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Bonanza
Format Western
Starring Pernell Roberts
Lorne Greene
Dan Blocker
Michael Landon
Victor Sen Young
Guy Williams
David Canary
Mitch Vogel
Ray Teal
Bing Russell
Tim Matheson
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of seasons 14
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run 19591973

Contents

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Origins

Bonanza got its name from the Comstock Lode which was "an exceptionally large and rich mineral deposit" of silver. Virginia City was founded directly over the lode and was mined for 19 years. Ponderosa was an alternative title of the series, used for the broadcast of syndicated reruns while "Bonanza" was in first-run on NBC. Ponderosa is also the name of a series prequel airing on PAX-TV from 2001-02. Miner working in the Comstock Lode The Comstock Lode was the first major U.S. deposit of silver ore, discovered under what is now Virginia City, Nevada on the eastern slope of Mt. ... This article is about the chemical element. ... View of Virginia City, Nevada, from a nearby hillside, 1867-68 Virginia City is a city located in Storey County, Nevada. ... This article is about mineral extractions. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Rerun van Pelt is the name of Linus and Lucys younger brother in the comic strip Peanuts. ... This article discusses the television program. ...


The "Bonanza" pilot was written by David Dortort, who also produced the series. Dortort's other creations include The Restless Gun, The High Chaparral, The Cowboys, and the Bonanza prequel, Ponderosa. For most of its 430 episode run, the main sponsor of Bonanza was Chevrolet and the stars occasionally appeared in commercials endorsing Chevrolet automobiles. All of the regular cast members had appeared in numerous stage, television and film productions before Bonanza, but none was particularly well-known. David Dortort, Hollywood producer and writer, best known for his role as producer in the TV series Bonanza. ... The High Chaparral was a Western-themed television series which aired on NBC from 1967 to 1971. ... The Cowboys is a 1972 western starring John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Slim Pickens, A. Martinez and Bruce Dern. ... Chevrolet (IPA: - French origin) (colloquially Chevy) is a brand of automobile, produced by General Motors (GM). ...


In 1959, the series aired on Saturday evenings opposite, "The Perry Como Hour". Bonanza was one of the first series to be filmed and broadcast in color. RCA owned NBC (and the series) and wanted to use it to spur sales of color receivers. However, the Saturday night ratings were dismal and Bonanza was soon targeted for cancellation. Given one last chance it was moved to Sunday nights at 9:00 PM. The new time slot caused the series to soar, and it eventually reached number one by the mid-'60s; by 1970, it had become the first series to ever wind up in the Top Five for nine consecutive seasons (a record which would stand for decades) and thus established itself as the single biggest hit TV series of the 1960s; it remained high on the Nielsen ratings until 1971, when it finally fell out of the top ten. This article is about the former RCA Corporation. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ...


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. The original painting was done by artist Robert Temple Ayres.


Premise

The show chronicled the weekly adventures of the Cartwright family, headed by wise, thrice widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright (played by Lorne Greene). He had three sons, each by a different wife: the oldest was the urbane architect Adam Cartwright played by (Pernell Roberts) who built the ranch house; the second was the warm and lovable giant Eric, better known by his nickname: "Hoss" (Dan Blocker); and the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or "Little Joe" (Michael Landon). The family's cook was the Chinese immigrant Hop Sing (Victor Sen Yung). "Bonanza" was considered an atypical western for its time, as the core of the storylines dealt with Ben and his three dissimilar sons, how they cared for one another, their neighbors and their land. Ben Cartwright In the television show Bonanza, the character Ben Cartwright is a cattle rancher who owns a large 600,000 acre (2,400 km²) ranch, two hours ride out of Virginia City, Nevada. ... Lorne Greene in his role as Ben Cartwright in Bonanza Lorne Greene as Commander Adama in Battlestar Galactica Lorne Greene O.C., LL.D. (February 12, 1915 – September 11, 1987) was a Canadian actor best known for two iconic roles on American television. ... Adam Cartwright Adam Cartwright is the oldest child of Ben Cartwright on the 1960s television show Bonanza. ... Pernell Roberts (born 18 May 1928 in Waycross, Georgia, USA) is an American actor. ... Dan Blocker as Hoss Cartwright Eric Hoss Cartwright is a fictional character, the middle brother on the classic 1960s TV show Bonanza. ... Dan Blocker aka Dan Davis Blocker (real name - B. Dan D. Blocker) (December 10, 1928 – May 13, 1972) was an American actor best remembered for his role as Eric Hoss Cartwright in the TV western blockbuster Bonanza. ... Little Joe Cartwright Little Joe Cartwright was the youngest Cartwright on the 1960s television series Bonanza. ... Michael Landon (October 31, 1936 - July 1, 1991) was an American actor, writer, director, and producer, who starred in three popular NBC TV series that spanned three decades. ... Immigration is the act of moving to or settling in another country or region, temporarily or permanently. ... Ben Cartwright and Hop Sing at the Ponderosa Hop Sing was Cartwright familys cook on the US television series Bonanza which ran on the NBC network from 1959-73. ... Victor Sen Yung (揚森, pinyin: Yáng Sēn)(b. ...


