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.
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.
S12, E15 (First Aired: Jan. 3, 1971)
A hunter accidentally shoots Hoss but refuses to aid him for fear of prosecution.