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.
S09, E18 (First Aired: Jan. 28, 1968)
The Indian wife of a new Ponderosa ranch hand runs to Ben when a lynch mob threatens to hang her; guests Victor French, Iron Eyes Cody.
S07, E13 (First Aired: Dec. 12, 1965)
Hoss releases a young boy (Eddie Hodges) caught in one of his stepfather's traps and brings him to the Ponderosa to live.