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.
S02, E23 (First Aired: Feb. 25, 1961)
Ben's sons persuade him to stay home while they hunt down cattle rustlers; guest Leif Erickson.
S12, E17 (First Aired: Jan. 17, 1971)
A trail boss's inability to control his trail hands threatens the success of a cattle drive.