Bonanza

The show chronicles the weekly adventures of the Cartwright family, headed by the thrice-widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright. He had three sons, each by a different wife: the eldest was the urbane architect Adam who built the ranch house; the second was the warm and lovable giant Eric "Hoss"; and the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or "Little Joe". Via exposition and flashback episodes and each wife was accorded a different ethnicity. The family's cook was the Chinese immigrant Hop Sing.

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Season From To Episodes
All Seasons
Specials April 1962 January 1995 30
Season 1 September 1959 April 1960 32
Season 2 September 1960 June 1961 34
Season 3 September 1961 May 1962 34
Season 4 September 1962 May 1963 34
Season 5 September 1963 May 1964 34
Season 6 September 1964 May 1965 34
Season 7 September 1965 May 1966 33
Season 8 September 1966 May 1967 34
Season 9 September 1967 July 1968 34
Season 10 September 1968 May 1969 30
Season 11 September 1969 April 1970 28
Season 12 September 1970 April 1971 28
Season 13 September 1971 April 1972 26
Season 14 September 1972 January 1973 16
Unassigned Episodes 0
Season From To Episodes
Specials 0
Unassigned Episodes 461
Absolute ordering places all episodes in a single ordered season. This is generally used for anime.
Season From To Episodes
Season 1 September 1959 July 1968 39
Unassigned Episodes 422
Name Number of Episodes Dates
William F. Claxton 58 10/14/1962 - 01/09/1973
Lewis Allen 43 01/09/1960 - 01/02/1973
Michael Landon 38 04/01/1962 - 01/16/1973
Leon Benson 35 04/26/1964 - 03/08/1970
Don McDougall 32 10/08/1961 - 01/31/1965
William Witney 28 02/18/1961 - 11/12/1967
Christian Nyby 26 09/26/1959 - 04/16/1967
Herschel Daugherty 11 04/06/1969 - 03/19/1972
Leo Penn 11 12/08/1968 - 12/26/1972
John Florea 11 11/05/1960 - 10/31/1965
B.W. Sandefur 9 02/04/1968 - 02/21/1971
Don Richardson 9 11/03/1968 - 12/27/1970
Gerd Oswald 9 02/21/1965 - 02/19/1967
Anthony Lawrence 9 04/23/1960 - 11/10/1963
Murray Golden 8 03/10/1963 - 11/08/1964
Robert Altman 8 12/10/1960 - 11/05/1961
William Wiard 8 10/12/1969 - 03/26/1972
Tay Garnett 7 10/20/1963 - 02/28/1965
Don Daves 6 05/15/1966 - 12/24/1967
R.G. Springsteen 6 11/21/1965 - 05/08/1966
Joseph Pevney 6 10/20/1968 - 02/06/1972
Paul Schneider 6 04/04/1965 - 09/17/1967
Ralph E. Black 5 05/24/1964 - 02/20/1966
John Rich 5 10/01/1960 - 01/28/1968
James Neilson 4 09/17/1960 - 10/04/1970
Virgil Vogel 4 03/07/1965 - 10/17/1965
Borden Chase 3 02/11/1962 - 04/22/1962
Robert L. Friend 3 10/27/1968 - 11/02/1969
Marc Daniels 3 01/07/1968 - 05/19/1968
Frank Unger 3 01/30/1960 - 03/01/1964
Charles F. Haas 3 03/05/1960 - 10/29/1960
Joseph Kane 3 10/24/1959 - 12/05/1959
Elliot Gilbert 3 03/27/1966 - 03/23/1969
Paul Landres 3 09/19/1959 - 10/10/1959
Dick Moder 3 02/11/1961 - 04/29/1961
Philip Leacock 3 02/07/1971 - 03/21/1971
