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.
S06, E34 (First Aired: May. 23, 1965)
Hoss tries to instill courage in a hermit he convinced to leave a ghost-town to work on the Ponderosa.
S04, E31 (First Aired: May. 5, 1963)
A maniacal explosives expert stalks the Ponderosa, killing a 19-year-old woman Little Joe loves; guest Simon Oakland.