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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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Hot Day for a Hanging

S04, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 14, 1962)
A desperate town tries to frame Hoss for murder and bank robbery in order to take the $12,000 he carries; guest Denver Pyle.
  • Thu 12/8
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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.
  • Thu 12/8
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Hot Day for a Hanging

S04, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 14, 1962)
A desperate town tries to frame Hoss for murder and bank robbery in order to take the $12,000 he carries; guest Denver Pyle.
  • Thu 12/8
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 753
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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.
  • Thu 12/8
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The Deserter

S04, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 21, 1962)
An Army deserter being sought on the Ponderosa is the Cartwrights' friend and neighbor; guest Claude Akins.
  • Fri 12/9
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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.
  • Fri 12/9
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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The Deserter

S04, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 21, 1962)
An Army deserter being sought on the Ponderosa is the Cartwrights' friend and neighbor; guest Claude Akins.
  • Fri 12/9
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 753
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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.
  • Fri 12/9
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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.
  • Sat 12/10
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The Code

S07, E21  (First Aired: Feb. 13, 1966)
A professional gunman (George Montgomery) sparks a fight with Little Joe.
  • Sat 12/10
  • 11:00PM-12:00AM
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Three Brides For Hoss

S07, E22  (First Aired: Feb. 20, 1966)
Three women arrive after each receives pictures and letters with promises of marriage from Hoss.
  • Sun 12/11
  • 12:00AM-1:00AM
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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.
  • Sun 12/11
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM
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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.
  • Sun 12/11
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM
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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 12/12
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
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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.
  • Mon 12/12
  • 3:00AM-4:00AM
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The Way Station

S04, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 29, 1962)
Surrounded by a posse, a fleeing killer (Robert Vaughn) holds Adam and others hostage at a stagecoach station; guest Dawn Wells.
  • Mon 12/12
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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.
  • Mon 12/12
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The Way Station

S04, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 29, 1962)
Surrounded by a posse, a fleeing killer (Robert Vaughn) holds Adam and others hostage at a stagecoach station; guest Dawn Wells.
  • Mon 12/12
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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.
  • Mon 12/12
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The War Comes to Washoe

S04, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 4, 1962)
Little Joe's love for the daughter of a Confederate sympathizer complicates his job as a delegate to a Nevada statehood convention.
  • Tue 12/13
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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.
  • Tue 12/13
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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The War Comes to Washoe

S04, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 4, 1962)
Little Joe's love for the daughter of a Confederate sympathizer complicates his job as a delegate to a Nevada statehood convention.
  • Tue 12/13
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 753
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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.
  • Tue 12/13
  • 8:00PM-9:00PM
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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.
  • Wed 12/14
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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.
  • Wed 12/14
  • 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.
  • Wed 12/14
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 753
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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.
  • Wed 12/14
  • 8:00PM-9:00PM
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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.
  • Thu 12/15
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 56
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The Code

S07, E21  (First Aired: Feb. 13, 1966)
A professional gunman (George Montgomery) sparks a fight with Little Joe.
  • Thu 12/15
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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.
  • Thu 12/15
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 753
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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 12/15
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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.
  • Fri 12/16
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 56
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Three Brides For Hoss

S07, E22  (First Aired: Feb. 20, 1966)
Three women arrive after each receives pictures and letters with promises of marriage from Hoss.
  • Fri 12/16
  • 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.
  • Fri 12/16
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 753
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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.
  • Fri 12/16
  • 8:00PM-9:00PM
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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.
  • Sat 12/17
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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.
  • Sat 12/17
  • 11:00PM-12:00AM
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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.
  • Sun 12/18
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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.
  • Sun 12/18
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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.
  • Sun 12/18
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM
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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 12/18
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM
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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.
  • Mon 12/19
  • 2:00AM-3:00AM
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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.
  • Mon 12/19
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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.
  • Mon 12/19
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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.
  • Mon 12/19
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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.
  • Mon 12/19
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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A Severe Case of Matrimony

S09, E33  (First Aired: Jul. 7, 1968)
To finance her opera career, a Gypsy (Susan Strasberg) tries to maneuver a proposal from one of the Cartwright sons.
  • Mon 12/19
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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.
  • Tue 12/20
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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.
  • Tue 12/20
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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.
  • Tue 12/20
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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Stage Door Johnnies

S09, E34  (First Aired: Jul. 28, 1968)
Little Joe and Hoss court the same woman and wind up involving the clan with brawlers.
  • Tue 12/20
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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.
  • Wed 12/21
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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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.
  • Wed 12/21
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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.
  • Wed 12/21
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
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Different Pines, Same Wind

S10, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 15, 1968)
An ailing old woman's refusal to file a legal claim blocks Little Joe's attempts to save her land from timbermen.
  • Wed 12/21
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