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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
September 1
2:30pm
The Julia Bulette Story
Little Joe falls in love with Julia Bulette, a saloon owner.
TV-PG
3:30pm
The Saga Of Annie O'Toole
Annie O'Toole comes to Washoe Digging with a claim to a mine filed by her beau Swede Lundberg. Guest Star: Alan Hale
TV-PG
4:36pm
The Diedeshiemer Story
Philip Diedeshiemer works with Adam to prevent mine cave-ins. Guest Star: Alan Hale
TV-PG
Wednesday
September 2
2:42pm
Mr. Henry Comstock
Henry Comstock claims ownership in a major gold strike.
TV-PG
3:54pm
The Magnificent Adah
Actress Adah Isaacs Mencken visits Virginia City and is followed by old boyfriend John Regan.
TV-PG
5:00pm
The Truckee Strip
The Cartwrights are embroiled in a feud with their neighbors the Bishops. Guest Star: James Coburn
TV-PG
Thursday
September 3
2:30pm
The Hanging Posse
Joe and Adam join a posse to help a friend catch his wife's killer; but soon discover the posse has murderous intentions.
TV-PG
3:30pm
Vendetta
Virginia City residents leave Ben and Hoss to deal with an outlaw gang.
TV-PG
4:36pm
The Sisters
Adam is courting Sue Ellen Terry, a woman well known by the men folk in Virginia City. Guest Star: Buddy Ebsen
TV-PG

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