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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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Joe Cartwright, Detective

S08, E25  (First Aired: Mar. 5, 1967)
Inspired by detective novels, Little Joe tries to prove two strangers are planning to rob the Virginia City bank.
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Mrs. Wharton and the Lesser Breeds

S10, E17  (First Aired: Jan. 19, 1969)
A stubborn British widow hires Candy as an escort, then foils his attempts to retrieve her valuables from thieves.
  • Sat 5/27
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Bullet for a Bride

S05, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 16, 1964)
Little Joe is convinced he loves a girl he blinded in a hunting accident who is now recuperating on the Ponderosa; guest Denver Pyle.
  • Sat 5/27
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The Real People of Muddy Creek

S10, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 6, 1968)
Only a few brave souls remain to help Ben and Little Joe defend a town jail and its occupant from outlaws.
  • Sat 5/27
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The Passing of a King

S10, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 13, 1968)
Ben delivers a bull to a Texas rancher, whose son has declared the man incompetent and refuses to pay for the animal.
  • Sun 5/28
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Star Crossed

S09, E23  (First Aired: Mar. 10, 1968)
After losing his girl (Tisha Sterling) to Little Joe, Candy learns she is being blackmailed into marrying for money.
  • Sun 5/28
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Trouble Town

S09, E24  (First Aired: Mar. 17, 1968)
An intimidating sheriff (Robert Wilke) imprisons Candy without bail after being struck accidentally by the ranch hand.
  • Sun 5/28
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Return Engagement

S11, E22  (First Aired: Mar. 1, 1970)
Hoss' open adoration of an actress (Sally Kellerman) makes him the prime suspect when her leading man is murdered; guest Joyce Bulifant.
  • Mon 5/29
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King of the Mountain

S05, E21  (First Aired: Feb. 23, 1964)
Hoss steps in to end a feud over a disputed piece of land that threatens his friend's upcoming marriage; guest Slim Pickens.
  • Mon 5/29
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Dark Enough to See the Stars

S08, E26  (First Aired: Mar. 12, 1967)
A Texas lawman shatters a young drifter's (Richard Evans) hopes of a new life on the Ponderosa.
  • Mon 5/29
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The Deed and the Dilemma

S08, E27  (First Aired: Mar. 26, 1967)
Ranchers frame an Italian emigrant for murder to halt his plans for a vineyard on the Ponderosa.
  • Mon 5/29
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Night of Reckoning

S09, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 15, 1967)
The cohorts of a wounded outlaw come to look for stolen money he hid before seeking help from the Cartwrights; guest Richard Jaeckel.
  • Tue 5/30
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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.
  • Tue 5/30
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Love Me Not

S05, E22  (First Aired: Mar. 1, 1964)
Ben takes in an English girl (Anjanette Comer) raised by Paiute Indians, only to discover she has fallen in love with him.
  • Tue 5/30
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The Prince

S08, E28  (First Aired: Apr. 2, 1967)
An outlaw (Lloyd Bochner) introduces himself as a Russian nobleman to get close to a countess and her jewels.
  • Tue 5/30
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Clarissa

S08, E32  (First Aired: Apr. 30, 1967)
Ben's visiting cousin (Nina Foch) uses the Cartwrights' sympathy to gain control of the household.
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False Witness

S09, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 22, 1967)
The Cartwright sons, Candy and a girl become targets after witnessing a murder and robbery committed by a ruthless outlaw gang.
  • Wed 5/31
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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.
  • Wed 5/31
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The Pure Truth

S05, E23  (First Aired: Mar. 8, 1964)
Hoss, suffering from a severe case of spring fever, is accused of bank robbery and seeks refuge with an elderly woman prospector.
  • Wed 5/31
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Maestro Hoss

S08, E33  (First Aired: May. 7, 1967)
A Gypsy fortuneteller (Zsa Zsa Gabor) convinces Hoss he is a musical genius.
  • Wed 5/31
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The Sure Thing

S09, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 12, 1967)
A vengeful gambler targets a man who changed his mind about ordering his daughter (Kim Darby) to throw a horse race.
  • Wed 5/31
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The Gentle Ones

