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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.



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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".
16th Apr '16 7:45:11 PM paperjamrachel
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* Joseph "Little Joe" Cartwright (Creator/MichaelLandon), his youngest son, by his third (late) wife. He was the young, hotheaded immature one.

Beyond the core cast of Cartwrights, the program had a vast ensemble of regulars and {{recurrer}}s numbering literally in the hundreds, including at times such current and future famous names as Creator/JamesCoburn, Creator/TimMatheson, Creator/JackElam, Creator/BuddyEbsen, Creator/MarietteHartley, Creator/TomSkerritt, Creator/HarryDeanStanton, Creator/GeorgeKennedy, Creator/BruceDern, Creator/BonnieBedelia, Creator/DawnWells, Creator/WayneNewton, Creator/MajelBarrett, Creator/JamesDoohan and Creator/DeForestKelley. Beyond the big name guest stars, there were rarely one-off characters on ''Bonanza'' -- almost every character ever seen, even bad guys, made appearances in at least two episodes; and even nameless extras in the background (such as "Blonde Saloon Girl" and "Brunette Saloon Girl") could and did have multi-year runs playing their characters. In fact, between the length of its time on the air and the scope of its storylines, ''Bonanza'' was virtually a gateway series for talent both new and established looking for television credits.

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* Joseph "Little Joe" Cartwright (Creator/MichaelLandon), (Michael Landon), his youngest son, by his third (late) wife. He was the young, hotheaded immature one.

Beyond the core cast of Cartwrights, the program had a vast ensemble of regulars and {{recurrer}}s numbering literally in the hundreds, including at times such current and future famous names as Creator/JamesCoburn, Creator/TimMatheson, Creator/JackElam, Creator/BuddyEbsen, Creator/MarietteHartley, Creator/TomSkerritt, Tim Matheson, Jack Elam, Buddy Ebsen, Mariette Hartley, Tom Skerritt, Creator/HarryDeanStanton, Creator/GeorgeKennedy, George Kennedy, Creator/BruceDern, Creator/BonnieBedelia, Creator/DawnWells, Creator/WayneNewton, Bonnie Bedelia, Dawn Wells, Wayne Newton, Creator/MajelBarrett, Creator/JamesDoohan and Creator/DeForestKelley. Beyond the big name guest stars, there were rarely one-off characters on ''Bonanza'' -- almost every character ever seen, even bad guys, made appearances in at least two episodes; and even nameless extras in the background (such as "Blonde Saloon Girl" and "Brunette Saloon Girl") could and did have multi-year runs playing their characters. In fact, between the length of its time on the air and the scope of its storylines, ''Bonanza'' was virtually a gateway series for talent both new and established looking for television credits.



* BroomstickQuarterstaff: Little Joe fences with an umbrella in the pilot episode.



* 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.



* FunnyForeigner: The ChineseLaborer -- though [[SocietyMarchesOn nowadays]], [[OnceAcceptableTargets not so much]].

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* FunnyForeigner: The ChineseLaborer Hop Sing -- though [[SocietyMarchesOn nowadays]], [[OnceAcceptableTargets not so much]].



** Additionally, Hoss is very seldom referred to as "Eric".



** Little Joe falling in love nearly every week. Oh, wait, that wasn't supposed to be funny?

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** Little Joe falling in love nearly every week. Oh, wait, that wasn't supposed to be funny?* ScareChord: Frequently used when a character pulls out a gun.
* ShirtlessScene: All the Cartwright men and Candy get their fair share.



* StarCrossedLovers: Little Joe and Amy Bishop, naturally, as the episode was intended as a bit of a Romeo and Juliet retelling.



* WickedCultured: Eskith.
3rd Feb '16 12:27:06 AM Spindriver
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* TheGamblingAddict: Helen Layton, who'd driven her husband to drink himself to death over her gambling debts, and latched onto Hoss as her new sugar daddy. When she was exposed, she left town with another man.

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* TheGamblingAddict: Helen Layton, who'd driven her husband to drink himself to death over her gambling debts, and latched onto Hoss as her new sugar daddy.{{sugar daddy}}. When she was exposed, she left town with another man.
17th Jan '16 5:58:46 AM Temmere
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* NeverLearnedToRead: Child, in the episode "Child," was illiterate. Sadly, this means [[spoiler:he went a long time not knowing what his name was (and going by "Child" because that's what everyone called him) until Hoss read the inscription in his Bible]].
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