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, Gerald Mayer, Bernard McEveety, Nicholas Webster, James P. Yarbrough, Robert Totten, William D. Faralla, Thomas Carr, Arthur H. Nadel, Alf Kjellin, Richard Bartlett, Maurice Geraghty, George Blair, Herman Hoffman, Joseph Lejtes, Robert Sparr, Irving J. Moore, Seymour Robbie, Sutton Roley, Bruce Bilson, John Peyser, John Brahm, Charles R. Rondeau, Alan Crosland Jr., David Orrick McDearmon, James B. Clark, Jacques Tourneur, E.W. Swackhamer, Edward Ludwig, Richard C. Sarafian, Joseph Sargent, Joseph H. Lewis, Robert Gordon, Gunnar Hellstrom, Paul Henreid, Vincent McEveety, Alvin Ganzer, Jesse Hibbs, Chris Christenberry, Harry Harris, Felix E. Feist, Herbert L. Strock, 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, Ken Pettus, Anthony Lawrence, 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, Robert E. Thompson, William R. Cox, Denne Bart Petitclerc, Don Ingalls, Robert Goodwin, Michael Fessier, David Lang, Laurence Heath, Ed Adamson, William F. Leicester, Elliott Arnold, Arnold Belgard, Steve McNeil, Milton S. Gelman, Jerry Adelman, Donald S. Sanford, Arthur Weingarten, N.B. Stone Jr., Lewis Reed, Mort Thaw, George W. George, Leo Gordon, Marc Michaels, Helen B. Hicks, Elliott Gilbert, Jessica Benson, John M. Chester, Joseph Bonaduce, Judy George, E.M. Parsons, John T. Dugan, Alf Harris, Martha Wilkerson, S.H. Barnett, William Koenig, Richard P. McDonagh, Peter Germano, Jess Carneol, William Bruckner, Kay Lenard, Murray Golden, Richard Wendley, D.C. Fontana, Frederick Louis Fox, Paul Leslie Peil, Mort R. Lewis, Larry Markes, Jack Miller, Al C. Ward, William Douglas Lansford, Robert M. Fresco, Dick Nelson, Oliver Crawford, Borden Chase, Eric Norden, Sidney Ellis, Herman Groves, Daniel B. Ullman, Jack Turley, Colin Mackenzie, Charles Lang, William H. Wright, Don Tait, Richard Bartlett, Clifford Irving, Robert Buckner, Laurence E. Mascott, Abe Polsky, Richard Collins, Anthony Wilson, Karl Tunberg, Melvin Levy, A.I. Bezzerides, George Schenck, Shirl Hendryx, W.R. Burnett, Bob Duncan, Jackson Gillis, John Twist, Joseph Hoffman, Harold Swanton, Robert Biheller, Malcolm Stuart Boylan, Herman Hoffman, Carol Saraceno, Howard Dimsdale, William Marks, John Tucker Battle, Wally George, Gil Lasky, Richard Alan Shapiro, Leslie McFarlane, Jean Holloway, Gordon T. Dawson, Marion Parsonnet, William Raynor, Robert L. Welch, Raphael Blau, Blair Robertson, Halsted Welles, Mel Goldberg, Clair Huffaker, Samuel A. Peeples, Anne Howard Bailey, Harold Shumate, Alvin Sapinsley, S.S. Schweitzer, Cy Chermak, Richard Carr, Norman Katkov, Frank Telford, Myles Wilder, Louis Vittes, True Boardman, Bill S. Ballinger, Ken Trevey, Meyer Dolinsky, George F. Slavin, Dean Riesner, Tom Seller, Richard H. Landau, Harold Jack Bloom, Seeleg Lester, Esther Shapiro, Wanda Duncan, Nat Tanchuck, E. Jack Neuman, William Kelley, Judith Barrows, Robert Guy Barrows, Robert I. Holt, Joseph Stone, John Dunkel, William D. Gordon, Hendrik Vollaerts, R. Hamer Norris, Chester Krumholz, Robert Bloomfield, Barney Slater, Michael Fisher, Rod Peterson, Palmer Thompson, Mort Zarcoff, Joy Dexter, Bill Barrett, John T. Kelly, Frank Unger, Morris Lee Green, Theodore Ferro, Mathilde Ferro, Brian McKay, June Randolph, Paul Rink, Edward DeBlasio, Barbara Merlin, Milton Merlin, Norman Jacob, James Amesbury, Jonathan Knopf, James Van Wagoner, Jack McClain, John A. Johns, George Stackalee, Lewis Clay, Herbert Kastle, Kelly Colvin, U.S. Anderson, William Jerome, Olney Sherwood, Sandy Summerhays, George Lovell Hayes, Jack Rummler, Charles Goldwad, Mary Terri Taylor, Tom Davison, Hazel Swanson, Jeffrey Fleece, Gerry Prince Young, Lee Pickett, 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
Jack Tornek Townsman
John Breen Townsman
Michael Jeffers Townsman
Jack Gordon Townsman
John Rice Townsman
Bill Clark Townsman

Producers

David Dortort Executive Producer
James W. Lane Executive Producer
Robert Stillman Executive Producer
David Dortort Producer
James W. 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, Archie Marshek, Edward Haire, Harry Coswick, George A. Gittens, Daniel A. Nathan, Otho Lovering, Arthur P. Schmidt, Edward Warschilka, Maurice Harnish, 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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