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Bonanza: The Official Sixth Season, Vol. 2 [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Original NBC Network Logo, Bumpers, and Chevrolet Promos
  • New Audio Commentaries by Linda Lawson and Andrew J. Klyde
  • Photo galleries including rare, behind-the-scenes photographs

Synopsis

It was no secret that Pernell Roberts was wearying of his role as Adam Cartwright by the time Bonanza entered its sixth season on NBC. In fact, Roberts had been making noises about quitting the show for several years, but had always been persuaded to stick around. But come season six and the actor was adamant about ditching the show to pursue broader acting vistas. Thus, as a means of preparing the viewers for Roberts' inevitable departure, Adam is missing from several sixth season episodes, requiring his co-stars Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright), Dan Blocker (Hoss Cartwright), and Michael Landon (Little Joe Cartwright) to take up the slack. Of season six's crop of episodes, several are standouts. "Between Heaven and Earth" is virtually a solo turn for Michael Landon, as Joe Cartwright struggles to overcome his crippling fear of heights. "Old Sheba" finds the Cartwrights playing host to an unlikely house guest -- a worn-out circus elephant! Henry Jones guest stars as an elderly eccentric who imagines himself to be King Arthur (complete with suit of armor) in "A Knight to Remember." "The Flapjack Contest" is a certified comic gem, focusing on Dan Blocker as Hoss Cartwright. In "The Search," Pernell Roberts appears in the dual role of Adam Cartwright and a raffish character named Tom Burns. In "Once a Doctor," the Cartwrights cross paths with notorious real-life murderer Dr. Thomas Crippen (Ashley Cowan). And "Dead and Gone" features singer Hoyt Axton in his dramatic debut as a trouble-prone drifter. Despite the imminent loss of the popular Pernell Roberts, the sixth season of Bonanza saw the series racking up its best-ever ratings, emerging as America's most-watched program. ~ 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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