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Bonanza

IMDB: 7.3

1959, 14 seasons to date

Western

By David Dortort

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The Cartwright's ten-thousand square mile Ponderosa Ranch is located near Virginia City, Nevada, site of the Comstock Silver Lode, during and after the Civil War. Each of the sons was born to a different wife of Ben's; none of the mothers is still alive. Adventures are typical western ones, with lots of personal relationships/problems thrown in as well.

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Season 1

  • The Newcomers

    The Cartwrights discover an old enemy killing steers on The Ponderosa. Their camp has a sickly woman who needs to get to the high desert country. When an innocent man is killed, Ben decides to boot them all back to California but he gets resistance from the others in the camp and some local miners who now believe Ben is hiding gold.

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  • The Paiute War

    In order to escape punishment for mistreating two Paiute women, a trader blames it on Adam Cartwright. The Paiutes seize Adam and make him a hostage as war erupts between the tribe and a local militia.

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Season 2

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    Episode 1: Showdown
    An outlaw gang robs Virginia City's bank and makes off with...
    Sep 10, 1960
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    Episode 2: The Mission
    Charlie Trent used to be an Army scout. Now he's the town dr...
    Sep 17, 1960
  • Badge Without Honor

    After a U.S. deputy marshal apparently saves Adam's life by gunning down two men who shot at him, he eventually reveals that he in town to bring a close friend of the Cartwrights to San Francisco to testify in a statewide racketeering trial, but the Deputy Marshal's motives soon become suspect as to what he really want to do with the reluctant witness.

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  • The Mill

    The Cartwrights' neighbor Tom Edwards has lived as a paraplegic, ever since an accident involving Ben Cartwright and a gun. His ranch is going to waste. His wife Joyce is a longtime friend of Ben, and Ben decides to help the Edwards couple by making Tom a business proposition: the Cartwrights will build a grain mill on Edwards' land. In return, Ben only wants his investment money back, plus fifteen percent. Tom and his hired hand Ezekiel are suspicious of Ben, but Tom agrees to the deal. The Cartwright men build the mill, but tension begins to rise when Ezekiel makes ...

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Season 3

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    Episode 1: The Smiler
    The brother of a man Hoss killed in self-defense says he und...
    Sep 24, 1961
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    Episode 2: Springtime
    When their spring-fever antics injure miserly businessman, J...
    Oct 1, 1961
  • The Honor of Cochise

    The Cartwrights must try to get help for Adam, seriously wounded by an Apache bullet, and find out why Cochise and his warriors have threatened to kill them all if they don't hand over an army captain taking refuge in their trail camp.

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  • The Lonely House

    Joe Cartwright and the young widow of a family friend are held hostage on her isolated ranch outside Platte City by the same gang that robbed Little Joe in the town bank earlier that day.

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Season 4

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    Episode 1: The First Born
    Clay Stafford just arrived in Virginia City but already seem...
    Sep 23, 1962
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    Episode 2: The Quest
    Wanting to prove his independence and (at the same time) bre...
    Sep 30, 1962
  • The Artist

    Matthew Raine, once a world class artist, has lost his sight due to disease. When befriended by Ben Cartwright, he realizes he has been feeling sorry for himself all this time and with his friend Ann's help, finds a way to turn his darkness into light.

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  • A Hot Day for a Hanging

    While making a payment delivery, Hoss is wrongfully accused of being a bank robber with the money being his loot.

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Season 5

  • Rain from Heaven

    A drought brings a rainmaker with a very sick daughter to Virginia City.

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  • Twilight Town

    Little Joe is attacked by outlaws, but finds that his biggest challenge is fighting his way through the secrets of a town shrouded in mystery.

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Season 6

  • The Wild One

    Hoss wants a wild stallion for breeding. He's having second thoughts about the partner he chose until he meets his wife.

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  • Thanks for Everything, Friend

    Tom Wilson saves Adam from drowning. This begins a friendship he starts to regret when Tom steals a girl from her longtime boyfriend, is found with her father's open strongbox and standing over his dead body.

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Season 7

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    Episode 1: The Debt
    Wiley Kane comes to the Ponderosa, along with his sister Ann...
    Sep 12, 1965
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    Episode 2: The Dilemma
    Several Virginia City citizens appoint Ben as a temporary ci...
    Sep 19, 1965
  • The Brass Box

    Don Jose Ortega claims to have a brass box full of Spanish land grants, giving him ownership over most of the area around Virginia City, including the Ponderosa. Although Jose is reluctant to pursue his claim, his nephew, bitter over the loss of land in the Mexican War, would like to claim it back. Making things worse, many others living in the area are determined not to lose their land and will resort to any means to stop the Ortegas' claim.

