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List of Bonanza episodes

Cast of Bonanza in 1959

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 nine 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]

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRatingTied with
First airedLast aired
132September 12, 1959 (1959-09-12)April 30, 1960 (1960-04-30)N/AN/AN/A
234September 10, 1960 (1960-09-10)June 3, 1961 (1961-06-03)1724.8N/A
334September 24, 1961 (1961-09-24)May 20, 1962 (1962-05-20)230.0N/A
434September 23, 1962 (1962-09-23)May 26, 1963 (1963-05-26)429.8The Lucy Show
534September 22, 1963 (1963-09-22)May 24, 1964 (1964-05-24)236.9N/A
634September 20, 1964 (1964-09-20)May 23, 1965 (1965-05-23)136.3N/A
733September 12, 1965 (1965-09-12)May 15, 1966 (1966-05-15)131.8N/A
834September 11, 1966 (1966-09-11)May 14, 1967 (1967-05-14)129.1N/A
934September 17, 1967 (1967-09-17)July 28, 1968 (1968-07-28)425.5Gunsmoke
Family Affair
1030September 15, 1968 (1968-09-15)May 11, 1969 (1969-05-11)326.6N/A
1128September 14, 1969 (1969-09-14)April 19, 1970 (1970-04-19)324.8N/A
1228September 13, 1970 (1970-09-13)April 11, 1971 (1971-04-11)923.9N/A
1326September 19, 1971 (1971-09-19)April 2, 1972 (1972-04-02)2021.9N/A
1416September 12, 1972 (1972-09-12)January 16, 1973 (1973-01-16)N/AN/AN/A


