List of Bonanza episodes

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Bonanza is an American western television series developed and produced by David Dortort and broadcast in the United States for 14 seasons on the NBC network. The entire run of the series' 431 hour-long episodes was produced in color.[1] The premiere was on September 12, 1959, and the final episode broadcast on January 16, 1973.[2] In its initial season, Bonanza aired on Saturday evenings and placed at number 45 in the Nielsen ratings. During its second season, the series moved up to number 17.[3] Bonanza was moved to Sunday nights at 9:00 PM at the start of its third season. In that time slot, the ratings soared and the series become second only to Wagon Train as the most popular program on American prime time television.[3] It remained in the top ten of the ratings until its twelfth season and ranked at number one in its sixth, seventh, and eighth seasons.[3] Bonanza also became a worldwide success as it was broadcast in nearly 50 countries, including Canada, Brazil, Yugoslavia, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Australia, and Japan.[4]

Bonanza is set around the Ponderosa Ranch near Virginia City, Nevada and chronicles the weekly adventures of the Cartwright family, consisting of Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) and his three sons (each by a different wife), Adam (Pernell Roberts), Eric "Hoss" (Dan Blocker), and Joseph (Michael Landon). Veteran actor Victor Sen Yung played the ranch cook, Hop Sing. In 1964, Pernell Roberts began expressing a desire to leave the series, and so prospective replacements were introduced via Barry Coe as Little Joe's wayward maternal half-brother Clay, and Guy Williams as Ben's nephew Will Cartwright. However, Roberts was persuaded to complete his contract, and remained through season six. The characters of Clay and Will were discontinued. In the ninth season, David Canary was added to the cast as ranch hand/foreman Candy Canady. After four years with the series, Canary left due to a contract dispute. In the twelfth season, Mitch Vogel joined the cast as Jamie Hunter, a teenage orphan who is adopted by Ben Cartwright.[5][6] Following Dan Blocker's death in May 1972 after season thirteen ended, Greene, Landon, and Vogel continued the series into a fourteenth season, with Canary returning as Candy (reportedly approached by Landon) and Tim Matheson was introduced as ex-prisoner and newly hired ranch-hand Griff King.[5][6] The program was moved to Tuesday nights where it slipped badly in the ratings to number 52 and was subsequently cancelled.[5][6] Bonanza has, however, continued to be popular in syndication. From 1964-1967, " Bonanza " became the most watched show in the U.S.

The first eight seasons have been released on DVD, and in 2009, and the first half of the second season was released in late 2010.[7][8] The second half of the second season was released on October 11, 2011.[9]


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 32 September 12, 1959 April 30, 1960
2 34 September 10, 1960 June 3, 1961
3 34 September 24, 1961 May 20, 1962
4 34 September 23, 1962 May 26, 1963
5 34 September 22, 1963 May 24, 1964
6 34 September 20, 1964 May 23, 1965
7 33 September 12, 1965 May 15, 1966
8 34 September 11, 1966 May 14, 1967
9 34 September 17, 1967 July 28, 1968
10 30 September 15, 1968 May 11, 1969
11 28 September 14, 1969 April 19, 1970
12 28 September 13, 1970 April 11, 1971
13 26 September 19, 1971 April 2, 1972
14 16 September 12, 1972 January 16, 1973


Season 1 (1959–60)[edit]

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1 1 "A Rose for Lotta" Edward Ludwig David Dortort September 12, 1959 (1959-09-12)
Silver barons use an actress called Lotta Crabtree (Yvonne De Carlo) in a plot to hold Joe Cartwright hostage in exchange for timber wood. George Macready guest stars.
2 2 "Death on Sun Mountain" Paul Landres Gene L. Coon and David Dortort September 19, 1959 (1959-09-19)
A pair of greedy opportunists kill antelope on Indian grounds and sell them for a large profit. Barry Sullivan and Karl Swenson guest star.
3 3 "The Newcomers" Christian Nyby Thomas Thompson September 26, 1959 (1959-09-26)
Hoss falls for the fiancee of a treacherous prospector who suspects the Cartwrights of hiding gold. John Larch and Inger Stevens guest star.
4 4 "The Paiute War" Paul Landres Gene L. Coon October 3, 1959 (1959-10-03)
A sinister trader starts a war with the Paiutes when he frames Adam for the assault of two Indian women. Anthony Caruso, Walter Coy, and Jack Warden guest star.
5 5 "Enter Mark Twain" Paul Landres Harold Shumate October 10, 1959 (1959-10-10)
As reporter Samuel Clemens, Mark Twain leads a fight against a corrupt judge (John Litel). Howard Duff guest stars.
6 6 "The Julia Bulette Story" Christian Nyby Al C. Ward October 17, 1959 (1959-10-17)
Joe falls for a madam called Julia Bulette (Jane Greer).
7 7 "The Saga of Annie O'Toole" Joseph Kane Thomas Thompson October 24, 1959 (1959-10-24)
Annie O'Toole (Ida Lupino) arrives to Virginia and sets a canteen in a silver mine with Adam's help. Alan Hale, Jr. guest stars.
8 8 "The Philip Deidesheimer Story" Joseph Kane Thomas Thompson October 31, 1959 (1959-10-31)
Pied Piper Philip Deidesheimer (John Beal) tries to create a method for saving the silver mines of Virginia City from a cave-in.
9 9 "Mr. Henry Comstock" John Brahm David Dortort November 7, 1959 (1959-11-07)
The Cartwrights remember the day they met claim-jumper Henry Comstock (Jack Carson), whose discovery of the Comstock Lode laid the foundation for Virginia City.
10 10 "The Magnificent Adah" Christian Nyby Donald S. Sanford November 14, 1959 (1959-11-14)
The Cartwright boys suspect actress Adah Menkin (Ruth Roman) of having an ulterior motive for marrying their father.
11 11 "The Truckee Strip" Christian Nyby Herman Groves November 21, 1959 (1959-11-21)
A silver baron schemes to promote a fight between Ben and his neighbor just to get his hands on timber. James Coburn guest stars.
12 12 "The Hanging Posse" Christian Nyby Carey Wilber November 28, 1959 (1959-11-28)
Adam and Joe attempt to stop a posse from changing into a lynch mob. Arthur Hunnicutt, Onslow Stevens, and Adam Williams guest star.
13 13 "Vendetta" Joseph Kane Robert E. Thompson December 5, 1959 (1959-12-05)
Ben is seriously wounded as he and Hoss seek help in fighting the vengeful Morgan brothers, only to be confronted with cowardice. Whitney Blake and Harry Carey, Jr. guest star.
14 14 "The Sisters" Christian Nyby Carey Wilber December 12, 1959 (1959-12-12)
Adam is falsely accused of killing a dance-hall girl (Fay Spain). Buddy Ebsen and Jean Willes guest star.
15 15 "The Last Hunt" Christian Nyby Donald S. Sanford December 19, 1959 (1959-12-19)
Joe and Hoss protect a pregnant Indian woman from a blizzard as well as a group of Shoshones given orders to find her. Raymond Bailey guest stars.
16 16 "El Toro Grande" Christian Nyby John Tucker Battle January 2, 1960 (1960-01-02)
Joe and Hoss go south lands to buy a unique bull. Alma Beltran and Ricardo Cortez guest star.
17 17 "The Outcast" Lewis Allen Thomas Thompson January 9, 1960 (1960-01-09)
An outcast woman turns to an outlaw for support after her father and brother are hanged for murder. Jack Lord and Susan Oliver guest star.
18 18 "A House Divided" Lewis Allen Al C. Ward January 16, 1960 (1960-01-16)
A Confederate sympathizer schemes to tear apart Virginia City and the Cartwrights. John Anderson, Stacy Harris and Cameron Mitchell guest star.
19 19 "The Gunmen" Christian Nyby Carey Wilber January 23, 1960 (1960-01-23)
Hoss and Joe get themselves involved in a family feud. Ellen Corby, Henry Hull, and George Mitchell guest star.
20 20 "The Fear Merchants" Lewis Allen Story by : Frank Unger
Teleplay by : Frank Unger and Thomas Thompson
January 30, 1960 (1960-01-30)
The Chinese citizens of Virginia City are targeted by a mayoral candidate's campaign to "hate outsiders". Philip Ahn and Helen Westcott guest star.
21 21 "The Spanish Grant" Christian Nyby Story by : Morris Lee Green
Teleplay by : Leonard Heideman and David Dortort
February 6, 1960 (1960-02-06)
A pair of swindlers team with a dance-hall girl (Patricia Medina) to get their hands on Nevada land, including the Ponderosa. Sebastian Cabot and Paul Picerni guest star.
22 22 "Blood on the Land" Felix Feist Robert E. Thompson February 13, 1960 (1960-02-13)
A greedy sheepherder Everett Sloane is determined to fatten his animals on the Ponderosa grasslands.
23 23 "Desert Justice" Lewis Allen Donald S. Sanford February 20, 1960 (1960-02-20)
Adam and Hoss try to help a ranch hand (Wesley Lau) whose being taken to California for trial by a brutal U.S. marshal (Claude Akins).
24 24 "The Stranger" Christian Nyby Story by : Oliver Crawford
Teleplay by : Leonard Heideman
February 27, 1960 (1960-02-27)
A vengeful police inspector (Lloyd Nolan) from New Orleans jeopardizes Ben's bid for the governorship.
25 25 "Escape to Ponderosa" Christian Nyby Story by : Bill Barrett and Malcolm Stuart Boylan
Teleplay by : Robert E. Thompson
March 5, 1960 (1960-03-05)
Ben starts to have second thoughts about helping a brutal stockade commander track down three prisoners on the lam. Joe Maross, Gloria Talbott, and Grant Williams guest star.
26 26 "The Avenger" Christian Nyby Clair Huffaker March 19, 1960 (1960-03-19)
A mysterious stranger (Vic Morrow) helps Hoss and Joe to save Ben and Adam before they're hanged like his father.
27 27 "The Last Trophy" Lewis Allen Bill S. Ballinger March 26, 1960 (1960-03-26)
A British couple visits the Cartwrights - and the woman (Hazel Court) thinks her own husband is a coward. Edward Ashley and Bert Freed guest star.
28 28 "San Francisco" Arthur Lubin Thomas Thompson April 2, 1960 (1960-04-02)
Ben is shanghaied at the Barbary Coast while searching for a pair of ranch hands. Kathleen Crowley, Richard Deacon, James Hong, and David White.
29 29 "Bitter Water" George Blair Harold Jack Bloom April 9, 1960 (1960-04-09)
The Cartwrights are worried their water will be polluted when their neighbor (Rhys Williams) threatens to sell his land to a miner.
30 30 "Feet of Clay" Arthur Lubin John Furia, Jr. April 16, 1960 (1960-04-16)
Hoss attempts to comfort a boy (David Ladd) whose father is in jail, but not for long.
31 31 "Dark Star" Lewis Allen Anthony Lawrence April 23, 1960 (1960-04-23)
Joe romances a Gypsy (Susan Harrison) who thinks she's a witch.
32 32 "Death at Dawn" Charles Haas Laurence E. Mascott April 30, 1960 (1960-04-30)
A criminal gang that has taken over Virginia City kidnaps Ben. Paul Carr, Robert Middleton, and Morgan Woodward guest star.

