Bonanza: Season 2


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A young bank robber hires on at the Ponderosa in order to keep his gang informed of the law’s efforts to discover their whereabouts.


The Mission

Filmed almost entirely outdoors, this is more like a feature than a series. Captain Pender is looking for a scout to lead him and his company of men across the desert, along w…


Badge Without Honor

Adam’s life is saved by an enigmatic U. S. Marshal who has come to Virginia City to arrest a friend of the Cartwrights.


The Mill

The Cartwrights construct a grist mill to provide income for a crippled rancher who blames Ben for his predicament. Ben has to contend with the man’s depraved caretaker,…


The Hopefuls

Adam guides a wagon train of Quakers and falls for the leader’s daughter, Regina. The force Adam must employ to protect them, conflicts with their passive philosophy of…


Denver McKee

While celebrating the return of his daughter Connie, former lawman McKee is asked to assist in the capture of an outlaw gang. While Joe is courting Connie, no one realizes that…


Day of Reckoning

Prejudice erupts on both sides when Ben gives an Indian named Matsou and his wife, some of his land, after saving Ben’s life from a renegade Indian who almost killed him…


The Abduction

Hoss and Joe take their sweethearts to a colorful and strange carnival for the day. Joe’s recent girlfriend Jennifer Beale is abducted by the sinister owner, Philip Reed…


Breed of Violence

Joe’s friend Dolly Kincaid is the daughter of the sheriff and she’s always getting caught up with the wrong crowd. When she gets close to Vince Dagen, Joe gets worr…


The Last Viking

Gunnar Borgstrom is the leader of a vicious band called the Commancheros. They burn houses, kill people and steal anything of value. When the Commancheros get to Nevada, Gunnar…


The Trail Gang

On a cattle drive back to Nevada from Texas, Ben hires a young man who is both an outlaw and the son of the sheriff whose town the Ponderosa cowhands are entering.


The Savage

Adam’s life is saved by a woman known to the Indians as White Buffalo Woman, but who is actually the daughter of Norwegian immigrants.


Silent Thunder

Captivated by the pretty, deaf-mute daughter of a reclusive mountain man, Little Joe teaches the young woman sign language. Thrilled with her newfound ability to communicate,…


The Ape

Hoss becomes friends with dull-witted Arnie Gurnie, who is a brute of a man with the mentality of a child. His temper scares everybody, including the Cartwrights.


The Blood Line

Ben feels responsible for the son of a man he was forced to kill, but the young man is determined to get even. A professional gunman offers to do the job for him.


The Courtship

Hoss plans to marry the widow of one of Ben’s friends, not knowing she is a compulsive gambler and refusing to believe it when the other Cartwrights confront him with the…


The Spitfire

Joe becomes the target of a tough and vengeful Kentucky family, after he kills one of them who almost sets the Ponderosa on fire and the Cartwrights take in the dead man’…


The Bride

The Cartwright boys are surprised to find that a woman, claiming to have recently married their father, shows up on their doorstep. When Ben gets home, he is just as surprised…


Bank Run

When they “rob” the bank in Virginia City to save depositors from being cleaned out by its president, Hoss and Joe wind up wanted by the law.


The Fugitive

Adam goes to Mexico to find out how the son of a family friend was killed, only to learn the man is still alive.



Hoss accidentally kills a drunk he was trying to disarm. The man’s brother bushwhacks Hoss, who has lost the will to live. Joe makes a promise to Hoss that he will kill…


The Tax Collector

The kindness Hoss extends to shiftless Jock Henry is not exactly repaid when Henry becomes an assistant assessor and raises the Ponderosa’s annual tax bill from $375 to $17…

The Rescue

The Cartwright boys are concerned that Ben might be getting on in years, yet it is he who saves them from cattle rustlers.


The Dark Gate

Adam is confused by the sudden behavior of his good friend, Ross Marquette. He beats up his wife, Delphine, after accusing her of having an affair with Adam. He also joins a…


The Duke

Hoss takes on The Duke Of London, an arrogant, abusive bare-knuckle fighter, though his brawn is no match for the Duke’s agile skills.


Cutthroat Junction

When freight company detective Jed Trask is fired after a decade of service, he joins the thieves preventing supplies from reaching Virginia City.


The Gift

While crossing the desert to Yuma, Arizona with a white stallion intended as a birthday present for Ben, Joe runs into a pack of merciless comancheros. His companion, a former…


The Rival

Jim Applegate, Hoss’ rival for the affections of Cameo Johnson, is a member of a vigilante group who lynched an innocent man and his wife.


The Infernal Machine

Hoss believes in his friend’s primitive version of the automobile in this lighthearted, yet sad episode. When the “car” uses up the last of its fuel, Hoss re…


The Thunderhead Swindle

With Virginia City on the verge of economic ruin, out of work miners put their hopes in word of a strike at a mine everbody believed was played out. Ben suspects the new owner…


The Secret

Joe is the victim of an elaborate frame-up, accused of murdering a pregnant girl. When Ben is asked if Joe is telling the truth, he replies, “If I were to start doubting…


The Dream Riders

To finance his dream of constructing an airship capable of crossing the Atlantic, Ben’s old friend plans to rob the Virginia City bank while diverting the citizens’ at…

Elizabeth, My Love

At the bedside of a seriously ill Adam, Ben thinks back to his days as a first mate in the merchant marines and his marriage to Adam’s mother, Elizabeth Stoddard.

Sam Hill

Blacksmith Sam Hill fights to keep the land on which his mother is buried, after his drunken father signs the deed over to Colonel Tyson and his private army. Poetic episode w…

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