Season 1 (1959–60)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"A Rose for Lotta"Edward LudwigDavid DortortSeptember 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.
22"Death on Sun Mountain"Paul LandresGene L. Coon and David DortortSeptember 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.
33"The Newcomers"Christian NybyThomas ThompsonSeptember 26, 1959 (1959-09-26)
Hoss falls for the fiancée of a treacherous prospector who suspects the Cartwrights of hiding gold. John Larch and Inger Stevens guest star.
44"The Paiute War"Paul LandresGene L. CoonOctober 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.
55"Enter Mark Twain"Paul LandresHarold ShumateOctober 10, 1959 (1959-10-10)
Reporter Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain (Howard Duff) leads a fight against a corrupt judge (John Litel).
66"The Julia Bulette Story"Christian NybyAl C. WardOctober 17, 1959 (1959-10-17)
Joe falls for a madam called Julia Bulette (Jane Greer).
77"The Saga of Annie O'Toole"Joseph KaneThomas ThompsonOctober 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.
88"The Philip Deidesheimer Story"Joseph KaneThomas ThompsonOctober 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.
99"Mr. Henry Comstock"John BrahmDavid DortortNovember 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.
1010"The Magnificent Adah"Christian NybyDonald S. SanfordNovember 14, 1959 (1959-11-14)
The Cartwright boys suspect actress Adah Menkin (Ruth Roman) of having an ulterior motive for marrying their father.
1111"The Truckee Strip"Christian NybyHerman GrovesNovember 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.
1212"The Hanging Posse"Christian NybyCarey WilberNovember 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.
1313"Vendetta"Joseph KaneRobert E. ThompsonDecember 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.
1414"The Sisters"Christian NybyCarey WilberDecember 12, 1959 (1959-12-12)
Adam is falsely accused of killing a dance-hall girl (Fay Spain). Buddy Ebsen and Jean Willes guest star.
1515"The Last Hunt"Christian NybyDonald S. SanfordDecember 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.
1616"El Toro Grande"Christian NybyJohn Tucker BattleJanuary 2, 1960 (1960-01-02)
Joe and Hoss go south lands to buy a unique bull. Alma Beltran and Ricardo Cortez guest star.
1717"The Outcast"Lewis AllenThomas ThompsonJanuary 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.
1818"A House Divided"Lewis AllenAl C. WardJanuary 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.
1919"The Gunmen"Christian NybyCarey WilberJanuary 23, 1960 (1960-01-23)
Hoss and Joe get themselves involved in a family feud. Ellen Corby, Henry Hull, and George Mitchell guest star.
2020"The Fear Merchants"Lewis AllenStory 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.
2121"The Spanish Grant"Christian NybyStory 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.
2222"Blood on the Land"Felix FeistRobert E. ThompsonFebruary 13, 1960 (1960-02-13)
A greedy sheepherder (Everett Sloane) is determined to fatten his animals on the Ponderosa grasslands.
2323"Desert Justice"Lewis AllenDonald S. SanfordFebruary 20, 1960 (1960-02-20)
Adam and Hoss try to help a ranch hand (Wesley Lau) who's being taken to California for trial by a brutal U.S. marshal (Claude Akins).
2424"The Stranger"Christian NybyStory 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.
2525"Escape to Ponderosa"Christian NybyStory 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.
2626"The Avenger"Christian NybyClair HuffakerMarch 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.
2727"The Last Trophy"Lewis AllenBill S. BallingerMarch 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.
2828"San Francisco"Arthur LubinThomas ThompsonApril 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.
2929"Bitter Water"George BlairHarold Jack BloomApril 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.
3030"Feet of Clay"Arthur LubinJohn 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.
3131"Dark Star"Lewis AllenAnthony LawrenceApril 23, 1960 (1960-04-23)
Joe romances a Gypsy (Susan Harrison) who thinks she's a witch.
3232"Death at Dawn"Charles HaasLaurence E. MascottApril 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)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
331"Showdown"Lewis AllenDean RiesnerSeptember 10, 1960 (1960-09-10)
A bank robber (Ben Cooper) takes a job with the Cartwrights so the sheriff doesn't find his accomplices.
342"The Mission"James NeilsonRobert E. ThompsonSeptember 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.
353"Badge Without Honor"Arthur LubinJohn TwistSeptember 24, 1960 (1960-09-24)
The Cartwrights grow suspicious of the deputy marshal assigned to escort a witness to a racketeering trial.
364"The Mill"John RichHalsted WellesOctober 1, 1960 (1960-10-01)
