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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. (1:30)

Pernell Roberts in Bonanza

Sibling rivalry is one thing but this is a knock-down, drag-out! (01:56)

Trouble for Little Joe

Little Joe's brothers ensure that he gets a fair fight against a Frenchman who's frothing at the mouth to kill him. (02:00)

Making a Mill

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

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)

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
April 18
3:00pm
The Rival
Hoss is sweet on a young lady named Cameo who has caught the eye of Jim Appelgate.
TV-PG
4:00pm
The Infernal Machine
Hoss tries to assist Daniel Pettibone in getting financial backing for his 'horseless carriage.'
TV-PG
Monday
April 21
3:00pm
The Thunderhead Swindle
While trying to deal with cattle rustlers, Ben learns of a strike at the Thunderhead Mine.
TV-PG
4:00pm
The Secret
Mary Parson is murdered and her family says she was on her way to meet little Joe.
TV-PG
Tuesday
April 22
3:00pm
The Dream Riders
Major John Cayley, and old friend of Ben's, comes to the Ponderosa to carry out an experiment with his hot air balloon.
TV-PG
4:00pm
Elizabeth, My Love
Adam is battling a high fever and as Ben keeps vigil, he recalls his courtship with his first wife Elizabeth.
TV-PG

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