The family lived on a thousand-square-mile ranch called "The Ponderosa", on the shore of Lake Tahoe in Nevada; the name refers to the Ponderosa Pine, common in the West. The nearest town to the Ponderosa was Virginia City, where the Cartwrights would go to converse with Sheriff Roy Coffee (played by veteran actor Ray Teal), or his deputy Clem Foster (Bing Russell). Greene, Roberts, Blocker, and Landon were equal stars. The opening credits rotated among four versions, with each of the four being shown first in one version (in the order above). As the series advanced, writers began to showcase one or two Cartwrights in each episode, while the others would be seen briefly in the prologue and epilogue. Not only did this provide for more thorough character development, it also gave all four actors more free time. The Ponderosa Ranch was a theme park based on the popular 1960s television western Bonanza. ... This article is about the lake in California/Nevada. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Nevada. ... Binomial name Pinus ponderosa Douglas ex C. Lawson Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) is a widespread and very variable pine native to western North America. ... Look up Sheriff in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Ray Teal 12 January 1902, Grand Rapids, Michigan USA 2 April 1976, was an actor who appeared in more than 250 movies and over 90 television programs in his 37 year career. ... Bing Russell (May 5, 1926 - April 8, 2003) was an American actor. ...


Originally, the Cartwrights tended to be depicted as put-off by outsiders. Lorne Greene pointed out to the producers that as one of the region's most affluent timber and livestock producers, they had better moderate their clannishness. The producers agreed with this observation and changed the Cartwrights to be more amiable.


Early in the show's history, the thrice widowed Ben Cartwright, recalls each wife in flashback episodes. A recurring situation (which also occurs in the TV western The Big Valley), was that every time one of the Cartwrights became seriously involved with a woman, she died from a malady, was slain, or left with someone else. As with all hit programs, disturbing a successful formula could be a major blunder. The Big Valley was a television Western which ran on ABC from 1965 to 1969. ...


The Cast

The Cast of Bonanza
The Cast of Bonanza

Though not name celebrities in 1959, the cast quickly bacame favorites of the first TV generation. Lorne Greene, known as the "Voice of Canada," was a fairly successful announcer, actor and drama coach in his native land; he was known during World War II as the "Voice of Doom," since he'd read in a deep, resonant voice, the weekly list of casualties on the radio for all levels of audience. Ben Cartwright, as Greene once described him, was "suede leather," as he was both a strong and soft patriarch. Greene recorded several record albums in character as Ben Cartwright, scoring a #1 hit with his dramatic spoken word performance of "Ringo." He also recorded a version of the Bonanza theme. Image File history File links Bonanza. ... Image File history File links Bonanza. ... Lorne Greene in his role as Ben Cartwright in Bonanza Lorne Greene as Commander Adama in Battlestar Galactica Lorne Greene O.C., LL.D. (February 12, 1915 – September 11, 1987) was a Canadian actor best known for two iconic roles on American television. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Bonanza logo was superimposed upon a map of a wild west frontier area. ... An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ...


Georgia-born Pernell Roberts was a familiar face at studio lots in the late 1950's according to producer David Dortort, who saw him in a "Gunsmoke" episode. Roberts, an accomplished singer and stage actor, recorded an album of folk ballads entitled "Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies". He left the series in 1965 after disagreements with writers and producer David Dortort. According to the July 2005 Bonanza Gold issue, David Dortort said his intent was to have a married Adam appear less frequently, thus making him a semi-regular. It was a move to broker with Roberts, who wanted to return to stage work. Attempts to replace him were made by introducing Ben's stepson, Clay, (played briefly by Barry Coe) and Will, a nephew (played by Zorro star Guy Williams), but none lasted. Two of the remaining stars felt that storylines which created new Cartwrights could potentially defeat their own contract negotiations, so Williams' Will Cartright wound up leaving the series with Adam's fiancèe. Williams moved on to Lost in Space and never revived the Will role. Pernell Roberts (born 18 May 1928 in Waycross, Georgia, USA) is an American actor. ... David Dortort, Hollywood producer and writer, best known for his role as producer in the TV series Bonanza. ... This article is about the first Zorro television series. ... Guy Williams (born Armando Joseph Catalano) (January 14, 1924 - May 7, 1989) was an American actor and former male fashion model, who played swashbuckling action heroes in the 1950s and 1960s, but never quite achieved movie star status[1], despite his appearance (including hazel eyes, 63 height, and 190... For other uses, see Lost in Space (disambiguation). ...