The Cartwrights offer to build a mill for a disabled rancher (Harry Townes), only to come up against his corrupt hired hand (Claude Akins).
375"The Hopefuls"James NeilsonE. Jack NeumanOctober 8, 1960 (1960-10-08)
A Quaker woman convinces Adam to take her wagon train on a perilous journey west.
386"Denver McKee"Jacques TourneurFred Freiberger and Steve McNeilOctober 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.
397"Day of Reckoning"Richard H. BartlettStory by : Leonard Heideman
Teleplay by : Leonard Heideman and R. Harner Norris
October 22, 1960 (1960-10-22)
A bigoted farmer (Karl Swenson) takes action when Ben gives an Indian a piece of land. Ricardo Montalban and Madlyn Rhue guest star.
408"The Abduction"Charles HaasHerman GrovesOctober 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.
419"Breed of Violence"Johnny FloreaDavid LangNovember 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.
4210"The Last Viking"Johnny FloreaAnthony LawrenceNovember 12, 1960 (1960-11-12)
Hoss's uncle (Neville Brand) turns out to be the leader of a vicious band of outlaws called the Commancheros.
4311"The Trail Gang"John RichCarey WilberNovember 26, 1960 (1960-11-26)
An outlaw (Richard Davalos) plots his revenge against his sheriff-father (James Westerfield) for sending him to prison years ago. Also stars Edgar Buchanan.
4412"The Savage"James NeilsonJoe Stone and Paul KingDecember 3, 1960 (1960-12-03)
Adam falls for a girl (Anna-Lisa) believed by Indians to be the white buffalo woman.
4513"Silent Thunder"Robert AltmanJohn Furia Jr.December 10, 1960 (1960-12-10)
A deaf girl (Stella Stevens) misunderstands Joe's attempts to teach her sign language as gestures of love.
4614"The Ape"James P. YarbroughGene L. CoonDecember 17, 1960 (1960-12-17)
Hoss tries to help a mentally-challenged man to control his temper.
4715"The Blood Line"Lewis AllenWilliam Raynor and Myles WilderDecember 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.
4816"The Courtship"James P. YarbroughRichard Neil MorganJanuary 7, 1961 (1961-01-07)
Hoss proposes to a woman (Julie Adams) Adam knows is a compulsive gambler.
4917"The Spitfire"William Dario FarallaWard HawkinsJanuary 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.
5018"The Bride"Alvin GanzerRichard NewmanJanuary 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.
5119"Bank Run"Robert AltmanN.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.
5220"The Fugitive"Lewis AllenRichard LandauFebruary 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.
5321"Vengeance"Dick ModerMarion ParsonnetFebruary 11, 1961 (1961-02-11)
Hoss is shot by the vengeful brother (Adam Williams) of the man he accidentally killed. Beverly Tyler guest stars.
5422"Tax Collector"William WitneyArnold BelgardFebruary 18, 1961 (1961-02-18)
The citizens of Virginia City unite to rebel against the new tax collector (Eddie Firestone).
5523"The Rescue"William Dario FarallaSteve McNeilFebruary 25, 1961 (1961-02-25)
Ben must rescue his sons from cattle rustlers.
5624"The Dark Gate"Robert GordonWard HawkinsMarch 4, 1961 (1961-03-04)
A rancher (James Coburn) accuses Adam of having an affair with his wife.
5725"The Duke"Robert AltmanStory by : Theodore & Mathilde Ferro
Teleplay by : William Cox
March 11, 1961 (1961-03-11)
A British boxer (Maxwell Reed) with a weakness for the ladies faces Hoss in a prizefight.
5826"Cutthroat Junction"Dick ModerNat TanchuckMarch 18, 1961 (1961-03-18)
A trouble-shooter joins the outlaws he was supposed to stop when he is abruptly fired during his mission.
5927"The Gift"William WitneyDenne Bart Petitclerc and Thomas ThompsonApril 1, 1961 (1961-04-01)
Joe and a friend (Martin Landau) trek across the desert with a valuable Arab stallion, unaware that they're being stalked by horse thieves.
6028"The Rival"Robert AltmanAnthony LawrenceApril 15, 1961 (1961-04-15)
Hoss has a crisis of conscience when he sees a rival (Charles Aidman) for a girl's affections leave the scene of a lynching.
6129"The Infernal Machine"William WitneyWard HawkinsApril 22, 1961 (1961-04-22)
A con man persuades the citizens of Virginia City to invest in a horseless carriage.
6230"The Thunderhead Swindle"Dick ModerGene L. CoonApril 29, 1961 (1961-04-29)
Ben tries to disprove reports of a silver strike which he believes is fraudulent.
6331"The Secret"Robert AltmanJohn HawkinsMay 6, 1961 (1961-05-06)
Joe is falsely arrested for murder following family friend's testimony.
6432"The Dream Riders"Robert AltmanJames Van Wagoner and Jack McClainMay 20, 1961 (1961-05-20)
A balloonist distracts the citizens of Virginia City while his associates make plans to rob the bank.
6533"Elizabeth, My Love"Lewis AllenAnthony LawrenceMay 27, 1961 (1961-05-27)
Ben remembers his time with Elizabeth (Geraldine Brooks), Adam's mother.
6634"Sam Hill"Robert AltmanDavid DortortJune 3, 1961 (1961-06-03)
The Cartwrights help blacksmith Sam Hill (Claude Akins) keep the land where his mother is buried.

