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.
S04, E05 (First Aired: Oct. 21, 1962)
An Army deserter being sought on the Ponderosa is the Cartwrights' friend and neighbor; guest Claude Akins.
S01, E08 (First Aired: Oct. 31, 1959)
Adam helps an engineer demonstrate his new technique for logging over silver mines without causing cave-ins.