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
 
13: A Knight To Remember
 
13: A Knight To Remember
Wed 27 November·3:30pm
Rec
 
 
Thu 28 November·2:20am
Rec
12: The Underdog
 
12: The Underdog
Tue 26 November·3:35pm
Rec
 
 
Wed 27 November·2:20am
Rec
11: A Man To Admire
 
11: A Man To Admire
Mon 25 November·3:35pm
Rec
 
 
Tue 26 November·2:20am
Rec
10: Old Sheba
 
10: Old Sheba
Fri 22 November·2:55pm
Rec
 
 
Sat 23 November·2:20am
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9: Between Heaven And Earth
 
9: Between Heaven And Earth
Thu 21 November·2:50pm
Rec
 
 
Fri 22 November·2:20am
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8: Square Deal Sam
 
8: Square Deal Sam
Wed 20 November·2:50pm
Rec
 
 
Thu 21 November·2:20am
Rec
7: A Dime's Worth Of Glory
 
7: A Dime's Worth Of Glory
Tue 19 November·2:50pm
Rec
 
 
Wed 20 November·2:20am
Rec
6: The Scapegoat
 
6: The Scapegoat
Mon 18 November·3:30pm
Rec
 
 
Tue 19 November·2:20am
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5: Logan's Treasure
 
5: Logan's Treasure
Fri 15 November·3:30pm
Rec
 
 
Sat 16 November·2:20am
Rec
4: Thanks For Everything, Friend
 
4: Thanks For Everything, Friend
Thu 14 November·3:30pm
 
 
Fri 15 November·2:20am
28: The Rival
 
28: The Rival
Sun 24 November·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Mon 25 November·2:20am
Rec
27: The Gift
 
27: The Gift
Sat 23 November·6:00am
Rec
26: Cuttthroat Junction
 
26: Cuttthroat Junction
Sun 17 November·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Mon 18 November·2:35am
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25: The Duke
 
25: The Duke
Sat 16 November·6:00am
Rec