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Bonanza: The Official Fifth Season, Vols. 1 and 2 [9 Discs] [DVD]
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Bonanza begins its fifth season with the poignant episode "She Walks in Beauty," a tour de force for guest star Gena Rowlands. Even better is the next episode on the docket, "A Passion for Justice," one of several Bonanza installments in which rancher Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) and his sons cross paths with an authentic historical figure -- in this case Charles Dickens, played by future Lost in Space villain Jonathan Harris! In the same vein, Stefanie Powers shows up as the fabulous Calamity Jane in "Calamity Over the Comstock." Other top-drawer season five episodes include "Journey Remembered," a flashback to Ben's marriage to his second wife Inger (Inga Swenson), the mother of his middle son Hoss (Dan Blocker); "Hoss and the Leprechauns," which, believe it or not, is even funnier than its tell-all title; "The Saga of Muley Jones," marking Bruce Yarnell's first appearance as the title character, a singer with a glass-shattering voice and a libidinous nature; "Enter Thomas Bowers," featuring distinguished African-American actor William Marshall in a powerful story about racial intolerance; and "Return to Honor," introducing Guy Williams in the role of Ben Cartwright's nephew Will, a potential replacement for Pernell Roberts, who was once again insisting that he was poised to quit Bonanza at a moment's notice. And speaking of Roberts, his character of Adam Cartwright had been slated to be married to widow Laura Dayton (Kathie Browne), introduced in the fifth season episode "The Waiting Game"; but audience reaction was so negative to this potential turn of events that the Adam-Laura courtship was abruptly cut off after four episodes. (Laura was married instead to Will Cartwright, thereby killing two birds with one stone as both "intrusive" characters were written off the series!) Had it not been for CBS' blockbuster The Beverly Hillbillies, Bonanza would have been America's highest-rated program of the 1963-1964 season. As it was, however, Bonanza ranked a very high second, three notches up the ratings scale from the previous season. ~ Hal Erickson

Cast & Crew

  • Lorne Greene - Ben Cartwright
  • Dan Blocker - Hoss Cartwright
  • Pernell Roberts - Adam Cartwright
  • Michael Landon - Little Joe Cartwright
  • Victor Sen Yung - Hop Sing

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