History Series / Bonanza

17th Jun '16 6:24:34 PM paperjamrachel
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* AmusingInjuries: Little Joe getting shot "right in the middle of the Ponderosa."



* CatapultNightmare: Little Joe has one in "The Quality of Mercy".



* ImprovisedWeapon: Little Joe fencing with an umbrella in "A Rose for Lotta".



* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Gerald Eskith is always [[SharpDressedMan dressed well]], in silk and top hats and such.

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* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Gerald Eskith is always [[SharpDressedMan dressed well]], in silk and top hats and such.Visitors to Virginia City from the east are frequently these.



* MountainMan: Jim Leyton

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* MountainMan: Jim LeytonLeyton.



* ProfessionalKiller: [[spoiler: Eskith is hired to kill Jason]].
* ProWrestlingEpisode: "Old Sheba"

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* ProfessionalKiller: [[spoiler: Eskith is hired to kill Jason]].
* ProWrestlingEpisode: "Old Sheba"Sheba".



* SerialRomeo: All the Cartwrights have a slight tendency to consider the girl of the week to be the love of their life.

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* SerialRomeo: All the Cartwrights have a slight tendency to consider the girl of the week to be the love of their life.



* ShotAtDawn: Narrowly avoided in "Alias Joe Cartwright".
* ShotInTheAss: Little Joe gets shot "right in the middle of the Ponderosa."



* TheStoic: Adam, usually.




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* YouKilledMyFather: The driving motivation in "The Legacy".
4th Jun '16 10:09:31 PM paperjamrachel
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* BarBrawl: A staple of the Bucket of Blood saloon.


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* CantHoldHisLiquor: This is pointed out verbatim about Little Joe in "Calamity Over the Comstock", although usually he doesn't appear to have a problem.


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* HangoverSensitivy: Little Joe in "The First Born" after he and Clay get drunk off pulque.


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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: The motorized car in "The Infernal Machine".


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* TheLadette: Calamity Jane.


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* MonkeyMoralityPose: Hoss, Joe, and Adam pull this pose in "Ponderosa Matador".


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* PrimAndProperBun: Amanda in "Ponderosa Birdman" wears her hair "like a schoolmarm."


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** In the episode "The Flapjack Contest" poor Little Joe just cannot stop breaking windows.


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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Little Joe is terrified of heights.
4th Jun '16 9:43:51 PM paperjamrachel
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* AmusingInjuries: Little Joe getting shot "right in the middle of the Ponderosa."


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* BigEater: Hoss Cartwright.


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* ColdOpen


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* DeadpanSnarker: Adam is typically the one to take on this role.
* DeathGlare: Ben Cartwright is quite skilled in death glares; a particularly outstanding one can be seen in the final scene of "The Gift".


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* DownerEnding: It's not uncommon in dramatic episodes for a good character to die within the last minute of the episode's runtime.


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* SerialRomeo: All the Cartwrights have a slight tendency to consider the girl of the week to be the love of their life.
3rd May '16 7:44:11 AM Briguy52748
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** In the 1972-1973 season premiere "Forever," Little Joe's tragic bride Alice Harper has a brother, John, who is a hopeless gambling addict on the run from a ruthless gambler named Sloan. Sloan and his henchmen kill both John and Alice when they break into the home of Joe and Alice Cartwright (when Joe wasn't home) in an attempt to collect the debt.
28th Apr '16 11:17:56 AM johnsmithxxi
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** Bonanza was actually [[UrExample ''the first'']] television series both filmed and broadcast and color. Earlier shows had been filmed in color but broadcast in black and white (i.e. ''Series/AdventuresOfSuperman'']] or broadcast live in color but recorded on black and white film (one episode of ''Radio/TheBurnsandAllenShow).

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** Bonanza was actually [[UrExample ''the first'']] the first]] television series both filmed and broadcast and color. Earlier shows had been filmed in color but broadcast in black and white (i.e. ''Series/AdventuresOfSuperman'']] ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'']] or broadcast live in color but recorded on black and white film (one episode of ''Radio/TheBurnsandAllenShow).''Radio/TheBurnsandAllenShow'').
28th Apr '16 11:17:00 AM johnsmithxxi
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** Bonanza was actually [[UrExample ''the first'']] television series both filmed and broadcast and color. Earlier shows had been filmed in color but broadcast in black and white (i.e. ''Series/AdventuresOfSuperman'']] or broadcast live in color but recorded on black and white film (one episode of ''Radio/TheBurnsandAllenShow).
22nd Apr '16 10:51:58 AM flambeau
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* Adam Cartwright (Pernell Roberts), his eldest son by his first (late) wife. He was the quiet, educated, angsty one who dressed all in black.

