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The 'Bonanza' Quiz
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"Bonanza" ruled the airwaves in the mid-20th century, drawing in fans of westerns, drama and just plain good TV. Take our quiz to see how much you remember about the Cartwright family and their loves, lives and losses.

True or false: "Bonanza" was in black and white when it first premiered.

  • true
  • false

Where does the show take place?

  • California
  • Virginia
  • Nevada

What gave the Ponderosa Ranch its name?

  • trees
  • steak
  • deer

What year did "Bonanza" premiere?

  • 1951
  • 1955
  • 1959

How many seasons did the show last?

  • 12
  • 14
  • 16

How many sons did patriarch Ben Cartwright have?

  • two
  • three
  • four

Which was NOT one of Ben's wives?

  • Elizabeth
  • Ann
  • Marie

Which was NOT one of Ben's three sons?

  • Adam
  • Joe
  • Steve

Which Cartwright son was the only one to attend college?

  • Joe
  • Hoss
  • Adam

Who was the only one of Ben's three sons to marry?

  • Joe
  • Adam
  • Hoss

True or false: The "Bonanza" theme song originally had music.

  • true
  • false

What was the name of the cook at Ponderosa Ranch?

  • Hip Hop
  • Sing Song
  • Hop Sing

What was the name of the local sheriff?

  • Tom
  • Mike
  • Roy

What was the name of Sheriff Coffee's deputy?

  • Calvin
  • Clem
  • Cam

Who played Candy Canaday?

  • Dan Blocker
  • Lorne Greene
  • David Canary

Which Cartwright son died before the start of the final season?

  • Adam
  • Hoss
  • Joe

What was the name of Joe's wife?

  • Alice
  • Annie
  • Arlene

How many Emmy awards did "Bonanza" win over its 14 season run?

  • one
  • two
  • three

Who played the lead role of Ben Cartwright?

  • Lorne Greene
  • Michael Landon
  • Michael Douglas

Who played the role of Little Joe?

  • Burt Reynolds
  • Michael Landon
  • Tom Selleck

Who played eldest brother Adam?

  • Lee Majors
  • Paul Glaser
  • Pernell Roberts

What is the name of Hoss' villainous uncle?

  • Gunnar
  • Greg
  • George

Which Cartwright brother kills a man in a bar brawl during season three?

  • Hoss
  • Adam
  • Joe

What is the name of Joe's half brother?

  • Cary
  • Clem
  • Clay

Who sees little green men during one classic "Bonanza" episode?

  • Hoss
  • Ben
  • Joe

Why don't things work out between Hoss and Carol?

  • She dies.
  • She's arrested.
  • He meets someone else.

Who gets a broken arm while alone at the ranch during season 11?

  • Ben
  • Joe
  • Hoss

What is the name of the boy Ben adopts during season 13?

  • Jimmy
  • Stevie
  • Jamie

What ill-intentioned character closely resembles Ben?

  • Brandon
  • Bradley
  • Bingham

What ex-con becomes a Ponderosa ranch hand during the show's final season?

  • Griff
  • Greg
  • George