for the items you wish to purchase. They can range from a few dollars up to thousands and even more depending on what the item is and how rare it may be.
You could attend an event that specializes in TV related merchandise and buy one or more items right (more…)

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Running for 430 seasons more than 14 years, NBC’s “Bonanza,” produced by Paramount Studios from 1959-70 and Warner Brothers Studios from 1970-73, was primetime television’s second longest running western series, after “Gunsmoke,” and, through its continued airing in syndication, remains a much beloved and immensely popular program among millions to this day. Its popularity was such that in 2002, a generation after vanishing from primetime, it ranked 43 on TV Guide’s list of “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.”
“Bonanza” chronicled the life and times of the Cartwright family, which lived in (more…)

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Of the three Cartwright son’s, Little Joe always seemed to be the one that the ladies would fall head over heals. His older brother, Adam was handsome, but a little standoffish and middle brother “Hoss” was just big, cuddly and often too softhearted. Joseph was the young, hot tempered member of the family which also made him the “bad boy” of the three. Perhaps, this is why he was so appealing because he had a rough edge that made him (more…)

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Fans of Bonanza have seen and poured over every episode but what else is there to watch when you tire of your favorite show? Here’s a list of decent westerns you may find rerunning on your DIRECT.TV if you look through the channels hard enough
3:10 to Yuma: Out in the last few years, 3:10 is one of the best westerns we’ve ever seen, period. It’s got an all star cast and a heck of a plot and the violence and cinematography is exactly what you’d expect from a period-perfect (more…)

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The television classic Bonanza was a spectacular success because of the actors who fit into their character’s role as if born to the part. We were introduced to Pa, a three time widower, and to his three sons by western images that had the look and feel of great strength as well as great wealth. The opening to Bonanza has all of the drama and television screen appeal of any great show. Just the music alone will let fans of Bonanza know that Bonanza is on. There was something about the characters (more…)

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There was something about Adam Cartwright that always appealed to me. He was the oldest Cartwright son and the most interesting of the three men. The youngest son Little Joe, played by Michael Landon, was probably the most handsome of the male leads but Pernell Roberts as Adam was the most enigmatic.

Adam Cartwright seemed a little more urbane than his rough-and-tumble little brothers. He was college educated, an engineer of some sort. He never got caught up in the various get rich quick schemes that foiled his brothers and he didn’t participate in their frequent barroom brawls. (more…)