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
 
8: Little Girl Lost
 
8: Little Girl Lost
Thu 5 July·4:00pm
7: Catch As Catch Can
 
7: Catch As Catch Can
Wed 4 July·4:00pm
6: The Last Vote
 
6: The Last Vote
Tue 3 July·4:00pm
5: The Passing Of A King
 
5: The Passing Of A King
Mon 2 July·3:55pm
4: The Real People Of Muddy Creek
 
4: The Real People Of Muddy Creek
Fri 29 June·4:00pm
3: Salute To Yesterday
 
3: Salute To Yesterday
Thu 28 June·3:50pm
2: Child
 
2: Child
Wed 27 June·4:00pm
1: Different Pines, Same Wind
 
1: Different Pines, Same Wind
Tue 26 June·4:00pm
34: Stage Door Johnnies
 
34: Stage Door Johnnies
Mon 25 June·3:50pm
33: A Severe Case Of Matrimony
 
33: A Severe Case Of Matrimony
Fri 22 June·4:00pm
19: The Flannel-Mouth Gun
 
19: The Flannel-Mouth Gun
Fri 6 July·6:00am
18: The Ballerina
 
18: The Ballerina
Thu 5 July·6:00am
17: Woman Of Fire
 
17: Woman Of Fire
Wed 4 July·6:00am
16: The Far, Far Better Thing
 
16: The Far, Far Better Thing
Tue 3 July·6:00am
15: The Flapjack Contest
 
15: The Flapjack Contest
Mon 2 July·6:00am
14: The Saga Of Squaw Charlie
 
14: The Saga Of Squaw Charlie
Fri 29 June·6:00am
13: A Knight To Remember
 
13: A Knight To Remember
Thu 28 June·6:00am
12: The Underdog
 
12: The Underdog
Wed 27 June·6:00am
11: A Man To Admire
 
11: A Man To Admire
Tue 26 June·6:00am
10: Old Sheba
 
10: Old Sheba
Mon 25 June·6:00am