Season 2 (1960–61)[edit]

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33 1 "Showdown" Lewis Allen Dean Riesner September 10, 1960 (1960-09-10)
A bank robber (Ben Cooper) takes a job with the Cartwrights so the sheriff doesn't find his accomplices.
34 2 "The Mission" James Neilson Robert E. Thompson September 17, 1960 (1960-09-17)
Hoss befriends a town drunk (Henry Hull) who was once a top scout in the Army before he led his troops into a massacre. John Dehner guest stars.
35 3 "Badge Without Honor" Arthur Lubin John Twist September 24, 1960 (1960-09-24)
The Cartwrights grow suspicious of the deputy marshal assigned to escort a witness to a racketeering trial.
36 4 "The Mill" John Rich Halsted Welles October 1, 1960 (1960-10-01)
The Cartwrights offer to build a mill for a disabled rancher, only to come up against his corrupt hired hand.
37 5 "The Hopefuls" James Neilson E. Jack Neuman October 8, 1960 (1960-10-08)
A Quaker woman convinces Adam to take her wagon train on a perilous journey west.
38 6 "Denver McKee" Jacques Tourneur Fred Freiberger and Steve McNeil October 15, 1960 (1960-10-15)
An ex-lawman (Franchot Tone) is willing to do anything to make his daughter (Natalie Trundy) happy. Bob Barker guest stars.
39 7 "Day of Reckoning" Richard H. Bartlett Story by : Leonard Heideman
Teleplay by : Leonard Heideman and R. Harner Norris
October 22, 1960 (1960-10-22)
A bigoted farmer takes action when Ben gives an Indian a piece of land. Ricardo Montalban and Madlyn Rhue guest star.
40 8 "The Abduction" Charles Haas Herman Groves October 29, 1960 (1960-10-29)
Joe's carnival date (Jackie Russell) is abducted in a deadly ransom plot. Gerald Mohr and Stafford Repp guest star.
41 9 "Breed of Violence" Johnny Florea David Lang November 5, 1960 (1960-11-05)
A young woman (Myrna Fahey) defies her lawman father (Val Avery) and runs off with a handsome stranger (John Ericson) who is actually a bank robber.
42 10 "The Last Viking" Johnny Florea Anthony Lawrence November 12, 1960 (1960-11-12)
Hoss' uncle (Neville Brand) turns out to be the leader of a vicious band of outlaws called the Commancheros.
43 11 "The Trail Gang" John Rich Carey Wilber November 26, 1960 (1960-11-26)
An outlaw plots his revenge against his sheriff-father for putting him in a jail years ago.
44 12 "The Savage" James Neilson Joe Stone and Paul King December 3, 1960 (1960-12-03)
Adam falls for a girl believed by Indians to be the white buffalo woman.
45 13 "Silent Thunder" Robert Altman John Furia, Jr. December 10, 1960 (1960-12-10)
A deaf girl misunderstands Joe's attempts to teach her sign language as gestures of love.
46 14 "The Ape" James P. Yarbrough Gene L. Coon December 17, 1960 (1960-12-17)
Hoss tries to help a mentally-challenged man to control his temper.
47 15 "The Blood Line" Lewis Allen William Raynor and Myles Wilder December 31, 1960 (1960-12-31)
A young man (David Macklin) seeks revenge on Ben for the death of his father. Jan Sterling and Lee Van Cleef guest star.
48 16 "The Courtship" James P. Yarbrough Richard Neil Morgan January 7, 1961 (1961-01-07)
Hoss proposes to a woman (Julie Adams) Adam knows is a compulsive gambler.
49 17 "The Spitfire" William Dario Faralla Ward Hawkins January 14, 1961 (1961-01-14)
A family seeks revenge against Joe for shooting the treacherous patriarch in self-defense. Jack Elam and Katherine Warren guest star.
50 18 "The Bride" Alvin Ganzer Richard Newman January 21, 1961 (1961-01-21)
A woman (Suzanne Lloyd) claims to be Ben's wife and a sheriff (John McIntire) falsely charges him with murder - all in a complex scheme to take over the Ponderosa. Adam West guest stars.
51 19 "Bank Run" Robert Altman N.B. Stone, Jr. January 28, 1961 (1961-01-28)
Joe and Hoss rob the bank in an attempt to stop the owner from foreclosing on a depositor. Dan Tobin and Ian Wolfe guest star.
52 20 "The Fugitive" Lewis Allen Richard Landau February 4, 1961 (1961-02-04)
Adam investigates a friend's death in Mexico, where he's faced with hostile townspeople and the dead man's wife.
53 21 "Vengeance" Dick Moder Marion Parsonnet February 11, 1961 (1961-02-11)
Hoss back shot by the vengeful brother of the man he accidentally killed.
54 22 "Tax Collector" William Witney Arnold Belgard February 18, 1961 (1961-02-18)
The citizens of Virginia City unite to rebel against the new tax collector.
55 23 "The Rescue" William Dario Faralla Steve McNeil February 25, 1961 (1961-02-25)
Ben must rescue his sons from cattle rustlers.
56 24 "The Dark Gate" Robert Gordon Ward Hawkins March 4, 1961 (1961-03-04)
A rancher accuses Adam of having an affair with his wife.
57 25 "The Duke" Robert Altman Story by : Theodore & Mathilde Ferro
Teleplay by : William Cox
March 11, 1961 (1961-03-11)
A British boxer with a weakness for the ladies faces Hoss in a prizefight.
58 26 "Cutthroat Junction" Dick Moder Nat Tanchuck March 18, 1961 (1961-03-18)
A trouble-shooter joins the outlaws he was supposed to stop when he is abruptly fired during his mission.
59 27 "The Gift" William Witney Denne Bart Petitclerc and Thomas Thompson April 1, 1961 (1961-04-01)
Joe and a friend trek across the desert with a valuable Arab stallion, unaware that they're being stakled by horse thieves.
60 28 "The Rival" Robert Altman Anthony Lawrence April 15, 1961 (1961-04-15)
Hoss has a crisis of conscience when he sees a rival for a girl's affections leave the scene of a lynching.
61 29 "The Infernal Machine" William Witney Ward Hawkins April 22, 1961 (1961-04-22)
A con man persuades the citizens of Virginia City to invest in a horseless carriage.
62 30 "The Thunderhead Swindle" Dick Moder Gene L. Coon April 29, 1961 (1961-04-29)
Ben tries to disprove reports of a silver strike which he believes is fraudulent.
63 31 "The Secret" Robert Altman John Hawkins May 6, 1961 (1961-05-06)
Joe is falsely arrested for murder following family friend's testimony.
64 32 "The Dream Riders" Robert Altman James Van Wagoner and Jack McClain May 20, 1961 (1961-05-20)
A baloonist distracts the citizens of Virginia City while his associates make plans to rob the bank.
65 33 "Elizabeth, My Love" Lewis Allen Anthony Lawrence May 27, 1961 (1961-05-27)
Ben remembers his time with Elizabeth, Adam's mother.
66 34 "Sam Hill" Robert Altman David Dortort June 3, 1961 (1961-06-03)
The Cartwrights help blacksmith Sam Hill keep the land where his mother is buried.

Season 3 (1961–62)[edit]

