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Bonanza

Bonanza

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.

Premiere:
Sep 12, 1959
Original Network:
NBC
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The Meredith Smith

S07, E08  (First Aired: Oct. 31, 1965)
While on his deathbed, an old friend asks Ben to see to it that his estate be given to a certain relative.
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The Rescue

S02, E23  (First Aired: Feb. 25, 1961)
Ben's sons persuade him to stay home while they hunt down cattle rustlers; guest Leif Erickson.
  • Wed 9/28
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Rock-a-Bye Hoss

S13, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 10, 1971)
Hoss is accused of favoritism when he judges a beautiful baby contest.
  • Wed 9/28
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The Rescue

S02, E23  (First Aired: Feb. 25, 1961)
Ben's sons persuade him to stay home while they hunt down cattle rustlers; guest Leif Erickson.
  • Wed 9/28
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Mighty is the Word

S07, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 7, 1965)
Cliff Rexford (Michael Witney) reveals that the Rev. Watson (Glenn Corbett) killed his brother in a gunfight.
  • Wed 9/28
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The Dark Gate

S02, E24  (First Aired: Mar. 4, 1961)
Adam's disturbed friend (James Coburn) abandons his family and becomes an outlaw.
  • Thu 9/29
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The Prisoners

S13, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 17, 1971)
Little Joe has major problems escorting an accused killer to jail.
  • Thu 9/29
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The Dark Gate

S02, E24  (First Aired: Mar. 4, 1961)
Adam's disturbed friend (James Coburn) abandons his family and becomes an outlaw.
  • Thu 9/29
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The Reluctant Rebel

S07, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 21, 1965)
Hoss befriends a young boy (Tim Considine) hanging out with hoodlums because he is ashamed of his father.
  • Thu 9/29
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The Duke

S02, E25  (First Aired: Mar. 11, 1961)
An arrogant British prizefighter and his manager (J. Pat O'Malley) challenge Hoss to a bout.
  • Fri 9/30
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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Cassie

S13, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 24, 1971)
After purchasing an Arabian stallion Hoss is challenged to a race by the animal's previous owner (Jack Cassidy).
  • Fri 9/30
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The Duke

S02, E25  (First Aired: Mar. 11, 1961)
An arrogant British prizefighter and his manager (J. Pat O'Malley) challenge Hoss to a bout.
  • Fri 9/30
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Five Sundowns to Sunup

S07, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 5, 1965)
The Lassiters kidnap Little Joe and threaten to kill him unless Harry Lassiter is released from jail; guest Marie Windsor.
  • Fri 9/30
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Ponderosa Explosion

S08, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 1, 1967)
Hoss and Little Joe raise rabbits for fur coats, then find they lack the heart to finish the job; guest Dub Taylor.
  • Sat 10/1
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First Love

S14, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 26, 1972)
Jamie falls for the wife (Pamela Franklin) of an insanely jealous schoolmaster (Jordan Rhodes).
  • Sat 10/1
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The Witness

S14, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 2, 1973)
Griff tries to locate the witness (Sally Kemp) who can clear Candy of murder and theft charges.
  • Sun 10/2
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He Was Only Seven

S13, E22  (First Aired: Mar. 5, 1972)
Jamie and Joe help a man (Roscoe Lee Brown) in a wheelchair who sets out on the trail of his grandson's killers.
  • Sun 10/2
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The Younger Brothers' Younger Brother

S13, E23  (First Aired: Mar. 12, 1972)
Hoss is identified as a member of the Younger brothers' (Strother Martin, Ted Gehring, Chuck McCann) gang, recently released from prison.
  • Sun 10/2
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Cutthroat Junction

S02, E26  (First Aired: Mar. 18, 1961)
The Cartwrights help a trouble-shooter (Robert Lansing) stop a mob cutting off Virginia City's supplies.
  • Mon 10/3
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Don't Cry My Son

S13, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 31, 1971)
Guilt-ridden Dr. Sloan (Richard Mulligan) kidnaps a child after the death of his own son.
  • Mon 10/3
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Cutthroat Junction

S02, E26  (First Aired: Mar. 18, 1961)
The Cartwrights help a trouble-shooter (Robert Lansing) stop a mob cutting off Virginia City's supplies.
  • Mon 10/3
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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All Ye His Saints

S07, E14  (First Aired: Dec. 19, 1965)
A boy (Clint Howard), seeking help for his wounded father, thinks a murderer (Leif Erickson) is God.
  • Mon 10/3
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The Gift

S02, E27  (First Aired: Apr. 1, 1961)
Little Joe and a friend traverse Arizona to buy a stallion for Ben's birthday; guests Jim Davis, Martin Landau.
  • Tue 10/4
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Face of Fear

S13, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 14, 1971)
A murderer (Bradford Dillman) assumes his victim's identity in a plot to claim the man's inheritance.
  • Tue 10/4
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The Gift

S02, E27  (First Aired: Apr. 1, 1961)
Little Joe and a friend traverse Arizona to buy a stallion for Ben's birthday; guests Jim Davis, Martin Landau.
  • Tue 10/4
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A Dublin Lad

