Genre: Drama, Western
Premise: Ben Cartwright is the patriarch of an all-male Nevada ranching family. Set during and after the Civil War, ``Bonanza'' is the story of life on the family's thousand-acre spread, known as the Ponderosa, near Virginia City. Ben has his three sons, each with a different (and deceased) mother. Serious eldest son Adam hopes to follow in his father's footsteps; middle son Hoss is a gentle giant -- physically strong, but sometimes naive; and youngest son Little Joe is the most impetuous and romantic of the offspring.
S05, E18 (First Aired: Feb. 2, 1964)
A wily Frenchman (John Dehner) claiming to be the pirate Jean Lafitte involves the Cartwrights in a double murder and a robbery.
S03, E06 (First Aired: Oct. 29, 1961)
A cowboy kills the new lover of a woman who jilted him; guest Robert Culp.