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

by | Jun. 09, 2015

Famous Mormons

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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