Ben Cartwright and his three sons (by three wives) ride herd over the sprawling Ponderosa spread in 1860s Nevada in one of the most handsomely mounted and beloved series of all time. The first TV Western to be shown in color, it ran for 14 seasons; was the top-rated show for three of them (1964-65, '65-66 and '66-67); had a number of first-rank director (more…)
The Cartwrights try to end a disabled rancher's dependence on his corrupt hired hand. Ezekial: Claude Akins. Tom: Harry Townes. Ben: Lorne Greene. Adam: Pernell Roberts. Hoss: Dan Blocker. Joe: Michael Landon. Joyce: Dianne Foster. Sheriff: Ray Teal.