By James W, Tuesday 4th September 2018
The adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons has entertained fans around the world for decades and can be seen on CBS Drama weekdays at 9am in Bonanza.
But how much do you know about this beloved series? Here's 10 obscure facts about the Cartwrights.
10: There were 431 episodes recorded between 1959 to 1973.
9: In 2002 the theme tune was ranked number 43 in an all time greatest list by TV Guide.
8: The theme also had lyrics written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. Here’s a sample:
“We chased lady-luck, 'til we finally struck Bonanza. With a gun and a rope and a hat full of hope, planted a family tree. We got hold of a pot of gold, Bonanza. With a horse and a saddle, and a range full of cattle, how rich can a fellow be?”
7: It was the first network TV series that aired completely in colour.
6: The character of Hoss had the christian name Eric.
5: A prequel series named Ponderosa ran for 20 episodes in 2001.
4: The four Cartwright men released an album in 1964 named "Christmas at the Ponderosa".
3: A ponderosa is a form of pine, Pinus ponderos which means heavy pine.
2: The four main leads were given equal billing. Check out the titles and their names are usually in a different order.
1: Nearly every main cast member from Star Trek: The Original Series put in an appearance including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig and George Takei.
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