S09, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 29, 1967)
Ben allows a ranch hand to care for a mistreated stallion the man stole from his brother.
  • Thu 6/1
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Warbonnet

S13, E14  (First Aired: Dec. 26, 1971)
Red Cloud (Chief Dan George) may meet his death trying to retrieve an Indian headdress from Frank Ryan's (Forrest Tucker) saloon.
  • Thu 6/1
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No Less a Man

S05, E24  (First Aired: Mar. 15, 1964)
Adam stands by Sheriff Coffee when Virginia City residents claim that the aging lawman is no match for an approaching outlaw gang.
  • Thu 6/1
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Six Black Horses

S09, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 26, 1967)
Ben's old friend (Burgess Meredith) admits to a scheme to invest funds from political graft.
  • Thu 6/1
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The Gold Detector

S09, E14  (First Aired: Dec. 24, 1967)
Town residents ridicule Hoss' attempts to help a friend find gold with an inventor's (Wally Cox) strange contraption.
  • Thu 6/1
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Desperate Passage

S09, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 5, 1967)
Paiutes attack a group, including the Cartwrights and Candy, and capture an accused killer's (Steve Forrest) only witness (Tina Louise).
  • Fri 6/2
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Lonely Man

S13, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 2, 1972)
Hop Sing goes on vacation and falls in love with a woman while panning for gold.
  • Fri 6/2
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Return to Honor

S05, E25  (First Aired: Mar. 22, 1964)
Ben's nephew Will (Guy Williams) is tempted by counterfeiters but finds new strength in the Cartwright integrity.
  • Fri 6/2
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The Crime of Johnny Mule

S09, E21  (First Aired: Feb. 25, 1968)
A prospector (Noah Beery Jr.) accused of murder escapes and seeks protection from Hoss; guest Jack Ging.
  • Fri 6/2
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Lady and the Mountain Lion

S10, E21  (First Aired: Feb. 23, 1969)
A magician (Richard Haydn) with twin daughters plans to use the unwitting Cartwright sons to lend credence to his con game.
  • Sat 6/3
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The Saga of Muley Jones

S05, E26  (First Aired: Mar. 29, 1964)
An itinerant singer (Bruce Yarnell) of marginal talent comes to Virginia City and turns out to be a lost cousin of the Cartwrights.
  • Sat 6/3
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Little Girl Lost

S10, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 3, 1968)
A distant relative (Antoinette Bower) sends her unruly daughter (Linda Sue Risk) to the Ponderosa.
  • Sat 6/3
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The Survivors

S10, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 10, 1968)
After four years as a captive, a woman (Mariette Hartley) returns to a town and husband who reject her and her half-Indian baby.
  • Sun 6/4
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A Dream to Dream

S09, E26  (First Aired: Apr. 14, 1968)
A young mother (Julie Harris) victimized by her alcoholic husband falls in love with visiting Hoss.
  • Sun 6/4
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To Die in Darkness

S09, E28  (First Aired: May. 5, 1968)
A pardoned bank robber takes revenge on prosecution witnesses Ben and Candy by imprisoning them in a deserted mine.
  • Sun 6/4
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The Gold Mine

S11, E23  (First Aired: Mar. 8, 1970)
A Mexican boy's former keeper uses Little Joe to learn from Ramon the location of a gold vein.
  • Mon 6/5
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Showdown at Tahoe

S09, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 19, 1967)
A gang's plot to rob the Cartwrights' payroll and escape in their paddlewheel steamboat threatens the family's timber operation.
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Second Sight

S13, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 9, 1972)
When Jamie becomes lost in the Sierras, Hoss calls on Judith Corman (Joan Hackett), who is reputed to have special powers.
  • Mon 6/5
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The Roper

S05, E27  (First Aired: Apr. 5, 1964)
While the Cartwrights are out surveying some of their land, Will is confronted with a problem back at the ranch.
  • Mon 6/5
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Star Crossed

