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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 Horse Traders

S11, E26  (First Aired: Apr. 5, 1970)
Fledgling horse-traders Hoss and Little Joe fight when the ne'er-do-well Calhouns open up shop as competitors.
  • Wed 11/22
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What Are Partners For?

S11, E27  (First Aired: Apr. 12, 1970)
Hoss is jailed as an accomplice after trying to prevent two men from committing a bank robbery.
  • Wed 11/22
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A Matter of Faith

S12, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 20, 1970)
The Cartwrights intervene when rainmakers Dusty and Jamie fail to end the drought.
  • Thu 11/23
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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Knight Errant

S04, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 18, 1962)
Romantic complications trouble Hoss after he generously volunteers to help out a friend who is unable to pick up his mail-order bride.
  • Thu 11/23
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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The Beginning

S04, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 25, 1962)
A man hoping to log timber on Cartwright land claims one-third of the Ponderosa on the basis of a recent court ruling.
  • Fri 11/24
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 192
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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.
  • Sat 11/25
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 192
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The Reluctant American

S12, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 14, 1971)
A new manager on a neighboring ranch accuses the Cartwrights of rustling cattle.
  • Sat 11/25
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Shadow of a Hero

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.
  • Sun 11/26
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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.
  • Sun 11/26
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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.
  • Sun 11/26
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The Silent Killers

S12, E22  (First Aired: Feb. 28, 1971)
A new doctor in town offers his services when influenza strikes the Ponderosa.
  • Mon 11/27
  • 3:00AM-4:00AM
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The Storm

S03, E19  (First Aired: Jan. 28, 1962)
Little Joe's childhood sweetheart (Brooke Hayward), intent on marriage, arrives with her stubborn, seafaring father.
  • Mon 11/27
  • 10:51AM-12:00PM
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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 11/27
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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The Deadly Ones

S04, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 2, 1962)
Ben and Little Joe become caught up in stopping a plan to steal a load of gold ingots needed for the Mexican Revolution.
  • Mon 11/27
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 192
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A Matter of Circumstance

S11, E28  (First Aired: Apr. 19, 1970)
Alone on the Ponderosa, Little Joe is badly injured by a horse's kick and prepares to take drastic measures to save his own life.
  • Mon 11/27
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The Night Virginia City Died

S12, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 13, 1970)
A suspected arsonist is jailed until another fire strikes Virginia City.
  • Mon 11/27
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The Auld Sod

S03, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 4, 1962)
The Cartwrights allow a shiftless man to pose as head of the ranch to prevent his Irish grandmother from learning the truth about him.
  • Tue 11/28
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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 11/28
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Gallagher's Sons

S04, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 9, 1962)
Hoss becomes the guardian of two girls who were involved in their father's death.
  • Tue 11/28
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A Matter of Faith

S12, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 20, 1970)
The Cartwrights intervene when rainmakers Dusty and Jamie fail to end the drought.
  • Tue 11/28
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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).
  • Tue 11/28
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Gift of Water

S03, E21  (First Aired: Feb. 11, 1962)
The Cartwrights refuse to join vigilantes to stop drought-stricken farmers from encroaching on their land.
  • Wed 11/29
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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.
  • Wed 11/29
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The Decision

S04, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 16, 1962)
Ben tries to get the town's only doctor (DeForest Kelley), accused of murder, released from jail to treat Hoss' punctured lung.
  • Wed 11/29
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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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.
  • Wed 11/29
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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.
  • Wed 11/29
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Jack Knife

S03, E22  (First Aired: Feb. 18, 1962)
Adam senses trouble between a man and his wife while searching for cattle rustlers and is convinced to stay awhile by the couple's son.
  • Thu 11/30
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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.
  • Thu 11/30
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The Good Samaritan

S04, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 23, 1962)
Hoss finds trouble when he tries to help a widow stranded in the West and a drunk using alcohol to help him forget a broken affair.
  • Thu 11/30
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 192
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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.
  • Thu 11/30
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The Guilty

S03, E23  (First Aired: Feb. 25, 1962)
A grieving father blames Ben for the death of his 20-year-old son in a shooting he feels Cartwright could have prevented.
  • Fri 12/1
  • 10:51AM-12:00PM
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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.
  • Fri 12/1
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The Jury

S04, E14  (First Aired: Dec. 30, 1962)
Despite intense pressure, juror Hoss maintains doubt that a derelict committed murder.
  • Fri 12/1
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 192
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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.
  • Fri 12/1
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The Colonel

S04, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 6, 1963)
Ben's former Army colonel envies Cartwright's success during a visit and tries to compensate by lying.
  • Sat 12/2
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  • 192
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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.
  • Sat 12/2
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The Silent Killers

S12, E22  (First Aired: Feb. 28, 1971)
A new doctor in town offers his services when influenza strikes the Ponderosa.
  • Sun 12/3
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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.
  • Sun 12/3
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  • 87
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The Wooing of Abigail Jones

S03, E24  (First Aired: Mar. 4, 1962)
The Cartwrights play matchmakers to help a Ponderosa ranch hand learn the art of romance and win the affections of a schoolteacher; guest Vaughn Monroe.
  • Mon 12/4
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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.
  • Mon 12/4
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Song in the Dark

S04, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 13, 1963)
Adam attempts to prove the innocence of his friend, a slow-witted singer accused on circumstantial evidence of murdering a widow.
  • Mon 12/4
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 192
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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.
  • Mon 12/4
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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).
  • Mon 12/4
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The Law Maker

S03, E25  (First Aired: Mar. 11, 1962)
Ben comes to regret suggesting a neighboring rancher as a temporary replacement for wounded Sheriff Coffee.
  • Tue 12/5
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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).
  • Tue 12/5
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Elegy for a Hangman

S04, E17  (First Aired: Jan. 20, 1963)
The bitter son of a man executed for murder convinces Adam to look into his father's case; guests Keir Dullea, Otto Kruger.
  • Tue 12/5
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 192
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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.
  • Tue 12/5
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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.
  • Tue 12/5
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Look to the Stars

S03, E26  (First Aired: Mar. 18, 1962)
Ben helps future Nobel Prize-winner Albert Abraham Michelson obtain an education after being expelled from school as a troublemaker.
  • Wed 12/6
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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.
  • Wed 12/6
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Half a Rogue

S04, E18  (First Aired: Jan. 27, 1963)
The sheriff reveals that a wounded man brought by Hoss to the Ponderosa is wanted for robbery and murder; guest Slim Pickens.
  • Wed 12/6
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  • 192
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