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Tue., Jan. 21, 2014

“Bonanza” vs. “The Big Valley”

Which series is better to watch as reruns decades later?

Let's assess.

"Bonanza" had a winning theme song.

"The Big Valley" had Barbara Stanwyck.

Sometimes a little bit of Little Joe went a long way.

Nick Barkley's hot temper could get old.

"Bonanza" sometimes did comedy pretty well.

"The Big Valley" had Linda Evans. (Which could be considered a pro or a con.)

"Bonanza" had Dan Blocker, who played a character with the best name in TV Westerns.

The Virginia City in "Bonanza" was home to slightly more nut jobs than Stockton in "The Big Valley."

Both shows invited you to root for a powerful, rich family.

The life expectancy of young women who got engaged to boys from either the Cartwright or Barkley families tended to be alarmingly short.

Silas was not as ridiculous as Hop Sing.

After watching "Deadwood," they both seem a bit like "Teletubbies."

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