Arthur Lubin 3 04/02/1960 - 09/24/1960
E.M. Parsons 3 05/06/1962 - 01/20/1963
Arnold Belgard 3 02/18/1961 - 05/12/1963
Robert M. Fresco 2 03/18/1962 - 05/12/1963
Arthur H. Nadel 2 05/19/1963 - 12/26/1971
Robert Totten 2 04/04/1965 - 12/12/1965
William Koenig 2 05/23/1965 - 09/19/1971
Herman Hoffman 2 11/27/1966
Richard H. Bartlett 2 10/22/1960 - 04/17/1966
Gerald Mayer 2 11/19/1967 - 12/17/1967
D.C. Fontana 2 11/02/1969 - 09/20/1970
Oliver Crawford 2 02/27/1960 - 03/05/1967
Bernard McEveety 2 12/15/1963 - 01/10/1965
Robert Biheller 2 12/26/1971
William Dario Faralla 2 01/14/1961 - 02/25/1961
Nicholas Colasanto 2 10/24/1972 - 10/31/1972
James P. Yarbrough 2 12/17/1960 - 01/07/1961
Alf Kjellin 2 09/26/1972 - 11/28/1972
Nicholas Webster 2 11/22/1970 - 09/19/1972
Thomas Carr 1 09/24/1961
John Brahm 1 11/07/1959
Karl Tunberg 1 01/30/1972
Joseph Lejtes 1 09/28/1969
Christopher Christenberry 1 11/14/1971
William Marks 1 11/22/1970
Jesse Hibbs 1 02/11/1962
Sutton Roley 1 10/16/1966
Richard Sarafin 1 12/08/1963
Joseph Sargent 1 02/09/1964
Harry Harris 1 10/29/1967
Maury Geraghty 1 03/27/1966
Dick McDonagh 1 11/15/1970
Edward DeBlasio 1 02/28/1971
Jean Yarbrough 1 05/01/1966
Alan Crosland Jr. 1 10/30/1966
Bruce Bilson 1 03/29/1970
Robert Sparr 1 11/19/1961
George Blair 1 04/09/1960
John Peyser 1 01/14/1962
Seymour Robbie 1 02/18/1968
Jack Rummler 1 03/28/1971
Vincent McEveety 1 12/20/1964
Herbert L. Strock 1 02/07/1965
Charles Rondeau 1 11/03/1963
E.W. Swackhamer 1 11/14/1972
James B. Clark 1 09/14/1969
Anne Howard Bailey 1 02/10/1963
Robert Butler 1 10/29/1961
Leslie McFarlane 1 12/21/1969
Irving J. Moore 1 11/10/1963
John A. Johns 1 03/11/1962
Edward Ludwig 1 09/12/1959
Norman Jacobs 1 12/16/1962
Alvin Ganzer 1 01/21/1961
Jacques Tourneur 1 10/15/1960
Tom Davison 1 01/03/1965
Juanita Bartlett 1 11/14/1972
David Orrick McDearmon 1 12/31/1961
Brian McKay 1 01/11/1970
Michael D. Moore 1 10/22/1967
Robert Gordon 1 03/04/1961
Gunnar Hellström 1 12/22/1968
Joseph H. Lewis 1 11/17/1963
Felix Feist 1 02/13/1960
Paul Nickell 1 04/08/1962
Hollingsworth Morse 1 01/20/1963
Charles Goldwad 1 12/26/1971
Abe Polsky 1 09/24/1967
Inger Stevens 1 09/26/1959
Mort Zarcoff 1 11/14/1972
Gil Lasky 1 09/24/1967
Paul Henreid 1 09/25/1966
Morris Lee Green 1 02/06/1960
George Schenk 1 11/22/1970
John Larch 1 09/26/1959
Name Number of Episodes Dates
John Hawkins 31 05/06/1961 - 12/19/1972
Preston Wood 19 05/20/1962 - 01/30/1972
Thomas Thompson 18 09/26/1959 - 04/06/1969
Ward Hawkins 17 01/14/1961 - 01/09/1973
Frank Chase 15 10/15/1961 - 10/26/1969
Jack B. Sowards 11 09/22/1968 - 11/14/1972
Frank Cleaver 10 04/15/1962 - 10/24/1965
Robert Vincent Wright 9 11/05/1961 - 10/10/1971
Joel Murcott 8 02/05/1967 - 01/02/1973
Ken Pettus 8 04/19/1964 - 11/14/1971
Suzanne Clauser 8 01/17/1965 - 01/09/1972
Stanley Roberts 8 01/12/1969 - 11/28/1972
Alex Sharp 7 02/17/1963 - 07/28/1968
David Dortort 6 09/12/1959 - 04/15/1962
Walter Black 6 12/04/1966 - 03/03/1968