Three hundred pound Dan Blocker, played the gentle middle son Eric AKA "Hoss". Born in Texas, he was a teacher who graduated with a Masters in Dramatic Arts before becoming Hoss. The character had a warm heart and a penchant for lost causes. But, as might be expected, it was young Michael Landon who played most of the sweetheart's plots. In addition to acting, Landon began to develop his skills in writing and directing Bonanza episodes, starting with "The Gamble." Some of the shows Landon directed are considered to be the most moving and helped to build an opportune cool behaviour pattern for a growing specified public, that of teenagers, among them, "The Wish." Dan Blocker aka Dan Davis Blocker (real name - B. Dan D. Blocker) (December 10, 1928 – May 13, 1972) was an American actor best remembered for his role as Eric Hoss Cartwright in the TV western blockbuster Bonanza. ... Michael Landon (October 31, 1936 - July 1, 1991) was an American actor, writer, director, and producer, who starred in three popular NBC TV series that spanned three decades. ...


In 1967, David Canary joined the cast as "Candy" Canaday, a confident army-brat turned cowboy, who became the Cartwrights' foreman. The character vanished in 1970 after Canary himself had a contract dispute with Dortort. David Canary as Adam Chandler, in a still from the opening sequence of All My Children. ...


In 1970, 14-year-old Mitch Vogel joined the series as Jamie Hunter, the orphaned son of a rainmaker. Ben adopted Jamie in a 1971 episode. During this character's run on the show, Bonanza ratings fell greatly [1][2] Jamie Hunter (later Jamie Cartwright) was the adopted son of Ben Cartwright in latter-day episodes of the television western series Bonanza. ... For other uses, see Orphan (disambiguation). ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Adoption is the legal act of permanently placing a child with a parent or parents other than the birth parents. ...


In 1972, Dan Blocker suddenly died from a post-op blood-clot to the lungs. The show's producers chose to simply mention the character's death in passing (this had been done earlier in 1954 with Make Room For Daddy and in 1963 with The Real McCoys, wherein the female leads of each show chose not to renew their contracts). "Bonanza" was moved to Tuesday nights against a new CBS sitcom, Maude. Both events signaled the end of the program. Canary returned to his former role of Candy (to make up for Blocker's absence), and a new character named Griff King (played by Tim Matheson) was added to lure younger viewers. Griff, accused of killing his heavy-handed stepfather, was paroled into Ben's custody and got a job as a ranch hand. Several episodes were built around his character, one Matheson never had a chance to fully develop before the show's sudden demise in January 1973. Many fans felt that the Hoss character was essential, as he was a nurturing, empathetic soul who rounded-out the all-male cast. Dan Blocker aka Dan Davis Blocker (real name - B. Dan D. Blocker) (December 10, 1928 – May 13, 1972) was an American actor best remembered for his role as Eric Hoss Cartwright in the TV western blockbuster Bonanza. ... The Danny Thomas Show (also known as Make Room for Daddy for the first three seasons) was a comedy television series starring Danny Thomas, Jean Hagen, Rusty Hamer, Sherry Jackson and Louise Beavers. ... The Real McCoys was a television situation comedy. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Maude is a half-hour American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS network from September 12, 1972 until April 29, 1978. ... Tim Matheson, an American actor, was born Timothy Lewis Matthieson on December 31, 1947, in Glendale, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. ...


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 refilming action shots (such as riding clips in-between scenes), as previously-shot stock footage could be reused.

  • Ben Cartwright: Taupe shirt, Brown leather vest, gray pants, creme colored hat, occasional green scarf
  • Adam Cartwright: Black Shirt, Black or dark blue pants, black hat. Ellegant city wear. Cream-colored trail coat.
  • Hoss Cartwright: White shirt, brown suede vest, brown pants, distinctive 10-gallon hat.
  • Little Joe Cartwright: cream, gray or white shirt, green corduroy jacket, tan pants, tan hat. Black leather gloves from 10th season on.
  • Candy Canaday: Crimson shirt, black pants, black leather vest and hat, green/grey scarf.
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Bonanza's credits were names superimposed over charcoal drawings. This card was a rendition of creator/producer David Dortort, portrayed here as an overseer in mines.

