Bonanza (TV Series)

From the optimistic Eisenhower era through the turbulence of the 1960's and beyond, Bonanza provided a brief respite to a simpler and more wholesome America. Debuting September 13, 1959, the Cartwrights entertained us for 14 seasons until the show's finale in the spring of 1973. The characters, Pa, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe became comfortable friends every Sunday for an hour, and have earned a place in American TV history.

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Who was Little Joe's mother on Bonanza?

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She came to town with some type of carnival or circus. She rode horses and did tricks on them during the show. (IF I remember correctly) She got killed of course. The actress who played Little Joe's mother was Felicia Farr. Little Joe's mothers name was Marie DeMarigny.
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Why did Pernell Roberts leave Bonanza?

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He left after the sixth season in 1965 due to disagreements with the writers and a desire to return to legitimate theatre. Although it was reported that Roberts wanted to stop wearing his toupe and believed that an "educated and urbane" son would not be calling his father "pa," the "toupe" or "pa" issues were not the reasons he left. It's noteworthy that he liked to tease people who didn't know that he wore a toupe by yanking it off unexpectedly. As such, his request not to wear it, may have been nothing but a teaser given that he wore it in other roles as necessary. His character "Adam" was originally slated to be a pivotal character, the second father figure in a more serious adult western, but ultimately the network and/or the producers changed the goal post on the show and turned it into a "family show" with the father figure as the one pivotal character and all the "sons" as "satellites" revolving around him. He was disappointed in this and at having been given what to him were childish dialogue and scenarios to act out. Roberts was a serious actor and found Bonanza to be silly. He said in one interview that he actually found it humiliating to play "Adam" the way his part was written. He said in still another newspaper interview, "I play an impotent role. "Wherever I turn, there is the father image." In much later interviews however, he said of his years on Bonanza, "It wasn't all black...I just didn't enjoy doing it." Roberts was also caught up in the "spirit of the sixties," and very involved in the civil rights movement. Thus, he was angry at NBC for the way it treated non-white actors and for its reluctance to do story lines which addressed social issues in greater depth. In spite of all this, his disappointment in the show and disagreements with writers, he said in a television interview that he would have stayed with Bonanza had he been permitted to do so on a part time basis, so that he could also do some stage work. David Dortort, Bonanza producer, indicated in a later archive interview (not the three hour one on the web) that he regretted not having allowed Roberts to continue as a semi regular. He added that he had been "too hard on him" and did not appreciate how good he really was. A little off the point, but some people might be interested in the fact that though Roberts had conflicts with Bonanza, he remained close friends with Lorne Greene until his death from cancer and is said to have wept at his bedside. He and Michael Landon, his TV brother went together for their last visit to him at the hospital before he died. Roberts was also friends with Dan Blocker until his death and eulogized Victor Sen Yung at the request of Yung's family when he died. Also off the point, but noteworthy is that there has always been speculation about whether or not NBC had Roberts blacklisted after he left and prevented him from headlining in any major production until almost 15 years later when he starred in his own series on another network. When the issue was raised to him in an interview around the time he was to begin his new series, Trapper John, MD, he denied it. But the fact that the question was raised in the first place attests to that speculation.
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What show aired first bonanza or gunsmoke?

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Gunsmoke aired first. Originally, on radio as from April 26th 1952, and then on television from September 10th 1955. Bonanza first aired on NBC on September 12th 1959.
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How many Bonanza episodes were black and white?

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None of the Bonanza episodes were ever filmed in black and white. All 14 seasons were in color to promote color TV's.
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Who is Adam Cartwright?

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He is one of the original characters in the television show, "Bonanza". The part was played by Pernell Roberts. Roberts is the only surviving member of the original cast of Cartwright family members.
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Why did pernell Roberts quit bonanza?

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The late Pernell Roberts left Bonanza , after fulfilling his contract , because of his frustrations over the lack of character development , the lack of depth in the plots and the adolescent treatment given his character Adam Cartwright .
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What episodes was little joe shot in the back on bonanza?

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Little Joe is shot in the back in The Deadly Ones. It pretty much happens right at the beginning when Little Joe comes home at night on Cochise. It's one of my favorite episodes. He was also shot in the back and the leg in Bushwhacked, this is another really good episode.
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Who played Adam Cartwright's mother on Bonanza?

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That was Geraldine Brooks (born Geraldine Stroock). She played the role of Elizabeth Stoddard . The episode was "Elizabeth, My Love", which aired on May 27, 1961.
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How did Hoss die on Bonanza?

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On May 13, 1972, in Los Angeles, California, Dan Blocker died of a pulmonary embolism following gall bladder surgery. The writers of Bonanza took the then-unusual step of referencing a major character's death in the show's storyline that autumn. So what that means is that when he died, on the show instead of recasting him, they said he also died on the show. It was later told to his long lost son Josh, that he died in an accident trying to ford a river.
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What episode of Bonanza Adam Cartwright science project speed of light?

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This episode was called Look To The Stars, episode 1962#3.26 and it's air date was March 18, 1962.
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How did bonanza explain Dan blockers death?

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they said that Hoss drowned trying save a women but we obviously did not see it
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What happened to the cast members of Bonanza?

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The original cast members have all passed on now. Lorne Greene in 1987, Dan Blocker in 1972, Michael Landon in 1991 and the last to go was Pernell Roberts in 2010. Even Hop Sing has passed on to his reward.
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What was the name of Adam Cartwright's horse He had a Chestnut gelding in the TV show called Bonanza and I can't remember the name of his horse. It was a beautiful animal and I was hoping for help ok?

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Adam actually had two sorrel geldings. The first was Beauty, but he was too highstrung to work in front of the cameras. You will notice him in the early episodes always tossing his head. He was replaced with Sport.
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How old was Michael Landon in Bonanza?

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In 1959 when the series began Landon was 23 years old.
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What happened to Adam on the show Bonanza?

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Actor Pernell Roberts wanted out of the series so the writers sent his character Adam to Australia. The character was not killed off so if Roberts wanted to return he could.
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Who was the actor that played ET?

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Michael Pat Bilon wore the E.T. suit while Pat Welsh and Debra Winger provided much of the voice.
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When did canary join the bonanza cast?

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David Canary who played "Candy" Canaday (No first name was ever given for Candy) joined the cast in 1967. To be exact, the episode in which David Canary first appeared was titled "Sense of Duty" which aired on September 24, 1967. This picture is not David Canary.
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How did Ben Cartwright's wife from Bonanza die?

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His 1st wife, Elizabeth, died after she gave birth to Adam, Inger died because she got an arrow in the back shortly after Hoss was born, and Marie died when her horse fell on her
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What is the name of the cartwright's horses in bonanza?

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Ben rode a buckskin named Buck. Adam rode a 7/8 sorrel thoroughbred named Sport. Hoss or Eric rode a dark brown horse named Chubb or Chubby. Little Joe rode a black and white pinto named Cochise whom he often called Cooch.