The TV series “Bonanza” can brag of several things, like being one of the first western televisions, to obtain a great success among the audience and was extended for enough time, with fourteen seasons in the air (1959-1973), quantity only surpassed by Law & Order (twenty seasons).
The series narrated the life in the ranch 'The Ponderosa', located in Virginia, in the times of the old American west. The ranch was owned by the Cartwright family, headed by patriarch Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene).
In this adventure of the conquest of the far west, the father of the family was accompanied by his three children conceived in different marriages. They were Adam Cartwright (Pernell Roberts), the giant and good-natured Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright (Dan Blocker) and the younger Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright (Michael Landon).
In many ways, Bonanza was ahead of its times. The program dealt with so far controversial issues, such as racial prejudice, domestic abuse, psychological problems, drugs and alcohol abuse, and the loss of innocence in rural families.
In addition, Bonanza managed to combine drama and comedy in a splendid way, since the four protagonists handled these two styles with equal ease, offering an interesting contrast in the stories episode after episode.
One of the most comic scenes that remain engraved in the memory of all those who have seen the series was the time when the innocent Hoss was convinced by an unscrupulous inventor that he could become a kind of birdman who could fly through the skies.
As you could well see in the extract, the outcome of the conversation between the two brothers was not what Hoss would have wanted. After being rebuked by his father and mocked by his younger brother, Hoss loses a bit of enthusiasm but you should see the whole episode if you want to know what happened with his idea of becoming a birdman.
We hope that this little extract from the 20th episode of season 6, titled Ponderosa Birdman, has brought you good memories and a loud laugh. Share it with your friends and family to make their day happier and remind them of the old good days.