Jo Pagano 5 10/04/1964 - 04/10/1966
Arthur Heinemann 5 12/20/1970 - 01/02/1973
Carey Wilber 5 11/28/1959 - 10/19/1969
Robert V. Barron 5 12/22/1963 - 01/15/1967
Lois Hire 4 03/24/1963 - 10/31/1965
John Furia 4 04/16/1960 - 05/13/1962
William Blinn 4 09/12/1965 - 04/10/1966
Donn Mullally 4 09/27/1964 - 04/03/1966
Robert E. Thompson 4 12/05/1959 - 09/17/1960
Don Ingalls 4 12/17/1961 - 09/19/1972
Warren Douglas 4 10/20/1963 - 04/25/1965
William R. Cox 4 03/11/1961 - 09/18/1966
Robert Sabaroff 4 02/23/1964 - 02/26/1967
Robert Pirosh 4 09/27/1970 - 10/03/1972
Gene L. Coon 4 09/19/1959 - 04/29/1961
Denne Bart Petitclerc 4 04/01/1961 - 01/19/1964
Norman Lessing 4 12/10/1961 - 02/24/1963
Peter Packer 4 09/29/1963 - 04/05/1964
Michael Fessier 3 07/07/1968 - 12/01/1968
William F. Leicester 3 04/17/1966 - 11/17/1968
Donald S. Sanford 3 11/14/1959 - 02/20/1960
Leonard Heideman 3 02/06/1960 - 10/22/1960
Mort Thaw 3 01/02/1966 - 12/18/1966
Robert L. Goodwin 3 11/07/1965 - 05/15/1966
Milton S. Gelman 3 12/08/1968 - 01/11/1970
Steve McNeil 3 10/15/1960 - 04/09/1967
David Lang 3 11/05/1960 - 10/27/1968
Leo Gordon 3 05/19/1963 - 01/31/1965
Jerry Adelman 3 03/15/1964 - 03/07/1965
Elliott Arnold 3 10/08/1961 - 10/14/1962
N.B. Stone Jr. 3 01/28/1961 - 12/02/1962
Ed Adamson 3 12/08/1963 - 04/18/1965
Don Tait 2 05/10/1964 - 05/23/1965
Joseph Bonaduce 2 02/06/1972 - 03/26/1972
Kay Lenard 2 01/05/1969 - 02/02/1969
Frederick Louis Fox 2 10/23/1966 - 01/07/1968
George W. George 2 09/23/1962 - 01/13/1963
Richard Wendley 2 01/08/1967 - 04/28/1968
Sidney Ellis 2 02/13/1966 - 11/20/1966
John M. Chester 2 10/30/1966 - 05/19/1968
Lewis Reed 2 09/24/1961 - 05/05/1963
William Douglas Lansford 2 05/08/1966 - 04/28/1968
Stanley Adams 2 05/01/1966
Mort R. Lewis 2 12/06/1964 - 01/10/1965
S.H. Barnett 2 05/12/1968 - 11/10/1968
Eric Norden 2 05/26/1963 - 10/22/1967
William H. Wright 2 01/14/1968 - 01/28/1968
Colin Mackenzie 2 05/12/1968 - 11/10/1968
Larry Markes 2 02/23/1969 - 03/29/1970
Herman Groves 2 11/21/1959 - 10/29/1960
Charles Lang 2 02/04/1962 - 02/03/1963
Dick Nelson (I) 2 03/11/1962 - 12/09/1962
William L. Stuart 2 02/09/1964 - 12/05/1965
Helen B. Hicks 2 03/20/1966 - 06/02/1968
William Stuart 2 03/03/1963 - 09/22/1963
Jess Carneol 2 01/05/1969 - 02/02/1969
Judy George 2 09/23/1962 - 01/13/1963
Arthur Weingarten 2 01/03/1971 - 01/09/1972
Marc Michaels 2 10/02/1966 - 10/09/1966
Al C. Ward 2 10/17/1959 - 01/16/1960
Jack Miller 2 12/17/1967 - 01/25/1970
William Bruckner 2 02/02/1964 - 05/03/1964
Jessica Benson 2 04/26/1964 - 11/08/1964
John T. Dugan 2 12/03/1961 - 04/08/1962
Dan Ullman 2 09/20/1964 - 04/10/1966
Jack Turley 2 03/22/1964 - 02/12/1967
Peter Germano 2 04/07/1968 - 05/11/1969
Melvin Levy 1 04/02/1967
E. Jack Neuman 1 10/08/1960
Hazel Swanson 1 02/07/1965
John Twist 1 09/24/1960
Stephen Lord 1 11/14/1965
Alf Harris 1 10/06/1968
Frank Telford 1 12/15/1968
Richard Collins 1 12/26/1972
Richard Neil Morgan 1 01/07/1961
