A Reference Guide to Television¿s Bonanza: Episodes, Personnel and Broadcast History

Overview

Bonanza aired on NBC from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973, playing to 480 million viewers in over 97 countries. It was the second longest running western series, surpassed only by Gunsmoke, and continues to provide wholesome entertainment to old and new fans via syndication. This book provides an in-depth chronicle of the series and its stars. A history of the show from its inception to the made-for-television movies is provided, and an episode guide includes a synopsis of each show and lists such details...
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A Reference Guide to Television's Bonanza: Episodes, Personnel and Broadcast History

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Overview

Bonanza aired on NBC from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973, playing to 480 million viewers in over 97 countries. It was the second longest running western series, surpassed only by Gunsmoke, and continues to provide wholesome entertainment to old and new fans via syndication. This book provides an in-depth chronicle of the series and its stars. A history of the show from its inception to the made-for-television movies is provided, and an episode guide includes a synopsis of each show and lists such details as the main characters of each episode and the actors who portrayed them, the dates they stayed with the show, date and time of original broadcast, writer, director, producer, executive producer, and supporting cast. Also provided are character sketches for each of the major recurring characters, career biographies of Lorne Green, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, and Michael Landon, brief biographical sketches of the supporting cast and a discography of recordings of the Bonanza theme and recordings of the four major stars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786422685
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Writer and researcher Bruce R. Leiby lives in Media, Pennsylvania. Writer and researcher Linda F. Leiby lives in Media, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
Part I The History of Bonanza 3
The Real Virginia City 3
The Show's History 14
Part II Episode Guide: (September 12, 1959-January 16, 1973) 25
First Season (September 12, 1959-April 30, 1960) 28
Second Season (September 10, 1960-June 3, 1961) 40
Third Season (September 24, 1961-May 20, 1962) 51
Fourth Season (September 23, 1962-May 26, 1963) 64
Fifth Season (September 22, 1963-May 24, 1964) 76
Sixth Season (September 20, 1964-May 23, 1965) 88
Seventh Season (September 12, 1965-May 15, 1966) 100
Eighth Season (September 11, 1966-May 14, 1967) 113
Ninth Season (September 17, 1967-July 28, 1968) 126
Tenth Season (September 15, 1968-May 11, 1969) 138
Eleventh Season (September 14, 1969-April 19, 1970) 150
Twelfth Season (September 13, 1970-April 11, 1971) 161
Thirteenth Season (September 19, 1971-April 2, 1972) 173
Fourteenth Season (September 12, 1972-January 16, 1973) 182
Bonanza: The Next Generation (March 8, 1988) 188
Bonanza: The Return (November 28, 1993) 189
Bonanza: Under Attack (January 15, 1995) 189
Part III The Stars 191
Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright) 191
Pernell Roberts (Adam Cartwright) 208
Dan Blocker (Hoss Cartwright) 219
Michael Landon (Little Joe Cartwright) 229
Part IV The Supporting Cast 249
Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing) 249
Ray Teal (Sheriff Roy Coffee) 255
Bing Russell (Deputy Clem Foster) 263
David Canary (Candy Canaday) 268
Mitch Vogel (Jamie Hunter Cartwright) 273
Lou Frizzell (Dusty Rhoades) 276
Tim Matheson (Griff King) 280
Guy Williams (Will Cartwright) 285
Appendices 291
Appendix A Awards, Honors and Memberships 291
Appendix B Bonanza Collectibles 296
Appendix C Discography 304
Appendix D Endorsements 314
Appendix E Ratings 316
Appendix F Sheet Music 318
Appendix G Videolog 319
Bibliography 332
Index 341
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