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 6
Episode
Date & time
 
2: The Hostage
 
2: The Hostage
Wed 1 November·3:55pm
1: Invention Of A Gunfighter
 
1: Invention Of A Gunfighter
Tue 31 October·3:45pm
34: Walter And The Outlaws
 
34: Walter And The Outlaws
Mon 30 October·5:00pm
33: Triangle
 
33: Triangle
Fri 27 October·3:45pm
32: The Pressure Game
 
32: The Pressure Game
Thu 26 October·3:45pm
31: The Dark Past
 
31: The Dark Past
Wed 25 October·4:25pm
30: Enter Thomas Bowers
 
30: Enter Thomas Bowers
Tue 24 October·3:55pm
29: The Companeros
 
29: The Companeros
Mon 23 October·4:15pm
28: A Pink Cloud Comes From Old Cathay
 
28: A Pink Cloud Comes From Old Cathay
Fri 20 October·3:55pm
27: The Roper
 
27: The Roper
Thu 19 October·3:50pm
13: Vendetta
 
13: Vendetta
Thu 2 November·5:40am
12: The Hangin Posse
 
12: The Hangin Posse
Wed 1 November·5:40am
11: The Truckee Strip
 
11: The Truckee Strip
Tue 31 October·5:40am
10: The Magnificent Adah
 
10: The Magnificent Adah
Mon 30 October·5:40am
9: Mr. Henry Comstock
 
9: Mr. Henry Comstock
Fri 27 October·5:40am
8: The Philip Deideshiemer Story
 
8: The Philip Deideshiemer Story
Thu 26 October·5:40am
7: The Saga Of Annie O'toole
 
7: The Saga Of Annie O'toole
Wed 25 October·5:40am
6: The Julia Bulette Story
 
6: The Julia Bulette Story
Tue 24 October·5:40am
5: Enter Mark Twain
 
5: Enter Mark Twain
Mon 23 October·5:40am
4: The Paiute War
 
4: The Paiute War
Fri 20 October·5:40am