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 12
Episode
Date & time
 
10: El Jefe
 
10: El Jefe
Mon 29 October·3:55pm
9: The Love Child
 
9: The Love Child
Thu 25 October·4:00pm
8: Thornton's Account
 
8: Thornton's Account
Wed 24 October·3:55pm
7: The Trouble With Trouble
 
7: The Trouble With Trouble
Tue 23 October·3:55pm
6: Gideon, The Good
 
6: Gideon, The Good
Mon 22 October·3:50pm
5: The Power Of Life And Death
 
5: The Power Of Life And Death
Thu 18 October·4:00pm
4: The Wagon
 
4: The Wagon
Tue 16 October·4:00pm
15: The Trackers
 
15: The Trackers
Tue 30 October·6:00am
14: The Gold Detector
 
14: The Gold Detector
Mon 29 October·6:00am
13: Justice Deferred
 
13: Justice Deferred
Sun 28 October·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Mon 29 October·1:45am
12: Check Rein
 
12: Check Rein
Sat 27 October·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Sat 27 October·4:10pm
11: Six Black Horses
 
11: Six Black Horses
Fri 26 October·6:00am
10: Showdown At Tahoe
 
10: Showdown At Tahoe
Thu 25 October·6:00am
9: The Sure Thing
 
9: The Sure Thing
Wed 24 October·6:00am
8: Desperate Passage
 
8: Desperate Passage
Tue 23 October·6:00am
7: The Gentle Ones
 
7: The Gentle Ones
Mon 22 October·6:00am
6: False Witness
 
6: False Witness
Sun 21 October·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Mon 22 October·1:40am
5: Night Of Reckoning
 
5: Night Of Reckoning
Sat 20 October·6:00am
4: Judgment At Olympus
 
4: Judgment At Olympus
Fri 19 October·6:00am
3: The Conquistadores
 
3: The Conquistadores
Thu 18 October·6:00am
2: Sense Of Duty
 
2: Sense Of Duty
Wed 17 October·6:00am