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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


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

July 28
The Return
Trace Cordell returns to Virginia City after serving time for shooting and crippling Paul Dorn.
The Jonah
Hoss befriends a new ranch hand thought to be a jinx, but starts to worry when a gypsy fortune tellers predictions of events ending in death start to come true.
The Spotlight
Ben is the chairman of the entertainment committee for the Virginia City anniversary celebration, and books a retired opera singer, unaware that she lost her voice.
July 29
Patchwork Man
Hoss befriends Patch, a young recluse with a secret.
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
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.
July 30
Four Sisters From Boston
The four Lowell sisters arrive from Boston to claim the ranch their uncle left them.
Old Charlie
Old Charlie likes to tell tales Hoss doesnt believe.
The Oath
Ben turns in Charlie Twos father after seeing him kill a man.

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