Bonanza

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Bonanza is an American western television series that ran on NBC from 1959 to 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 431 episodes, Bonanza is NBC's longest-running western, and ranks overall as the second-longest-running western series on U.S. read more
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Bonanza is an American western television series that ran on NBC from 1959 to 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 431 episodes, Bonanza is NBC's longest-running western, and ranks overall as the second-longest-running western series on U.S. network television, and within the top 10 longest-running, live-action American series. The show continues to air in syndication. The show is set in the 1860s and it centers on the wealthy Cartwright family that live in the vicinity of Virginia City, Nevada, bordering Lake Tahoe. The series initially starred Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon and later featured Guy Williams, David Canary, Mitch Vogel and Tim Matheson. The show is known for presenting pressing moral dilemmas.

Original Release

09/12/1959 on NBC

Cast

Dan Blocker Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Lorne Greene Ben Cartwright
Michael Landon Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Mitch Vogel
David Lang
Victor Sen Yung
Pernell Roberts
Pernell Roberts Adam Cartwright
Victor Sen Yung Hop Sing
Ray Teal Sheriff Roy Coffee
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 Forever Tuesday, 12 September 1972
2 Heritage of Anger Tuesday, 19 September 1972
3 The Initiation Tuesday, 26 September 1972
4 Riot Tuesday, 03 October 1972
5 New Man Tuesday, 17 October 1972
6 Ambush at Rio Lobo Tuesday, 24 October 1972
7 The Twenty-Sixth Grave Tuesday, 31 October 1972
8 Stallion Tuesday, 14 November 1972
9 The Hidden Enemy Tuesday, 28 November 1972
10 The Sound of Sadness Tuesday, 05 December 1972
11 The Bucket Dog Tuesday, 19 December 1972
12 First Love Tuesday, 26 December 1972
13 The Witness Tuesday, 02 January 1973
14 The Marriage of Theodora Duffy Tuesday, 09 January 1973
15 The Hunter Tuesday, 16 January 1973
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Directors

William F. Claxton, Lewis Allen, Leon Benson, Don McDougall, William Witney, Christian Nyby, Michael Landon, John Florea, Herschel Daugherty, Leo Penn, Gerd Oswald, Don Richardson, Robert Altman, William Wiard, Tay Garnett, Joseph Pevney, Donald R. Daves, Murray Golden, Ralph E. Black, Virgil W. Vogel, R.G. Springsteen, James Neilson, John Rich, Robert L. Friend, Marc Daniels, Charles F. Haas, Dick Moder, Paul Landres, Arthur Lubin, Philip Leacock, Joseph Kane, Nicholas Colasanto, Arthur H. Nadel, Gerald Mayer, Bernard McEveety, Nicholas Webster, James P. Yarbrough, Robert Totten, Thomas Carr, William D. Faralla, Alf Kjellin, Richard Bartlett, Maurice Geraghty, George Blair, Herman Hoffman, Joseph Lejtes, Seymour Robbie, Sutton Roley, Bruce Bilson, John Peyser, Irving J. Moore, Robert Sparr, John Brahm, Charles R. Rondeau, Alan Crosland Jr., David Orrick McDearmon, Richard C. Sarafian, James B. Clark, Jacques Tourneur, E.W. Swackhamer, Edward Ludwig, Joseph Sargent, Joseph H. Lewis, Robert Gordon, Gunnar Hellstrom, Paul Henreid, Vincent McEveety, Jesse Hibbs, Harry Harris, Felix E. Feist, Herbert L. Strock, Chris Christenberry, Alvin Ganzer, Paul Nickell, Jean Yarbrough, Robert Butler, Hollingsworth Morse, Michael D. Moore

