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 4
Episode
Date & time
 
20: Marie, My Love
 
20: Marie, My Love
Fri 30 August·3:00pm
Rec
 
 
Sat 31 August·1:45am
19: The Last Haircut
 
19: The Last Haircut
Thu 29 August·2:50pm
Rec
 
 
Fri 30 August·2:00am
18: Half A Rogue
 
18: Half A Rogue
Wed 28 August·2:55pm
Rec
 
 
Thu 29 August·1:45am
17: Elegy Ffor A Hangman
 
17: Elegy Ffor A Hangman
Tue 27 August·2:50pm
Rec
 
 
Wed 28 August·1:30am
16: Song Tn The Dark
 
16: Song Tn The Dark
Mon 26 August·2:55pm
Rec
 
 
Tue 27 August·2:05am
15: The Colonel
 
15: The Colonel
Fri 23 August·3:00pm
14: The Jury
 
14: The Jury
Thu 22 August·3:00pm
Rec
 
 
Fri 23 August·2:05am
13: The Good Samaritan
 
13: The Good Samaritan
Wed 21 August·3:00pm
12: The Decison
 
12: The Decison
Tue 20 August·2:55pm
Rec
 
 
Wed 21 August·2:05am
11: Gallagher's Sons
 
11: Gallagher's Sons
Mon 19 August·2:55pm
3: Badge Without Honour
 
3: Badge Without Honour
Sat 31 August·6:00am
2: The Mission
 
2: The Mission
Sun 25 August·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Mon 26 August·3:05am
1: Showdown
 
1: Showdown
Sat 24 August·6:00am
32: Death At Dawn
 
32: Death At Dawn
Sun 18 August·6:00am
Rec
 
 
Mon 19 August·3:10am
31: Dark Star
 
31: Dark Star
Sun 18 August·3:10am