Bonanza: Season 6


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Invention of a Gunfighter

Joe teaches Johnny Chapman how to use a gun for defense. What Joe doesn’t see is the deadly consequences that it has in the long run when Johnny becomes a gunfighter.


The Hostage

Outlaws capture Ben and hide him in an abandoned mine, holding him for a ransom. The boys must come up with a plan to save him before it’s too late.


The Wild One

Lafe Jessup doesn’t really want to be married, and now he’s about to be a father! The horse wrangler finds a fight with Hoss at his reluctance to perform his dutie…


Thanks for Everything, Friend

After inadvertantly falling into the river, Adam is rescued by Tom Wilson. Wilson has feelings for Sue Miller, which bring him into trouble after her father is killed.


Logan's Treasure

Sam Logan is released from jail after serving his twenty year sentence for stealing $100,000 worth of gold dust. He is followed by a bounty hunter who believes Sam will lead h…


The Scapegoat

Hoss hires Waldo as a ranch hand after keeping Waldo from killing himself. Hoss soon learns that Waldo is lousy at his job and only causes problems for everyone else due to hi…


A Dime's Worth of Glory

An author is inspired to write about the heroic Cartwrights after watching first-hand as they fight off an attempted robbery of a stage. As Ben and Adam see no use for the glo…


Square Deal Sam

A conman heads into town and takes advantage of the Cartwrights with a fake land deal. The conman ends up staying in Virginia city to run an orphanage.


Between Heaven and Earth

When Joe and his friend Mitch go after a puma, Joe climbs a big peak and throws his gun up higher, intending to crawl up after it. But as he looks down, things begin to spin.…


Old Sheba

As payment for a performance in a circus, Joe and Hoss are given an elephant. They want to keep it but encounter opposition from Adam and Ben.


A Man to Admire


The Underdog

Little Joe convinces Ben to hire Harry Starr, a half-Indian who is accused by other ranchers of being a chronic horse thief. Joe sets out to prove the others wrong, but is the…


A Knight to Remember

Two robberies take place on stagecoaches that Adam is traveling on, and both times a knight in shining armor scares the robbers away. Adam is accused of robbery, and his story…


The Saga of Squaw Charlie


The Flapjack Contest

Hoss unknowingly enters a flapjack contest and Joe puts Hoss on a diet which Hoss doesn’t care for. Joe’s betting on the flapjack contest could get him into some t…


The Far, Far Better Thing

On their way to prevent a young woman from encountering the renegade Indians, Joe and Tuck are captured, and in order to save them all, Joe must fight Sharp Tongue, who is the…


Woman of Fire

Ben’s friend, Don Miguel, visits the Ponderosa with his two daughters, Margarita and Elena, and Elena’s two very anxious suitors. Their mission? They’re on t…


The Ballerina


The Flannel-Mouth Gun


The Ponderosa Birdman

Professor Klump and Amanda pull Hoss into their flying machine scheme. The ““Hoss-mobile”“ doesn’t seem to be destined for a great take-off.


The Search


The Deadliest Game


Once a Doctor


Right Is the Fourth R


Hound Dog


The Trap

One of Joe’s old girlfriends thinks he killed her husband so they could come together. Unfortunately, that is what her husband’s twin brother also believes.


Dead and Gone

Adam tries to find the good in Howard Mead, a talented troubadour who refuses to stay on the right side of the law. Dramatic debut of singer/songwriter Hoyt Axton. Last episo…


A Good Night's Rest

First Ben’s sons are making lots of noise, so he goes into town to sleep in the hotel. Then, various noises and things interrupt Ben’s sleep. Will he ever get his…


To Own the World


Lothario Larkin


The Return

No one in Virginia City is happy to see ex-con Trace Cordell, especially the man he crippled in a gunfight, now married to Cordell’s former girlfriend.



The Ponderosa hands are upset when new hand George Whitman is hired on, it is rumored he is a jinx. Hoss tells George to ignore such foolishness, but a gypsy fortune teller sa…


The Spotlight


Patchwork Man

Hoss befriends a self-demeaning recluse named Patch, who makes the best apple pie Hoss has ever tasted. Hoss is so impressed with him, especially his pie, that he hires him to…

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