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
 
27: The Unwanted
 
27: The Unwanted
Fri 10 April·4:50am
Rec
26: The Running Man
 
26: The Running Man
Thu 9 April·4:50am
Rec
25: Emily
 
25: Emily
Wed 8 April·4:50am
Rec
24: The Deserter
 
24: The Deserter
Tue 7 April·4:50am
Rec
23: The Wish
 
23: The Wish
Mon 6 April·4:50am
Rec
22: Five Candles
 
22: Five Candles
Fri 3 April·4:50am
Rec
21: The Lady And The Mountain Lion
 
21: The Lady And The Mountain Lion
Thu 2 April·4:50am
Rec
20: The Clarion
 
20: The Clarion
Wed 1 April·4:50am
Rec
19: Company Of Forgotten Men
 
19: Company Of Forgotten Men
Tue 31 March·4:50am
Rec
18: Erin
 
18: Erin
Mon 30 March·4:50am
Rec
5: Night Of Reckoning
 
5: Night Of Reckoning
Fri 10 April·2:50pm
Rec
 
 
Sat 11 April·2:05am
Rec
4: Judgment At Olympus
 
4: Judgment At Olympus
Thu 9 April·2:50pm
Rec
 
 
Fri 10 April·2:15am
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3: The Conquistadores
 
3: The Conquistadores
Wed 8 April·2:50pm
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Thu 9 April·2:15am
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2: Sense Of Duty
 
2: Sense Of Duty
Tue 7 April·2:50pm
Rec
 
 
Wed 8 April·2:15am
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1: Second Chance
 
1: Second Chance
Mon 6 April·3:10pm
Rec
 
 
Tue 7 April·2:15am
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34: The Greedy Ones
 
34: The Greedy Ones
Fri 3 April·2:55pm
Rec
 
 
Sat 4 April·2:05am
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33: Maestro Boss
 
33: Maestro Boss
Thu 2 April·2:35pm
Rec
 
 
Fri 3 April·2:15am
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32: Clarissa
 
32: Clarissa
Wed 1 April·3:15pm
Rec
 
 
Thu 2 April·2:15am
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31: The Wormwood Cup
 
31: The Wormwood Cup
Tue 31 March·3:00pm
Rec
 
 
Wed 1 April·2:15am
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30: Napoleon's Children
 
30: Napoleon's Children
Mon 30 March·3:10pm
Rec
 
 
Tue 31 March·2:15am
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34: The Miracle Maker
 
34: The Miracle Maker
Sun 12 April·5:50am
Rec
33: The Mountain Girl
 
33: The Mountain Girl
Sat 11 April·5:50am
Rec
 
 
Sat 11 April·3:50pm
Rec
 
 
Sun 12 April·2:10am
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32: The Long Night
 
32: The Long Night
Sun 5 April·5:50am
Rec
 
 
Sun 5 April·4:05pm
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Mon 6 April·12:45am
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31: The Dowry
 
31: The Dowry
Sat 4 April·5:50am
Rec
 
 
Sat 4 April·3:40pm
Rec
30: Blessed Are They
 
30: Blessed Are They
Sun 29 March·3:25pm
 
 
Mon 30 March·1:10am
Rec