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Series Summary
Ben Cartwright is the patriarch of an all-male Nevada ranching family. Set during and after the Civil War, "Bonanza" is the story of life on the family's thousand-acre spread, known as the Ponderosa, near Virginia City. Ben has his three sons, each with a different (and deceased) mother. Serious eldest son Adam hopes to follow in his father's footsteps; middle son Hoss is a gentle giant -- physically strong, but sometimes naive; and youngest son Little Joe is the most impetuous and romantic of the offspring.

Air Dates: 1959 - 1973

Genres: Drama, Western

Network: NBC

  • Season 14, Ep. 16 : The Hunter Jan 16, 1973

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    An escaped mental patient (Tom Skerritt) makes Joe the object of a bizarre hunt.

  • Season 14, Ep. 4 : The Initiation Sep 26, 1972

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    The leader (Ronny Howard) of a boy's club forces his followers, including Jamie, to cover up an initiate's death.

  • Season 13, Ep. 13 : A Home for Jamie Dec 19, 1971

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    Jamie's grandfather (Will Geer) arrives to take him back East, but the boy runs away; guest Robert Carradine.

  • Season 12, Ep. 3 : The Weary Willies Sep 27, 1970

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    Ex-soldiers (Richard Thomas, Kevin Tighe) camping on Ponderosa land cause an incident with a local girl (Lee Purcell).

  • Season 12, Ep. 2 : A Matter of Faith Sep 20, 1970

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    The Cartwrights intervene when rainmakers Dusty and Jamie fail to end the drought.

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