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  • The Other Son

    Clint Watson and his two sons are hired by Ben Cartwright to deliver nitroglycerin to Virginia City. The journey entails hardship, recrimination and tragedy.

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Season 8

  • A Time to Step Down

    Angered that his longtime friend, Ben Cartwright, would ask him to retire into easier work after 50 years of wrangling, aging ranch-hand Dan Tolliver falls in with two disgruntled drifters who plan to rob the Ponderosa payroll.

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  • The Pursued: Part 1

    The Cartwrights come to the aid of a Mormon rancher being persecuted for his beliefs.

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Season 9

  • The Conquistadores

    Gold panning immigrants are run off their claim. In need of money for the survival of their village, they kidnap Joe and hold him for ransom but their heart just isn't in it.

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  • Judgment at Olympus

    Candy is arrested for an outstanding warrant in Olympus for killing A.Z. Wheelock's son. As Hoss investigates, he finds someone else who may have a motive for putting his son out of the way.

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Season 10

  • Salute to Yesterday

    Candy relives his past when he and the Cartwrights help a Cavalry unit that is pinned down by bandits. In that Cavalry unit is Candy's ex-wife, who he still has feelings for. Her new husband is the Captain of the unit.

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  • The Real People of Muddy Creek

    Only a few brave souls remain in Muddy Creek to help Ben and Little Joe defend a town jail and its occupant from the Harper outlaw gang.

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Season 11

  • The Silence at Stillwater

    Candy is accused of a string of serious crimes, including murder, robbery and arson in Stillwater, and when the Cartwrights come to his defense, the sheriff refuses to cooperate. Even worse: A young boy claims he positively saw the Ponderosa foreman commit those crimes. The Cartwrights work with the boy to jog his memory before an innocent Candy is convicted and sentenced to hang.

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  • A Lawman's Lot Is Not a Happy One

    When Sheriff Roy Coffee and Ben are subpoenaed to testify in a land sharking trial in San Francisco, Hoss is appointed the acting sheriff of Virginia City. Hoss soon finds plenty of trouble on his hands, namely dealing reluctant bridegroom Hiram Peabody, who wants to get arrested so as to avoid an impending marriage to an undesirable woman (whom has been his pen pal and has never met in person). He also must deal with a smooth-talking salesman who plans to sell shares in a planned resort in Virginia City.

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Season 12

  • The Weary Willies

    The Cartwrights lend their support to The Weary Willies, a group of Civil War veterans who are struggling to re-enter society.

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  • The Wagon

    A murder suspect escapes a prison wagon. Sheriff Price Buchanan, who covets an appointment to Deputy U.S. Marshal, finds an injured Hoss. Buchanan, knowing his career is at risk if he fails his appointed duty, arrests Hoss and plans to substitute him in as his prisoner. Hoss befriends a fellow prisoner named Madge Tucker, whom knows Hoss was falsely arrested. Together, the two scheme to escape the wagon and Buchanan's clutches.

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Season 13

  • Bushwacked!

    Two ranchers find a seriously wounded Little Joe in the Nevada desert. As he struggles for life, Joe mumbles incoherently about his surrealistic nightmares about a teepee and a wagon wheel. Ben and Hoss are left to decipher what Joe is talking about and determine what happened.

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  • Rock-A-Bye Hoss

    A "beautiful baby" contest that Hoss is judging quickly turns into a circus, thanks to the fortune-hunting parents who are determined to win at all costs.

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Season 14

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    Episode 1: Forever
    Little Joe falls in love with Alice Harper played by a young...
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    Ben helps ex-convict John Dundee re-adjust to society. Howev...
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  • The Initiation

    Jamie joins an elite club and endures the initiation rites. However, when a classmate dies from cardiac arrhythmia during the initiation (touching a piece of ice to his chest, after getting him to believe it was a hot branding iron), the club's president Ted Hoag is blamed. A posse forms to track down Ted and hold him responsible for the hazing. Blood almost sheds, but then Jamie reveals he and the other boys were just as responsible for their friend's death.

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  • Riot

    Ben becomes horrified while inspecting living conditions at the Nevada State Prison. So are the frustrated inmates, who take Ben hostage and make a series of demands to improve conditions. One of the inmates - Griff King - decides to act as a go-between to communicate the prisoners' demands with the state prison board. In the end, Griff is paroled to Ben's custody.

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