Genre: Drama, Western
Premise: 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.
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.
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.