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Bonanza: The Next Generation is a 1988 American made-for-television western film and a sequel to the 1959–1973 television series Bonanza starring John Ireland, Robert Fuller, Barbara Anderson, Michael Landon Jr., Brian A. Smith and John Amos.

Bonanza: The Next Generation
Based onBonanza created by David Dortort
Written byPaul Savage
Story byDavid Dortort
Directed byWilliam F. Claxton
StarringJohn Ireland
Robert Fuller
Barbara Anderson
Michael Landon Jr.
Brian A. Smith
John Amos
Music byBob Cobert
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Tom Sarnoff
Alan Courtney
Producer(s)David Dortort
CinematographyStanley M. Lazan
Editor(s)Alan C. Marks
J. Timothy Nuggent
Running time93 minutes
Production company(s)Bonanza Ventures
Gaylord Productions
DistributorLBS Communications
Original networkCBS
Original releaseMarch 23, 1988 (1988-03-23)
Followed byBonanza: The Return

None of the characters from the original series appears since the entire cast, with the exception of Pernell Roberts and Michael Landon, had died. Lorne Greene had signed to reprise his role as patriarch Ben, but died shortly before production began. He was replaced by veteran actor John Ireland, who played Ben's brother Aaron. The movie features Michael Landon Jr. as the son of Little Joe Cartwright, and Gillian Greene, daughter of Lorne Greene, as his love interest.

The film was written by David Dortort and Paul Savage, and directed by William F. Claxton. Bonanza: The Next Generation was the pilot for a television series that was never produced but was followed by Bonanza: The Return (1993) and Bonanza: Under Attack (1995).


  • John Ireland ... Captain Aaron Cartwright
  • Robert Fuller ... Charlie Poke
  • Barbara Anderson ... Annabelle 'Annie' Cartwright
  • Michael Landon Jr. ... Benjamin 'Benj' Cartwright
  • Brian A. Smith ... Josh Cartwright
  • John Amos ... Mr. Mack
  • Peter Mark Richman ... Mr. Dunson
  • Gillian Greene ... Jennifer Sills
  • Kevin Hagen ... Nathaniel Amsted
  • William 'Billy' Benedict ... Gus Morton (billed as William Benedict)
  • Richard Bergman ... Sheriff Montooth
  • Dabbs Greer ... Sills
  • Gary Reed ... Eldon Poole
  • Lee McLaughlin ... Mayor
  • Robert F. Hoy ... Feathers (billed as Robert Hoy)
  • Rex Linn ... Cease
  • Jack Lilley ... Jory
  • Jerry Gatlin ... Deke
  • Jeffrey Meyer ... Lundeen
  • Robert Jauregui ... Cullen
  • Jeff Boudov ... Homer (billed as Jeffrey Boudov)
  • Laurie Rude ... Rachel
  • Clayton Staggs ... Mover-Shaker
  • David Q. Combs ... Father

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