Ten years ago this month a little know TV show on an independent network premiered. The Ponderosa was meant to be a prequel to the popular TV show, Bonanza. The main characters were the same, but it had little else in common with the original. It wasn’t even a “western”. It was a family show on a western set, filmed in Australia (which looked nothing like Lake Tahoe, Nevada). However, after meeting this version of the Cartwright family, you didn’t care about any of that.
Daniel Hugh Kelly as Ben Cartwright
Matt Carmody as Adam Cartwright
Drew Powell as Hoss Cartwright
Jared Daperis as Little Joe Cartwright
Unfortunately, for reasons unrelated to the quality of the show, it only lasted one season. In just 20 episodes it captured an enthusiastic fan base that continues to this day. http://www.eaglestation.net/
Great show, wish it was still in Production. Wish all the episodes were available on DVD!
Want all the episodes of this great show on DVD! It was super!
Don’t agree that it wasn’t a western but do agree Ponderosa was an awesome show! I too wish it was
still in production. Even after 10 years the show still
has loyal fans. It has brought together many friends
all over the world just like Bonanza. Sure wish all of
the episodes were available on DVD.