Bonanza is one of the most loved TV westerns of all time. The series ran from September 12, 1959 - January 16, 1973, and though it got off to a rocky start, by 1961, it was number 1 in the ratings. Bonanza was set in the 1860's in Nevada Territory on the Cartwright's ranch, The Ponderosa. Ben Cartwright was a three time widower and had a son by each of his wives: Adam was the eldest, Hoss the middle son and Little Joe was the youngest. Ben and his sons ran the Ponderosa while always upholding fairness, lawfulness and high values.
Bonanza starred Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright, Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright (1959-1965), Dan Blocker as Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright (1959-1972), and Michael Landon as Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright. Michael Landon also wrote and/or directed 21 of the 430 episodes. Click here for Bonanza DVDs.