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Michael Landon, Pernell Roberts, Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker in Bonanza

Bonanza was the first color western and one of the longest running TV shows.  Bonanza first aired in 1959 on NBC and there were 430 sixty minute episodes produced.  The series followed the adventures of the Cartwright clan who owned a 1000 square mile timber range known as The Ponderosa just outside Virginia City.

Head of the Cartwright family was Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene)who was a widower. Michael Landon played the youngest son Little Joe with Dan Blocker the middle son Eric "Hoss" Cartwright and Pernell Roberts as the oldest son Adam Cartwright.  All three sons had different mothers and all being deceased.

There were several cast changes over the years with Pernell Roberts leaving in 1965. In 1967 a drifter named Candy arrived and was hired as a ranch hand and became part of the family.  Three years later two other cast members arrived to help on the Ponderosa. Dusty Rhodes, a friend of Ben's and Jamie Hunter, an orphan.  The series lasted 14 years but after the death of Dan Blocker at age 43 the demise of the series was evident.  NBC moved it from Sunday to Tuesday and that forever sealed it.



The Bonanza Cast:

Ben Cartwright
Lorne Greene
Little Joe Cartwright
Michael Landon
Eric "Hoss" Cartwright
Dan Blocker
Adam Cartwright
Pernell Roberts
Hop Sing
Victor Sen Yung
Sheriff Roy Coffee
Ray Teal
David Canary
Dusty Rhoades
Lou Frizzel
Jamie Hunter
Mitch Vogel
Griff King
Tim Matheson
Deputy Clem
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