A Reference Guide to Television’s Bonanza
Episodes, Personnel and Broadcast History
About the Book
Bonanza aired on NBC from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973, playing to 480,000,000 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 current 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, a discography of recordings of the Bonanza theme and recordings of the four major stars, and information on Bonanza television movies.
About the Author(s)
Bruce R. Leiby and Linda F. Leiby
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 40 photos, appendices, discography, filmography, index
Copyright Date: 2005 
Table of Contents
Part I: The History of Bonanza 3
Part II: Episode Guide 25
Part III: The Stars 191
Part IV: The Supporting Cast 249
Book Reviews & Awards
“all you need to know about this popular TV series…in-depth information…succeeds admirably”—Wrangler’s Roost; “excellent…tons of good information…a fine job”—Classic Images; “[the competition] pales in comparison…fastidious research…a comprehensive bibliography”—Western Clippings; “comprehensive…every bit of the show’s history documented and described”—Big Reel; “the most complete record of the series”—Communication Booknotes Quarterly.