Season 3 (1961–62)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
671"The Smiler"Thomas CarrLewis ReedSeptember 24, 1961 (1961-09-24)
The brother (Herschel Bernardi) of the drunk Hoss accidentally killed secretly plots his revenge.
682"Springtime"Christian NybyJohn 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.
693"The Honor of Cochise"Don McDougallElliott ArnoldOctober 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.
704"The Lonely House"William WitneyFrank ChaseOctober 15, 1961 (1961-10-15)
A lonely widow tends to a wounded bank robber whose gang takes her and Joe hostage.
715"The Burma Rarity"William WitneyN.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.
726"Broken Ballad"Robert ButlerJohn T. KellyOctober 29, 1961 (1961-10-29)
A former gunfighter (Robert Culp) tries to put his past behind him.
737"The Many Faces of Gideon Flinch"Robert AltmanRobert Vincent WrightNovember 5, 1961 (1961-11-05)
Joe is mistaken for con man Gideon Flinch.
748"The Friendship"Don McDougallFrank ChaseNovember 12, 1961 (1961-11-12)
Joe tries to help a former chain-gang prisoner (Dean Jones) adjust to his freedom.
759"The Countess"Robert SparrWilliam R. Cox and D. PowellNovember 19, 1961 (1961-11-19)
A countess (Margaret Hayes) returns to Virginia City to resume her romance with Ben.
7610"The Horse Breaker"Don McDougallFrank ChaseNovember 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.
7711"Day of the Dragon"Don McDougallJohn T. DuganDecember 3, 1961 (1961-12-03)
Joe wins a Chinese slave girl (Lisa Lu) in a poker game, but she refuses to allow him to free her.
7812"The Frenchman"Christian NybyNorman LessingDecember 10, 1961 (1961-12-10)
The Cartwrights deal with a Frenchman who claims to be the reincarnation of Francois Villon.
7913"The Tin Badge"Lewis AllenDon IngallsDecember 17, 1961 (1961-12-17)
Two citizens of a nearby town appoint Joe their sheriff as part of their plot to commit a murder.
8014"Gabrielle"Lewis AllenAnthony LawrenceDecember 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.
8115"Land Grab"David Orrick McDearmonWard HawkinsDecember 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).
8216"The Tall Stranger"Don McDougallWard HawkinsJanuary 7, 1962 (1962-01-07)
Hoss courts a wealthy woman (Kathie Browne) who's equally captivated by a fortune hunter's extravagant promises.
8317"The Lady from Baltimore"John PeyserElliott ArnoldJanuary 14, 1962 (1962-01-14)
A status-seeking mother (Mercedes McCambridge) forces her daughter to marry Joe.
8418"The Ride"Don McDougallWard HawkinsJanuary 21, 1962 (1962-01-21)
Adam sets out to prove a business partner of his is guilty of robbery and murder.
8519"The Storm"Lewis AllenDenne PetitclercJanuary 28, 1962 (1962-01-28)
Laura White (Brooke Hayward) displays her affections for Joe when she and her father visit the Ponderosa.
8620"The Auld Sod"William WitneyCharles LangFebruary 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.
8721"Gift of Water"Jesse HibbsBorden ChaseFebruary 11, 1962 (1962-02-11)
The Cartwrights dig a well in order to bring water to drought-ridden farmers.
8822"The Jackknife"William WitneyFrank ChaseFebruary 18, 1962 (1962-02-18)
Adam tries to save the marriage of a couple whose son he befriends.
8923"The Guilty"Lewis AllenClifford IrvingFebruary 25, 1962 (1962-02-25)
A friend (Lyle Bettger) of Ben blames him for his son's death when the boy is shot and killed by a vengeful gunman (Charles Maxwell).
9024"The Wooing of Abigail Jones"Christian NybyNorman LessingMarch 4, 1962 (1962-03-04)
The Cartwrights help shy ranch hand Hank Meyers (Vaughn Monroe) court schoolteacher Abigail Jones (Eileen Ryan).
9125"The Lawmaker"Christian NybyStory by : John A. Johns
Teleplay by : Dick Nelson
March 11, 1962 (1962-03-11)
The acting sheriff (Arthur Franz) of Virginia City abuses his authority while Roy Coffee is out due to injury.
9226"Look to the Stars"Don McDougallRobert M. Fresco and Paul RinkMarch 18, 1962 (1962-03-18)
Ben discovers that young Albert Michelson was expelled from school because of a bigoted schoolmaster (William Schallert).
9327"The Gamble"William WitneyStory 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.
9428"The Crucible"Paul NickellJohn T. DuganApril 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.

