Bonanza


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Summary

The show chronicles the weekly adventures of the Cartwright family, headed by the thrice-widowed patriarch "Ben Cartwright" (Lorne Greene). 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" Cartwright (Dan Blocker); and the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or "Little Joe" (Michael Landon). Via exposition (Bonanza, "Rose For Lotta", premiere September 12, 1959) and flashback episodes, each wife was accorded a different ethnicity: English (Bonanza, "Elizabeth My Love"; episode #65) Swedish (Bonanza, "Inger My Love", episode #95) and French Creole (Bonanza, "Marie My Love", episode #120) respectively. The family's cook was the Chinese immigrant Hop Sing (Victor Sen Yung). Greene, Roberts, Blocker, and Landon were billed equally. The opening credits would alternate the order among the four stars.

Information

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
  • Rating: 8.4 (14 votes)
  • Runtime: 45 minutes
  • Status: Ended
  • Years: 1959 - 1972
  • Episodes per season: 34
  • Network: NBC

Seasons

Bonanza - season 1

Season 1 (1959)

Rating: 5.1
Bonanza - season 2

Season 2 (1960)

Rating: 0.0
Bonanza - season 3

Season 3 (1961)

Rating: 0.3
Bonanza - season 4

Season 4 (1962)

Rating: 0.0
Bonanza - season 5

Season 5 (1963)

Rating: 0.0
Bonanza - season 6

Season 6 (1964)

Rating: 0.2
Bonanza - season 7

Season 7 (1965)

Rating: 0.0
Bonanza - season 8

Season 8 (1966)

Rating: 0.0
Bonanza - season 9

Season 9 (1967)

Rating: 0.0
Bonanza - season 10

Season 10 (1968)

Rating: 0.0
Bonanza - season 11

Season 11 (1969)

Rating: 0.0
Bonanza - season 12

Season 12 (1970)

Rating: 0.0
Bonanza - season 13

Season 13 (1971)

Rating: 0.0
Bonanza - season 14

Season 14 (1972)

Rating: 0.0

Characters and Actors

Lorne Greene as  in Bonanza

Actor: Lorne Greene
Also in: Galactica 1980
Michael Landon as Little Joe Cartwright in Bonanza

Little Joe Cartwright

Actor: Michael Landon
Dan Blocker as Hoss 'Eric' Cartwright in Bonanza

Hoss 'Eric' Cartwright

Actor: Dan Blocker
Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwrite in Bonanza

Adam Cartwrite

Actor: Pernell Roberts