A TV western, running from 1959 - 1973, featuring Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright, patriarch of the Cartwright family. The family, consisting of Ben and his three sons, Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker), and Little Joe (Michael Landon), lived on and worked a Nevada ranch called the Ponderosa.

Ben Cartwright was quite a man. His sons each had a different mother, all three of whom old Ben had outlived. Most episodes involved various threats to the Ponderosa and the Cartwrights' ingenuity and integrity eliminating those threats. The show is still alive in reruns and has one of the most recognizable pieces of theme music and memorable opening credits in television history.