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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 Trouble With Amy

S11, E17  (First Aired: Jan. 25, 1970)
A stubborn widow's (Jo Van Fleet) refusal to obey local laws becomes more than a nuisance when she is charged with attempted murder.
  • Wed 7/26
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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.
  • Wed 7/26
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The Paiute War

S01, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 3, 1959)
A trader's (Jack Warden) abduction of two Indian women sets off a war between Paiutes and California militia.
  • Wed 7/26
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 192
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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.
  • Wed 7/26
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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.
  • Wed 7/26
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A Rose for Lotta

S01, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 12, 1959)
A mining tycoon holds Little Joe hostage to divide the Cartwright clan and take over the Ponderosa; guest Yvonne De Carlo.
  • Thu 7/27
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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.
  • Thu 7/27
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Enter Mark Twain

S01, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 10, 1959)
Newspaperman Samuel Clemens (Howard Duff), writing as Mark Twain, battles a judge involved in land fraud.
  • Thu 7/27
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 192
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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.
  • Thu 7/27
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Kingdom of Fear

S12, E27  (First Aired: Apr. 11, 1971)
Falsely charged with trespassing, the Cartwrights are imprisoned and forced to slave by a cruel landowner.
  • Thu 7/27
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Death on Sun Mountain

S01, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 19, 1959)
A merchant tries to monopolize Virginia City's meat supply, forcing Indians to poach on the Ponderosa; guest Barry Sullivan.
  • Fri 7/28
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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.
  • Fri 7/28
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Julia Bulette Story

S01, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 17, 1959)
Little Joe falls for cynical saloon owner Julia Bulette, despite family objections and warnings from a rival.
  • Fri 7/28
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 192
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An Earthquake Called Callahan

S12, E28  (First Aired: Apr. 11, 1971)
Joe agrees to track an itinerant boxer who is a reluctant witness in a court case.
  • Fri 7/28
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The Saga of Annie O'Toole

S01, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 24, 1959)
A prospector dies en route to his claim, leaving his daughter to defend her inheritance in ``miner's court''; guest Ida Lupino.
  • Sat 7/29
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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Danger Road

S11, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 11, 1970)
Ben puts aside his feelings about a supposed Army deserter (Robert Lansing) when the man submits the lowest bid to haul Ponderosa timber.
  • Sat 7/29
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The Big Jackpot

S11, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 18, 1970)
Candy (David Canary) has a host of new friends after inheriting a fortune.
  • Sun 7/30
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Lady and the Mountain Lion

S10, E21  (First Aired: Feb. 23, 1969)
A magician (Richard Haydn) with twin daughters plans to use the unwitting Cartwright sons to lend credence to his con game.
  • Sun 7/30
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Five Candles

S10, E22  (First Aired: Mar. 2, 1969)
Ben and four companions, trapped in a collapsed cellar, must rely on an accused killer for help.
  • Sun 7/30
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The Newcomers

S01, E03  (First Aired: Sep. 26, 1959)
Hoss falls for an invalid (Inger Stevens) traveling with unscrupulous prospectors who want to mine the Ponderosa.
  • Mon 7/31
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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.
  • Mon 7/31
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The Philip Diedesheimer Story

S01, E08  (First Aired: Oct. 31, 1959)
Adam helps an engineer demonstrate his new technique for logging over silver mines without causing cave-ins.
  • Mon 7/31
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The Grand Swing

S13, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 19, 1971)
Jamie accompanies Ben on a pack trip to inspect the far regions of the Ponderosa.
  • Mon 7/31
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The Fallen Woman

S13, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 26, 1971)
After Hoss' testimony sends her husband to jail, an alcoholic woman abandons her young son to the rancher's care.
  • Mon 7/31
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The Paiute War

S01, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 3, 1959)
A trader's (Jack Warden) abduction of two Indian women sets off a war between Paiutes and California militia.
  • Tue 8/1
  • 10:51AM-12:00PM
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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.
  • Tue 8/1
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Mr. Henry Comstock

S01, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 7, 1959)
Henry Comstock, discoverer of the Comstock Silver Lode, seeks fortune in Nevada; Little Joe romances a Paiute girl.
  • Tue 8/1
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 192
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Bushwacked

S13, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 3, 1971)
Little Joe is unable to identify his attackers after he is shot and stranded.
  • Tue 8/1
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Rock-a-Bye Hoss

S13, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 10, 1971)
Hoss is accused of favoritism when he judges a beautiful baby contest.
  • Tue 8/1
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Enter Mark Twain