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67 1 "The Smiler" Thomas Carr Lewis Reed September 24, 1961 (1961-09-24)
The brother of the drunk Hoss accidentally killed (Herschel Bernardi) secretly plots his revenge.
68 2 "Springtime" Christian Nyby John Furia, Jr. October 1, 1961 (1961-10-01)
Joe accidentally hurts an old businessman (John Carradine) while he and his brothers are enjoying the spring.
69 3 "The Honor of Cochise" Don McDougall Elliott Arnold October 8, 1961 (1961-10-08)
Inidan war chief Cochise and his warriors pursue an Army captain (DeForest Kelley) responsible for poisoning Indian women and children.
70 4 "The Lonely House" William Witney Frank Chase October 15, 1961 (1961-10-15)
A lonely widow tends to a wounded bank robber whose gang takes her and Joe hostage.
71 5 "The Burma Rarity" William Witney N.B. Stone, Jr. October 22, 1961 (1961-10-22)
Con men try to sell a worthless gem to a former showgirl, but she's too smart for them.
72 6 "Broken Ballad" Robert Butler John T. Kelly October 29, 1961 (1961-10-29)
A former gunfighter (Robert Culp) tries to put his past behind him.
73 7 "The Many Faces of Gideon Flinch" Robert Altman Robert Vincent Wright November 5, 1961 (1961-11-05)
Joe is mistaken for con man Gideon Flinch.
74 8 "The Friendship" Don McDougall Frank Chase November 12, 1961 (1961-11-12)
Joe tries to help a former chain-gang prisoner (Dean Jones) adjust to his freedom.
75 9 "The Countess" Robert Sparr William R. Cox and D. Powell November 19, 1961 (1961-11-19)
A countess returns to Virginia City to resume her romance with Ben.
76 10 "The Horse Breaker" Don McDougall Frank Chase November 26, 1961 (1961-11-26)
Ben tries to help a bronco-buster (Ben Cooper) who's feeling depressed over losing the use of his legs.
77 11 "Day of the Dragon" Don McDougall John T. Dugan December 3, 1961 (1961-12-03)
Joe wins a Chinese slave girl in a poker game, but she refuses to allow him to free her.
78 12 "The Frenchman" Christian Nyby Norman Lessing December 10, 1961 (1961-12-10)
The Cartwrights deal with a Frenchman who claims to be the reincarnation of Francois Villon.
79 13 "The Tin Badge" Lewis Allen Don Ingalls December 17, 1971 (1971-12-17)
Two citizens of a nearby town appoint Joe their sheriff as part of their plot to commit a murder.
80 14 "Gabrielle" Lewis Allen Anthony Lawrence December 24, 1961 (1961-12-24)
The Cartwrights help blind girl Gabrielle Wickman find her reclusive grandfather, who spent 21 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit.
81 15 "Land Grab" David Orrick McDearmon Ward Hawkins December 31, 1961 (1961-12-31)
A range war is on the horizon when settlers use deeds to claim ownership of the Ponderosa sold by an unscrupulous friend of Ben's (John McGiver).
82 16 "The Tall Stranger" Don McDougall Ward Hawkins January 7, 1962 (1962-01-07)
Hoss courts a wealthy woman (Kathie Browne) who's equally captivated by a fortune hunter's extravagant promises.
83 17 "The Lady from Baltimore" John Peyser Elliott Arnold January 14, 1962 (1962-01-14)
A status-seeking mother (Mercedes McCambridge) forces her daughter to marry Joe.
84 18 "The Ride" Don McDougall Ward Hawkins January 21, 1962 (1962-01-21)
Adam sets out to prove a business partner of his is guilty of robbery and murder.
85 19 "The Storm" Lewis Allen Denne Petitclerc January 28, 1962 (1962-01-28)
Laura White displays her affections for Joe when she and her father visit the Ponderosa.
86 20 "The Auld Sod" William Witney Charles Lang February 4, 1962 (1962-02-04)
Ranch hand Danny Lynch (James Dunn) convinces the Cartwrights to go along with his charade of their ranch being his ranch for his visiting mother.
87 21 "Gift of Water" Jesse Hibbs Borden Chase February 11, 1962 (1962-02-11)
The Cartwrights dig a well in order to bring water to drought-ridden farmers.
88 22 "The Jackknife" William Witney Frank Chase February 18, 1962 (1962-02-18)
Adam tries to save the marriage of a couple whose son he befriends.
89 23 "The Guilty" Lewis Allen Clifford Irving February 25, 1962 (1962-02-25)
A friend of Ben blames him for his son's death when the boy is shot and killed by a vengeful gunman.
90 24 "The Wooing of Abigail Jones" Christian Nyby Norman Lessing March 4, 1962 (1962-03-04)
The Cartwrights help shy ranch hand Hank Meyers court schoolteacher Abigail Jones.
91 25 "The Lawmaker" Christian Nyby Story by : John A. Johns
Teleplay by : Dick Nelson
March 11, 1962 (1962-03-11)
The acting sheriff of Virginia City abuses his authority while Roy Coffee is out due to injury.
92 26 "Look to the Stars" Don McDougall Robert M. Fresco and Paul Rink March 18, 1962 (1962-03-18)
Ben discovers that young Albert Michelson was expelled from school because of a bigoted schoolmaster (William Schallert).
93 27 "The Gamble" William Witney Story by : Michael Landon
Teleplay by : Frank Cleaver and Michael Landon
April 1, 1962 (1962-04-01)
Joe hurries to rescue his father and brothers from being executed on a false murder charge.
94 28 "The Crucible" Paul Nickell John T. Dugan April 8, 1962 (1962-04-08)
Adam ends up stranded in the desert where he is forced to depend on an insane miner (Lee Marvin), who forces the Cartwright into slavery.
95 29 "Inger, My Love" Lewis Allen Story by : Anthony Lawrence
Teleplay by : Frank Cleaver and David Dortort
April 15, 1962 (1962-04-15)
Ben remembers his courtship with Inger (Inga Swenson), Hoss's mother.
96 30 "Blessed Are They" Don McDougall Story by : Borden Chase
Teleplay by : Borden Chase and Frank Cleaver
April 22, 1962 (1962-04-22)
Ben must settle a bitter feud between the Mahan and Clarke families that threatens to divide the citizens of Virginia City.
97 31 "The Dowry" Christian Nyby Robert Vincent Wright April 29, 1962 (1962-04-29)
The Cartwrights take in a wounded man and his daughter, who might have been robbed of her dowry.
98 32 "The Long Night" William Witney George Stackalee and E. M. Parsons May 6, 1962 (1962-05-06)
Adam is mistaken for an escaped convict and finds himself caught between the real convict (James Coburn) and a lynch mob.
99 33 "The Mountain Girl" Don McDougall John Furia, Jr. May 13, 1962 (1962-05-13)
Joe is given the task of changing a mountain girl (Nina Shipman) into a refined young lady.
100 34 "The Miracle Maker" Don McDougall Story by : Lewis Reed
Teleplay by : Frank Cleaver and Preston Wood
May 20, 1962 (1962-05-20)
A so-called faith healer (Ed Nelson) offers to help a woman (Patricia Breslin) with her guilt over her father dying in a wagon crash.

Season 4 (1962–63)[edit]

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101 1 "The First Born" Don McDougall Judith and George W. George September 23, 1962 (1962-09-23)
Joe must decide what to do when he learns that the ranch hand being run out of town is his mother's first-born son.
102 2 "The Quest" Christian Nyby John Joseph[A] and Thomas Thompson September 30, 1962 (1962-09-30)
In order to prove himself a man, Joe sets out to win a big timber contract.
103 3 "The Artist" Don McDougall Frank Chase October 7, 1962 (1962-10-07)
Ben tries to help an artist (Dan O'Herlihy) who's lost his sight.
104 4 "A Hot Day for a Hanging" William F. Claxton Preston Wood and Elliott Arnold October 14, 1962 (1962-10-14)
A sheriff (Denver Pyle) hopes to save his town from going bankrupt by framing Hoss for bank robbery and murder.
105 5 "The Deserter" William Witney Norman Lessing October 21, 1962 (1962-10-21)
The Cartwrights face a dilemma when their neighbor is wanted for deserting the Army ten years ago.
106 6 "The Way Station" Don McDougall Frank Cleaver October 28, 1962 (1962-10-28)
A desperate fugitive (Robert Vaughn) holds Adam and others captive at a remote way station.
107 7 "The War Comes to Washoe" Don McDougall Alvin Sapinsley November 4, 1962 (1962-11-04)
Statehood convention delegates debate over which side Nevada will take in the Civil War.
108 8 "Knight Errant" William F. Claxton Joseph Hoffman November 18, 1962 (1962-11-18)
Hoss inadvertently starts a romantic triangle when he meets his friend's mail-order bride.
109 9 "The Beginning" Christian Nyby Preston Wood November 25, 1962 (1962-11-25)
Joe tries to help Billy Horn, who was captured by Indians as a boy, adjust to life at the Ponderosa.
110 10 "The Deadly Ones" William Witney Story by : N. B. Stone, Jr.
Teleplay by : Denne Petitclerc
December 2, 1962 (1962-12-02)
A Mexican patriot comes to the Ponderosa in order to rob a gold wagon needed for the Mexican revolution.
111 11 "Gallagher's Sons" Christian Nyby Dick Nelson December 9, 1962 (1962-12-09)
Hoss helps out two orphaned girls who have been raised as boys, not knowing a posse is trailing them a bag of stolen money carried by one of the girls.
112 12 "The Decision" William F. Claxton Story by : Norman Jacobs
Teleplay by : Frank Chase
December 16, 1962 (1962-12-16)
A doctor (DeForest Kelley) convicted of murder is the only one who can perform surgery on Hoss, whose life hangs in the balance.
113 13 "The Good Samaritan" Don McDougall Robert Bloomfield December 23, 1962 (1962-12-23)
Hoss tries to play matchmaker for a ranch hand and a widow (Jeanne Cooper).
114 14 "The Jury" Christian Nyby Robert Vincent Wright December 30, 1962 (1962-12-30)
Hoss is the only one on a jury who believes a ne'er-do-well is innocent of murder.
115 15 "The Colonel" Lewis Allen Preston Wood January 6, 1963 (1963-01-06)
An old Army buddy of Ben's jeopardizes the Cartwrights with his lies.
116 16 "Song in the Dark" Don McDougall Judith and George W. George January 13, 1963 (1963-01-13)
A mysterious singer has been charged with murder and Adam sets out to clear him.
117 17 "Elegy for a Hangman" Hollingsworth Morse Story by : E. M. Parsons
Teleplay by : E. M. Parsons and Shirl Hendryx
January 20, 1963 (1963-01-20)
A man (Keir Dullea) forces the reopening of a murder case, believing his father was wrongfully executed.
118 18 "Half a Rogue" Don McDougall Arnold Belgard January 27, 1963 (1963-01-27)
Hoss takes in ornery hillbilly Jim Leyton (Slim Pickens), who has been framed for murder.
119 19 "The Last Haircut" William F. Claxton Charles Lang February 3, 1963 (1963-02-03)
Joe pursues a cold-blooded killer who used a tricky legal maneuver to escape justice.
120 20 "Marie, My Love" Lewis Allen Story by : Anne Howard Bailey and Anthony Lawrence
Teleplay by : Anthony Lawrence
February 10, 1963 (1963-02-10)
Ben remembers his courtship of Joe's mother, Marie (Felicia Farr).
121 21 "The Hayburner" William F. Claxton Alex Sharp February 17, 1963 (1963-02-17)
The Cartwright brothers try to come out ahead in the Virginia City Sweepstakes.
122 22 "The Actress" Christian Nyby Norman Lessing February 24, 1963 (1963-02-24)
An actress (Patricia Crowley) is torn between her love for Joe and her desire for show business.
123 23 "A Stranger Passed This Way" Lewis Allen William L. Stuart March 3, 1963 (1963-03-03)
Hoss develops amnesia following a bushwhacking and is taken in by a Dutch couple mourning their son's death.
124 24 "The Way of Aaron" Murray Golden Raphael David Blau March 10, 1963 (1963-03-10)
Adam falls for a Jewish woman (Aneta Corsaut).
125 25 "A Woman Lost" Don McDougall Frank Chase March 17, 1963 (1963-03-17)
Ben tries to cure a woman (Ruta Lee) of her alcoholism.
126 26 "Any Friend of Walter's" John Florea Lois Hire March 24, 1963 (1963-03-24)
Hoss befriends an old prospector and his dog as he helps them fend off gold thieves.
127 27 "Mirror of a Man" Lewis Allen A. I. Bezzerides March 31, 1963 (1963-03-31)
A reformed convict is forced to switch identities with his evil twin, who is wanted for murdering a rancher and stealing a horse.
128 28 "My Brother's Keeper" Murray Golden Seeleg Lester April 7, 1963 (1963-04-07)
Adam rejects the violent way of life in the West after shooting Joe by accident.
129 29 "Five into the Wind" William F. Claxton Meyer Dolinsky April 21, 1963 (1963-04-21)
Joe is accused of murder when he and five people are stranded after a stagecoach wreck.
130 30 "The Saga of Whizzer McGee" Don McDougall Robert L. Welch April 28, 1963 (1963-04-28)
Hoss befriends Whizzer McGee, a little man with big ideas.
131 31 "Thunder Man" Lewis Allen Lewis Reed May 5, 1963 (1963-05-05)
A girl is molested and killed by an explosives expert (Simon Oakland) who then works to keep his guilt secret.
132 32 "Rich Man, Poor Man" Lewis Allen Story by : Arnold Belgard and Robert Fresco
Teleplay by : Richard P. McDonagh, Barbara and Milton Merlin
May 12, 1963 (1963-05-12)
A bumbling man (John Fiedler) tries to buy respect with his new-found wealth.
133 33 "The Boss" Arthur H. Nadel Leo Gordon and Paul Leslie Peil May 19, 1963 (1963-05-19)
The Cartwrights attempt to start a rally against the tyrannical owner (Carroll O'Connor) of a freight-line.
134 34 "Little Man -Ten Feet Tall" Lewis Allen Story by : Eric Norden and Frank Arno
Teleplay by : Eric Norden
May 26, 1963 (1963-05-26)
An Italian immigrant loses respect for his father (Ross Martin) when he meets Hoss.