S07, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 2, 1966)
A man (Liam Sullivan) sentenced to hang for murder claims innocence; Little Joe begins to doubt his guilt.
  • Tue 10/4
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The Rival

S02, E28  (First Aired: Apr. 15, 1961)
Hoss suspects his rival for a woman's love was one of the masked vigilantes who hanged a man and his wife.
  • Wed 10/5
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Blind/Hunch

S13, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 21, 1971)
Jamie becomes the eyes for a blind man (Rip Torn) seeking his brother's killer.
  • Wed 10/5
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The Rival

S02, E28  (First Aired: Apr. 15, 1961)
Hoss suspects his rival for a woman's love was one of the masked vigilantes who hanged a man and his wife.
  • Wed 10/5
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To Kill a Buffalo

S07, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 9, 1966)
A starving, wounded Indian (Jose De Vega), rescued by the Cartwrights, remains hostile to white men and steals a horse.
  • Wed 10/5
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The Infernal Machine

S02, E29  (First Aired: Apr. 22, 1961)
Despite his family's doubts, Hoss helps a new friend raise funds needed to construct his invention, an automobile.
  • Thu 10/6
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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The Iron Butterfly

S13, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 28, 1971)
Hoss confesses to a murder committed by a celebrity (Mariette Hartley) he is protecting.
  • Thu 10/6
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The Infernal Machine

S02, E29  (First Aired: Apr. 22, 1961)
Despite his family's doubts, Hoss helps a new friend raise funds needed to construct his invention, an automobile.
  • Thu 10/6
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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Ride the Wind

S07, E17  (First Aired: Jan. 16, 1966)
Ben invests in the Pony Express, suffering great losses from the attacks of Winnemuca (Richard Hale) and his Paiutes.
  • Thu 10/6
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Thunderhead Swindle

S02, E30  (First Aired: Apr. 29, 1961)
The Cartwrights run afoul of unemployed miners when they try to discredit rumors of a silver strike.
  • Fri 10/7
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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The Rattlesnake Brigade

S13, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 5, 1971)
A gang of convicts that escaped from prison take Jamie and three others hostage.
  • Fri 10/7
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Thunderhead Swindle

S02, E30  (First Aired: Apr. 29, 1961)
The Cartwrights run afoul of unemployed miners when they try to discredit rumors of a silver strike.
  • Fri 10/7
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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Ride the Wind

S07, E18  (First Aired: Jan. 23, 1966)
The Paiutes intensify their attacks on the Pony Express and Little Joe barely escapes death while Hoss tends a way station.
  • Fri 10/7
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Justice

S08, E17  (First Aired: Jan. 8, 1967)
A lovesick boy (Beau Bridges) resorts to fanatic measures to court a bank teller who likes Little Joe.
  • Sat 10/8
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The Hunter

S14, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 16, 1973)
An escaped mental patient (Tom Skerritt) makes Joe the object of a bizarre hunt.
  • Sat 10/8
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Lothario Larkin

S06, E30  (First Aired: Apr. 25, 1965)
When the women of Virginia City swoon over Lothario Larkin, the men scheme to run him out of town. Guest star: Noah Beery Jr.
  • Sun 10/9
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A Place to Hide

S13, E24  (First Aired: Mar. 19, 1972)
Ben learns a visitor's (Suzanne Pleshette) husband (Jon Cypher) is sought as a Confederate traitor.
  • Sun 10/9
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One Ace Too Many

S13, E26  (First Aired: Apr. 2, 1972)
A look-alike for Ben dictates a deathbed wish to Sheriff Coffee, asking him to liquidate the Ponderosa.
  • Sun 10/9
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The Secret

S02, E31  (First Aired: May. 6, 1961)
Despite a witness, Joe denies being with a girl later found slain.
  • Mon 10/10
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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Easy Come, Easy Go

S13, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 12, 1971)
The Cartwrights seek permission to cross a piece of land for their timber operation.
  • Mon 10/10
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The Secret

S02, E31  (First Aired: May. 6, 1961)
Despite a witness, Joe denies being with a girl later found slain.
  • Mon 10/10
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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Destiny's Child

S07, E19  (First Aired: Jan. 30, 1966)
Two drifters (Dick Peobody, Walter Burke), one of whom is wanted for murder in Arizona, seek temporary work at the Ponderosa.
  • Mon 10/10
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The Dream Riders

S02, E32  (First Aired: May. 20, 1961)
The Cartwrights believe in a visionary and give him permission to conduct ballooning experiments on the Ponderosa.
  • Tue 10/11
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A Home for Jamie

S13, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 19, 1971)
Jamie's grandfather (Will Geer) arrives to take him back East, but the boy runs away; guest Robert Carradine.
  • Tue 10/11
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The Dream Riders

S02, E32  (First Aired: May. 20, 1961)
The Cartwrights believe in a visionary and give him permission to conduct ballooning experiments on the Ponderosa.
  • Tue 10/11
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