Sep. 09, 2001
Duration: 60 min/episode
Rated: N/A
Status: Ended

Seasons and episodes

1Season 1Sep. 09, 2001



Daniel Hugh Kelly
Ben Cartwright
Gareth Yuen
Hop Sing
Bruce Dickinson
Big Dan Larson
Jim Knobeloch
Jack Wolf
Jared Daperis
Little Joe Cartwright
Nicky Wendt
Shelby Sterrett
Matt Carmody
Adam Cartwright
Josephine Byrnes
Margaret Greene


Ponderosa is a television series developed by Bonanza creator David Dortort for PAX-TV that ran for the 2001–2002 television season. Envisioned as a prequel to the long-running NBC series Bonanza, it had less gunfire, brawling and other traditional western elements than the original. Bonanza creator David Dortort approved PAX TV's decision to hire Beth Sullivan, creator and executive producer of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman to oversee scripts and executive produce, which some believe gave the series a softer edge. Ponderosa was canceled after one season, in part because of disappointing ratings and high production costs. Although Sullivan had hoped to film the series in and around Los Angeles, PAX decided to film in Australia to reduce costs. Series "show runner" Sullivan sustained severe injuries in a car crash only twelve days after the airing of the first season's last episode. The show should not be confused with Ponderosa, the title used for Bonanza reruns aired on NBC during the summer of 1972.

Original titlePonderosa
First air dateSep. 09, 2001
Last air dateMay. 12, 2002
IMDb Rating6.7153 votes
TMDb Rating51 votes

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