Judith Borrows 1 04/16/1967
Sandy Summerhayes 1 01/26/1969
William Kelley 1 02/13/1972
W.R. Burnett 1 05/26/1968
Marion Parsonnet 1 02/11/1961
Jack McClain 1 05/20/1961
Harold Shumate 1 10/10/1959
Cy Chermak 1 10/13/1963
Joseph Hoffman 1 11/18/1962
Gert P. Young 1 02/27/1966
Sydney Ellis 1 11/12/1967
Paul King 1 12/03/1960
Herbert Kastle 1 01/22/1967
Palmer Thompson 1 09/14/1969
Robert Bruckner 1 03/08/1970
Paul Rink 1 03/18/1962
Bill S. Ballinger 1 03/26/1960
Bill Barrett 1 03/05/1960
Halsted Welles 1 10/01/1960
John Dunkel 1 03/16/1969
Mel Goldberg 1 02/21/1971
Paul Leslie Wilke 1 01/31/1965
Lewis Clay 1 04/12/1964
Barbara Merlin 1 05/12/1963
Norman Katkov 1 04/20/1969
Robert Guy Borrows 1 04/16/1967
Louis Bercovitch 1 01/07/1968
Barney Slater 1 12/14/1969
Michael Fisher 1 01/09/1966
Richard Carr 1 05/16/1965
James Van Wagoner 1 05/20/1961
Raphael Blau 1 03/10/1963
Richard P. McDonagh 1 05/12/1963
Robert Lyon Welch 1 04/28/1963
Anthony Wilson 1 12/15/1963
Meyer Dolinsky 1 04/21/1963
Rik Vollaerts 1 11/13/1966
Wally Geor 1 11/21/1965
Clifford Irving 1 02/25/1962
Arthur Dales 1 02/18/1968
A.I. Bezzerides 1 03/31/1963
June Randolph 1 10/16/1966
James Amesbury 1 05/14/1967
Blair Robertson 1 02/07/1965
John Tucker Battle 1 01/02/1960
Mathilde Ferro 1 03/11/1961
Seeleg Lester 1 04/07/1963
Joe Stone 1 12/03/1960
Shirl Hendryx 1 01/20/1963
Malcolm Stuart Boylan 1 03/05/1960
Dean Riesner 1 09/10/1960
Frank Arno 1 05/26/1963
Samuel A. Peeples 1 01/16/1972
Alvin Sapinsley 1 11/04/1962
Richard Landau 1 02/04/1961
Vincent Wright 1 10/05/1969
Rod Peterson 1 10/25/1964
Douglas Day Stewart 1 09/26/1972
Joy Dexter 1 04/23/1967
Tom Seller 1 02/16/1964
Chester Krumholz 1 04/30/1967
Kelly Covin 1 03/12/1967
Olney Sherman 1 12/03/1967
Jackson Gillis 1 01/05/1969
Robert Bloomfield 1 12/23/1962
R. Harner Norris 1 10/22/1960
George Lovell Hayes 1 02/07/1971
Esther Shapiro 1 11/01/1964
Ken Trevey 1 03/02/1969
William Raynor 1 12/31/1960
Fred Freiberger 1 10/15/1960
Jeffrey Fleece 1 04/11/1965
Myles Wilder 1 12/31/1960
Nat Tanchuck 1 03/18/1961
Laurence Mascott 1 04/30/1960
Martha Wilkerson 1 02/28/1965
Theodore Ferro 1 03/11/1961
U. S. Anderson 1 05/07/1967
Jonathon Knopf 1 11/23/1969
George F. Slavin 1 05/01/1966
Gordon T. Dawson 1 12/05/1971
Paul Leslie Peil 1 05/19/1963
Wanda Duncan 1 11/06/1966
True Boardman 1 10/24/1971
John T. Kelly 1 10/29/1961
Harold Jack Bloom 1 04/09/1960
Richard Shapiro 1 11/01/1964
Jean Holloway 1 12/19/1971
Milton Merlin 1 05/12/1963
Harold Swanton 1 11/28/1971
George Waggner 1 01/05/1964
Richard Newman 1 01/21/1961
Clair Huffaker 1 03/19/1960
Lee Pickett 1 03/06/1966
Carol Saraceno 1 01/28/1968
William D. Gordon 1 03/19/1972
S.S. Schweitzer 1 05/08/1966
Mary T. Taylor 1 12/18/1966
William Jerome 1 11/26/1967
John Joseph 1 09/30/1962
Robert I. Holt 1 12/03/1967
Robert Duncan 1 11/06/1966
George Stackalee 1 05/06/1962

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