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Bonanza

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Synopsis: The show chronicles the weekly adventures of the Cartwright family, headed by the thrice-widowed patriarch "Ben Cartwright" (Lorne Greene). He had three sons, each by a different wife: the eldest was the urbane architect "Adam Cartwright" (Pernell Roberts) who built the ranch house; the second was the warm and lovable giant Eric "Hoss" Cartwright (Dan Blocker); and the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or "Little Joe" (Michael Landon). Via exposition (Bonanza, "Rose For Lotta", premiere September 12, 1959) and flashback episodes, each wife was accorded a different ethnicity: English (Bonanza, "Elizabeth My Love"; episode #65) Swedish (Bonanza, "Inger My Love", episode #95) and French Creole (Bonanza, "Marie My Love", episode #120) respectively. The family's cook was the Chinese immigrant Hop Sing (Victor Sen Yung). Greene, Roberts, Blocker, and Landon were billed equally. The opening credits would alternate the order among the four stars.

Cast
Lorne Greene

Ben Cartwright

Dan Blocker

Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright

Michael Landon

Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright

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Writers: Not Available
Meta Score: Coming Soon
Rotten Tomaotes: Coming Soon
Network: NBC
Production: National Broadcasting Company
First Aired: Not Available
Runtime: 45 min
Creator: Not Available
Current Season

Season 14 | 16 Episodes

No. of Episodes: 460 episodes
Years Active: 1970 - 1972
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Status Ended
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