They were two of the most popular and long-running western dramas in the history of television. Gunsmoke ran for 20 seasons and Bonanza ran for 14 seasons, covering a span of three decades, each starting in the '50s and ending in the '70s. How much do you know about two of the earliest powerhouse shows on television? Can you distinguish them from one another? Here's a quiz where you can find out just that!
Gunsmoke and Bonanza are ranked respectively as the longest-running western dramas ever to hit American television, competing directly against one another, as Gunsmoke ran on CBS and Bonanza on NBC. Few shows could challenge these two goliaths when they originally ran rampant through the homes of Americans or even now.
After all, both shows have received numerous awards and are consistently included in rankings of greatest shows of all time. Even today, their popularity refuses to die, with reruns and DVD sales drawing new audience members and entertaining fans who have been with the shows when they first started.
Whether you grew up with the shows or came upon them years after their series finales aired, here's your chance to revisit each one. Get started and put your Gunsmoke and Bonanza knowledge to the test!