Season 5 (1963–64)[edit]

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135 1 "She Walks in Beauty" Don McDougall William L. Stuart September 22, 1963 (1963-09-22)
Hoss takes a liking to a woman (Gena Rowlands) whose good looks have only led to unhappiness and a questionable choice of professions.
136 2 "A Passion for Justice" Murray Golden Peter Packer September 29, 1963 (1963-09-29)
Charles Dickens (Jonathan Harris) antagonizes the citizens of Virginia City with his arrogance.
137 3 "Rain from Heaven" Lewis Allen Robert Vincent Wright October 6, 1963 (1963-10-06)
A rainmaker offers his services to Virginia City during a drought.
138 4 "Twilight Town" John Florea Cy Chermak October 14, 1963 (1963-10-14)
"Bushwhacked, Joe wanders into a seemingly deserted town and collapses. He awakens and Louise (Davey Davison) tends to his wound, telling him he is in Martinville. Louise's father (Stacy Harris) and others enlist Joe's help to combat a terrorizing outlaw gang, but the town's sheriff's widow (Dorris Dowling) warns Joe to leave while he can. at the conclusion of a mighty battle, Joe's family finds him alone in a deserted town with no signs of life. Did Joe rally the town's citizens, or did he have a supernatural encounter?
139 5 "The Toy Soldier" Tay Garnett Warren Douglas October 20, 1963 (1963-10-20)
Adam helps an alcoholic artist (Philip Abbott) deal with bigots opposed to his marriage to an Indian.
140 6 "A Question of Strength" Don McDougall Frank Cleaver October 27, 1963 (1963-10-27)
Hoss journeys through the wilderness with two nuns after bandits wreck their stagecoach.
141 7 "Calamity Over the Comstock" Charles Rondeau Warren Douglas November 3, 1963 (1963-11-03)
Joe befriends Calamity Jane (Stefanie Powers), only to face the wrath of her boyfriend.
142 8 "Journey Remembered" Irving J. Moore Anthony Lawrence November 10, 1963 (1963-11-10)
Ben remembers his journey west with his second wife, Inger (Inga Swenson).
143 9 "The Quality of Mercy" Joseph H. Lewis Peter Packer November 17, 1963 (1963-11-17)
Joe struggles with his conscience after witnessing a mercy-killing.
144 10 "The Waiting Game" Richard Sarafian Ed Adamson December 8, 1963 (1963-12-08)
Adam becomes attracted to a widow (Kathie Browne) who's unwilling to tell her daughter the bad news about her father being dead.
145 11 "The Legacy" Bernard McEveety Anthony Wilson December 15, 1963 (1963-12-15)
Believing their father to be dead, the Cartwright boys set out to find the men who did it.
146 12 "Hoss and the Leprechauns" John Florea Robert Barron December 22, 1963 (1963-12-22)
Hoss brings home a strongbox filled with gold, claiming it belongs to leprechauns.
147 13 "The Prime of Life" Christian Nyby Peter Packer December 29, 1963 (1963-12-29)
Ben competes with an old rival to win the railroad's lumber contract, but he soon questions his fitness to run the Ponderosa after an accident wounds him and kills a ranch hand.
148 14 "The Lila Conrad Story" Tay Garnett Story by : George Waggner
Teleplay by : Preston Wood
January 5, 1964 (1964-01-05)
The Cartwrights protect dance-hall girl Lila Conrad from the friends of the man she killed in self-defense and from a self-righteous judge (Andrew Duggan) intent on saving her soul.
149 15 "Ponderosa Matador" Don McDougall Alex Sharp January 12, 1964 (1964-01-12)
The Cartwright boys compete for the attention of a visiting señorita (Marianna Hill).
150 16 "My Son, My Son" William F. Claxton Denne Petitclerc January 19, 1964 (1964-01-19)
Ben's marriage to a widow (Teresa Wright) is jeopardized by the widow's son being accused of murder.
151 17 "Alias Joe Cartwright" Lewis Allen Robert Vincent Wright January 26, 1964 (1964-01-26)
Joe is mistaken for an Army deserter who looks similar to him and has only a career army sergeant (Keenan Wynn) to help him avoid being executed.
152 18 "The Gentleman from New Orleans" Don McDougall William Bruckner February 2, 1964 (1964-02-02)
Hoss befriends a newcomer from New Orleans (John Dehner) who claims to be Jean LaFitte.
153 19 "The Cheating Game" Joseph Sargent William L. Stuart February 9, 1964 (1964-02-09)
Laura Dayton (Kathie Browne) is told she'll receive a large sum from her deceased husband's insurance, but it's actually part of a ruse to cheat her out of her money.
154 20 "Bullet for a Bride" Tay Garnett Tom Seller February 16, 1964 (1964-02-16)
Joe proposes to a girl (Marlyn Mason) he blinded by accident on a hunting trip.
155 21 "King of the Mountain" Don McDougall Robert Sabaroff February 23, 1964 (1964-02-23)
Hoss tries to stop a mountaineer (Slim Pickens) and his fiancee's father from killing each other.
156 22 "Love Me Not" Tay Garnett Frank Cleaver March 1, 1964 (1964-03-01)
A girl who's been held captive by the Paiutes for many years falls for Ben when he takes her to the Ponderosa.
157 23 "The Pure Truth" Don McDougall Lois Hire March 8, 1964 (1964-03-08)
As acting deputy, Hoss is sent to bring in a prisoner, but he ends up in the wrong town and accused of robbing the bank.
158 24 "No Less a Man" Don McDougall Jerry Adelman March 15, 1964 (1964-03-15)
The citizens of Virginia City believe Sheriff Roy Coffee (Ray Teal) is too old to stop a raid from the Wagner gang.
159 25 "Return to Honor" Don McDougall Jack Turley March 22, 1964 (1964-03-22)
Ben hears his nephew Will (Guy Williams) has been murdered, only to learn Will is alive and on the lam from counterfeiters whose engraving plates he swiped.
160 26 "The Saga of Muley Jones" John Florea Story by : Alex Sharp and Robert Barron
Teleplay by : Robert Barron
March 29, 1964 (1964-03-29)
Muley Jones (Bruce Yarnell), a distant cousin of the Cartwrights with a voice that can shatter glass, visits the Ponderosa.
161 27 "The Roper" John Florea Peter Packer April 5, 1964 (1964-04-05)
Will is taken hostage by outlaws who robbed Ben and killed an Army soldier.
162 28 "A Pink Cloud Comes from Old Cathay" Don McDougall Lewis Clay April 12, 1964 (1964-04-12)
Hoss receives a Chinese mail-order bride (Marlo Thomas) by mistake.
163 29 "The Companeros" William F. Claxton Ken Pettus April 19, 1964 (1964-04-19)
Will is asked by an old friend to return to Mexico with him to defend President Juarez.
164 30 "Enter Thomas Bowers" Murray Golden Jessica Benson and Murray Golden April 26, 1964 (1964-04-26)
Black opera singer Thomas Bowers (William Marshall) comes to Virginia City for a concert, but is suspected of being a runaway slave.
165 31 "The Dark Past" Murray Golden William Bruckner May 3, 1964 (1964-05-03)
A bounty hunter (Dennis Hopper) appears to be haunted by a mysterious incident from his past.
166 32 "The Pressure Game" Tay Garnett Don Tait May 10, 1964 (1964-05-10)
Adam is pressured by Laura Dayton's aunt (Joan Blondell) into proposing.
167 33 "Triangle" Tay Garnett Frank Cleaver May 17, 1964 (1964-05-17)
As Adam secretly builds a home for his bride-to-be, a love triangle ensues when Will falls for Laura Dayton.
168 34 "Walter and the Outlaws" Ralph E. Black Lois Hire May 24, 1964 (1964-05-24)
An old prospector asks Hoss to help him rescue his dog from gold thieves.

Season 6 (1964–65)[edit]

