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, E10 (First Aired: Nov. 14, 1959)
The Cartwright sons misinterpret Ben's relationship with a daring performer (Ruth Roman) pursued by a former suitor.
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.