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A Reference Guide to Television's Bonanza: Episodes, Personnel and Broadcast History Library Binding – September, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0786410200 ISBN-10: 0786410205
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A season-by-season episode guide (more than 400 episodes over 14 years) is followed by biographies of Ben, Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe and the actors who played them. Similar information is supplied for the supporting cast. Mary Ellen Quinn
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"Comprehensive...every bit of the show's history documented and described" -- Big Reel

"Excellent...tons of good information...a fine job" -- Classic Images

"Fastidious research...a comprehensive bibliography" --Western Clippings

"All you need to know about this popular TV series...in-depth information...succeeds admirably." --Wrangler's Roost --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 376 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (September 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786410205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786410200
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,817,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2004
Format: Library Binding
As a fan of Bonanza, I looked forward to getting this book. When I got it, my thought was: "Is this all there is?" There was no dust jacket; just a plain green cover. There was a short history of Virginia City, and black and white pictures of Virginia City as it is today. As a resident of the area, it did not show the any of charm and beauty Virginia City and the Tahoe area has today or in its past history. There were very few pictures of the stars and the episode locations, and all pictures were in black and white. They could have added more trivia regarding the location of the shows (which was very sketchy and assumed you knew where the "Golden Oak Ranch", for example, was located) and other tidbits about the episodes, which they occasionally provided at the end of the episode summary. There was a episode guide, but the summary of the episodes were incomplete. Perhaps it was an effort not to spoil the ending of the show for those who had not seen them, but it would have been better to have a complete summary of the episode. TV Land has better summaries of the episodes! That being said, it had excellent biographies of the stars and the supporting actors, as well as a complete filmography and discography and TV appearances of the stars and the supporting actors. ...
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2004
Format: Library Binding
I love Bonanza-its my favorite tv show. So one would think I would prrobably enjoy this book--wrong! Its not only dull, its totally inaccurate. Did the author ever watch the show? It looks like he read some bad fanfiction (the Calder books) and wrote his book from there. There is no excse for such poor research--and why the big price tag? It should be a nice coffee table book for that price. BTW, this book was totally unauthorized by the show's creator. I can see why!
Spend your money on the Greenland book--its the best Bonanza book out there. More entertaining and much better researched.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Martha Beck on August 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Not a good read, but an excellent source of info on the series. I found it fascinating that they not only gave bios of the actors but the characters themselves - when they were born, and how they died. Lists all episodes along with guest stars, writers, producers and directors. Excellently arranged, very comprehensive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on July 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
So much has been written about other popular shows such as Star Trek, X-Files, and others, one wonders what can one say about older and less documented shows such as Bonanza?

The authors do an excellent job in establishing the history of the Bonanza era, a fairly comprehensive episode guide, the stars' lives both during and outside the program, and its merchandising. I had not realized how many Bonanza toys, records, comic books, etc, there were until I read this book.

However, the authors suffer from a handicap and that is not being able to glean more material from the writers, actors, and producers who worked on the show. Sadly, most of them have passed on, and most of the information has had to come from old interviews and such, rather than from first hand discussions. Hearing more stories about writing for and working on the second longest televison western would have been great.

It might have also helped it the authors had made some commentary of their own favorite Bonanza episodes at the end, or even pointing out how at least one plot from an episode showed up later on Little House on the Prairie.

Bonanza is still popular in many areas of the world. And with pop culture gaining more and more study, this text can help one gain an understanding of the show for its time.

Interesting irony, Bonanza's creater and executive producer, outlived all of of its major stars.

Hopefully, the authors might take a turn writing other such books on The Big Valley, The High Chapparel, The Virginian, and Wagon Train. I am sure afficanados of the westerns would appreciate more history of the genre in its heyday.

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Williston, ND
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee Goldberg VINE VOICE on September 2, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Somebody should write a book about the making of BONANZA, the behind-the-scenes story of the writing and production of this long-running, beloved, television classic (along the lines of Gunsmoke: A Complete History book from the same publisher). Sadly, this book isn't it. A scant eight pages --- eight pages!-- are given to the creation, writing and production of the show. The bulk of the book is a workman-like episode guide to the 14 seasons and brief synopses of the TV movies, hardly worth the price of purchase. The only thing interesting and worthwhile about the book are the appendices listing various BONANZA merchandise, books, comics, and records. However, I wish the effort the authors put into gathering so much pointless information -- like listing all the shows available on video featuring Tim Matheson -- had been focused instead on giving us the definitive history of the show. Consider this a lost opportunity.
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