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169 1 "Invention of a Gunfighter" John Florea Dan Ullman September 20, 1964 (1964-09-20)
Joe teaches a friend of his how to use a six-shooter, only for the man to embark on a career as a ruthless bounty hunter.
170 2 "The Hostage" Don McDougall Don Mullally September 27, 1964 (1964-09-27)
Ben is taken hostage by a band of outlaws demanding a ransom of $100,000.
171 3 "The Wild One" William Witney Jo Pagano October 4, 1964 (1964-10-04)
A gruff mountaineer is confronted by the wife he left long ago.
172 4 "Thanks for Everything, Friend" Christian Nyby Jerry Adelman October 11, 1964 (1964-10-11)
A drifter who's an expert in cards and women saves Adam from drowning.
173 5 "Logan's Treasure" Don McDougall Story by : Robert Sabaroff
Teleplay by : Ken Pettus
October 18, 1964 (1964-10-18)
Sam Logan (Dan Duryea) gets out of prison and tries to avoid those who are certain he's hidden a cache of stolen gold somewhere.
174 6 "The Scapegoat" Christian Nyby Rod Peterson October 25, 1964 (1964-10-25)
Hoss befriends a suicidal man who turns out to be a scapegoat for three men who intend to do him harm.
175 7 "A Dime's Worth of Glory" William F. Claxton Richard Shapiro and Esther Mayesh November 1, 1964 (1964-11-01)
Ben turns down a dime novelist's offer to make the Cartwrights famous, so the novelist gives it to aging Sheriff Laramore.
176 8 "Square Deal Sam" Murray Golden Jessica Benson and Murray Golden November 8, 1964 (1964-11-08)
The Cartwrights fall for the schemes of con artist Square Deal Sam.
177 9 "Between Heaven and Earth" William Witney Ed Adamson November 15, 1964 (1964-11-15)
Joe's fear of heights prevent him from climbing a mountain.
178 10 "Old Sheba" John Florea Alex Sharp November 22, 1964 (1964-11-22)
Joe and Hoss receive an elephant as payment when the owner of a traveling circus squanders Hoss' winnings in a wrestling match.
179 11 "A Man to Admire" John Florea Mort R. Lewis December 6, 1964 (1964-12-06)
Hoss is accused of the murdering of a scheming businessman, and then has to rely on an alcoholic lawyer to clear him.
180 12 "The Underdog" William F. Claxton Don Mullally December 13, 1964 (1964-12-13)
Joe tries to help a half Native American accused of being a chronic horse thief.
181 13 "A Knight to Remember" Vincent McEveety Robert V. Barron December 20, 1964 (1964-12-20)
A knight in shining armor scares away bandits trying to rob a stagecoach carrying Adam.
182 14 "The Saga of Squaw Charlie" William Witney Warren Douglas December 27, 1964 (1964-12-27)
Old Indian Squaw Charlie befriends a little girl in spite of the townspeople ridiculing him.
183 15 "The Flapjack Contest" William F. Claxton Story by : Tom Davison
Teleplay by : Frank Cleaver
January 3, 1965 (1965-01-03)
Hoss has to stay on a strict diet before a flapjack-eating contest.
184 16 "The Far, Far Better Thing" Bernard McEveety Mort R. Lewis January 10, 1965 (1965-01-10)
Joe competes with a ranch hand for the affections of an Eastern girl with a thirst for adventure.
185 17 "Woman of Fire" William F. Claxton Suzanne Clauser January 17, 1965 (1965-01-17)
Adam takes care of a temperamental señorita while her father finds her a husband.
186 18 "The Ballerina" Don McDougall Frank Chase January 24, 1965 (1965-01-24)
A former ballerina falls for her teacher and faces resistance from her father.
187 19 "The Flannel-Mouth Gun" Don McDougall Leo Gordon and Paul Leslie Wilke January 31, 1965 (1965-01-31)
Desperate ranchers hire a gunman to take care of rustlers.
188 20 "The Ponderosa Birdman" Herbert L. Strock Blair Robertson and Hazel Swanson February 7, 1965 (1965-02-07)
An eccentric inventor plans to take flight with his meticulously wings.
189 21 "The Search" William F. Claxton Frank Cleaver February 14, 1965 (1965-02-14)
Adam searches for his troublesome lookalike.
190 22 "The Deadliest Game" Gerd Oswald Jo Pagano February 21, 1965 (1965-02-21)
A circus aerialist grows jealous of his girlfriend's attraction to Joe.
191 23 "Once a Doctor" Tay Garnett Martha Wilkerson February 28, 1965 (1965-02-28)
An Englishman comes after the doctor (Michael Rennie) he blames for the death of his wife.
192 24 "Right Is the Fourth R" Virgil Vogel Jerry Adelman March 7, 1965 (1965-03-07)
Adam tries to teach a course in frontier history and learns some unsettling facts about the territory's founders.
193 25 "Hound Dog" Ralph E. Black Alex Sharp March 21, 1965 (1965-03-21)
Cousin Muley Jones returns along with hound dogs.
194 26 "The Trap" William Witney Ken Pettus March 28, 1965 (1965-03-28)
A married man sets a trap to keep Joe away from his wife, but when his plan backfires and he ends up dead, his twin brother decides to finish the job.
195 27 "Dead and Gone" Robert Totten Paul Schneider April 4, 1965 (1965-04-04)
Adam tries to help a wandering troubadour (Hoyt Axton) overcome his habit of stealing.
196 28 "A Good Night's Rest" William F. Claxton Story by : Jeffrey Fleece
Teleplay by : Frank Cleaver
April 11, 1965 (1965-04-11)
Ben checks into a hotel to try to get a good night's sleep.
197 29 "To Own the World" Virgil Vogel Ed Adamson April 18, 1965 (1965-04-18)
A wealthy tycoon is out to get the Ponderosa. (Final episode of Adam Cartwright)
198 30 "Lothario Larkin" William Witney Warren Douglas April 25, 1965 (1965-04-25)
An infamous womanizer returns to Virginia City, to the displeasure of the fathers and the sheriff.
199 31 "The Return" Virgil Vogel Story by : Frank Chase
Teleplay by : Ken Pettus
May 2, 1965 (1965-05-02)
An ex-convict returns to town, but no one is glad to see him, especially the banker he crippled in a bank robbery.
200 32 "Jonah" William F. Claxton Preston Wood May 2, 1965 (1965-05-02)
A ranch hand is offered a job on the Ponderosa when he saves Hoss's life, but rumors state that he's a jinx.
201 33 "The Spotlight" Gerd Oswald Dick Carr May 16, 1965 (1965-05-16)
Ben tries to talk a retired opera star to resume her career on the stage.
202 34 "Patchwork Man" Ralph E. Black Don Tait and William Koenig May 23, 1965 (1965-05-23)
Hoss hires a recluse to work on the Ponderosa.

Season 7 (1965–66)[edit]

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203 1 "The Debt" William F. Claxton William Blinn September 12, 1965 (1965-09-12)
Siblings come to the Ponderosa to work off a debt from when their father swindled Ben.
204 2 "The Dilemma" William F. Claxton John Hawkins and Ward Hawkins September 19, 1965 (1965-09-19)
Ben faces a dilemma when a man he helped to parole is suspected of robbing the bank.
205 3 "The Brass Box" William F. Claxton Paul Schneider September 26, 1965 (1965-09-26)
An old teller of tall tales claims to have a brass box of land grants.
206 4 "The Other Son" William F. Claxton Thomas Thompson October 3, 1965 (1965-10-03)
Ben hires a mule skinner and his sons to take nitroglycerin to California.
207 5 "The Lonely Runner" William Witney Thomas Thompson October 10, 1965 (1965-10-10)
A judge awards a horse breeder's prize mare to a rancher.
208 6 "Devil on Her Shoulder" Virgil W. Vogel Suzanne Clauser October 17, 1965 (1965-10-17)
A member of a religious group is accused of being possessed.
209 7 "Found Child" Ralph E. Black Frank Cleaver October 24, 1965 (1965-10-24)
Hoss protects a little girl whose parents were killed in a stagecoach robbery.
210 8 "The Meredith Smith" John Florea Lois Hire October 31, 1965 (1965-10-31)
Ben must figure which person, all claiming to be Meredith Smith, is the true heir to the estate of Jake Smith.
211 9 "Mighty is the Word" William F. Claxton Story by : Robert L. Goodwin
Teleplay by : Thomas Thompson
November 7, 1965 (1965-11-07)
A ranch hand plots revenge against the gunfighter-turned-preacher who killed his brother.
212 10 "The Strange One" Gerd Oswald Story by : Stephen Lord
Teleplay by : Jo Pagano and Stephen Lord
November 14, 1965 (1965-11-14)
A woman suspected of being a witch takes refuge on the Ponderosa -- where she amazes the Cartwrights with her ability to see the future.
213 11 "The Reluctant Rebel" R. G. Springsteen Wally George November 21, 1965 (1965-11-21)
A young rebel has second thoughts about life as an outlaw when the Cartwrights catch him stealing cattle.
214 12 "Five Sundowns to Sunup" Gerd Oswald William L. Stuart December 5, 1965 (1965-12-05)
A family of outlaws embarks on a kidnapping spree in order to prevent one of their own from being executed.
215 13 "A Natural Wizard" Robert Totten Story by : Suzanne Clauser
Teleplay by : William Blinn
December 12, 1965 (1965-12-12)
A boy who loves animals helps Hoss take care of a pregnant cow.
216 14 "All Ye His Saints" William F. Claxton William Blinn December 19, 1965 (1965-12-19)
A boy sets out to find God in the hope that he can heal the boy's wounded father.
217 15 "A Dublin Lad" William F. Claxton Mort Thaw January 2, 1966 (1966-01-02)
Joe serves on a jury intent on convicting Terrence O'Toole of murder.
218 16 "To Kill a Buffalo" William F. Claxton Michael Fisher January 9, 1966 (1966-01-09)
A badly injured Indian, affected by prejudice, reacts violently to Hoss's helping hand.
219 17 "Ride the Wind: Part 1" William Witney Paul Schneider January 16, 1966 (1966-01-16)
Ben is not pleased with Joe's decision to join the Pony Express.
220 18 "Ride the Wind: Part 2" William Witney Paul Schneider January 23, 1966 (1966-01-23)
In spite of increasing Indian attacks, Curtis Wade is determined to keep the Pony Express going.
221 19 "Destiny's Child" Gerd Oswald Robert V. Barron January 30, 1966 (1966-01-30)
Ben tries to find jobs for a pair of strangers who helped him pull his wagon out of the mud.
222 20 "Peace Officer" William Witney Don Mullally February 6, 1966 (1966-02-06)
A ruthless lawman is hired to halt the violence in Virginia City while Sheriff Coffee is away.
223 21 "The Code" William F. Claxton Sidney Ellis February 13, 1966 (1966-02-13)
Joe must decide whether to obey the code of the west and answer a gunfighter's challenge.
224 22 "Three Brides for Hoss" Ralph E. Black Jo Pagano February 20, 1966 (1966-02-20)
Hoss receives three mail-order brides.
225 23 "The Emperor Norton" William F. Claxton Story by : Gerry Prince Young and Robert Sabaroff
Teleplay by : Robert Sabaroff
February 27, 1966 (1966-02-27)
Joshua Norton, a friend of Ben's who fancies himself an emperor, is about to be committed to an insane asylum.
226 24 "Her Brother's Keeper" Virgil W. Vogel Story by : Lee Pickett
Teleplay by : Mort Thaw
March 6, 1966 (1966-03-06)
A woman's invalid brother complicates her courtship with Ben.
227 25 "The Trouble with Jamie" R. G. Springsteen Helen B. Hicks March 20, 1966 (1966-03-20)
Ben's cousin from the East brings his spoiled son for a visit to the Ponderosa.
228 26 "Shining in Spain" Maurice Geraghty Elliot Gilbert March 27, 1966 (1966-03-27)
Joe falls for a girl who's anticipating the arrival of her father.
229 27 "The Genius" R. G. Springsteen Don Mullally April 3, 1966 (1966-04-03)
Hoss tries to help a poet beat his alcoholism.
230 28 "The Unwritten Commandment" Gerd Oswald Story by : Dan Ullman
Teleplay by : Jo Pagano and William Blinn
April 10, 1966 (1966-04-10)
A young singer (Wayne Newton) wants to develop his talents against his stern father's wishes.
231 29 "Big Shadows on the Land" William F. Claxton William F. Leicester and Richard H. Bartlett April 17, 1966 (1966-04-17)
The Cartwrights deal with an immigrant winemaker family setting up business on Ponderosa land.
232 30 "The Fighters" R. G. Springsteen Robert Goodwin April 24, 1966 (1966-04-24)
Hoss badly injures an over-the-hill boxer in a fight and refuses all other offers to box professionally.
233 31 "Home from the Sea" Jean Yarbrough George F. Slavin and Stanley Adams May 1, 1966 (1966-05-01)
An old shipmate of Adam's plans to steal a shipment of gold from the Cartwrights.
234 32 "The Last Mission" R. G. Springsteen Story by : S. S. Schweitzer
Teleplay by : William Douglas Lansford and S. S. Schweitzer
May 8, 1966 (1966-05-08)
Ben accompanies an old Army buddy on a mission to make peace with the Paiutes.
235 33 "A Dollar's Worth of Trouble" Donald R. Daves Robert L. Goodwin May 15, 1966 (1966-05-15)
Hoss has his palm read and is told that two people -- a blonde and a gunman -- will affect his life.

