Genre: Drama, Western
Premise: Ben Cartwright is the patriarch of an all-male Nevada ranching family. Set during and after the Civil War, ``Bonanza'' is the story of life on the family's thousand-acre spread, known as the Ponderosa, near Virginia City. Ben has his three sons, each with a different (and deceased) mother. Serious eldest son Adam hopes to follow in his father's footsteps; middle son Hoss is a gentle giant -- physically strong, but sometimes naive; and youngest son Little Joe is the most impetuous and romantic of the offspring.
S01, E03 (First Aired: Sep. 26, 1959)
Hoss falls for an invalid (Inger Stevens) traveling with unscrupulous prospectors who want to mine the Ponderosa.
S04, E01 (First Aired: Sep. 23, 1962)
A stranger with a fast gun and a mysterious past claims to be Little Joe's older half brother.