Bonanza: Season 5


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She Walks in Beauty

Hoss wants to marry mysterious Regan Miller, a woman with less than a pristine past. When he thinks Adam is trying to steal her away, he loses control and beats Adam up.


A Passion for Justice

Renowned English novelist Charles Dickens comes to Virginia City. In short order, he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. The problem then becomes how to convince the…


Rain from Heaven

A destitute rainmaker and his family arrive in drought-stricken Virginia City. While Ben tries to help him make rain, Hoss tends to the man’s seriously ill little girl.<…


Twilight Town

Joe is bushwhacked in the desert and awakens to find himself in Martinville, a town that may or may not be populated by ghosts. An errie, surrealistic and well-produced episod…


The Toy Soldier

Adam encounters drunken artist James Callan, branded a “squaw man” because he is married to an Indian, and whose talent is going to waste in the town of Sheep Head.…


A Question of Strength

Hoss and a pair of nuns, the younger one having a difficult time training for the order, are robbed and stranded at a way station.


Calamity over the Comstock

Joe has a run-in with Calamity Jane, and takes her home with him after promising her dying father to take care of her. At first the Cartwrights (besides Joe) think “R…


Journey Remembered

Ben finds an old journal that he kept while in a wagon train travelling from St. Joseph, Missouri to Ash Hollow. As he is reading it Ben remembers the journey he undertook wit…


The Quality of Mercy

Joe struggles to understand whether his friend was right in killing a dying man who pleaded to put out of his misery.


The Waiting Game


The Legacy

Adam, Hoss and Joe mistakenly believe their father was murdered. They split into 3 different directions to confront the supposed killers. In his heart, Ben knows his sons wil…


Hoss and the Leprechauns

In what is arguably the best comedy of the series, Hoss swears he has seen green elves running around the Ponderosa and a smooth-talking Irishman complicates matters even worse…


The Prime of Life


The Lila Conrad Story

Joe and Adam protect a saloon girl, who has killed in self-defense, from an angry lynch mob. The accompanying Judge, along with his wife, takes a liking to Lila, and before it…


Ponderosa Matador

Adam, Hoss, and Joe vie for the attention of a pretty young lady named Dolores. Hoss talks Joe into entering a bull fight, but it doesn’t work out quite as planned.


My Son, My Son

Ben’s plans to marry Katherine Saunders are upset when her son Eden is accused of killing his former girlfriend.


Alias Joe Cartwright

A man who looks similar to Joe uses Joe’s name and gets Joe in the position of facing the firing squad.


The Gentleman from New Orleans


The Cheating Game


Bullet for a Bride

While out hunting for a mountain lion, Joe accidently shots Tessa Caldwell causing her to go blind. As a result of his guilt, Joe ends up proposing to the girl. However, othe…


King of the Mountain


Love Me Not

While talking with an Indian, Ben is given an unexpected present…a woman. She is a young white woman named Joan who has lived with the Indians since she was a little gir…


The Pure Truth

Hoss is suffering from spring fever, goes to the wrong town and is accused of bank robbery.


No Less a Man

The town council feels Roy Coffee can no longer do his job, and with the notorious Wagner gang on their way to rob the bank, everyone is in a panic. Ben and Adam disagree with…


Return to Honor

Ben must travel to pay his respects after he learns of the death of his nephew Will. When he visits the grave, he finds his nephew barely alive with a bullet wound. He takes hi…


The Saga of Muley Jones

The Cartwrights are visited by their second cousin, Muley Jones of Weedville, Missouri who sings with a window-shattering voice and stirs up trouble with Indian negotiations th…


The Roper

Will is having second thoughts about staying on at the Ponderosa, and outlaws hit the ranch and take him with them. The leader, Lee Hewitt, is a young killer and plans on robb…


A Pink Cloud Comes from Old Cathay

A headstrong Chinese girl (Marlo Thomas) visiting the Cartwrights incites labor unrest among local workers.


The Companeros

Mateo Ibara and his wife Carla visit the Ponderosa. Ibara asks Will to return to Mexico with him. Ibara and Will fought together for Juarez’s cause and Ibara saved Will&…


Enter Thomas Bowers

After a triumphant tour in Europe, a famous Negro singer encounters racial prejudice in Virginia City when he arrives for a concert.


The Dark Past


The Pressure Game

Laura Dayton’s Aunt Lil comes to visit and quickly decides it’s time she help the hesitant Adam propose to her favorite niece. Her plan is to make Adam jealous by…



Adam and Laura are finally engaged. Adam is secretly building a house and planning for the future. Laura realizes that it’s Will she is in love with. Adam is then confin…


Walter and the Outlaws

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