Let's Test Your Bonanza Knowledge!


Bonanza was a hit TV show that took the world by storm during the 1960s. The show followed the trials and tribulations of the Cartwright family, who worked and lived on The Ponderosa timber ranch in Nevada. The quintessential American cowboy and patriarch was Ben Cartwright, played by Lorne Greene. Ben, along with his grown-up sons Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe struggled through a series of crises and catastrophes during the show’s 14-season run. Bonanza first hit American TV screens in 1959, and it soon became both a commercial and critical success. One of NBC’s primary objectives when making Bonanza was to persuade ordinary Americans to buy color RCA TV sets because, at the time, RCA was the parent company of NBC. Are you a Bonanza superfan? Let’s find out!

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There’s an extended Bonanza TV universe

Bonanza ended its incredible 14-season run in 1973, but the show’s legacy lived on for decades afterward. Several subsequent TV shows adapted the Bonanza formula over the years, including The High Chaparral and The Big Valley. In 1988, Bonanza: The Next Generation hit American TV screens with a nostalgic bang. While none of the original cast reprised their roles, the made-for-TV movie featured Michael Landon Jr — the son of Michael Landon. Two more Bonanza movies followed, but the ratings were disappointing. In 2001, a prequel TV show called The Ponderosa hit cable TV screens, but it was canceled after just one season.

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