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 8
Episode
Date & time
 
19: Black Friday
 
19: Black Friday
Thu 26 December·4:50am
Rec
18: A Bride For Buford
 
18: A Bride For Buford
Wed 25 December·4:50am
Rec
17: Justice
 
17: Justice
Tue 24 December·4:50am
Rec
16: Ponderosa Explosion
 
16: Ponderosa Explosion
Mon 23 December·4:50am
Rec
15: A Christmas Story
 
15: A Christmas Story
Fri 20 December·4:50am
Rec
 
 
Thu 26 December·6:00am
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14: Tommy
 
14: Tommy
Thu 19 December·4:50am
Rec
13: The Bridegroom
 
13: The Bridegroom
Wed 18 December·4:50am
Rec
12: A Real Nice, Friendly Little Town
 
12: A Real Nice, Friendly Little Town
Tue 17 December·4:50am
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11: The Oath
 
11: The Oath
Mon 16 December·4:50am
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10: Ballad Of The Ponderosa
 
10: Ballad Of The Ponderosa
Fri 13 December·4:50am
32: Jonah
 
32: Jonah
Tue 24 December·2:55pm
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Wed 25 December·2:15am
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31: The Return
 
31: The Return
Mon 23 December·2:50pm
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Tue 24 December·2:20am
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30: Lothario Larkin
 
30: Lothario Larkin
Fri 20 December·2:50pm
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Sat 21 December·2:20am
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29: To Own The World
 
29: To Own The World
Thu 19 December·3:30pm
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Fri 20 December·2:20am
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28: A Good Night's Rest
 
28: A Good Night's Rest
Wed 18 December·3:30pm
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Thu 19 December·2:20am
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27: Dead And Gone
 
27: Dead And Gone
Tue 17 December·2:55pm
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Wed 18 December·2:20am
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26: The Trap
 
26: The Trap
Mon 16 December·2:50pm
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Tue 17 December·2:15am
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25: Hound Dog
 
25: Hound Dog
Fri 13 December·2:50pm
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Sat 14 December·2:10am
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24: Right Is The Fourth R
 
24: Right Is The Fourth R
Fri 13 December·2:00am
2: Springtime
 
2: Springtime
Sun 22 December·6:00am
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Sun 22 December·3:35pm
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Mon 23 December·12:05am
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1: The Smiler
 
1: The Smiler
Sat 21 December·6:00am
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Sat 21 December·3:45pm
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Sun 22 December·2:20am
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34: Sam Hill
 
34: Sam Hill
Sun 15 December·6:00am
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Sun 15 December·4:10pm
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Mon 16 December·12:00am
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33: Elizabeth, My Love
 
33: Elizabeth, My Love
Sat 14 December·6:00am
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Sat 14 December·3:30pm
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Sun 15 December·4:00am
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