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 13
Episode
Date & time
 
18: Frenzy
 
18: Frenzy
Tue 5 March·6:00am
Rec
17: The Saddle Stiff
 
17: The Saddle Stiff
Mon 4 March·6:00am
Rec
16: Second Sight
 
16: Second Sight
Sun 3 March·6:00am
Rec
15: The Lonely Man
 
15: The Lonely Man
Sat 2 March·6:00am
Rec
14: Warbonnet
 
14: Warbonnet
Fri 1 March·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Sat 2 March·2:40am
Rec
13: A Home For Jamie
 
13: A Home For Jamie
Thu 28 February·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Fri 1 March·2:40am
Rec
12: Easy Come, Easy Go
 
12: Easy Come, Easy Go
Wed 27 February·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Thu 28 February·2:40am
Rec
11: The Rattlesnake Brigade
 
11: The Rattlesnake Brigade
Tue 26 February·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Wed 27 February·2:40am
Rec
10: The Iron Butterfly
 
10: The Iron Butterfly
Mon 25 February·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Tue 26 February·2:40am
Rec
9: Blind Hunch
 
9: Blind Hunch
Sun 24 February·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Mon 25 February·2:40am
Rec
8: Face Of Fear
 
8: Face Of Fear
Sat 23 February·6:00am
Rec
7: Don't Cry, My Son
 
7: Don't Cry, My Son
Fri 22 February·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Sat 23 February·2:40am
Rec
6: Cassie
 
6: Cassie
Thu 21 February·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Fri 22 February·2:40am
Rec
5: The Prisoners
 
5: The Prisoners
Wed 20 February·6:00am
 
 
Thu 21 February·2:40am
Rec
4: Rock-A-Bye Hoss
 
4: Rock-A-Bye Hoss
Wed 20 February·2:40am
10: The Magnificent Adah
 
10: The Magnificent Adah
Mon 4 March·4:00pm
Rec
9: Mr. Henry Comstock
 
9: Mr. Henry Comstock
Fri 1 March·3:50pm
Rec
8: The Philip Deideshiemer Story
 
8: The Philip Deideshiemer Story
Thu 28 February·4:00pm
Rec
7: The Saga Of Annie O'toole
 
7: The Saga Of Annie O'toole
Tue 26 February·4:00pm
Rec
6: The Julia Bulette Story
 
6: The Julia Bulette Story
Fri 22 February·4:00pm
Rec
5: Enter Mark Twain
 
5: Enter Mark Twain
Thu 21 February·3:55pm
Rec
4: The Paiute War
 
4: The Paiute War
Wed 20 February·4:00pm
Rec
3: The Newcomers
 
3: The Newcomers
Tue 19 February·4:00pm