Bonanza: Season 12

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 13
1970

The Night Virginia City Died

In the 12th season premiere, a series of destructive fires strike Virginia City, and always late at night. Is it the work of a ruthless arsonist, or someone very close to Deput…

2 Sep 20
1970

A Matter of Faith

Dusty takes in orphaned Jamie Hunter, the son of a recently-deceased rainmaker. Jamie is determined to carry on his father’s tradition by using drought-stricken Virginia…

3 Sep 27
1970

The Weary Willies

The Weary Willies are hippie-like former Civil War veterans who are now drifters and live off the land. Despite protests from fellow ranchers and the people of Virginia City, B…

4 Oct 04
1970

The Wagon

5 Oct 11
1970

The Power of Life and Death

6 Oct 18
1970

Gideon, the Good

7 Oct 25
1970

The Trouble with Trouble

8 Nov 01
1970

Thornton's Account

9 Nov 08
1970

The Love Child

10 Nov 15
1970

El Jefe

11 Nov 22
1970

The Luck of Pepper Shannon

12 Dec 13
1970

The Impostors

13 Dec 20
1970

Honest John

14 Dec 27
1970

For a Young Lady

15 Jan 03
1971

A Single Pilgrim

16 Jan 10
1971

The Gold-Plated Rifle

An insecure Jamie is unsure of his place in the family, having trouble adjusting at his new school and keeps getting harassed by a bully. When he takes Ben’s prized gold-…

17 Jan 17
1971

Top Hand

18 Jan 31
1971

A Deck of Aces

19 Feb 07
1971

The Desperado

20 Feb 14
1971

The Reluctant American

21 Feb 21
1971

Shadow of a Hero

22 Feb 28
1971

The Silent Killer

23 Mar 07
1971

Terror at 2:00

A racist and his henchmen steal a Gatling gun, with plans to massacre everyone – including the Cartwrights – involved in a peace treaty signing between the U.S. Army and th…

24 Mar 14
1971

The Stillness Within

25 Mar 21
1971

A Time to Die

26 Mar 28
1971

Winter Kill

27 Apr 04
1971

Kingdom of Fear

Ben, Hoss and Joe, along with Candy and a fellow rancher, are jailed on false trespassing charges by a greedy mining tycoon. The despot runs a gold mine (i.e., a thinly-veiled…

28 Apr 11
1971

An Earthquake Called Callahan

About Bonanza

Set in Nevada, in the 1860s, Bonanza chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch – The Ponderosa. Broadcast History
September 1959 – September 1961
Saturday 7:30-8:30pm
September 1961 – September 1972
Sunday 9:00-10:00pm
May 1972 – August 1972
Tuesday 7:30-8:30pm
September 1972 – January 1973
Tuesday 8:00-9:00pm

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