Bonanza may have finished all the way back in 1973, but it still maintains a place in many TV fans’ hearts. And the series’ winning mix of Western adventure and family drama saw it run for an incredible 14 seasons up to that year. But such a durable and successful show isn’t without a few production secrets that even the biggest fans may not know about. So, without further ado, here are 20 of the best.
20. Lorne Greene was given an ominous nickname in his native Canada
Before he starred in Bonanza as Ben Cartwright, Lorne Greene worked as a newscaster for CBC Radio in Canada. And during the Second World War, his voice would deliver bad news to listeners all over Canada. That role, moreover, lent him a rather ominous soubriquet: the “Voice of Doom.”