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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 Debt

S07, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 12, 1965)
A con man's (Ford Rainey) children (Tommy Sands, Brooke Bundy) want to clear their family name by working for his victims.
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The Dilemma

S07, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 19, 1965)
Ben refuses a robber's offer to return the loot in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
  • Tue 4/25
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The Return

S06, E31  (First Aired: May. 2, 1965)
A banker, crippled during a robbery 10 years before, tries to prevent the now-released thief from settling again in Virginia City.
  • Wed 4/26
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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.
  • Wed 4/26
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Mirror of a Man

S04, E27  (First Aired: Mar. 31, 1963)
Ben appeals to the father of twins after one commits robbery and murder and then allows his brother to take the blame.
  • Wed 4/26
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The Brass Box

S07, E03  (First Aired: Sep. 26, 1965)
A man (Ramon Navarro) who boasts about his ancestry possesses a legitimate land grant.
  • Wed 4/26
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The Other Son

S07, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 3, 1965)
Hostility erupts between a mule-packer (Ed Begley) and his youngest son during the transport of explosives.
  • Wed 4/26
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Jonah

S06, E32  (First Aired: May. 9, 1965)
A man (Andrew Prine) who saved Hoss' life is rewarded with a job on the Ponderosa, but the other ranch hands consider him a jinx.
  • Thu 4/27
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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.
  • Thu 4/27
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My Brother's Keeper

S04, E28  (First Aired: Apr. 7, 1963)
Adam considers marrying and moving to Philadelphia when he falls in love with a woman visiting the Ponderosa with her ailing father.
  • Thu 4/27
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The Lonely Runner

S07, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 10, 1965)
A man (Gilbert Roland) loses his horse by court order, then is charged with murder when he fights to regain it.
  • Thu 4/27
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Found Child

S07, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 24, 1965)
The family tries to identify a girl, found clinging to a rag doll near the bodies of her murdered parents.
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The Spotlight

S06, E33  (First Aired: May. 16, 1965)
Hoss and Little Joe fear Ben has fallen for an opera singer (Viveca Lindfors) he engaged for the Virginia City Founder's Day celebration.
  • Fri 4/28
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The Desperado

S12, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 7, 1971)
A fugitive escaping murder charges kidnaps Hoss and schemes to kill him.
  • Fri 4/28
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Five Into the Wind

S04, E29  (First Aired: Apr. 21, 1963)
Little Joe is among five suspects after a fellow stagecoach passenger is murdered for the $5,000 he carried.
  • Fri 4/28
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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.
  • Fri 4/28
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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.
  • Sat 4/29
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Saga of Whizzer McGee

S04, E30  (First Aired: Apr. 28, 1963)
A feisty man, enamored of a saloon girl, gets involved in a bank robbery.
  • Sat 4/29
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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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Is There Any Man Here?

S11, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 8, 1970)
Ben is sued for alienation of affection when a woman (Mariette Hartley) declares she will wed him.
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The Law and Billy Burgess

S11, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 15, 1970)
A community leader (Mercedes McCambridge) intervenes when a rebellious teen (David Cassidy) is accused of murdering a teacher.
  • Mon 5/1
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Patchwork Man

S06, E34  (First Aired: May. 23, 1965)
Hoss tries to instill courage in a hermit he convinced to leave a ghost-town to work on the Ponderosa.
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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.
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Thunder Man

S04, E31  (First Aired: May. 5, 1963)
A maniacal explosives expert stalks the Ponderosa, killing a 19-year-old woman Little Joe loves; guest Simon Oakland.
  • Mon 5/1
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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.
  • Mon 5/1
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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.
  • Mon 5/1
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A Time to Step Down

S08, E03  (First Aired: Sep. 25, 1966)
An aging trail hand, bitter after Little Joe asks Ben to give him an easier job, falls prey to a kidnapping scheme; guest Ed Begley.
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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.
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Rich Man, Poor Man