Note: This episode was one of Pernell Roberts' personal favorites, as it gave him the best opportunity to showcase his acting abilities.
9529"Inger, My Love"Lewis AllenStory by : Anthony Lawrence
Teleplay by : Frank Cleaver and David Dortort
April 15, 1962 (1962-04-15)
Ben remembers his courtship with Hoss's mother, Inger (Inga Swenson).
9630"Blessed Are They"Don McDougallStory 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.
9731"The Dowry"Christian NybyRobert Vincent WrightApril 29, 1962 (1962-04-29)

The Cartwrights take in a wounded man (Steven Geray) and his daughter (Luciana Paluzzi), who might have been robbed of her dowry.

Note: while filming this episode on location, Pernell Roberts’ horse, Sport, slipped and fell while going downhill on a muddy path. After Sport fell, Blocker's horse, Chub, who was following closely, stumbled over him. Roberts and Blocker jumped off their mounts as they had been trained to do, but both actors were injured. Roberts sprained his neck, while Blocker broke his collarbone and shoulder and would miss one episode then wear a sling for the remainder of the season.
9832"The Long Night"William WitneyGeorge Stackalee and E. M. ParsonsMay 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.
9933"The Mountain Girl"Don McDougallJohn 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.
10034"The Miracle Maker"Don McDougallStory 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)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1011"The First Born"Don McDougallJudith and George W. GeorgeSeptember 23, 1962 (1962-09-23)
Joe must decide what to do when he learns that the ranch hand (Barry Coe) being run out of town is his mother's first-born son.
1022"The Quest"Christian NybyJohn Joseph[A] and Thomas ThompsonSeptember 30, 1962 (1962-09-30)
In order to prove himself a man, Joe sets out to win a big timber contract.
1033"The Artist"Don McDougallFrank ChaseOctober 7, 1962 (1962-10-07)
Ben tries to help an artist (Dan O'Herlihy) who's lost his sight.
1044"A Hot Day for a Hanging"William F. ClaxtonPreston Wood and Elliott ArnoldOctober 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.
1055"The Deserter"William WitneyNorman LessingOctober 21, 1962 (1962-10-21)
The Cartwrights face a dilemma when their neighbor is wanted for deserting the Army ten years ago.
1066"The Way Station"Don McDougallFrank CleaverOctober 28, 1962 (1962-10-28)
A desperate fugitive (Robert Vaughn) holds Adam and others captive at a remote way station.
1077"The War Comes to Washoe"Don McDougallAlvin SapinsleyNovember 4, 1962 (1962-11-04)
Statehood convention delegates debate over which side Nevada will take in the Civil War.
1088"Knight Errant"William F. ClaxtonJoseph HoffmanNovember 18, 1962 (1962-11-18)
Hoss inadvertently starts a romantic triangle when he meets his friend's mail-order bride.
1099"The Beginning"Christian NybyPreston WoodNovember 25, 1962 (1962-11-25)
Joe tries to help Billy Horn (Carl Reindel), who was captured by Indians as a boy, adjust to life at the Ponderosa.
11010"The Deadly Ones"William WitneyStory 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.
11111"Gallagher's Sons"Christian NybyDick NelsonDecember 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.
11212"The Decision"William F. ClaxtonStory 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.
11313"The Good Samaritan"Don McDougallRobert BloomfieldDecember 23, 1962 (1962-12-23)
Hoss tries to play matchmaker for a ranch hand (Don Collier) and a widow (Jeanne Cooper).
11414"The Jury"Christian NybyRobert Vincent WrightDecember 30, 1962 (1962-12-30)
Hoss is the only one on a jury who believes a ne'er-do-well is innocent of murder.
11515"The Colonel"Lewis AllenPreston WoodJanuary 6, 1963 (1963-01-06)
An old Army buddy of Ben's jeopardizes the Cartwrights with his lies.
11616"Song in the Dark"Don McDougallJudith and George W. GeorgeJanuary 13, 1963 (1963-01-13)
A mysterious singer (Gregory Walcott) has been charged with murder and Adam sets out to clear him.
11717"Elegy for a Hangman"Hollingsworth MorseStory 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.
11818"Half a Rogue"Don McDougallArnold BelgardJanuary 27, 1963 (1963-01-27)
Hoss takes in ornery hillbilly Jim Leyton (Slim Pickens), who has been framed for murder.
11919"The Last Haircut"William F. ClaxtonCharles LangFebruary 3, 1963 (1963-02-03)
Joe pursues a cold-blooded killer who used a tricky legal maneuver to escape justice.
12020"Marie, My Love"Lewis AllenStory 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).
12121"The Hayburner"William F. ClaxtonAlex SharpFebruary 17, 1963 (1963-02-17)

