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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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Day of Reckoning

S02, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 22, 1960)
Hoss' bandit uncle (Neville Brand) decides to bypass the Ponderosa, but his gang disagrees.
  • Wed 9/20
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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.
  • Wed 9/20
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The Fugitive

S02, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 4, 1961)
Adam encounters trouble when he leaves to return to Nevada the body of a boyhood friend who died in Mexico.
  • Wed 9/20
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The Emperor Norton

S07, E23  (First Aired: Feb. 27, 1966)
The owner of a mining company tries to have a man committed after being accused of lacking safety devices.
  • Wed 9/20
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Her Brother's Keeper

S07, E24  (First Aired: Mar. 6, 1966)
Ben lends money to a neighbor who has no intention of repaying him.
  • Wed 9/20
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The Abduction

S02, E08  (First Aired: Oct. 29, 1960)
Hoss and Little Joe spend a most unforgettable night at the carnival when Little Joe's date disappears.
  • Thu 9/21
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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.
  • Thu 9/21
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Vengeance

S02, E21  (First Aired: Feb. 11, 1961)
Hoss blames himself for the death of a neighbor he struck in self-defense -- and so does the man's brother.
  • Thu 9/21
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The Trouble With Jamie

S07, E25  (First Aired: Mar. 20, 1966)
Ben decides to make a man out of Jamie, the spoiled son of his cousin.
  • Thu 9/21
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Breed of Violence

S02, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 5, 1960)
A sheriff's daughter runs off with her boyfriend (John Ericson), unaware he is a murderous bank robber.
  • Fri 9/22
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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.
  • Fri 9/22
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The Tax Collector

S02, E22  (First Aired: Feb. 18, 1961)
Taxpayers revolt when a lazy man becomes tax assessor and lets authority go to his head.
  • Fri 9/22
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Shining in Spain

S07, E26  (First Aired: Mar. 27, 1966)
An irresponsible adventurer's daughter takes refuge at the Ponderosa.
  • Fri 9/22
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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.
  • Sat 9/23
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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.
  • Sun 9/24
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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.
  • Sun 9/24
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The Last Viking

S02, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 12, 1960)
Ben gives farmland on the Ponderosa to an outcast Indian (Ricardo Montalban) who saved his life; guest Madlyn Rhue.
  • Mon 9/25
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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.
  • Mon 9/25
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The Genius

S07, E27  (First Aired: Apr. 3, 1966)
Hoss befriends a down-and-out drunk who is really a gifted poet.
  • Mon 9/25
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The Unwritten Commandment

S07, E28  (First Aired: Apr. 10, 1966)
A boy (Wayne Newton) gives up singing because of his father's scorn.
  • Mon 9/25
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The Trail Gang

S02, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 26, 1960)
An outlaw joins the Cartwrights' cattle drive, knowing it will take him to the town where his father is sheriff.
  • Tue 9/26
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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 9/26
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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.
  • Tue 9/26
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Big Shadows on the Land

S07, E29  (First Aired: Apr. 17, 1966)
The Cartwrights get involved in a land dispute when a winemaker wants to put a vineyard on the Ponderosa.
  • Tue 9/26
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The Fighters

S07, E30  (First Aired: Apr. 24, 1966)
Hoss accepts a promoter's challenge to box an aging fighter (Michael Conrad) for $200.
  • Tue 9/26
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The Savage

S02, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 3, 1960)
Attacked by Shoshones while crossing a burial ground, Adam discovers that the ``Indian'' woman tending him is white.
  • Wed 9/27
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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.
  • Wed 9/27
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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.
  • Wed 9/27
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Home From the Sea

S07, E31  (First Aired: May. 1, 1966)
A man claiming to be Adam's shipmate arrives at the ranch as part of a plan to rob the Cartwights.
  • Wed 9/27
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The Last Mission

S07, E32  (First Aired: May. 8, 1966)
Ben becomes a pawn in an army colonel's plot to destroy an Indian tribe that massacred his family.
  • Wed 9/27
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Silent Thunder

S02, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 10, 1960)
Little Joe runs into romantic complications when he tries to teach a deaf girl (Stella Stevens) sign language; guest Albert Salmi.
  • Thu 9/28
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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.
  • Thu 9/28
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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.
  • Thu 9/28
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A Dollar's Worth of Trouble

S07, E33  (First Aired: May. 15, 1966)
A clairvoyant predicts a beautiful girl (Sally Kellerman) will fall for Hoss.
  • Thu 9/28
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The Ape

S02, E14  (First Aired: Dec. 17, 1960)
Adam and Little Joe try to warn Hoss when he befriends a violent man (Cal Bolder).
  • Fri 9/29
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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.
  • Fri 9/29
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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.
  • Fri 9/29
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Something Hurt, Something Wild

S08, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 11, 1966)
A young woman falsely accuses Little Joe of assault, ending the Cartwrights' friendship with her family.
  • Fri 9/29
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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.
  • Sat 9/30
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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.
  • Sat 9/30
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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.
  • Sun 10/1
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Decision at Los Robles

S11, E24  (First Aired: Mar. 22, 1970)
Little Joe must persuade frightened townspeople to stand against a powerful family in order to save himself and seriously injured Ben.
  • Sun 10/1
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Caution: Easter Bunny Crossing

S11, E25  (First Aired: Mar. 29, 1970)
Four Eastern dudes with elaborate holdup plans fail to reckon with a bunny-suited Hoss on an Easter egg hunt.
  • Sun 10/1
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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.
  • Mon 10/2
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 12, 1959)
Life on the Ponderosa with the Cartwright clan.
  • Mon 10/2
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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.
  • Mon 10/2
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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.
  • Mon 10/2
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Horse of a Different Hue

S08, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 18, 1966)
A poor Southern colonel and his granddaughter (Julie Parrish) unknowingly involve the Cartwrights in a horse-racing scheme.
  • Mon 10/2
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To Bloom for Thee

S08, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 16, 1966)
Hoss falls in love with a beautiful stranger (Geraldine Brooks) and proposes, despite his family's objections.
  • Mon 10/2
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No Episode Title

(First Aired: Sep. 12, 1959)
Life on the Ponderosa with the Cartwright clan.
  • Tue 10/3
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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.
  • Tue 10/3
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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.
  • Tue 10/3
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Ballad of the Ponderosa

S08, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 13, 1966)
A young minstrel's (Randy Boone) ballad claims his father was sent to jail because Ben lied.
  • Tue 10/3
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The Bridegroom

S08, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 4, 1966)
Little Joe helps bolster a plain girl's (Joanne Linville) self-esteem to catch a widower's eye.
  • Tue 10/3
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