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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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All Upcoming Times for Bonanza

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The Far, Far Better Thing

S06, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 10, 1965)
Little Joe competes for the affections of a woman who gets herself in trouble when she sets off to meet Paiute Indians; guest X. Brands.
  • Mon 4/23
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A Christmas Story

S08, E15  (First Aired: Dec. 25, 1966)
A shady manager (Jack Oakie) involves his singer nephew (Wayne Newton) in a Christmas fund-raising drive.
  • Mon 4/23
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The Weary Willies

S12, E03  (First Aired: Sep. 27, 1970)
Ex-soldiers (Richard Thomas, Kevin Tighe) camping on Ponderosa land cause an incident with a local girl (Lee Purcell).
  • Mon 4/23
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Woman of Fire

S06, E17  (First Aired: Jan. 17, 1965)
Adam attempts to reform a temperamental Mexican beauty (Joan Hackett) before she meets her future husband.
  • Tue 4/24
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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.
  • Tue 4/24
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The Wagon

S12, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 5, 1970)
A law officer (Denver Pyle) kidnaps injured Hoss to replace an escaped prisoner.
  • Tue 4/24
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The Power of Life and Death

S12, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 11, 1970)
After tracking a wanted man in the desert, injured Ben stays with him while Little Joe goes for help.
  • Tue 4/24
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Ballerina

S06, E18  (First Aired: Jan. 24, 1965)
A saloon dancer refuses to believe she may have the talent for ballet, until she meets a former dancer who offers to be her teacher.
  • Wed 4/25
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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.
  • Wed 4/25
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Gideon, The Good

S12, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 18, 1970)
Murder witness Joe gives a fleeing woman's description to the sheriff (Richard Kiley), the woman's husband.
  • Wed 4/25
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The Trouble With Trouble

S12, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 25, 1970)
Hoss becomes a temporary sheriff in a town where even bank robbers are welcome.
  • Wed 4/25
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The Flannel-Mouth Gun

S06, E19  (First Aired: Jan. 31, 1965)
Adam comes to the defense of a professional assassin (Earl Holliman) with a hair trigger, accused of shooting a rancher's wife.
  • Thu 4/26
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A Bride for Buford

S08, E18  (First Aired: Jan. 15, 1967)
Hoss interferes when a shady manager pushes his dancer client (Lola Albright) to romance a wealthy miner.
  • Thu 4/26
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Thorton's Account

S12, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 1, 1970)
Residents are afraid to help injured Ben due to raids in their community.
  • Thu 4/26
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Ponderosa Birdmen

S06, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 7, 1965)
Hoss agrees to help an elderly inventor (Ed Wynn) and his granddaughter, until the pair asks him to test a flying machine.
  • Fri 4/27
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A Woman in the House

S08, E23  (First Aired: Feb. 19, 1967)
Ben gets caught in a marital mess trying to protect a woman from her alcoholic husband.
  • Fri 4/27
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Love Child

S12, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 8, 1970)
An unwed, terminally ill mother returns to Virginia City to see her father (Will Geer).
  • Fri 4/27
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El Jefe

S12, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 15, 1970)
Charged with murder, Ben's friend turns himself in to authorities, who conspire to frame him.
  • Fri 4/27
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The Twenty-Sixth Grave

S14, E08  (First Aired: Oct. 31, 1972)
Editor Samuel Clemens (Ken Howard) asks the Cartwrights to help him prove a government assayer is a killer.
  • Sat 4/28
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Stallion

S14, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 14, 1972)
Joe must risk his beloved stallion to save a wounded boy; guests Clu Gulager, Mitzi Hoag, Vincent Van Patten.
  • Sun 4/29
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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.
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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.
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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.
  • Mon 4/30
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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.
  • Mon 4/30
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The Search

S06, E21  (First Aired: Feb. 14, 1965)
Adam searches for a look-alike former convict who is ruining his reputation; guest Lola Albright.
  • Mon 4/30
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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.
  • Mon 4/30
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The Luck of Pepper Shannon

S12, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 22, 1970)
Jamie idolizes an infamous desperado who returns to Virginia City seeking revenge.
  • Mon 4/30
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The Deadliest Game

S06, E22  (First Aired: Feb. 21, 1965)
When an aging trapeze artist's (Cesar Romero) pretty assistant shows interest in Little Joe, her fiance challenges him to a fight.
  • Tue 5/1
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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.
  • Tue 5/1
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The Imposters

S12, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 13, 1970)
Hoss and Little Joe pretend to be part of a gang that robbed a stagecoach to reclaim booty.
  • Tue 5/1
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Honest John

S12, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 20, 1970)
Jamie considers going on the road with a vagrant who is staying at the Ponderosa.
  • Tue 5/1
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Once a Doctor

S06, E23  (First Aired: Feb. 28, 1965)
A British doctor (Michael Rennie) finds love in Virginia City while fleeing a widower claiming surgery killed his wife.
  • Wed 5/2
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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.
  • Wed 5/2
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For a Young Lady

S12, E14  (First Aired: Dec. 27, 1970)
The Cartwrights are charged with kidnapping after a young girl accepts their hospitality.
  • Wed 5/2
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A Single Pilgrim

S12, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 3, 1971)
A hunter accidentally shoots Hoss but refuses to aid him for fear of prosecution.
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Right Is the Fourth R

S06, E24  (First Aired: Mar. 7, 1965)
Adam's life is endangered when he takes over an injured teacher's (Mariette Hartley) class and researches Virginia City's history.
  • Thu 5/3
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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.
  • Thu 5/3
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The Gold Plated Rifle

S12, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 10, 1971)
After being forced to go to school, Jamie decides to run away.
  • Thu 5/3
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Hound Dog

S06, E25  (First Aired: Mar. 21, 1965)
The Cartwrights find little peace when cousin Muley pays another visit, this time accompanied by a pack of howling dogs.
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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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Top Hand

S12, E17  (First Aired: Jan. 17, 1971)
A trail boss's inability to control his trail hands threatens the success of a cattle drive.
  • Fri 5/4
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A Deck of Aces

S12, E18  (First Aired: Jan. 31, 1971)
A con man resembling Ben Cartwright poses as the rancher to negotiate with railroad representatives.
  • Fri 5/4
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The Hidden Enemy

S14, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 28, 1972)
A doctor's (Mike Farrell) morphine addiction is revealed during his trial for murder; guest David Huddleston.
  • Sat 5/5
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The Sound of Loneliness

S14, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 5, 1972)
An elderly man (Jack Albertson) takes in runaway orphan brothers, one of whom is mute.
  • Sun 5/6
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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.
  • Sun 5/6
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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.
  • Sun 5/6
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Search in Limbo

S13, E21  (First Aired: Feb. 20, 1972)
When Ben gets amnesia in a strange community, he is implicated in a murder. Guest star: Pamela Payton-Wright.
  • Mon 5/7
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