Season 8 (1966–67)[edit]

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236 1 "Something Hurt, Something Wild" William Witney William R. Cox September 11, 1966 (1966-09-11)
Laurie Ferguson accuses Joe of assaulting her, setting off a feud between her family and the Cartwrights.
237 2 "Horse of a Different Hue" William Witney William R. Cox September 18, 1966 (1966-09-18)
Ben has no idea that the outcome of a horse race he arranged has been fixed.
238 3 "A Time to Step Down" Paul Henreid Frank Chase September 25, 1966 (1966-09-25)
An aging wrangler turns against the Cartwrights after Ben suggests that he retire.
239 4 "The Pursued: Part 1" William Witney Story by : Thomas Thompson and Marc Michaels
Teleplay by : Thomas Thompson
October 2, 1966 (1966-10-02)
The Cartwrights try to help a Mormon rancher overcome persecution against his beliefs.
240 5 "The Pursued: Part 2" William Witney Story by : Thomas Thompson and Marc Michaels
Teleplay by : Thomas Thompson
October 9, 1966 (1966-10-09)
Bigots force Mormon rancher Heber Clawson to flee with his two wives, one of whom needs medical attention.
241 6 "To Bloom for Thee" Sutton Roley June Randolph October 16, 1966 (1966-10-16)
Hoss falls for an unfeeling woman with a troubled past.
242 7 "Credit for a Kill" William F. Claxton Frederick Louis Fox October 23, 1966 (1966-10-23)
When Joe takes credit for killing a horse thief, the outlaw's brothers come after him to get their revenge.
243 8 "Four Sisters from Boston" Alan Crosland, Jr. John M. Chester October 30, 1966 (1966-10-30)
Ben tries to stop a con artist from stealing an inheritance from four sisters.
244 9 "Old Charlie" William F. Claxton Robert and Wanda Duncan November 6, 1966 (1966-11-06)
A teller of tall tales brags about killing an outlaw, so the dead man's brothers seek their revenge.
245 10 "Ballad of the Ponderosa" William F. Claxton Story by : Rik Vollaerts
Teleplay by : Rik Vollaerts and Michael Landon
November 13, 1966 (1966-11-13)
A balladeer blames Ben for his father's hanging.
246 11 "The Oath" William F. Claxton Sidney Ellis November 20, 1966 (1966-11-20)
Before his execution for murder, a convicted man has his son take an oath to kill the Cartwrights for revenge.
247 12 "A Real Nice, Friendly Little Town" Herman Hoffman Herman Hoffman November 27, 1966 (1966-11-27)
Hoss confronts a woman and her gun-toting sons after Joe is hit by ricocheting bullet.
248 13 "The Bridegroom" William F. Claxton Walter Black December 4, 1966 (1966-12-04)
Joe romances a woman so a widower will be jealous enough to ask for her hand in marriage.
249 14 "Tommy" William Witney Story by : Mary Terri Taylor and Thomas Thompson
Teleplay by : Mort Thaw and Mary Terri Taylor
December 18, 1966 (1966-12-18)
The Cartwrights protect a deaf-mute boy and his mother from his stepfather, a vicious outlaw determined to take back his wife.
250 15 "A Christmas Story" Gerd Oswald Thomas Thompson December 25, 1966 (1966-12-25)
A singer returns to Virginia City for Christmas with his scheming uncle, who plans to making a profit on the orphans' benefit.
251 16 "Ponderosa Explosion" William F. Claxton Alex Sharp January 1, 1967 (1967-01-01)
Joe and Hoss literally get more than they bargained for when they invest in a pair of rabbits that subsequently multiply.
252 17 "Justice" Lewis Allen Richard Wendley January 8, 1967 (1967-01-08)
Joe seeks revenge on the bank clerk who killed his fiancée.
253 18 "A Bride for Buford" William F. Claxton Robert V. Barron January 15, 1967 (1967-01-15)
Hoss is certain that a saloon girl is only interested in a miner for his wealth.
254 19 "Black Friday" William F. Claxton Herbert Kastle and John Hawkins January 22, 1967 (1967-01-22)
Joe tries to save his friend Steven Friday from dying in a gunfight.
255 20 "The Unseen Wound" Gerd Oswald Frank Chase January 29, 1967 (1967-01-29)
Ben tries to help his friend Sheriff Paul Rowan, who's been driven to the breaking point by years of violence.
256 21 "Journey to Terror" Lewis Allen Joel Murcott February 5, 1967 (1967-02-05)
Outlaws imprison Joe and the Blackwells at the Blackwell farm.
257 22 "Amigo" William F. Claxton Story by : John Hawkins and Jack Turley
Teleplay by : Jack Turley
February 12, 1967 (1967-02-12)
Ben helps a Mexican being pursued by a lynch mob and a band of terrorists.
258 23 "A Woman in the House" Gerd Oswald Joel Murcott February 19, 1967 (1967-02-19)
Ben protects a girl from her alcoholic husband, but she's unable to tell gratitude from love.
259 24 "Judgment at Red Creek" William F. Claxton Robert Sabaroff February 26, 1967 (1967-02-26)
Joe comes to suspect that the leader of a posse does not intend to bring in a pair of murder suspects alive.
260 25 "Joe Cartwright, Detective" William F. Claxton Story by : Oliver Crawford
Teleplay by : Michael Landon
March 5, 1967 (1967-03-05)
Joe tries to use Scotland Yard techniques to prevent a bank robbery.
261 26 "Dark Enough to See the Stars" Donald R. Daves Kelly Colvin March 12, 1967 (1967-03-12)
A young ranch hand who is running from the law falls in love with a girl.
262 27 "The Deed and the Dilemma" William F. Claxton William F. Leicester March 26, 1967 (1967-03-26)
Ben tries to help an immigrant family, but a racist neighbor complicates things.
263 28 "The Prince" William F. Claxton Story by : Melvin Levy
Teleplay by : John Hawkins
April 2, 1967 (1967-04-02)
The Cartwrights welcome a count and countess who are the targets of thieves.
264 29 "A Man Without Land" Donald R. Daves Steve McNeil April 9, 1967 (1967-04-09)
To get his employer's land, a foreman murders his son and frames Joe.
265 30 "Napoleon's Children" Christian Nyby Judith and Robert Guy Barrows April 16, 1967 (1967-04-16)
A young gunslinger who believes he's Napoleon leads an army in terrorizing Virginia City.
266 31 "The Wormwood Cup" William F. Claxton Story by : Joy Dexter
Teleplay by : Joy Dexter and Michael Landon
April 23, 1967 (1967-04-23)
A woman blames Joe for killing her brother and offers a thousand dollars to the man who will kill him in a fair fight.
267 32 "Clarissa" Lewis Allen Chester Krumholz April 30, 1967 (1967-04-30)
The Cartwrights' Eastern cousin Clarissa brings trouble when she visits to the Ponderosa.
268 33 "Maestro Hoss" William F. Claxton U. S. Anderson May 7, 1967 (1967-05-07)
A phony fortune-teller causes earaches when she convinces Hoss he's a master violinist.
269 34 "The Greedy Ones" Donald R. Daves James Amesbury May 14, 1967 (1967-05-14)
Greedy gold hunters threaten to destroy the Ponderosa after a prospector claims to a found a sample there.

Season 9 (1967–68)[edit]

