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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

Wednesday
July 29
3:00pm
Patchwork Man
Hoss befriends Patch, a young recluse with a secret.
TV-PG
4:00pm
A Time To Step Down
Wrangler Dan Tolliver is getting older and slower and Joe and Hoss think he needs easier work to do. Guest Star: Ed Begley
TV-PG
5:00pm
Credit For A Kill
Joe and old friend Morgan Tanner both shoot at a horse thief, and when he's killed, learn there's a reward for his capture.
TV-PG
Thursday
July 30
2:30pm
Four Sisters From Boston
The four Lowell sisters arrive from Boston to claim the ranch their uncle left them.
TV-PG
3:30pm
Old Charlie
Old Charlie likes to tell tales Hoss doesnt believe.
TV-PG
4:36pm
The Oath
Ben turns in Charlie Twos father after seeing him kill a man.
TV-PG
Friday
July 31
2:00pm
A Nice, Friendly Little Town
Joe is shot "in the Ponderosa" by a ricochet bullet, and insists that Hoss arrest the culprit.
TV-PG
3:00pm
Black Friday
Joe is in Chiso on a cattle buying trip when he meets ranch-hand-turned-gunfighter Steve Friday.
TV-PG
4:00pm
The Unseen Wound
Paul Rowan has been the Sheriff of Concho for the past 12 years, but lately his behavior has become unpredictable.
TV-PG

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