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* Adam Cartwright (Pernell Roberts), his eldest son by his first (late) wife. He was the quiet, educated, angsty broody one who dressed all in black.



* CartwrightCurse: The trope namer. Ben Cartwright has been thrice-widowed. His first wife, Elizabeth Stoddard, died from complications after giving birth to Adam. His second wife, a Swedish woman named Inger Stevenson (and also Hoss' mother), was killed during an Indian attack. Ben's third wife and the mother of Little Joe, Marie [=DeMarigny=], died from injuries after she fell off her horse.

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* CartwrightCurse: The trope namer.TropeNamer. Ben Cartwright has been thrice-widowed. His first wife, Elizabeth Stoddard, died from complications after giving birth to Adam. His second wife, a Swedish woman named Inger Stevenson (and also Hoss' mother), was killed during an Indian attack. Ben's third wife and the mother of Little Joe, Marie [=DeMarigny=], died from injuries after she fell off her horse.



* CorruptBusinessman: Quite a few throughout the series, with "The Boss" featuring a prominent example.



** Ben's "criminal twin" was a con artist named Bradley Meredith, whose schemes to gain control of the Ponderosa (usually through gambling) come when Ben is out of the area on business. The two episodes aired as season finales in 1971 and 1972 (with another planned for 1973, had the series continued), and Ben always arrives back home in time to gather enough ammunition to run Bradley out.

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** Ben's "criminal twin" was a con artist named Bradley Meredith, whose schemes to gain control of the Ponderosa (usually through gambling) come when Ben is out of the area on business. The two episodes featuring Meredith aired as season finales in 1971 and 1972 (with another planned for 1973, had the series continued), and Ben always arrives back home in time to gather enough ammunition to run Bradley out.



* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Gerald Eskith]]

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Many of the VillainOfTheWeek displayed this, with [[spoiler: Gerald Eskith]]Eskith]] being a notable example.



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* FrontierDoctor: Paul Martin

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* FrontierDoctor: Paul MartinMartin.



* GorgeousPeriodDress: Frequently.

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* GorgeousPeriodDress: Frequently.Frequently, and [[LimitedWardrobe often turns out to be the same dress]].



*** Chronology their presence in the show is reasonably accurate historically. Twain's first appearance coincides with the time he was working as a newspaperman in Virginia City, Nevada. Michelson is shown as a young Jewish schoolboy from Germany in the same town, subject to antisemism, which he was in real life. Michelson gets an extra coda showing what he did in real life.
* HollywoodHealing: Considering the number of times Little Joe was shot/stabbed/trampled by horses/otherwise injured over the course of the series, it's amazing his body was still functional.

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*** Chronology their presence in the show is reasonably accurate historically. Twain's first appearance coincides with the time he was working as a newspaperman in Virginia City, Nevada. Michelson is shown as a young Jewish schoolboy from Germany in the same town, subject to antisemism, antisemitism, which he was in real life. Michelson gets an extra coda showing what he did in real life.
* HollywoodHealing: Considering the number of times Little Joe was shot/stabbed/trampled by horses/otherwise injured over the course of the series, it's amazing his body was still functional. And let's not even talk about how none of those injuries so much as even left a scar.



* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Eskith is always [[SharpDressedMan dressed well]], in silk and top hats and such.

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* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Gerald Eskith is always [[SharpDressedMan dressed well]], in silk and top hats and such.



* ReallyGetsAround: Little Joe is either seen or mentioned to be involved with upwards of ''fifty'' women over the course of the show, and his reputation as a reckless ladies man gets him into trouble quite a bit in the earlier seasons.



* StoutStrength: Hoss

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* StoutStrength: HossHoss.



