Bonanza (1959-1973)

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    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Bonanza (1959-1973)

      While it does not seem that Bonanza is yet available "by the season" here in the States, you can definitely obtain numerous episodes on DVD (we searched "bonanza" on both Deep Discount and Amazon, and came up with a fair amount of reasonably priced options).

      In another thread (about the impressive list of guest stars on Bonanza during its run), Stumpy had a great link to a site that lists every episode of Bonanza, along with the plot, guest stars, etc. A must-see for the die-hard fan!

      Chester :newyear:
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      chester7777 wrote:



      In another thread (about the impressive list of guest stars on Bonanza during its run), Stumpy had a great link to a site that lists every episode of Bonanza, along with the plot, guest stars, etc. A must-see for the die-hard fan!

      Chester :newyear:


      Jim, thanks for posting this,
      on the other Classic TV Westerns , I have listed the more notable,
      support actors, but for some reason, I didn't for this one.
      You're right, there are a multitude of them for this series,
      and I have now edited my inititial post, to include
      the more notable one's, that us Duke fans might recognize.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Bonanza (1959-1973)

      Whow, the boys from the Ponderosa are going to celebrate their 50th Anniversary this year in September! - Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker and Michael Landon left this world many years ago, but they are still great TV-legends. Pernell Roberts, who played Adam Cartwright, is the only one who is still alive! He celebrated his 80th birthday last year.

      Bonanza ran over 14 seasons and is still a great hit in so many countries. It was not the first TV-Western series and not the one, that had the most seasons, but for me it still is the greatest TV-Westernshow of all times!
      "Never apologize. It´s a sign of weakness."
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      Always thought Bonanza was a great show but, to me the best part about it was the vivid color it was presented in. Even after all these years of constant showing, the colors in it are still just as rich as ever and makes it look like it was just filmed yesterday. Back when color tv's were just coming on, we'd always like going over to my uncles house. He worked for RCA and always had color tv's from the very start. Be there on a Sunday night and get to see Disneys Wonderful World Of Color, followed by Bonanza. What a treat.
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      I've been watching the series "Little House on the Prairie" starring Mike Landon, who also had a very prominent role in "Bonanza" as Little Joe.

      A few days ago there was an episode of "Little House" entitled "The Legacy", which portrays Mike worrying about his legacy. All the time I'm watching this episode, I'm thinking to myself "Mike, you left us one heck of a legacy in the form of outstanding television". (Not only did he star in "Little House" as Charles Ingalls, he was also executive producer, writer and director of many of the episodes.)
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      Don't forget Stumpy, Mike Landon also created, produced and starred in Highway To Heaven. Thought that was a pretty good show in itself. He also wrote and directed the tv movie, The Lonliest Runner, starring Lance Kerwin who played a teenager who was a bedwetter and whose mother constantly embarrassed him by hanging his bedsheets outisde his bedroom window. It was supposed to be based loosely on Landons life.

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      WaynamoJim wrote:

      Don't forget Stumpy, Mike Landon also created, produced and starred in Highway To Heaven. Thought that was a pretty good show in itself. He also wrote and directed the tv movie, The Lonliest Runner, starring Lance Kerwin who played a teenager who was a bedwetter and whose mother constantly embarrassed him by hanging his bedsheets outisde his bedroom window. It was supposed to be based loosely on Landons life.


      I was familiar with "Highway to Heaven", Jim, and even watched it a few times during its' run. But for some reason, I just couldn't get into that Mike Landon show.

      Like another of my favorites (Steve McQueen), I think Mike died way too young.
      De gustibus non est disputandum
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Bonanza (1959-1973)

      Always thought Bonanza was a great show but, to me the best part about it was the vivid color it was presented in. Even after all these years of constant showing, the colors in it are still just as rich as ever and makes it look like it was just filmed yesterday.
      Yes, I enjoy the color too! Here in Europe they released Season 1-7 of Bonanza on DVD and the picture and the color is real great!
      "Never apologize. It´s a sign of weakness."
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      Dukesfan wrote:

      Here in Europe they released Season 1-7 of Bonanza on DVD


      I'm green with envy. Here in Region 1 all they've released are a few episodes here and there. No complete seasons so far. This in the country that originated the show.
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    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Bonanza (1959-1973)

      I don't know if it was at the end of an actual episode or if it was filmed for it, then scrapped. But there is footage of Greene, Roberts, Blocker and, Landon singing the Bonanza theme song as they're leaving town, complete with loud whoops and yells of BONANZA!. I seen it on some blooper show years ago. If they used after an episode in the first year, it was only the one time. It didn't go over well and it was never done again.
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      The first episode I watched was one with Ben Johnson - always a favorite of mine - and when the title music came on, I jumped up and down and shouted at my cats, "I KNOW this song!" and proceeded to hum along. Now I find myself singing it to myself constantly. :D