S04, E32  (First Aired: May. 12, 1963)
Ben and Little Joe try to help a suddenly rich man before his wealth causes him to lose his friends and intended bride.
  • Tue 5/2
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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.
  • Tue 5/2
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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.
  • Tue 5/2
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Credit for a Kill

S08, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 23, 1966)
Little Joe takes sole credit for killing an outlaw to save his companion from the dead man's brothers.
  • Wed 5/3
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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.
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The Boss

S04, E33  (First Aired: May. 19, 1963)
Ben opposes a man (Carroll O'Connor) trying to take over the freight line, leaving Little Joe and the man's daughter in the middle.
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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.
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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.
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Four Sisters From Boston

S08, E08  (First Aired: Oct. 30, 1966)
Unaware Ben has saved her land by paying back taxes, a Boston woman thinks the Cartwrights are trying to take her newly inherited ranch.
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Terror at 2:00

S12, E23  (First Aired: Mar. 7, 1971)
A protester posing as a newspaperman plans to disrupt an Indian treaty-signing in Virginia City.
  • Thu 5/4
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Little Man -- Ten Feet Tall

S04, E34  (First Aired: May. 26, 1963)
An Italian immigrant's (Ross Martin) son wants to give up his classical-guitar training to become a rancher like Hoss.
  • Thu 5/4
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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.
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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.
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Old Charlie

S08, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 6, 1966)
An old man's untrue boast that he single-handedly killed an outlaw puts him in mortal danger from the dead man's vengeful brothers.
  • Fri 5/5
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The Stillness Within

S12, E24  (First Aired: Mar. 14, 1971)
After suffering serious injury in an explosion, Little Joe faces blindness.
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She Walks in Beauty

S05, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 22, 1963)
Hoss falls for a San Francisco beauty (Gena Rowlands) with an infamous past.
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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.
  • Fri 5/5
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Queen High

S10, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 1, 1968)
A crooked mill owner blocks the Cartwrights' attempts to reopen an ore-processing facility won by Little Joe and Candy in a poker game.
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A Passion for Justice

S05, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 29, 1963)
While on a visit to Virginia City, Charles Dickens (Jonathan Harris) refuses to defend himself after being falsely accused of a crime.
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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.
  • Sat 5/6
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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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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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Maestro Hoss

S08, E33  (First Aired: May. 7, 1967)
A Gypsy fortuneteller (Zsa Zsa Gabor) convinces Hoss he is a musical genius.
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The Oath

S08, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 20, 1966)
Ben delivers a murderer to the sheriff then becomes the target of the man's vengeful son (Tony Bill).
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A Time to Die

S12, E25  (First Aired: Mar. 21, 1971)
Ben's friend is bitten by a rabid wolf during her visit to Ponderosa, and there is no treatment.
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Rain From Heaven

S05, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 6, 1963)
A proud mountain man and rainmaker refuses the Cartwrights' ``charity'' for ailing daughter.
  • Mon 5/8
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Peace Officer

S07, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 6, 1966)
After rowdies accidentally kill the deputy, townsfolk hire Wes Dunn (Eric Fleming) to restore order in the sheriff's absence.
  • Mon 5/8
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The Code

S07, E21  (First Aired: Feb. 13, 1966)
A professional gunman (George Montgomery) sparks a fight with Little Joe.
  • Mon 5/8
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A Nice, Friendly Little Town

S08, E12  (First Aired: Nov. 27, 1966)
Searching for a gunman who wounded mainly Little Joe's pride, Hoss confronts two rowdy brothers and their feisty mother (Louise Latham).
  • Tue 5/9
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Winter Kill

S12, E26  (First Aired: Mar. 28, 1971)
Ben sends Hoss and Joe to Montana for a hardy steer to help build up his herd's resistance to the harsh winter.
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Twilight Town

S05, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 13, 1963)
Little Joe finds love and adventure when he falls for Louise Corman, who asks his help in saving her town.
  • Tue 5/9
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