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Bonanza

One of TV’s most beloved Westerns, Bonanza ran on NBC from 1959 to 1973 and was one of the first shows on American television filmed and broadcast in color. We have 31 episodes below (all from before brother Adam – played by Pernell Roberts – “went to sea”…).

  • The Hopefuls

    Adam, Hoss, and new friend Sam Board act as escorts for a wagon train of Quakers who are heading to California to purchase land. While Adam falls for the group leader’s daughter, Regina, Board plots to rob the group of its life savings.

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  • The Blood Line

    The son of Luke Grayson arrives from the East and learns that Ben Cartwright shot and killed his father. Ben fired only in self-defense and feels badly for the young man.

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  • The Mill

    The Cartwrights construct a grist mill to help neighbor Tom Edwards, a disabled man who blames Ben for his condition. Tom is being manipulated by hired hand Ezekiel, who’s not only cheating him out of his money, but also intends to steal his wife.

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  • The Ape

    Hoss tries to help Arnie, a childlike hulking man with a dangerous temper and great strength. Things seem to be going well until Arnie falls for a saloon girl. Hoss soon realizes that he’s facing an uphill battle.

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  • Badge Without Honor

    Adam is rescued from an ambush by Gerald Eskith, a lawman who is on a mission to Virginia City. He’s looking for Jackson Blaine, a friend of the Cartwrights, claiming he needs Blane to testify against the Murdoch gang.

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  • Silent Thunder

    Captivated by the pretty, deaf-mute daughter of a reclusive mountain man, Little Joe teaches Ann sign language. Thrilled with her new-found ability to communicate, Annie mistakes her gratitude to Little Joe for love.

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  • The Mission

    Hoss befriends Charlie Trent, a man who was once the best scout in the Army. Now a drunk, he blames himself for having led troops to their massacre. He may now have a chance to redeem himself.

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  • The Savage

    While traveling, Adam is wounded by Indians and left for dead. He is found by Ruth, a white Shoshone woman who was long believed to have the power to heal. But, once the tribe decided that she had no powers, they sentenced her to death.

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  • Showdown

    The season opens with the Virginia City bank being robbed. One of the robbers, Sam Kirby, gets hired as a ranch hand at the Ponderosa to keep an eye on the search activity for his gang.

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  • The Trail Gang

    Ben and Hoss hire a new trail gang to take cattle back to Nevada. The group includes a young drifter using the name Sam Jackson. In reality, he’s outlaw Johnny Logan who intends to kill Sheriff Logan, his father, when they pass through Waycross.

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  • The Last Viking

    Gunnar Borgstrom is the leader of a vicious band called the Commancheros. They burn houses, kill people and steal anything of value. When the Commancheros get to Nevada, Gunnar decides to visit his relatives, the Cartwrights.

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  • Breed of Violence

    Joe’s friend Dolly rebels against her authoritarian father, a sheriff, and runs off with the charming Vince Dagen. She’s blissfully unaware that Vince is a criminal and Joe fears for Dolly’s safety, so he hops on his horse to catch up with the couple.

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  • The Abduction

    Joe and Hoss take their dates to a bizarre traveling carnival and Joe’s girlfriend disappears. She’s abducted by the evil owner and held for one million dollars ransom.

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  • Day of Reckoning

    After being injured in a fight, Ben is nursed back to health by Matsou and his wife Hatoya. In return, Ben gives the two Indians land on the Ponderosa to settle and farm.

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  • The Spitfire

    Joe tries to stop a homesteader he finds starting a fire on the Ponderosa and ends up shooting him in self-defense. Feeling responsible for the dead man’s daughter, Joe brings the petulant daughter Willow back to the Ponderosa.

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  • Denver McKee

    While celebrating the return of his daughter from a fancy school back East, former lawman Denver McKee is asked to assist in the capture of an outlaw gang. No one is aware that McKee is in cahoots with the very criminals he’s expected to bring to justice.

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  • The Courtship

    Ben sends Hoss and Joe to Sacremento to check on the widow of an old friend. Hoss falls in love with the woman, Helen Layton, and decides to bring her back to the Ponderosa.

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  • The Avenger

    Ben and Adam are in the Virginia City jail waiting to be hanged for murder. The only witness is the dead man’s daughter who claims she saw the Cartwrights do the killing.

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