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 10
Episode
Date & time
 
3: Salute To Yesterday
 
3: Salute To Yesterday
Mon 9 March·4:50am
Rec
2: Child
 
2: Child
Fri 6 March·4:50am
Rec
1: Different Pines, Same Wind
 
1: Different Pines, Same Wind
Thu 5 March·4:50am
Rec
34: Stage Door Johnnies
 
34: Stage Door Johnnies
Wed 4 March·4:50am
Rec
33: A Severe Case Of Matrimony
 
33: A Severe Case Of Matrimony
Tue 3 March·4:50am
Rec
32: Pride Of A Man
 
32: Pride Of A Man
Mon 2 March·4:50am
Rec
31: The Stronghold
 
31: The Stronghold
Fri 28 February·4:50am
Rec
30: The Arrival Of Eddie
 
30: The Arrival Of Eddie
Thu 27 February·4:50am
Rec
29: The Bottle Fighter
 
29: The Bottle Fighter
Wed 26 February·4:50am
Rec
28: To Die In Darkness
 
28: To Die In Darkness
Tue 25 February·4:50am
Rec
14: Tommy
 
14: Tommy
Fri 6 March·2:40pm
Rec
 
 
Sat 7 March·2:15am
Rec
13: The Bridegroom
 
13: The Bridegroom
Thu 5 March·2:50pm
Rec
 
 
Fri 6 March·2:15am
Rec
12: A Real Nice, Friendly Little Town
 
12: A Real Nice, Friendly Little Town
Wed 4 March·3:05pm
Rec
 
 
Thu 5 March·2:15am
Rec
11: The Oath
 
11: The Oath
Tue 3 March·2:40pm
Rec
 
 
Wed 4 March·2:15am
Rec
10: Ballad Of The Ponderosa
 
10: Ballad Of The Ponderosa
Mon 2 March·3:25pm
Rec
 
 
Tue 3 March·2:05am
Rec
9: Old Charlie
 
9: Old Charlie
Fri 28 February·2:55pm
Rec
 
 
Sat 29 February·2:05am
Rec
8: Four Sisters From Boston
 
8: Four Sisters From Boston
Thu 27 February·3:25pm
Rec
 
 
Fri 28 February·2:15am
Rec
7: Credit For A Kill
 
7: Credit For A Kill
Wed 26 February·2:35pm
Rec
 
 
Thu 27 February·2:15am
Rec
6: To Bloom For Thee
 
6: To Bloom For Thee
Tue 25 February·3:10pm
Rec
 
 
Wed 26 February·2:05am
Rec
5: The Pursued - Part 2
 
5: The Pursued - Part 2
Mon 24 February·2:50pm
 
 
Tue 25 February·2:15am
Rec
24: The Wooing Of Abigail Jones
 
24: The Wooing Of Abigail Jones
Sun 8 March·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Sun 8 March·3:40pm
Rec
 
 
Mon 9 March·12:30am
Rec
23: The Guilty
 
23: The Guilty
Sat 7 March·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Sat 7 March·3:50pm
Rec
 
 
Sun 8 March·2:30am
Rec
22: The Jackknife
 
22: The Jackknife
Sun 1 March·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Sun 1 March·4:00pm
Rec
 
 
Mon 2 March·12:45am
Rec
21: Gift Of Water
 
21: Gift Of Water
Sat 29 February·5:50am
Rec
 
 
Sat 29 February·3:35pm
Rec
 
 
Sun 1 March·2:00am
Rec