The Cartwright brothers try to come out ahead in the Virginia City Sweepstakes.

Note: This was Pernell Robert's favourite comedy episode.
12222"The Actress"Christian NybyNorman LessingFebruary 24, 1963 (1963-02-24)
An actress (Patricia Crowley) is torn between her love for Joe and her desire for show business.
12323"A Stranger Passed This Way"Lewis AllenWilliam L. StuartMarch 3, 1963 (1963-03-03)
Hoss develops amnesia following a bushwhacking and is taken in by a Dutch couple mourning their son's death.
12424"The Way of Aaron"Murray GoldenRaphael David BlauMarch 10, 1963 (1963-03-10)
Adam falls for a Jewish woman (Aneta Corsaut).
12525"A Woman Lost"Don McDougallFrank ChaseMarch 17, 1963 (1963-03-17)
Ben tries to cure a woman (Ruta Lee) of her alcoholism.
12626"Any Friend of Walter's"John FloreaLois HireMarch 24, 1963 (1963-03-24)
Hoss befriends an old prospector (Arthur Hunnicutt) and his dog as he helps them fend off gold thieves.
12727"Mirror of a Man"Lewis AllenA. I. BezzeridesMarch 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.
12828"My Brother's Keeper"Murray GoldenSeeleg LesterApril 7, 1963 (1963-04-07)
Adam rejects the violent way of life in the West after shooting Joe by accident.
12929"Five into the Wind"William F. ClaxtonMeyer DolinskyApril 21, 1963 (1963-04-21)
Joe is accused of murder when he and five people are stranded after a stagecoach wreck.
13030"The Saga of Whizzer McGee"Don McDougallRobert L. WelchApril 28, 1963 (1963-04-28)
Hoss befriends Whizzer McGee, a little man with big ideas.
13131"Thunder Man"Lewis AllenLewis ReedMay 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.
13232"Rich Man, Poor Man"Lewis AllenStory 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.
13333"The Boss"Arthur H. NadelLeo Gordon and Paul Leslie PeilMay 19, 1963 (1963-05-19)
The Cartwrights attempt to start a rally against the tyrannical owner (Carroll O'Connor) of a freight-line.
13434"Little Man -Ten Feet Tall"Lewis AllenStory 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)

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1351"She Walks in Beauty"Don McDougallWilliam L. StuartSeptember 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.
1362"A Passion for Justice"Murray GoldenPeter PackerSeptember 29, 1963 (1963-09-29)
Charles Dickens (Jonathan Harris) antagonizes the citizens of Virginia City with his arrogance.
1373"Rain from Heaven"Lewis AllenRobert Vincent WrightOctober 6, 1963 (1963-10-06)
A rainmaker (John Anderson) offers his services to Virginia City during a drought.
1384"Twilight Town"John FloreaCy ChermakOctober 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?
1395"The Toy Soldier"Tay GarnettWarren DouglasOctober 20, 1963 (1963-10-20)
Adam helps an alcoholic artist (Philip Abbott) deal with bigots opposed to his marriage to an Indian.
1406"A Question of Strength"Don McDougallFrank CleaverOctober 27, 1963 (1963-10-27)
Hoss journeys through the wilderness with two nuns after bandits wreck their stagecoach.
1417"Calamity Over the Comstock"Charles RondeauWarren DouglasNovember 3, 1963 (1963-11-03)
Joe befriends Calamity Jane (Stefanie Powers), only to face the wrath of her boyfriend (Christopher Dark).
1428"Journey Remembered"Irving J. MooreAnthony LawrenceNovember 10, 1963 (1963-11-10)
Ben remembers his journey west with his second wife, Hoss's mother, Inger (Inga Swenson).
1439"The Quality of Mercy"Joseph H. LewisPeter PackerNovember 17, 1963 (1963-11-17)

