Can you tell the difference between the Cartwright brothers on Bonanza?

Do you know Adam, Hoss and Joe like family?

Image: The Everett Collection

As westerns go, Bonanza is one of the longest to ever hit the airwaves. It lasted 14 seasons from 1959–73. Part of its enduring appeal were the main cast of characters — Ben Cartwright and his three grown sons.

Pernell Roberts as Adam, Dan Blocker as Hoss and Michael Landon as Joe each brought a different personality to the show. While they shared some things in common, there were many differences. How well do you know each Cartwright brother and the actors who played them?

Take this quiz and put your knowledge to the test!

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  1. True or false: All three brothers each have a different mother.
  2. Who is the oldest brother?
  3. Which brother appeared in the most episodes?
  4. Although they played brothers of different ages, which two actors were the same age in real life?
  5. Which actor played college football?
  6. What is Hoss Cartwright's real first name?
  7. Which brother went to college for architecture?
  8. Which actor appeared on the cover of TV Guide more than 20 times?
  9. Which actor started the Bonanza Steakhouse chain in Westport, Connecticut?
  10. Which actor wrote multiple episodes of the show?
  11. Which actor served in the Korean War?
  12. Which actor marched for civil rights from Selma to Montgomery in 1965?

Can you tell the difference between the Cartwright brothers on Bonanza?

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Coreyray3 1 day ago
Interesting quiz. I wish Michael Landon was still around.
This was very interesting, also I was in Selma Alabama in 1965 when they marched from Selma to Montgomery! thanks for the chance to write to you! Peggie Jo Culpepper
CouchPotato987 14 days ago
This was another toughie for me. I never watched Bonanza much, just had to guess most of ‘em.
ThorOdinsson 23 days ago
I can’t believe I missed one and I knew it DOH!
KellyShort 24 days ago
You got 6 out of 12
guessed at most
Cowgirl 25 days ago
You got 12 out of 12
That was almost too easy. Great job!
Maybe I'm the long lost Cartwright sister.
madmark1 25 days ago
I got 9 of 12 had no idea Pernell Roberts marched in Selma Alabama during the civil rights movement.I knew Dan Blocker played college football but didn’t know he was a Korean War vet.
Runeshaper 27 days ago
6/12 - not bad for not really watching LOL
TessyPooh 27 days ago
11/12 Missed the Korean War one. Still, love Bonanza and everything about it.😍
JZ6030 28 days ago
10/12. Missed #4 and 12. Guessed on 12. That’s the only one I truly didn’t know. Thought Roberts was older than all off the show too.
clg1960 28 days ago
I’m surprised I got that many right!😃
10/12
Craigg 28 days ago
You got 11 out of 12
That was almost too easy. Great job!
Kathie26 29 days ago
You got me on questions about their personal life.
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