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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

Tuesday
July 7
2:30pm
The Gentleman From New Orleans
A man comes to town claiming to be Pirate Lafitte but Ben has met Lafitte in the past and doesnt recognize him.
TV-PG
3:30pm
The Cheating Game
Adam checks in on Laura and Peggy Dayton only to find problems.
TV-PG
4:36pm
Bullet For A Bride
Joe is overcome with guilt when he accidentally blinds a girl in a hunting accident. Guest Star: Marilyn Mason
TV-PG
Wednesday
July 8
2:30pm
King Of The Mountain
Big Jim Leyton returns, newly engaged, and asks Hoss to be his best man. Guest Star: Slim Pickens
TV-PG
3:30pm
Love Me Not
When Ben visits his friends the Pauites and brings a gift, they return the favor by giving him a white girl they raised.
TV-PG
4:36pm
The Pure Truth
Much to the distress of his family, Hoss is suffering from spring fever.
TV-PG
Thursday
July 9
2:30pm
No Less A Man
The notorious Wagner gang is headed for Virginia City.
TV-PG
3:30pm
Return To Honor
Ben must travel to pay his respects after he learns of the death of his nephew Will.
TV-PG
4:36pm
The Saga Of Muley Jones
The Cartwrights are visited by cousin Muley Jones, a man with a glass shattering singing voice.
TV-PG

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