A Reference Guide to Television’s Bonanza

Episodes, Personnel and Broadcast History


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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)

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

Bibliographic Details

Bruce R. Leiby and Linda F. Leiby
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 384
Bibliographic Info: 40 photos, appendices, discography, filmography, index
Copyright Date: 2005 [2001]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2268-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0075-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface     1

Part I: The History of Bonanza     3

Part II: Episode Guide     25

Part III: The Stars     191

Part IV: The Supporting Cast     249

Appendices     291

Bibliography     332

Index     341

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.