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Bonanza: Bar Brawl

This isn't the first bar brawl for the Cartwright boys, and it certainly won't be the last. (01:30)

Bathing Beauty

Nothing like seeing a grown man in a bath. Little Joe doesn't want to go with Hoss so he takes Hoss's clothes and hangs him out to dry. (01:31)

Making a Mill

You almost expect to hear "Whistle While You Work." The Cartwrights help Tom Edwards to build a mill. (00:57)

Bonanza Theme Song

(00:50)

About Bonanza

Bonanza was one of the longest running and most popular of all TV Westerns. For 14 seasons, audiences enthusiastically tuned in to see the High Sierra adventures of the Cartwright clan. Nestled above the shores of Lake Tahoe is the Ponderosa Ranch, home of Ben Cartwright and his sons Adam, Hoss and Joe (a.k.a. "Little Joe"). Each of the young men was born to a different deceased mother, making poor Ben a three-time widower. Strong characters and intriguing plots helped to set Bonanza apart from the usual gun-slinging formula shows of its heyday.

One reason for Bonanza's success was the show's attention to script development. The characters were allowed to grow and evolve; story lines crossed into controversial topics, exploring racial tension, domestic violence and substance abuse. Each of the Cartwright men developed relationships with women on the show; although almost every woman that came into their lives died tragically.

When it premiered on NBC Sept. 12, 1959, Bonanza was not an immediate ratings winner, but the show remained on the air due to the fact that it was one of few shows filmed in color. After barely surviving its first two seasons on Saturday nights, the show moved to Sunday and became a hit: It was the No. 1 show four years in a row from 1964 to 1967. In 10 of its 14 years on the air, Bonanza was in the national Top 10 -- quite a comeback for those Cartwrights.

Bonanza TV Schedule

Friday
May 22
3:00pm
The Countess
The Ponderosa is visited by an old friend who is now Lady Linda Chadwick.
TV-PG
4:00pm
The Horse Breaker
Ponderosa horse-breaker Johnny Lightly is paralyzed in a fall from a horse and is moved to the house to begin his therapy with doctor's assistant Ann Davis.
TV-PG
5:11pm
Day Of The Dragon
Joe accepts a bet during a poker game, not realizing the ante is a Chinese slave girl named Su Ling.
TV-PG
Tuesday
May 26
3:00pm
The Frenchman
A man comes to town with his sister and claims to be the reincarnation of French poet Francois Villon.
TV-PG
4:00pm
The Tin Badge
While in the town of Rubicon, Joe is set up to win a fight and then offered the job of Sheriff.
TV-PG
5:00pm
Gabrielle
Joe and Hoss come upon an accident and find a couple dead.
TV-PG
Wednesday
May 27
3:00pm
Land Grab
Ben plays host to an old friend and ex-Army officer named Bragg.
TV-PG
4:00pm
The Tall Stranger
Hoss is in love with Margie Owens and is about to propose when Mark Connors comes to town and fills her head with tales of adventure.
TV-PG
5:00pm
The Lady From Baltimore
The Ponderosa is visited by the wife and daughter of Ben's old friend Horace Banning.
TV-PG

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