No. in
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270 1 "Second Chance" Leon Benson Story by : Paul Schneider
Teleplay by : John Hawkins and Paul Schneider
September 17, 1967 (1967-09-17)
Ben joins an Army patrol to try and save Hoss and Joe from Indians.
271 2 "Sense of Duty" William Witney Story by : Gil Lasky and Abe Polsky
Teleplay by : John Hawkins
September 24, 1967 (1967-09-24)
Ben leads a militia unit taking an Indian warrior to prison. (The first episode to feature David Canary as Candy Canady).
272 3 "The Conquistadors" Leon Benson Walter Black October 1, 1967 (1967-10-01)
Joe is kidnapped by a band of conquistadors and held for ransom, but thieves are out to take the money for themselves.
273 4 "Judgment at Olympus" John Rich Walter Black October 8, 1967 (1967-10-08)
Candy is framed for murder in the town of Olympus, so Joe and Hoss try to clear him.
274 5 "Night of Reckoning" Leon Benson Walter Black October 15, 1967 (1967-10-15)
A band of outlaws take Joe, Hoss, and Candy hostage as they search the Ponderosa for holdup money taken by one of their own.
275 6 "False Witness" Michael D. Moore Eric Norden October 22, 1967 (1967-10-22)
An accused killer's brother and his gang stalk Joe, Hoss, Candy and a woman since they witnessed the crime.
276 7 "The Gentle Ones" Harry Harris Frank Chase October 29, 1967 (1967-10-29)
An animal-loving cowboy must stand up to his brutish older brother in order to prove to a widow that he's not a coward.
277 8 "Desperate Passage" Leon Benson John Hawkins November 5, 1967 (1967-11-05)
The Cartwrights encounter two survivors of an Indian raid -- a suspected murderer and a woman who knows he's innocent.
278 9 "The Sure Thing" William Witney Story by : Robert Vincent Wright
Teleplay by : Robert Vincent Wright and Sidney Ellis
November 12, 1967 (1967-11-12)
A woman's dream of riding her stallion in a big-stakes race is jeopardized when her father associates himself with a gambler.
279 10 "Showdown at Tahoe" Gerald Mayer Thomas Thompson November 19, 1967 (1967-11-19)
Candy sets a trap for a band of outlaws bent on robbing Ben's timber operation.
280 11 "Six Black Horses" Donald R. Daves Story by : William Jerome
Teleplay by : William Jerome and Michael Landon
November 26, 1967 (1967-11-26)
An Irishman uses luck to outwit greedy businessmen.
281 12 "Check Rein" Leon Benson Story by : Olney Sherman and Robert I. Holt
Teleplay by : Robert I. Holt
December 3, 1967 (1967-12-03)
The Cartwrights get involved in a man's fight to save his inheritance and himself from his greedy uncle.
282 13 "Justice Deferred" Gerald Mayer Jack Miller December 17, 1967 (1967-12-17)
Hoss realizes that his testimony has led to the hanging of an innocent man, so he sets out to convict the real killer.
283 14 "The Gold Detector" Donald R. Daves Ward Hawkins December 24, 1967 (1967-12-24)
After buying a gold protector, Hoss tries to prove its worth and protect it from thieves.
284 15 "The Trackers" Marc Daniels Story by : Frederick Louis Fox
Teleplay by : Reuben Bercovitch
January 7, 1968 (1968-01-07)
Ben, Candy and Hoss try to protect a recently-released prisoner suspected of robbery and murder.
285 16 "A Girl Named George" Leon Benson William H. Wright January 14, 1968 (1968-01-14)
The Cartwrights investigate a mystery involving an altered photograph.
286 17 "The Thirteenth Man" Leon Benson Walter Black January 21, 1968 (1968-01-21)
The Cartwrights clash with a range detective who pressures his suspects into drawing first so he can kill them.
287 18 "The Burning Sky" John Rich Story by : Carol Saraceno
Teleplay by : William H. Wright
January 28, 1968 (1968-01-28)
A ranch hand causes trouble when he arrives with his Indian bride.
288 19 "The Price of Salt" Leon Benson B. W. Sandefur February 4, 1968 (1968-02-04)
A woman who has a monopoly on the salt needed for cattle sets off the buyers when she raises the price.
289 20 "Blood Tie" Seymour Robbie Arthur Dales[B] February 18, 1968 (1968-02-18)
One of three men tricks the Cartwrights into hiring him so he and his cohorts can rob them.
290 21 "The Crime of Johnny Mule" Leon Benson Joel Murcott February 25, 1968 (1968-02-25)
Johnny Mule, the man Hoss refused to convict for murder, breaks out of prison.
291 22 "The Late Ben Cartwright" Leon Benson Walter Black March 3, 1968 (1968-03-03)
An assassin complicates Ben's fight to prevent a corrupt tycoon's lackey from being elected governor.
292 23 "Star Crossed" William F. Claxton Thomas Thompson March 10, 1968 (1968-03-10)
Candy falls for a girl being harassed by a former lawman-turned-blackmailer.
293 24 "Trouble Town" Leon Benson David Lang March 17, 1968 (1968-03-17)
The Cartwrights must find out why Candy is being held in River Bend on a minor charge without bail.
294 25 "Commitment at Angelus" Leon Benson Peter Germano April 7, 1968 (1968-04-07)
Joe gets involved in a miners' strike after the death of a friend leaves the miners without a leader.
295 26 "A Dream to Dream" William F. Claxton Michael Landon April 14, 1968 (1968-04-14)
When a man's guilt over his son's death lead him to drinking, his wife and other children pay more attention to Hoss.
296 27 "In Defense of Honor" Marc Daniels Story by : Richard Wendley and William Douglas Lansford
Teleplay by : William Douglas Lansford
April 28, 1968 (1968-04-28)
An outcast jeopardizes negotiations with the Indians when he decides to rejoin the tribe he rejected his whole life.
297 28 "To Die in Darkness" Michael Landon Michael Landon May 5, 1968 (1968-05-05)
Ben and Candy are trapped in a mine shaft by a vengeful ex-prisoner, who wrongly served time based on the testimony of the pair.
298 29 "The Bottle Fighter" Leon Benson Story by : Colin MacKenzie and S. H. Barnett
Teleplay by : John Hawkins
May 12, 1968 (1968-05-12)
The only lawyer who can defend Hoss in the case of a murdered cattle buyer is an alcoholic.
299 30 "The Arrival of Eddie" Marc Daniels John M. Chester and Ward Hawkins May 19, 1968 (1968-05-19)
Hoss seeks forgiveness from Eddie MaKay for killing his father.
300 31 "The Stronghold" Leon Benson John Hawkins and William Riley Burnett May 26, 1968 (1968-05-26)
Joe and Candy are swindled out of a herd of cattle by the Farrell brothers, so they follow the sparring brothers back to their Arizona hideout.
301 32 "Pride of a Man" William F. Claxton Ward Hawkins and Helen B. Hicks June 2, 1968 (1968-06-02)
Joe takes a job as a substitute teacher and must deal with two incorrigible boys and their father, who doesn't think his boys need an education.
302 33 "A Severe Case of Matrimony" Lewis Allen Michael Fessier July 7, 1968 (1968-07-07)
A band of Gypsies arrives on the Ponderosa and one of them wishes to marry a Cartwright.
303 34 "Stage Door Johnnies" William F. Claxton Alex Sharp July 28, 1968 (1968-07-28)
Hoss and Joe allow their rivalry for the affections of an attractive singer to get them into damage suits.

Season 10 (1968–69)[edit]

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304 1 "Different Pines, Same Wind" Leon Benson Suzanne Clauser September 15, 1968 (1968-09-15)
Little Joe tries to convince and ailing recluse that she needs to file a legal claim to her remote property to prevent a timber tycoon from logging on her land.
305 2 "Child" Leon Benson Jack B. Sowards September 22, 1968 (1968-09-22)
Hoss, charged with robbery and murder, has to break out of jail in order to escape a lynch mob.
306 3 "Salute to Yesterday" Leon Benson John Hawkins September 29, 1968 (1968-09-29)
Possession of an Army payroll brings danger to the Cartwrights, Candy and a small Army unit, with some of Candy's past coming to light in the process.
307 4 "The Real People of Muddy Creek" Leon Benson Alf Harris October 6, 1968 (1968-10-06)
Ben is left alone with his prisoner (Joe Don Baker) to face a murderous and notorious gang after frightened citizens bail out.
308 5 "The Passing of a King" Leon Benson B. W. Sandefur October 13, 1968 (1968-10-13)
Ben is cheated out of a valuable bull by the son (Jeremy Slate) of one of his old friends (Denver Pyle), a cattle baron who has been declared legally incompetent.
309 6 "The Last Vote" Joseph Pevney Robert Vincent Wright October 20, 1968 (1968-10-20)
Hoss and Little Joe act as campaign managers for opposing mayoral candidates (Tom Bosley and Wally Cox) who are devoted friends.
310 7 "Catch as Catch Can" Robert L. Friend David Lang October 27, 1968 (1968-10-27)
The Cartwrights are accused of being deadbeats in an effort to discredit their good name.
311 8 "Little Girl Lost" Don Richardson Michael Fessier November 3, 1968 (1968-11-03)
The serenity of the Ponderosa is disrupted by a small relative of the Cartwrights, an unruly tomboy who's the subject of a custody battle.
312 9 "The Survivors" Leon Benson John Hawkins, Colin MacKenzie, S. H. Barnett November 10, 1968 (1968-11-10)
A young woman endures scorn when she returns to Virginia City with a child fathered by a Native American after four years of captivity by renegade Indians.
313 10 "The Sound of Drums" Robert L. Friend William F. Leicester November 17, 1968 (1968-11-17)
A stubborn landowner defies his family and neighbors by allowing Native Americans to live on his land.
314 11 "Queen High" Leon Benson Michael Fessier December 1, 1968 (1968-12-01)
Little Joe and Candy win a damaged ore processing mill in a poker game and encounter opposition from their competitor.
315 12 "Yonder Man" Leo Penn Milton S. Gelman December 8, 1968 (1968-12-08)
Ben's reunion with an old friend is marred when he learns that the man is wanted for stealing cattle and political crimes.
316 13 "Mark of Guilt" Leon Benson Ward Hawkins, Frank Telford December 15, 1968 (1968-12-15)
When a rancher that Little Joe fought with is found dead, he's arrested for murder.
317 14 "A World Full of Cannibals" Gunner Hellström Preston Wood December 22, 1968 (1968-12-22)
Gunmen kidnap Little Joe and offer him in exchange for a grand jury witness.
318 15 "Sweet Annie Laurie" Don Richardson Jackson Gillis, John Hawkins, Jess Carneol, Kay Lenard January 5, 1969 (1969-01-05)
Hoss takes a frightened young wife (Joan Van Ark) to the Ponderosa to protect her from her estranged outlaw husband (James Olson).
319 16 "My Friend, My Enemy" Leon Benson Stanley Roberts, Jack B. Sowards January 12, 1969 (1969-01-12)
Candy has to rely on the testimony of a Native American horse thief to prove his innocence on a murder charge.
320 17 "Mrs. Wharton and the Lesser Breeds" Leon Benson Preston Wood January 19, 1969 (1969-01-19)
A British widow (Mildred Natwick) involves Candy in her plan to recover valuables she lost in a holdup.
321 18 "Erin" Don Richardson Sandy Summerhayes January 26, 1969 (1969-01-26)
Hoss announces his intention to marry a girl (Mary Fickett) who was raised by Native Americans.
322 19 "Company of Forgotten Men" Leon Benson Jess Carneol, Kay Lenard February 2, 1969 (1969-02-02)
A group of retired Army veterans plan to rob a mint with the help of Candy.
323 20 "The Clarion" Lewis Allen John Hawkins, Frank Chase February 9, 1969 (1969-02-09)
Ben buys a newspaper from a widow and proceeds to launch an expose of an unscrupulous town boss.
324 21 "The Lady and the Mountain Lion" Joseph Pevney Larry Markes February 23, 1969 (1969-02-23)
A magician (Richard Haydn) plots to involve the Cartwright boys with his identical twin daughters in a swindling plot.
325 22 "Five Candles" Lewis Allen Ken Trevey March 2, 1969 (1969-03-02)
Ben and four companions are trapped in a collapsing courthouse and are forced to rely on an accused murderer for help.
326 23 "The Wish" Michael Landon Michael Landon March 9, 1969 (1969-03-09)
Hoss tries to help a freed slave cope with bigots of a white community.
327 24 "The Deserter" Leon Benson B. W. Sandefur, John Dunkel March 16, 1969 (1969-03-16)
Candy tries to help an army sergeant locate a hidden arms plant.
328 25 "Emily" Leon Benson Elliot Gilbert, Preston Wood March 23, 1969 (1969-03-23)
Hoping to save her broken marriage, a woman accuses Little Joe of theft and trying to run off with her.
329 26 "The Running Man" Leon Benson Ward Hawkins March 30, 1969 (1969-03-30)
Little Joe and Candy try to protect a murder witness.
330 27 "The Unwanted" Herschel Daugherty Thomas Thompson, Suzanne Clauser March 30, 1969 (1969-03-30)
A marshal's daughter steals her father's money and runs off with an ex-convict.
331 28 "Speak No Evil" Leon Benson Norman Katkov, B. W. Sandefur April 20, 1969 (1969-04-20)
Ben and Hoss mediate a custody battle among relatives of a teenager who inherited a gold mine.
332 29 "The Fence" Lewis Allen Ward Hawkins, Milton S. Gelman April 27, 1969 (1969-04-27)
Ben and Hoss aid an ex-Confederate prison commandant who's being threatened by his former captives.
333 30 "A Ride in the Sun" Leon Benson John Hawkins, Peter Germano May 11, 1969 (1969-05-11)
Bank robbers use the Cartwrights as dupes in a plot to loot the Virginia City bank.