Writers

David Dortort, Fred Hamilton, John Hawkins, Michael Landon, Preston Wood, Thomas Thompson, Ward Hawkins, Frank Chase, Frank Cleaver, Jack B. Sowards, Robert Vincent Wright, B.W. Sandefur, Joel Murcott, Stanley Roberts, Suzanne Clauser, Anthony Lawrence, Ken Pettus, Alex Sharp, Walter Black, Carey Wilber, Robert V. Barron, Jo Pagano, John Furia, Paul Schneider, Gene L. Coon, William Blinn, Warren Douglas, Robert Pirosh, William L. Stuart, Robert Sabaroff, Lois Hire, Donn Mullally, Peter Packer, Norman Lessing, Arthur Heinemann, Denne Bart Petitclerc, William R. Cox, Robert E. Thompson, Don Ingalls, William F. Leicester, Robert Goodwin, Michael Fessier, Elliott Arnold, Arnold Belgard, Jerry Adelman, Donald S. Sanford, David Lang, Laurence Heath, Ed Adamson, Arthur Weingarten, Milton S. Gelman, Steve McNeil, Mort Thaw, N.B. Stone Jr., Lewis Reed, George W. George, Leo Gordon, William Koenig, S.H. Barnett, Alf Harris, Richard P. McDonagh, Mort R. Lewis, Joseph Bonaduce, Judy George, E.M. Parsons, John T. Dugan, Martha Wilkerson, Jessica Benson, Marc Michaels, Helen B. Hicks, Elliott Gilbert, John M. Chester, Peter Germano, Jess Carneol, William Bruckner, Murray Golden, D.C. Fontana, Richard Wendley, Kay Lenard, Frederick Louis Fox, Paul Leslie Peil, Oliver Crawford, Borden Chase, Sidney Ellis, Larry Markes, Jack Miller, Al C. Ward, William Douglas Lansford, Robert M. Fresco, Colin Mackenzie, Daniel B. Ullman, Jack Turley, Herman Groves, Eric Norden, Charles Lang, William H. Wright, Dick Nelson, Don Tait, Richard Bartlett, Laurence E. Mascott, Abe Polsky, Richard Collins, Anthony Wilson, William Marks, Clifford Irving, Robert Buckner, Harold Swanton, Robert Biheller, Malcolm Stuart Boylan, Howard Dimsdale, Shirl Hendryx, W.R. Burnett, Bob Duncan, Jackson Gillis, Melvin Levy, Herman Hoffman, Carol Saraceno, Karl Tunberg, A.I. Bezzerides, George Schenck, Wally George, Gil Lasky, Richard Alan Shapiro, Leslie McFarlane, John Tucker Battle, Frank Telford, Richard Carr, Marion Parsonnet, William Raynor, Robert L. Welch, Jean Holloway, Gordon T. Dawson, Raphael Blau, Blair Robertson, Halsted Welles, Mel Goldberg, Clair Huffaker, Richard H. Landau, Harold Jack Bloom, Ken Trevey, Meyer Dolinsky, Myles Wilder, Louis Vittes, True Boardman, Bill S. Ballinger, Harold Shumate, Alvin Sapinsley, S.S. Schweitzer, Cy Chermak, Anne Howard Bailey, Samuel A. Peeples, Norman Katkov, George F. Slavin, Dean Riesner, Tom Seller, Seeleg Lester, Esther Shapiro, Joseph Hoffman, Wanda Duncan, Nat Tanchuck, E. Jack Neuman, William Kelley, John Twist, Judith Barrows, Robert Guy Barrows, Robert I. Holt, Palmer Thompson, Joseph Stone, John Dunkel, William D. Gordon, Robert Bloomfield, Barney Slater, Michael Fisher, Rod Peterson, Chester Krumholz, Hendrik Vollaerts, R. Hamer Norris, James Van Wagoner, Jack McClain, John A. Johns, George Stackalee, Lewis Clay, Herbert Kastle, Kelly Colvin, U.S. Andersen, William Jerome, Olney Sherwood, Sandy Summerhays, George Lovell Hayes, Jack Rummler, Charles Goldwad, Gerry Prince Young, Lee Pickett, Mary Terri Taylor, Tom Davison, Hazel Swanson, Jeffrey Fleece, James Amesbury, Jonathan Knopf, Morris Lee Green, Theodore Ferro, Mathilde Ferro, Brian McKay, June Randolph, Edward DeBlasio, Barbara Merlin, Milton Merlin, Norman Jacob, Paul Rink, Mort Zarcoff, Bill Barrett, John T. Kelly, Frank Unger, Joy Dexter, William Powell, Stanley Adams, Douglas Day Stewart, Reuben Bercovitch, Juanita Bartlett, Fred Freiberger, Richard Morgan, Frank Arno, Richard Newman, George Waggner, Paul King, Stephen Lord

Creators

Fred Hamilton, David Dortort

Cast

Dan Blocker Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Lorne Greene Ben Cartwright
Michael Landon Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Mitch Vogel
David Lang
Victor Sen Yung
Pernell Roberts
Pernell Roberts Adam Cartwright
Victor Sen Yung Hop Sing
Ray Teal Sheriff Roy Coffee
David Canary Candy Canaday
Mitch Vogel Jamie Hunter Cartwright
Cosmo Sardo Bartender
Bing Russell Deputy Clem Foster
John Breen Townsman
Michael Jeffers Townsman
Jack Tornek Townsman
Jack Gordon Townsman
John Rice Townsman
Bill Clark Townsman

Producers

David Dortort Executive Producer
Jim Lane Executive Producer
Robert Stillman Executive Producer
David Dortort Producer
Jim Lane Producer
Richard Collins Producer
John Hawkins Producer
Thomas Thompson Producer
Robert Blees Producer
Robert Stillman Producer

Editors

Marvin Coil, Ellsworth Hoagland, Everett Douglas, Jack Harnish, Danny B. Landres, George Watters, Edward Haire, Archie Marshek, George A. Gittens, Harry Coswick, Daniel A. Nathan, Otho Lovering, Arthur P. Schmidt, Maurice Harnish, Edward Warschilka, Robert Gutknecht

1971 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for Entertainment Programming - For a Series or a Single Program of a Series Nominated
1971 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition - For a Series or a Single Program of a Series (First Year of Music's Use Only) Won
1967 Emmy Individual Achievements in Cinematography - Cinematography Nominated
1966 Emmy Outstanding Dramatic Series Nominated
1966 Emmy Individual Achievements in Music - Composition Nominated
1966 Emmy Individual Achievements in Cinematography - Cinematography Nominated
1966 Emmy Individual Achievements in Cinematography - Special Nominated
1966 Emmy Individual Achievements in Film Editing Won
1965 Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Cinematographer Nominated
1965 Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Color Consultant Won
1964 Golden Globe Best TV Show - Drama Nominated
1964 Golden Globe Best TV Star - Male Nominated
1963 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction and Scenic Design Nominated
1962 Emmy Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for Television Nominated
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