S01, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 10, 1959)
Newspaperman Samuel Clemens (Howard Duff), writing as Mark Twain, battles a judge involved in land fraud.
  • Wed 8/2
  • 10:51AM-12:00PM
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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.
  • Wed 8/2
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The Magnificent Adah

S01, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 14, 1959)
The Cartwright sons misinterpret Ben's relationship with a daring performer (Ruth Roman) pursued by a former suitor.
  • Wed 8/2
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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The Prisoners

S13, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 17, 1971)
Little Joe has major problems escorting an accused killer to jail.
  • Wed 8/2
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Cassie

S13, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 24, 1971)
After purchasing an Arabian stallion Hoss is challenged to a race by the animal's previous owner (Jack Cassidy).
  • Wed 8/2
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Julia Bulette Story

S01, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 17, 1959)
Little Joe falls for cynical saloon owner Julia Bulette, despite family objections and warnings from a rival.
  • Thu 8/3
  • 10:51AM-12:00PM
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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.
  • Thu 8/3
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Truckee Strip

S01, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 21, 1959)
A silver baron promotes a feud between the Cartwrights and the Bishops over timber rights on disputed land; guest James Coburn.
  • Thu 8/3
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Don't Cry My Son

S13, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 31, 1971)
Guilt-ridden Dr. Sloan (Richard Mulligan) kidnaps a child after the death of his own son.
  • Thu 8/3
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Face of Fear

S13, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 14, 1971)
A murderer (Bradford Dillman) assumes his victim's identity in a plot to claim the man's inheritance.
  • Thu 8/3
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The Saga of Annie O'Toole

S01, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 24, 1959)
A prospector dies en route to his claim, leaving his daughter to defend her inheritance in ``miner's court''; guest Ida Lupino.
  • Fri 8/4
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
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The Code

S07, E21  (First Aired: Feb. 13, 1966)
A professional gunman (George Montgomery) sparks a fight with Little Joe.
  • Fri 8/4
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The Hanging Posse

S01, E12  (First Aired: Nov. 28, 1959)
A vengeful widower forms a posse to hunt down the murderers of his wife.
  • Fri 8/4
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  • 192
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Blind/Hunch

S13, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 21, 1971)
Jamie becomes the eyes for a blind man (Rip Torn) seeking his brother's killer.
  • Fri 8/4
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Vendetta

S01, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 5, 1959)
The Morgan gang swears revenge for the death of young Billy Morgan whom Ben killed during a bank robbery.
  • Sat 8/5
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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The Lady and the Mark

S11, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 1, 1970)
A beautiful woman catches the eye of a wealthy miner (Christopher Connelly), interfering with Ben's plan to trap con artists.
  • Sat 8/5
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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.
  • Sun 8/6
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Emily

S10, E25  (First Aired: Mar. 23, 1969)
Little Joe is accused of bank robbery, and an unhappy wife claims he committed the crime for love of her.
  • Sun 8/6
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Speak No Evil

S10, E28  (First Aired: Apr. 20, 1969)
Relatives battle over a youth who has just inherited a gold mine.
  • Sun 8/6
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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 8/7
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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.
  • Mon 8/7
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The Philip Diedesheimer Story

S01, E08  (First Aired: Oct. 31, 1959)
Adam helps an engineer demonstrate his new technique for logging over silver mines without causing cave-ins.
  • Mon 8/7
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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.
  • Mon 8/7
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The Sisters

S01, E14  (First Aired: Dec. 12, 1959)
Accused of killing a dance hall girl, Adam tries to evade lynchers and uncover the truth; guest Buddy Ebsen.
  • Mon 8/7
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  • 192
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The Iron Butterfly

S13, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 28, 1971)
Hoss confesses to a murder committed by a celebrity (Mariette Hartley) he is protecting.
  • Mon 8/7
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The Rattlesnake Brigade

S13, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 5, 1971)
A gang of convicts that escaped from prison take Jamie and three others hostage.
  • Mon 8/7
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Mr. Henry Comstock

S01, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 7, 1959)
Henry Comstock, discoverer of the Comstock Silver Lode, seeks fortune in Nevada; Little Joe romances a Paiute girl.
  • Tue 8/8
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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.
  • Tue 8/8
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The Last Hunt

S01, E15  (First Aired: Dec. 19, 1959)
Hoss and Little Joe discover the daughter of the chief of the Shoshonis who was lost in the mountains.
  • Tue 8/8
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Easy Come, Easy Go

S13, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 12, 1971)
The Cartwrights seek permission to cross a piece of land for their timber operation.
  • Tue 8/8
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A Home for Jamie

S13, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 19, 1971)
Jamie's grandfather (Will Geer) arrives to take him back East, but the boy runs away; guest Robert Carradine.
  • Tue 8/8
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