There are numerous connections between MST3K to the long running series Bonanza. Between the two shows, you can produce enough Americana to bake an apple pie.
Bonanza Cast and Crew Making MST3K Appearances
- Even if you have never seen Bonanza, you still probably know Lorne Green's face. He's the main character Ben Cartwright.
- According to the Other Wiki, Michael Landon was in all but 14 episodes as "Little Joe" Cartwright. He also wrote and directed a number of Bonanza episodes. He went on to do Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven. By starring in I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Landon creates the largest highway between the two series ☺.
Tony Rivers in I Was a Teenage Werewolf
- Another main fixture of the series, Pernell Roberts plays the oldest son, Adam Cartwright.
Jim Conrad in San Francisco International
- Definitely a working actor, Bruno VeSota played the recurring role of "Bartender". Well, if nothing else Bruno, MST immortalized you.
Lee Van Cleef
- He's just in one Bonanza episode (Bloodline), but Lee Van Cleef is a fixture of MST3K.
- Carlos Rivas has a deuce of Bonanza's appearances as Angel Montana.
Arturo Ramos in The Black Scorpion
- Normally playing a heavy, Leo Gordon has a few spots as Early Thorne along with a pair of writing credits for Bonanza.
- Chris Alcaide played "Blake" in three episodes.
Deputy Joshua Tate in Gunslinger
Peter Mark Richman
- Peter Mark Richman, sometimes credited as Mark Richman, was in the episode A Word Full of Cannibals for his Bonanza appearance. For extra credit, he appeared in Bonanza: The Next Generation. His list of TV roles is impressive to say the least.
Adam Chance in Agent for H.A.R.M.
- Carolyn Kearney played Annie Duggan in imaginatively titled The Annie Duggan Story.
Jessica Burns in The Thing That Couldn't Die
- Robert Sorrells played five different roles on Bonanza.
Dan in San Francisco International.
- Very minor Bonanza connection and not a large MSTie one, Fred Freirberger wrote the Bonanza episode Denver McKee.
True Eames Boardman
- A tentative link at best, True Eames Boardman wrote the Bonanza episode Cassie.
Screenwriter for The Painted Hills
Just because you haven't heard the lyrics from Bonanza's theme song (only in Bonanza's pilot), that doesn't mean the bots haven't! Remember to say these quotes to the that jaunty tune ☺.
- Mitchell - Host Segment Three:
- Tom: OK, now Bonanza, including the words!
- Crow: Oh, OK. (singing) It's all right if I pick a little fight! Bonanza!
- I Was a Teenage Werewolf
- Mike: We've got a film and it's starring Michael Landon!
- It’s all alright if I kill a couple kids- Bonanza! Need this quote double checked ☺
- Gamera vs. Barugon - "Hey, it's the start of Bonanza."
- Quest of the Delta Knights - "Bonanza, now with femmie clothes."
Dan Blocker was known for playing Hoss Cartwright, the only major Bonanza character with no known MST3K appearances Please add if you find one!. But, the gang still shows their love.