It has been over fifty years since the Cartwright Clan brightened up our lives so, we thought it was about time we found out what the Bonanza boys have been up to since the show’s last episode.

For 14 years the adventures of the Cartwright family were watched by millions of viewers across the US and it soon became the most-loved and second longest running Western TV show of all time.

To help somewhat fulfill the hole left behind when Bonanza left our screens, here’s a quick rundown of what Ben Cartwright and the rest of the gang have been up to since the show ended in 1973.

Seeing Double


You may or may not have noticed that the outfits worn by the show’s main characters were the same for most of the episodes. The reason for this was that it made it easier to work in stock footage when necessary. Also, despite this supposedly cost-cutting measure each episode still cost between $100,000 – $150,00, making it one of the most expensive shows at the time.

Ben Cartwright aka Lorne Greene: Then


Canadian Lorne Greene played the patriarch of the Cartwright clan, Ben Cartwright. But before working on Bonanza, Greene was best known as a reporter and the main radio announcer during World War II. The gloomy news that he announced during the war earned him the nickname “The Voice of Doom.”