Big Shadow on the Land

Big Shadow on the Land

Air Date: April 17, 1966

Written by: William F. Leicester, Richard H. Bartlett

Directed by: William F. Claxton

Guest Stars: Jack Kruschen (Georgio Rossi), Brioni Farrell (Regina Rossi), Michael Stefani (Lorenzo Rossi), Penny Santon (Maria Rossi)

An Italian family turns up on the Ponderosa, looking to start a vineyard.

Trivia: This is the first of three Bonanza episodes with the Rossi Family. They appear again in Season 8’s ‘The Deed and the Dilemma’ and Season 10’s ‘The Sound of Drums’. There was talk about this family being spun off into their own series, but NBC felt that such a show would be too ethnic in nature and the idea was scrapped.