Season 11 (1969–70)[edit]

No. in series No. in season[20] Title[20] Written by[20] Directed by[20] Original air date[20]
334 1 "Another Windmill to Go" Palmer Thompson James B. Clark September 14, 1969
335 2 "The Witness" Joel Murcott Don Richardson September 21, 1969
336 3 "The Silence at Stillwater" Preston Wood Joseph Lejtes September 28, 1969
337 4 "A Lawman's Lot is Not a Happy One" Vincent Wright Don Richardson October 5, 1969
338 5 "Anatomy of a Lynching" Preston Wood William Wiard October 12, 1969
339 6 "To Stop a War" Carey Wilber Leon Benson October 19, 1969
340 7 "The Medal" Frank Chase Lewis Allen October 26, 1969
341 8 "The Stalker" D. C. Fontana Robert L. Friend November 2, 1969
342 9 "Meena" Jack B. Sowards Herschel Daugherty November 16, 1969
343 10 "A Darker Shadow" John Hawkins, Jonathon Knopf Don Richardson November 23, 1969
344 11 "Dead Wrong" Michael Landon Michael Landon December 7, 1969
345 12 "Old Friends" Barney Slater Leon Benson December 14, 1969
346 13 "Abner Willoughby's Return" Jack B. Sowards Herschel Daugherty December 21, 1969
347 14 "It's a Small World" Michael Landon Michael Landon January 4, 1970
348 15 "Danger Road" Milton S. Gelman William F. Claxton January 11, 1970
349 16 "The Big Jackpot" John Hawkins Herschel Daugherty January 18, 1970
350 17 "The Trouble with Amy" Jack Miller, John Hawkins Leon Benson January 25, 1970
351 18 "The Lady and the Mark" Preston Wood Leon Benson February 1, 1970
352 19 "Is There Any Man Here" B. W. Sandefur Don Richardson February 8, 1970
353 20 "The Law and Billy Burgess" Stanley Roberts William F. Claxton February 15, 1970
354 21 "Long Way to Ogden" Joel Murcott Lewis Allen February 22, 1970
355 22 "Return Engagement" Stanley Roberts Don Richardson March 1, 1970
356 23 "The Gold Mine" Preston Wood, Robert Bruckner Leon Benson March 8, 1970
357 24 "Decision at Los Robles" Michael Landon Michael Landon March 22, 1970
358 25 "Caution, Easter Bunny Crossing" Larry Markes Bruce Bilson March 29, 1970
359 26 "The Horse Traders" Jack B. Sowards Herschel Daugherty April 5, 1970
360 27 "What are Pardners For?" Jack B. Sowards William F. Claxton April 12, 1970
361 28 "A Matter of Circumstance" B. W. Sandefur William F. Claxton April 19, 1970

Season 12 (1970–71)[edit]

No. in series No. in season[21] Title[21] Written by[21] Directed by[21] Original air date[21]
362 1 "The Night Virginia City Died" John Hawkins William Wiard September 13, 1970
363 2 "A Matter of Faith" Jack B. Sowards, John Hawkins William Wiard September 20, 1970
364 3 "The Weary Willies" Robert Pirosh Leo Penn September 27, 1970
365 4 "The Wagon" Ken Pettus James Neilson October 4, 1970
366 5 "The Power of Life and Death" Joel Murcott Leo Penn October 11, 1970
367 6 "Gideon, the Good" Ken Pettus Herschel Daugherty October 18, 1970
368 7 "The Trouble with Trouble" Jack B. Sowards Herschel Daugherty October 25, 1970
369 8 "Thornton's Account" Preston Wood William F. Claxton November 1, 1970
370 9 "The Love Child" Michael Landon Michael Landon November 8, 1970
371 10 "El Jefe" Ken Pettus William F. Claxton November 15, 1970
372 11 "The Luck of Pepper Shannon" John Hawkins Nicholas Webster November 22, 1970
373 12 "The Impostors" Robert Vincent Wright Lewis Allen December 13, 1970
374 13 "Honest John" Arthur Heinemann Lewis Allen December 20, 1970
375 14 "For a Young Lady" B. W. Sandefur Don Richardson December 27, 1970
376 15 "A Single Pilgrim" Arthur Weingarten, Suzanne Clauser William Wiard January 3, 1971
377 16 "The Gold-Plated Rifle" Preston Wood Joseph Pevney January 10, 1971
378 17 "Top Hand" Arthur Heinemann, John Hawkins William F. Claxton January 17, 1971
379 18 "A Deck of Aces" Stanley Roberts Lewis Allen January 31, 1971
380 19 "The Desperado" George Lovell Hayes Philip Leacock February 7, 1971
381 20 "The Reluctant American" Stanley Roberts Philip Leacock February 14, 1971
382 21 "Shadow of a Hero" John Hawkins, Mel Goldberg Leo Penn February 21, 1971
383 22 "The Silent Killer" John Hawkins Leo Penn February 28, 1971
384 23 "Terror at 2:00" Michael Landon Michael Landon March 7, 1971
385 24 "The Stillness Within" Suzanne Clauser Michael Landon March 14, 1971
386 25 "A Time to Die" Don Ingalls Philip Leacock March 21, 1971
387 26 "Winter Kill" Robert Pirosh, John Hawkins William Wiard March 28, 1971
388 27 "Kingdom of Fear" Michael Landon Joseph Pevney April 4, 1971
389 28 "An Earthquake Called Callahan" Preston Wood Herschel Daugherty April 11, 1971

Season 13 (1971–72)[edit]

No. in series No. in season[22] Title[22] Written by[22] Directed by[22] Original air date[22]
390 1 "The Grand Swing" John Hawkins, Ward Hawkins William F. Claxton September 19, 1971
391 2 "Fallen Woman" Ward Hawkins Lewis Allen September 26, 1971
392 3 "Bushwhacked" Preston Wood William Wiard October 3, 1971
393 4 "Rock-a-Bye, Hoss" Preston Wood, Robert Vincent Wright Herschel Daugherty October 10, 1971
394 5 "The Prisoners" Arthur Heinemann William F. Claxton October 17, 1971
395 6 "Cassie" True Boardman Herschel Daugherty October 24, 1971
396 7 "Don't Cry, My Son" Michael Landon Michael Landon October 31, 1971
397 8 "Face of Fear" Ken Pettus Christopher Christenberry November 14, 1971
398 9 "Blind Hunch" John Hawkins, Robert Pirosh Lewis Allen November 21, 1971
399 10 "The Iron Butterfly" Harold Swanton Leo Penn November 28, 1971
400 11 "The Rattlesnake Brigade" Gordon Dawson William Wiard December 5, 1971
401 12 "Easy Come, Easy Go" Jack B. Sowards Joseph Pevney December 12, 1971
402 13 "A Home for Jamie" Jean Holloway Leo Penn December 19, 1971
403 14 "Warbonnet" Arthur Heinemann Arthur H. Nadel December 26, 1971
404 15 "A Lonely Man" John Hawkins William F. Claxton January 2, 1972
405 16 "Second Sight" Arthur Weingarten, Suzanne Clauser Lewis Allen January 9, 1972
406 17 "The Saddle Stiff" Samuel A. Peeples, John Hawkins William F. Claxton January 16, 1972
407 18 "Frenzy" Preston Wood, Karl Tunberg Lewis Allen January 30, 1972
408 19 "Customs of the Country" Joseph Bonaduce Joseph Pevney February 6, 1972
409 20 "Shanklin" William Kelley Leo Penn February 13, 1972
410 21 "Search in Limbo" Don Ingalls Leo Penn February 20, 1972
411 22 "He Was Only Seven" Michael Landon Michael Landon March 5, 1972
412 23 "The Younger Brothers' Younger Brother" Michael Landon Michael Landon March 12, 1972
413 24 "A Place to Hide" William D. Gordon, Ward Hawkins Herschel Daugherty March 19, 1972
414 25 "A Visit to Upright" Joseph Bonaduce William Wiard March 26, 1972
415 26 "One Ace Too Many" (Final episode of Hoss Cartwright) Stanley Roberts Lewis Allen April 2, 1972

Season 14 (1972–73)[edit]

No. in
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Title[23] Written by[23] Directed by[23] Original air date[23]
416 1 "Forever": Part 1 Michael Landon Michael Landon September 12, 1972
417 2 "Forever": Part 2 Michael Landon Michael Landon September 19, 1972
418 3 "Heritage of Anger" Don Ingalls Nicholas Webster September 26, 1972
419 4 "The Initiation" Douglas Day Stewart Alf Kjellin October 3, 1972
420 5 "Riot!" Robert Pirosh Lewis Allen October 10, 1972
421 6 "New Man" Jack B. Sowards Leo Penn October 17, 1972
422 7 "Ambush at Rio Lobo" Joel Murcott Nicholas Colasanto October 24, 1972
423 8 "The 26th Grave" Stanley Roberts Nicholas Colasanto October 31, 1972
424 9 "Stallion" Jack B. Sowards E. W. Swackhamer November 14, 1972
425 10 "The Hidden Enemy" Stanley Roberts Alf Kjellin November 28, 1972
426 11 "The Sound of Sadness" Michael Landon Michael Landon December 5, 1972
427 12 "The Bucket Dog" John Hawkins William F. Claxton December 19, 1972
428 13 "First Love" Richard Collins Leo Penn December 26, 1972
429 14 "The Witness" Arthur Heinemann, Joel Murcott Lewis Allen January 2, 1973
430 15 "The Marriage of Theodora Duffy" Ward Hawkins William F. Claxton January 9, 1973
431 16 "The Hunter" Michael Landon Michael Landon January 16, 1973

TV movies and prequel series[edit]

In 1988, NBC revived Bonanza with the television film Bonanza: The Next Generation. Lorne Greene, who was to have reprised his role as Ben Cartwright, died before production began, and was replaced by John Ireland as Ben's brother, Aaron Cartwright. Michael Landon, Jr. played the role of Little Joe's son, Benjamin Cartwright.[24] Landon, Jr. again played Benjamin Cartwright in a second television film Bonanza: The Return. Dirk Blocker, the son of Dan Blocker, played a supporting role in this film which, in its original broadcast on November 28, 1993, was preceded by Back to Bonanza, a one-hour special devoted to the original series.[25] A third TV movie, Bonanza: Under Attack, aired January 15, 1995. Landon, Jr. also starred in this film.[26]

In 2001–2002, a "prequel" series, Ponderosa, aired on the PAX-TV network. Set 10 years prior to the first season, it starred Daniel Hugh Kelly as Ben Cartwright, Matt Carmody as Adam, Drew Powell as Hoss, and Jared Daperis as Little Joe.[27]



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Shapiro, Melany (1997). Bonanza: The Definitive Ponderosa Companion. Cyclone Books. ISBN 978-1-890723-18-7. 

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