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
 
14: It's A Small World
 
14: It's A Small World
Fri 12 June·4:50am
Rec
13: Abner Willoughby's Return
 
13: Abner Willoughby's Return
Thu 11 June·4:50am
Rec
12: Old Friends
 
12: Old Friends
Wed 10 June·4:50am
Rec
11: Dead Wrong
 
11: Dead Wrong
Tue 9 June·4:50am
Rec
 
 
Wed 10 June·12:30am
Rec
10: A Darker Shadow
 
10: A Darker Shadow
Mon 8 June·4:50am
Rec
9: Meena
 
9: Meena
Fri 5 June·4:50am
Rec
8: The Stalker
 
8: The Stalker
Thu 4 June·4:50am
Rec
7: The Medal
 
7: The Medal
Wed 3 June·4:50am
Rec
6: To Stop A War
 
6: To Stop A War
Tue 2 June·4:50am
Rec
5: Anatomy Of A Lynching
 
5: Anatomy Of A Lynching
Mon 1 June·4:50am
Rec
14: A World Full Of Cannibals
 
14: A World Full Of Cannibals
Thu 11 June·2:50pm
Rec
 
 
Fri 12 June·2:15am
Rec
13: Mark Of Guilt
 
13: Mark Of Guilt
Wed 10 June·2:30pm
Rec
 
 
Thu 11 June·2:15am
Rec
12: Yonder Man
 
12: Yonder Man
Tue 9 June·3:05pm
Rec
 
 
Wed 10 June·2:15am
Rec
11: Queen High
 
11: Queen High
Fri 5 June·2:50pm
Rec
 
 
Sat 6 June·2:15am
Rec
10: The Sound Of Drums
 
10: The Sound Of Drums
Thu 4 June·2:50pm
Rec
 
 
Fri 5 June·2:15am
Rec
9: The Survivors
 
9: The Survivors
Wed 3 June·3:05pm
Rec
 
 
Thu 4 June·2:15am
Rec
8: Little Girl Lost
 
8: Little Girl Lost
Tue 2 June·3:35pm
Rec
 
 
Wed 3 June·2:15am
Rec
7: Catch As Catch Can
 
7: Catch As Catch Can
Mon 1 June·3:10pm
Rec
 
 
Tue 2 June·2:20am
Rec
6: The Last Vote
 
6: The Last Vote
Sat 30 May·2:55am
16: Song Tn The Dark
 
16: Song Tn The Dark
Sun 7 June·5:50am
Rec
 
 
Mon 8 June·3:55am
Rec
15: The Colonel
 
15: The Colonel
Sat 6 June·5:50am
Rec
14: The Jury
 
14: The Jury
Sun 31 May·5:50am
Rec
 
 
Sun 31 May·3:50pm
Rec
 
 
Mon 1 June·1:05am
Rec
13: The Good Samaritan
 
13: The Good Samaritan
Sat 30 May·5:50am
 
 
Sat 30 May·3:40pm
Rec
 
 
Sun 31 May·2:40am
Rec