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Bonanza
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TV Series
    (September 12, 1959-January 16, 1973)
    Originally aired on NBC
    Set in Nevada in the 1860's
    Followed the adventures of the Cartwrights, owners of a large ranch called the Ponderosa
    Lorne Green as Ben Cartwright
    Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright (1959-1965)
    Dan Blocker as Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright (1959-1972)
    Michael Landon as Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
    Mitch Vogel as Jamie Hunter Cartwright (1970-1973)
    David Canary as 'Candy' Canaday (1967-1970, 1972-1973)
    Bing Russell as Deputy Clem Foster (1962-1973)
    Made-for-television movies include 'Bonanza: The Movie (1988),' 'Back to Bonanza (1993),' 'Bonanza: The Return (1993),' 'Bonanza: Under Attack (1995)' and 'Bonanza: The Next Generation (1995)
    Alternative title is 'Ponderosa'
    Guest stars were frequently paid more than the stars of the show, as the producers thought nobody really knew who the regulars were anyway.
    Pernell Roberts left the show in the middle of its initial run and later expressed regret for doing so.
    It is shown ad nauseam on PAX.
    Sometimes Pernell Roberts would sing folk music on the show.
    It was turned into a board game.
    It lasted entirely too long for a television series, and it was a battle to get later seasons shown in syndication.
    It was the first television series to be filmed in color.
    It was #1 in the yearly Nielsen ratings from 1964 to 1967.
    It has a memorable theme song.
    Ben Cartwright was rated #2 by TV Guide in its list of the '50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time' (June 20, 2004).
    It's influence can be seen on almost every western series on television.

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