Can you tell the difference between Gunsmoke and Bonanza?

These long-running Westerns have many similarities. Can you tell them apart?

Gunsmoke and Bonanza are two of the most iconic Westerns in television history. Though very different in subject matter, they both brought action, humor and (usually doomed) romance to the small screen.

How well do you know these to classic favorites? Guess which of these questions applies to each show. Watch out, some could be about both!

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  1. Which show started in the 1950s and ended in the 1970s?
  2. Which show takes place in Kansas?
  3. Which show revolves around the Cartwright family?
  4. Which show started in black and white?
  5. Michael Landon appeared on this show.
  6. Which show originally aired on NBC?
  7. This show was based on a radio program with the same name.
  8. Amanda Blake appeared on this show.
  9. One of the actors owned a restaurant chain named after which show?
  10. Which show started with half-hour episodes?
  11. Pernell Roberts appeared on this show.
  12. Which show had a main character whose given first name was Eric?
  13. Sheriff Coffee laid down the law on which show?
  14. Which show premiered on TV first?
  15. The star of this show appeared alongside David Ogden Stiers and Alec Baldwin in the 1987 TV movie 'The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory.'

Can you tell the difference between Gunsmoke and Bonanza?

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JeffPaul76 3 months ago
''You got 11 out of 15'' -----------Did these results make you smile or frown? Both.
Tresix 7 months ago
My results say I have 13 out of 15, but I only see one that I got wrong.
Elkoman 9 months ago
4 wrong! Learned something, did not know Hoss first name was Eric
booster 10 months ago
12/15 I knew that Michael Landon and Pernell Roberts played on other westerns, but couldn't remember if they were on Gunsmoke. I guessed wrong. Dan Blocker played a villain on an early half hour long Gunsmoke episode.
Cowgirl booster 9 months ago
Michael Landon was in 2 episodes of The Rifleman. Pernell Roberts was in 3 episodes of Gunsmoke. Dan Blocker also guest starred in 1 episode of The Rifleman & 2 of Gunsmoke.
denny 10 months ago
12/15 2 "both" answers got me. My quick finger got me on Michael Landon, I knew it was The Rifleman, but that's what happens when Cannon is playing in the background while I'm taking a quiz.
kkvegas 10 months ago
On all the MeTV quizzes, I always miss the questions about westerns because I never watched any of them; so when I read the title of the quiz, "Can you tell the difference between Gunsmoke and Bonanza?" I just answered, "No" and left it at that.
JBelinda1948 10 months ago
How true! 😉👍
dodgebob 10 months ago
9/15, the both answers messed me up a bit, along with D.O.S and P. R.
texasluva 10 months ago
We have Liftoff! CaptainDunsel hit the stratosphere and beyond when he guessed our Friday's Movie Quiz. Congrats CaptainDunsel.......

Directed by whom else but Alfred Hitchcock


The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
2 hr
James Stewart
Doris Day

The movie is labeled 635 as per up-loader coding

Some Trivia will follow.
texasluva texasluva 10 months ago
Some very interesting trivia by Director, actors and such. More here.

Movie buffs considered this one of the "Five lost Hitchcocks" (with Rear Window (1954), Rope (1948), The Trouble with Harry (1955), and Vertigo (1958)) because they were unavailable for thirty years because their rights were bought back by Sir Alfred Hitchcock and left as part of his legacy to his daughter. The five movies were re-released in theaters around 1984. This movie was revived again in 2018 movie archive circuits, in the original projection system (VistaVision) and dimensional sound system (Perspecta Sound), due to the preservation work of UCLA movie archive.

Doris Day was so popular with the British that when she arrived at her London hotel for location shooting, mobs of fans had gotten word that she would be staying there and had gathered. Pandemonium erupted when they saw her, and she needed a police escort to get in. Fans continued to surround the hotel, camping out, shouting her name, asking for autographs, and hoping for a chance to see her. The hotel management finally had to ask her to leave.

Doris Day had a fear of flying ever since touring with Bob Hope in the 1940s and enduring some close calls in impenetrable winter weather. She almost turned down her role in this movie because it required travel to London and Marrakesh. Her husband and manager, Martin Melcher, talked her into accepting it.

In 1965, Sir Alfred Hitchcock and James Stewart filed a $4 million lawsuit against Paramount Pictures, arguing that their eight-year agreement with the studio had ended, and that Paramount Pictures had breached its copyright by televising the movie. Hitchcock and Stewart also requested that Paramount Pictures return the movie's original negative to them. The final disposition of this suit has not been made public, but the movie remained unavailable for commercial exhibition for many years.

It was during the making of this movie, when she saw how camels, goats and other "animal extras" in a marketplace scene were being treated, that Doris Day began her lifelong commitment to preventing animal abuse. She was so appalled at the conditions the animals were in that she refused to work unless they were properly fed and cared for. The production company actually had to set up "feeding stations" for the various goats, sheep, camels, et cetera, and feed them every day before Day would agree to go back to work.

At first Doris Day refused to record "Que Sera, Sera" as a popular song release, dismissing it as "a forgettable children's song". It not only went on to win an Academy Award, but also became the biggest hit of her recording career and her signature song. She sang the same song in two more movies, Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960) and The Glass Bottom Boat (1966), and it was used as the theme song for all one hundred twenty-four episodes of her television series, The Doris Day Show (1968).

The movie was originally to be produced by Paramount Pictures and Patron, a company to be jointly owned by James Stewart, Doris Day, and Sir Alfred Hitchcock. When the movie finally went before the cameras, the production company was Filwite Productions, Inc., co-owned by Hitchcock and Stewart. The reason Day was not included in the final production deal has not been publicly disclosed. However, it may have had something to do with Day's husband and manager at the time, Martin Melcher, a man absolutely despised and considered shady by many in Hollywood. (There was good reason for this. Ms. Day eventually learned that she was all but penniless as a result of his management.)

Many of the Moroccan extras had been mistakenly informed that they would only be paid if they were actually visible in the movie. This led to a lot of pushing and shoving to get close to the camera, until the crew explained to them that they would be paid no matter what.
CaptainDunsel 10 months ago
Question #14 - Ummm - how could "Both" be an answer to that question?
Cowgirl CaptainDunsel 9 months ago
They must have fixed it because when I clicked on Gunsmoke, it came up as the right answer.
CaptainDunsel 10 months ago
Any hopes of a Bonanza quickly went up in Gunsmoke!
Pacificsun CaptainDunsel 10 months ago
Newest Movie Quiz enthusiast, in the tradition of Texasluva, something for the weekend.

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