S09, E23  (First Aired: Mar. 10, 1968)
After losing his girl (Tisha Sterling) to Little Joe, Candy learns she is being blackmailed into marrying for money.
  • Mon 6/5
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Trouble Town

S09, E24  (First Aired: Mar. 17, 1968)
An intimidating sheriff (Robert Wilke) imprisons Candy without bail after being struck accidentally by the ranch hand.
  • Mon 6/5
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Check Rein

S09, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 3, 1967)
An avaricious man attempts murder and false arrest to prevent his nephew (James MacArthur) from inheriting the family ranch.
  • Tue 6/6
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Saddle Stiff

S13, E17  (First Aired: Jan. 16, 1972)
Ben fires a hired hand (Buddy Ebsen) for improperly saddling a horse, but learns he may have assumed too quickly.
  • Tue 6/6
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A Pink Cloud Comes From Old Cathay

S05, E28  (First Aired: Apr. 12, 1964)
A Chinese mail-order bride (Marlo Thomas) sent by mistake to Hoss spreads dissension among railroad workers and Ponderosa staff.
  • Tue 6/6
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A Dream to Dream

S09, E26  (First Aired: Apr. 14, 1968)
A young mother (Julie Harris) victimized by her alcoholic husband falls in love with visiting Hoss.
  • Tue 6/6
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To Die in Darkness

S09, E28  (First Aired: May. 5, 1968)
A pardoned bank robber takes revenge on prosecution witnesses Ben and Candy by imprisoning them in a deserted mine.
  • Tue 6/6
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Justice Deferred

S09, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 17, 1967)
Hoss feels he has testified mistakenly in court after seeing an accused murderer's double (Simon Oakland in a dual role) in town.
  • Wed 6/7
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Frenzy

S13, E18  (First Aired: Jan. 30, 1972)
Ben's friend, Anna Kosovo, fears for her life when her hot-tempered immigrant husband barricades their home.
  • Wed 6/7
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Enter Thomas Bowers

S05, E30  (First Aired: Apr. 26, 1964)
A black singer (William Marshall) returns to Virginia City after a successful European tour and is accused of being a runaway slave.
  • Wed 6/7
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The Bottle Fighter

S09, E29  (First Aired: May. 12, 1968)
An alcoholic lawyer (Albert Dekker) must defend Hoss on a murder charge.
  • Wed 6/7
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The Arrival of Eddie

S09, E30  (First Aired: May. 19, 1968)
Remorseful Hoss offers a job to the teenage son of the man he killed as part of a posse; guest Jim Davis.
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The Trackers

S09, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 7, 1968)
A banker gathers a posse and sets out after a recently released convict (Bruce Dern), believing him guilty of bank robbery and murder.
  • Thu 6/8
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Customs of the Country

S13, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 6, 1972)
After landing in a Mexican bordertown jail, Joe and Hoss throw a party and try to escape.
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The Dark Past

S05, E31  (First Aired: May. 3, 1964)
The Cartwrights help a bitter bounty hunter (Dennis Hopper) regain faith in himself and society; guest Susan Seaforth.
  • Thu 6/8
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The Stronghold

S09, E31  (First Aired: May. 26, 1968)
Swindled out of a cattle herd, Little Joe, Candy and a cowhand head to the thieves' fortified Arizona ranch.
  • Thu 6/8
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Pride of a Man

S09, E32  (First Aired: Jun. 2, 1968)
Substitute-teacher Little Joe is forced into a fight with an uneducated man who insists his two ruffian sons have no need of school.
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A Girl Named George

S09, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 14, 1968)
A lawyer kills a judge to avenge his brother's hanging, then bribes a photographer to provide him a visual alibi; guest Jack Albertson.
  • Fri 6/9
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Shanklin

S13, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 13, 1972)
A gang of ex-Confederate soldiers take over the Ponderosa to force Ben to give them a fortune in cash.
  • Fri 6/9
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The Pressure Game

S05, E32  (First Aired: May. 10, 1964)
Laura's aunt (Joan Blondell) comes for a visit and tries various tactics to advance the relationship between her niece and Adam.
  • Fri 6/9
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