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Classic Western TV Show 'Bonanza' Includes Rare Portrayal of Mormon Pioneers

Like “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza” was slow to rise in the ratings, failing to make the top 30 its first year. But Season 2 rose to No. 17, and in its third season, "Bonanza" climbed into the top 10, where it stayed for the next decade, including three consecutive seasons in the No. 1 spot.

So it may be surprising that most episodes of “Bonanza” have never seen the light of home video. The show ran 14 seasons, and its owner, CBS/Paramount, has only been releasing high-quality season sets since 2009, with Season 8 finally making it to DVD this week.

And in that season is an episode that may be of interest to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Two episodes, actually: “The Pursued, Part 1” and “The Pursued, Part 2,” which aired Oct. 2 and 9, 1966.

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