Ben Cartwright’s shady past bears mentioning.
Ben Cartwright is based off of King Arthur, according to the writers. So he’s a good guy. Still, having three wives die after giving birth to one son each..is a little odd, no?
Michael Landon found character deaths hilarious.
Bonanza had the nasty habit of introducing female characters only for them to end up dead or leaving town within a few episodes. This apparently cracked up Michael Landon who joked that the Cartwright’s were cursed.