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.
S02, E26 (First Aired: Mar. 18, 1961)
The Cartwrights help a trouble-shooter (Robert Lansing) stop a mob cutting off Virginia City's supplies.
S12, E21 (First Aired: Feb. 21, 1971)
Ben's friend, a war hero bidding for the governorship, is discredited due to his hatred of the Indians.