* StrawVulcan: Eskith talks a lot about how emotions are the cause of most problems. [[spoiler: In his dying moments, he laments that he was defeated by emotion]].
* SyndicationTitle: ''Ponderosa''

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* StrawVulcan: Eskith Gerald Eskith, from the episode ''Badge Without Honor'', talks a lot about how emotions are the cause of most problems. [[spoiler: In his dying moments, he laments that he was defeated by emotion]].
* SyndicationTitle: ''Ponderosa''''Ponderosa''.



* WallOfWeapons: A literal wall in the Ponderosa living room with a dozen or so guns lined on it

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* WallOfWeapons: A literal wall in the Ponderosa living room with a dozen or so guns lined on itit.
22nd Apr '16 10:30:40 AM flambeau
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* TheCastShowoff: Pernell Roberts was also a talented singer; so some episodes had Adam singing during the plot.



* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Implied with Hoss in several early Season 14 episodes, including "Forever" (Ben mournfully looks at a photo of Hoss on Joe's nightstand, with the camera zooming in on said photo) and "The Initiation" (Ben angry that a lynch mob is after one of Jamie's friends  shouts out, "I've already buried one son!"). This comes following the unexpected death of Dan Blocker in May 1972 just months before production on Season 14 episodes was to begin.



* DawsonCasting: At the beginning of the series, the 17-year-old Little Joe was played by 22-year-old Michael Landon, and the 23-year-old Hoss was played by the 30-year-old Dan Blocker.



* MissingEpisode: When the show entered syndication in 1973, the original rerun package contained only the first six seasons (complete, minus one 1965 episode), plus select episodes from the eighth through 11th seasons (1966-1970, those considered to be the "most popular" amongst fans); this is the package that airs currently on [=TVLand=]. The entire 1965-1966 season, the episodes from 1966-1970 not included in the original syndicated package, and the final three seasons (1970-1973, which had Mitch Vogel as part of the cast as [[CousinOliver young teen-ager Jamie Hunter Cartwright]]) were not included and, amongst die-hard fans presumed to be "lost." However, the "missing" episodes were later included in a second rerun package, and these episodes have aired on CBN and the Hallmark Channel. That said, there are no known instances of the entire run of 430 episodes -- from the premiere to the final episode -- being aired as part of a single rerun package on a TV network or station.
16th Apr '16 8:28:59 PM paperjamrachel
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* BigGuyLittleGuy: Hoss and Little Joe.



* Creator/CharlesDickens: Appears in the episode "A Passion for Justice".



* EvilUncle: Inger's brother Gunnar.
* FamilyBusiness: The Ponderosa



* GentleGiant: Hoss Cartwright.



* MeanwhileBackAtThe

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* MeanwhileBackAtTheCreator/MarkTwain: Appears in the first season to write for the Territorial Enterprise.



* PrettyBoy: Little Joe.



* PuddleCoveringChivalry: Attempted in "The Wooing of Abigail Jones". It does not work out as planned.




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* WorldsStrongestMan: Hercules in "The Abduction".
16th Apr '16 8:08:09 PM paperjamrachel
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* ActionDad: Ben Cartwright isn't afraid to get into his share of fights.


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* BadassBookworm: Adam Cartwright is the one with the formal education and book knowledge, but he can still more than hold his own in a fight.


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* TheBarber: Virginia City's barber shop gets the limelight in "The Last Haircut".


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* TheCharmer: Little Joe in spades.


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* CorruptBusinessman: Quite a few throughout the series, with "The Boss" featuring a prominent example.


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* {{Cowboy}}: Naturally, seeing as the Cartwrights own the largest cattle ranch in Nevada.


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* DistressedDude: All the Cartwrights have found themselves held hostage at some point. Little Joe is certainly the worst offender.


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* FastestGunInTheWest: Little Joe has an exceptional quick draw.


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* FrontierDoctor: Paul Martin


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* HenpeckedHusband: Enos Milford in "The Hayburner".


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* MountainMan: Jim Leyton


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* {{Outlaw}}: Plenty make appearances throughout the series.


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* PapaWolf: Ben Cartwright, especially toward Little Joe.


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* PonyExpressRider: Little Joe becomes one in "Ride the Wind".


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* {{Posse}}: All the main characters have been in one at some point.


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* {{Rancher}}: The Cartwrights and all the cowboys on the Ponderosa.


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* TheSheriff: Roy Coffee.


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** Tessa Caldwell in "Bullet for a Bride".
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