Bonanza: The Official Tenth Season, Volume One and Two
Review by Suzanne Lanoue
This is the second-longest running western
(behind "Gunsmoke"). It ran for 14 years. I loved the
earlier seasons with Pernell Roberts, but in season 9, David
Canary joined the cast as cousin "Candy," so he is a great
replacement. He went on to even more fame later playing
twins Adam and Stuart on "All
I enjoyed this show when I was a
kid, even though it was probably over my head sometimes.
Little Joe was always so handsome, and Hoss was fun and
Ben Cartwright was the father of the show, and
he was usually very wise. The only problem with the series
is that one of the men would fall in love with some woman,
and then she would always be gone before the next episode.
Either she left town or died, which was really sad. This was
the age of truly episodic series. They didn't carry any
guest-stars over to the next episode. Not only were the
women gone, but they were forgotten. I wish someone would do
a real remake of this series and make it more of a western
soap opera. I would watch that.
You can see re-runs
of this show all over cable, but it's nice to have the DVD
sets as well. My only complaint is that I hate how they
break them up into two volumes, just to make more money.
The DVD features are pretty good for one of these old
series. They give you a lot of old photos, an audio
commentary on one of the episodes. On the second DVD, they
include a trailer, and an excerpt of Dan Blocker on a Jack
Benny special. That was very nice to see.
Bonanza: Season 10, Volumes One & Two
December 10, 2019
Ben Cartwright is the patriarch of an all-male Nevada
ranching family. Set during and after the Civil War, "Bonanza"
is the story of life on the family's thousand-acre spread,
known as the Ponderosa, near Virginia City.
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