Bonanza

Bonanza was one of the longest running and most popular of all television 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, Monday – Friday at 4pm, on Fox Classics

Season 9
Episode
Date & time
 
19: The Price Of Salt
 
19: The Price Of Salt
Wed 12 February·4:50am
Rec
18: The Burning Sky
 
18: The Burning Sky
Tue 11 February·4:50am
Rec
17: The Thirteenth Man
 
17: The Thirteenth Man
Mon 10 February·4:50am
Rec
16: A Girl Named George
 
16: A Girl Named George
Fri 7 February·4:50am
Rec
15: The Trackers
 
15: The Trackers
Thu 6 February·4:50am
Rec
14: The Gold Detector
 
14: The Gold Detector
Wed 5 February·4:50am
Rec
13: Justice Deferred
 
13: Justice Deferred
Tue 4 February·4:50am
Rec
12: Check Rein
 
12: Check Rein
Mon 3 February·4:50am
Rec
11: Six Black Horses
 
11: Six Black Horses
Fri 31 January·4:50am
Rec
10: Showdown At Tahoe
 
10: Showdown At Tahoe
Thu 30 January·4:50am
Rec
29: Big Shadows On The Land
 
29: Big Shadows On The Land
Tue 11 February·2:50pm
Rec
 
 
Wed 12 February·2:20am
Rec
28: The Unwritten Commandment
 
28: The Unwritten Commandment
Mon 10 February·3:30pm
Rec
 
 
Tue 11 February·2:15am
Rec
27: The Genius
 
27: The Genius
Fri 7 February·3:35pm
Rec
 
 
Sat 8 February·2:15am
Rec
26: Shining In Spain
 
26: Shining In Spain
Thu 6 February·3:00pm
Rec
 
 
Fri 7 February·2:20am
Rec
25: The Trouble With Jamie
 
25: The Trouble With Jamie
Wed 5 February·3:00pm
Rec
 
 
Thu 6 February·2:15am
Rec
24: Her Brother's Keeper
 
24: Her Brother's Keeper
Tue 4 February·3:30pm
Rec
 
 
Wed 5 February·2:15am
Rec
23: The Emperor Norton
 
23: The Emperor Norton
Mon 3 February·3:10pm
Rec
 
 
Tue 4 February·2:20am
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22: Three Brides For Hoss
 
22: Three Brides For Hoss
Fri 31 January·3:05pm
Rec
 
 
Sat 1 February·2:15am
Rec
21: The Code
 
21: The Code
Thu 30 January·3:35pm
Rec
 
 
Fri 31 January·2:20am
Rec
20: Peace Officer
 
20: Peace Officer
Wed 29 January·2:50pm
 
 
Thu 30 January·2:15am
16: The Tall Stranger
 
16: The Tall Stranger
Sun 9 February·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Sun 9 February·3:55pm
Rec
 
 
Mon 10 February·12:30am
Rec
15: Land Grab
 
15: Land Grab
Sat 8 February·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Sat 8 February·4:10pm
Rec
 
 
Sun 9 February·2:40am
Rec
14: Gabrielle
 
14: Gabrielle
Sun 2 February·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Sun 2 February·3:55pm
Rec
 
 
Mon 3 February·12:40am
Rec
13: The Tin Badge
 
13: The Tin Badge
Sat 1 February·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Sat 1 February·3:35pm
Rec
 
 
Sun 2 February·3:10am
Rec