Joe struggles with his conscience after witnessing a mercy-killing.

Note: This was one of Michael Landon's favourite episodes.
14410"The Waiting Game"Richard SarafianEd AdamsonDecember 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.
14511"The Legacy"Bernard McEveetyAnthony WilsonDecember 15, 1963 (1963-12-15)
Believing their father to be dead, the Cartwright boys set out to find the men who did it.
14612"Hoss and the Leprechauns"John FloreaRobert BarronDecember 22, 1963 (1963-12-22)
Hoss brings home a strongbox filled with gold, claiming it belongs to leprechauns.
14713"The Prime of Life"Christian NybyPeter PackerDecember 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.
14814"The Lila Conrad Story"Tay GarnettStory by : George Waggner
Teleplay by : Preston Wood
January 5, 1964 (1964-01-05)
The Cartwrights protect dance-hall girl Lila Conrad (Patricia Blair) from the friends of the man she killed in self-defense and from a self-righteous judge (Andrew Duggan) intent on saving her soul.
14915"Ponderosa Matador"Don McDougallAlex SharpJanuary 12, 1964 (1964-01-12)
The Cartwright boys compete for the attention of a visiting señorita (Marianna Hill).
15016"My Son, My Son"William F. ClaxtonDenne PetitclercJanuary 19, 1964 (1964-01-19)
Ben's marriage to a widow (Teresa Wright) is jeopardized by the widow's son being accused of murder.
15117"Alias Joe Cartwright"Lewis AllenRobert Vincent WrightJanuary 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.
15218"The Gentleman from New Orleans"Don McDougallWilliam BrucknerFebruary 2, 1964 (1964-02-02)
Hoss befriends a newcomer from New Orleans (John Dehner) who claims to be Jean LaFitte.
15319"The Cheating Game"Joseph SargentWilliam L. StuartFebruary 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.
15420"Bullet for a Bride"Tay GarnettTom SellerFebruary 16, 1964 (1964-02-16)
Joe proposes to a girl (Marlyn Mason) he blinded by accident on a hunting trip.
15521"King of the Mountain"Don McDougallRobert SabaroffFebruary 23, 1964 (1964-02-23)
Hoss tries to stop a mountaineer (Slim Pickens) and his fiancée's father from killing each other.
15622"Love Me Not"Tay GarnettFrank CleaverMarch 1, 1964 (1964-03-01)
A girl (Anjanette Comer) who's been held captive by the Paiutes for many years falls for Ben when he takes her to the Ponderosa.
15723"The Pure Truth"Don McDougallLois HireMarch 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.

