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 11
Episode
Date & time
 
8: The Stalker
 
8: The Stalker
Thu 30 August·3:55pm
7: The Medal
 
7: The Medal
Tue 28 August·4:00pm
6: To Stop A War
 
6: To Stop A War
Mon 27 August·4:00pm
5: Anatomy Of A Lynching
 
5: Anatomy Of A Lynching
Fri 24 August·3:50pm
4: A Lawman's Lot Is Not A Happy
 
4: A Lawman's Lot Is Not A Happy
Thu 23 August·3:55pm
3: The Silence At Stillwater
 
3: The Silence At Stillwater
Wed 22 August·3:50pm
2: The Witness
 
2: The Witness
Mon 20 August·3:55pm
25: The Trouble With Jamie
 
25: The Trouble With Jamie
Fri 31 August·6:00am
24: Her Brother's Keeper
 
24: Her Brother's Keeper
Thu 30 August·6:00am
23: The Emperor Norton
 
23: The Emperor Norton
Wed 29 August·6:00am
22: Three Brides For Hoss
 
22: Three Brides For Hoss
Tue 28 August·6:00am
21: The Code
 
21: The Code
Mon 27 August·6:00am
20: Peace Officer
 
20: Peace Officer
Fri 24 August·6:00am
19: Destiny's Child
 
19: Destiny's Child
Thu 23 August·6:00am
18: Ride The Wind - Part 2
 
18: Ride The Wind - Part 2
Wed 22 August·6:00am
17: Ride The Wind - Part 1
 
17: Ride The Wind - Part 1
Tue 21 August·6:00am
16: To Kill A Buffalo
 
16: To Kill A Buffalo
Mon 20 August·6:00am