In 1968, Dan Blocker began wearing a toupee on the series as he was approaching forty and losing hair. He joined the ranks of his fellow co-stars Pernell Roberts and Lorne Greene, both of whom began the series with hairpieces (Greene wore his modest frontal piece in private life too, whereas Roberts preferred not wearing his, even to rehearsals/blocking). Michael Landon was the only original cast member to be wig-free throughout the series, as even Victor Sen Yung's Hop Sing wore an attached queue (pony tail). Charcoal is the blackish residue consisting of impure carbon obtained by removing water and other volatile constituents from animal and vegetation substances. ... David Dortort, Hollywood producer and writer, best known for his role as producer in the TV series Bonanza. ... Insert non-formatted text hereBlocking is a theatre term which refers to the precise movement and positioning == of == a little fish. ...


Ratings

Year Ranking Year Ranking Year Ranking
1960-1961[3] 17 1964-1965[4] 1 1968-1969[5] 3
1961-1962[6] 2 1965-1966[7] 1 1969-1970[8] 3
1962-1963[9] 4 1966-1967[10] 1 1970-1971[1] 8
1963-1964[11] 2 1967-1968[12] 4 1971-1972[2] 20

After cancellation

For 14 years, the Cartwrights were the premier western family on American television and have been immensely popular on cable networks such as TV Land, ION (formerly PAX), and the Hallmark Channel. In the UK, the show is aired on the Bonanza channel on skyTV. TV Land (originally Nick at Nites TV Land) is an American cable television network launched April 29, 1996. ... ION Television is a broadcast and cable television network first broadcast on August 31, 1998 under the name PAX TV (early on in its development, it was called PaxNet). ... The correct title of this article is i (TV network). ... The Hallmark Channel is a cable television network that broadcasts in over 100 countries. ...


Following the program's cancellation:

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TV Movies

Bonanza was brought back for three made-for-TV movies featuring the Cartwrights' offspring. These include Bonanza: The Next Generation (1988), Bonanza: The Return (1993) and Bonanza: Under Attack (1995). The blonde Michael Landon, Jr., who bears little resemblance to his father, played Little Joe's son while Gillian Greene, Lorne's daughter, played a love interest. In the second movie, airing on NBC, a one hour retrospective was done to introduce the drama. It was hosted by both Michael Landon Jr. and Dirk Blocker, who greatly resembles his father. According to "TV Guide", NBC told Blocker he was too old to play the Hoss scion, but was given the role of an unrelated newspaper reporter. Clips of his appearance were heavily used in advertisements promoting the "second generation" theme. A sign of the times was evident as Hoss' son Josh was illegitimate, something that could have been problematic in the original series ("The Big Valley", however, had a major character in Heath, who was presented as illegitimate. The "Gunsmoke" movies of the early 1990s employed a similar theme with Matt Dillon having sired an illegitimate daughter to Michael Learned). Dirk Blocker (born July 31, 1957) is an American actor. ...


The Prequel

In 2001, there was an attempt to revive the series' concept with a prequel, Ponderosa, with a pilot directed by Kevin James Dobson and filmed in Australia. Covering the time when the Cartwrights first arrived at the Ponderosa, it lasted 20 episodes. The prequel had less gunfire and brawling than the original. Bonanza creator David Dortort approved PAX TV's decision to hire Beth Sullivan, a producer from Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, which some believe gave the series a softer edge. A prequel is a work that portrays events which include the structure, conventions, and/or characters of a previously completed narrative, but occur at an earlier time. ... This article discusses the television program. ... David Dortort, Hollywood producer and writer, best known for his role as producer in the TV series Bonanza. ...


Theme Song

Bonanza also featured a memorable theme song by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans that is often parodied. Lorne Greene and the cast recorded versions of the song with lyrics. The theme music of a radio or television program is a piece that is written specifically for that show and usually played during the title sequence and/or end credits. ... Jay Livingston (March 28, 1915 - October 17, 2001) was a partner in the composing and songwriter duo with Ray Evans, best known for the songs they composed for films. ... Raymond Bernard Evans (February 4, 1915 - February 15, 2007) was an American songwriter. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ...


Well known American country singer Johnny Cash recorded a version of the theme song, released on his sixteenth album: "Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash", in 1963. Michael Feinstein last recorded the song in 2003 on his, "Songs of Evans and Livingston" tribute CD.


The Casper Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps had done this theme song as part of their show several times in the 1960's. They are known for doing the theme songs of western television shows & movies over the years with Ghost Riders in the Sky as a perennial favorite for many years.


The Bonanza theme is one of the best known pieces of made-for-television music, and variations of it were used for twelve seasons of the series. In 1968, a new percussion-heavy arrangement of the original theme was introduced; the new version was used until 1970. A new theme song, called "The Big Bonanza" was written in 1970 by episode scorer David Rose, and was used from 1970-1972. A faster rendition of the original theme returned for the 14th and final season. David Rose was a British-born American songwriter, composer, arranger, and orchestra leader known as one of the most popular and distinctive mainstream instrumental pop composers of the 20th century. ...


The Little House on the Prairie theme (also by Rose), was heard first in a 1971 episode of "Bonanza". The overture for The High Chaparral composed by Harry Sukman can be heard briefly at the start of the 1966 episode "Four Sisters from Boston". Little House On The Prairie was an American one-hour dramatic television program that aired on the NBC network from September 11, 1974 to March 21, 1983. ... The High Chaparral was a Western-themed television series which aired on NBC from 1967 to 1971. ...


Michael Richards as Stanley Spadowski in UHF sang a bit of the theme song while being held hostage by Channel 8's thugs. For other persons named Michael Richards, see Michael Richards (disambiguation). ... UHF (also known as The Vidiot from UHF in Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe, and Los Telelocos in Mexico) is a comedy film made in 1989. ...


On the Nickelodeon cartoon called All Grown Up! the theme song appears on the episode called, Dude, Where's My Horse?. All Grown Up! is an animated television series that ran from April 12, 2003 to November 30, 2007 on Nickelodeon. ...


Set

The program's Nevada set, the Ponderosa Ranch house, was recreated in Incline Village, Nevada, in 1967, and remained a tourist attraction world-wide until its sale in September 2004. The Ponderosa Ranch was a theme park based on the popular 1960s television western Bonanza. ... Incline Village-Crystal Bay is a census-designated place located in Washoe County, Nevada. ...


Bonanza on VHS and DVD

A handful of episodes of the series are in the public domain, and some TV showings of these episodes on low-budget stations and networks (and also on low-budget public domain DVDs and VHS tapes) substitute the familiar theme music for generic music. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ...


In 1973, NBC licensed the syndication rights to the series to National Telefilm Associates, which changed its name to Republic Pictures in the 1980s (by then part of the Spelling Entertainment organization). Select episodes ("The Best of Bonanza") were officially released in North America in 2003 on DVD via then-Republic video licensee Artisan Entertainment (which was later purchased by Lionsgate Home Entertainment). Republic still retains the syndication distribution rights to the series, and lately the series is distributed world-wide via CBS Paramount Television, which owns the Republic Library. DVD distribution details are currently under on-going negotiation, but CBS DVD is now the home video rights holder. National Telefilm Associates (otherwise known by its initials, NTA) was an independent distribution company that handled much of Paramount Pictures animated library. ... Aaron Spelling (April 22, 1923 – June 23, 2006) was an American film and television producer. ... Artisan Entertainment was a privately held independent American movie studio that has been owned by Lions Gate Entertainment since 2003. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Lions Gate Films. ... CBS Paramount Television (formerly Desilu Productions, Paramount Television, among other companies) is an American television production/distribution company that was formed on January 17, 2006 by CBS Corporation merging Paramount Television and CBS Productions. ... CBS Video Enterprises was the home video entertainment arm of CBS, Inc. ...


Bonanza Ventures, Inc. grants merchandising and licensing rights worldwide. One of its licensees is the magazine, Bonanza Gold, which features detailed information about the show, including interviews with actors and other production personnel, articles about historical events and people depicted in the series, fan clubs and fan fiction.

See also

The Ponderosa Ranch was a theme park based on the popular 1960s television western Bonanza. ...

References

External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...

Fan Sites

  • Bonanaza World, lots of info and photos in a pleasant interface.
  • Bonanza1.com the oldest fan tribute website
  • Bonanza Brand, fan website with character/actor forums, FanFic Library, and more.
  • Bonanza Legacy, one of several fan websites sanctioned by Bonanza Ventures, Inc. and affiliated with the official magazine Bonanza Gold
  • Bonanza: Scenery of The Ponderosa, another fan website.
  • Vote Bonanza into the TV Hall of Fame

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