Note: This was the highest-rated episode of the series (source: Nielsen Media Research and quoted in numerous books).
15824"No Less a Man"Don McDougallJerry AdelmanMarch 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.
15925"Return to Honor"Don McDougallJack TurleyMarch 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 (First episode of Will Cartwright).
16026"The Saga of Muley Jones"John FloreaStory 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.
16127"The Roper"John FloreaPeter PackerApril 5, 1964 (1964-04-05)
Will is taken hostage by outlaws who robbed Ben and killed an Army soldier.
16228"A Pink Cloud Comes from Old Cathay"Don McDougallLewis ClayApril 12, 1964 (1964-04-12)
Hoss receives a Chinese mail-order bride (Marlo Thomas) by mistake.
16329"The Companeros"William F. ClaxtonKen PettusApril 19, 1964 (1964-04-19)
Will is asked by an old friend to return to Mexico with him to defend President Juarez.
16430"Enter Thomas Bowers"Murray GoldenJessica Benson and Murray GoldenApril 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.[10]
16531"The Dark Past"Murray GoldenWilliam BrucknerMay 3, 1964 (1964-05-03)
A bounty hunter (Dennis Hopper) appears to be haunted by a mysterious incident from his past.
16632"The Pressure Game"Tay GarnettDon TaitMay 10, 1964 (1964-05-10)
Adam is pressured by Laura Dayton's aunt (Joan Blondell) into proposing.
16733"Triangle"Tay GarnettFrank CleaverMay 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.
16834"Walter and the Outlaws"Ralph E. BlackLois HireMay 24, 1964 (1964-05-24)
An old prospector (Arthur Hunnicutt) asks Hoss to help him rescue his dog from gold thieves.

Season 6 (1964–65)

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1691"Invention of a Gunfighter"John FloreaDan UllmanSeptember 20, 1964 (1964-09-20)
Joe teaches a friend (Guy Stockwell) of his how to use a six-shooter, only for the man to embark on a career as a ruthless bounty hunter.
1702"The Hostage"Don McDougallDon MullallySeptember 27, 1964 (1964-09-27)
Ben is taken hostage by a band of outlaws demanding a ransom of $100,000.
1713"The Wild One"William WitneyJo PaganoOctober 4, 1964 (1964-10-04)
A gruff mountaineer (Aldo Ray) is confronted by the wife (Kathryn Hays) he left long ago.
1724"Thanks for Everything, Friend"Christian NybyJerry AdelmanOctober 11, 1964 (1964-10-11)
A drifter (Rory Calhoun) who's an expert in cards and women saves Adam from drowning.
1735"Logan's Treasure"Don McDougallStory 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.
1746"The Scapegoat"Christian NybyRod PetersonOctober 25, 1964 (1964-10-25)
Hoss befriends a suicidal man (George Kennedy) who turns out to be a scapegoat for three men who intend to do him harm.
1757"A Dime's Worth of Glory"William F. ClaxtonRichard Shapiro and Esther MayeshNovember 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 (Bruce Cabot).
1768"Square Deal Sam"Murray GoldenJessica Benson and Murray GoldenNovember 8, 1964 (1964-11-08)
The Cartwrights fall for the schemes of con artist Square Deal Sam (Ernest Truex).
1779"Between Heaven and Earth"William WitneyEd AdamsonNovember 15, 1964 (1964-11-15)
Joe's fear of heights prevent him from climbing a mountain.
17810"Old Sheba"John FloreaAlex SharpNovember 22, 1964 (1964-11-22)
Joe and Hoss receive an elephant as payment when the owner of a traveling circus squanders Hoss's winnings in a wrestling match.
17911"A Man to Admire"John FloreaMort R. LewisDecember 6, 1964 (1964-12-06)
Hoss is accused of murdering a scheming businessman, and then has to rely on an alcoholic lawyer (James Gregory) to clear him.
18012"The Underdog"William F. ClaxtonDon MullallyDecember 13, 1964 (1964-12-13)
Joe tries to help a half Native American (Played by Charles Bronson) accused of being a chronic horse thief.
18113"A Knight to Remember"Vincent McEveetyRobert V. BarronDecember 20, 1964 (1964-12-20)
A knight (Henry Jones) in shining armor scares away bandits trying to rob a stagecoach carrying Adam.
18214"The Saga of Squaw Charlie"William WitneyWarren DouglasDecember 27, 1964 (1964-12-27)
Old Indian Squaw Charlie (Anthony Caruso) befriends a little girl in spite of the townspeople ridiculing him.
18315"The Flapjack Contest"William F. ClaxtonStory 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.
18416"The Far, Far Better Thing"Bernard McEveetyMort R. LewisJanuary 10, 1965 (1965-01-10)
Joe competes with a ranch hand (Warren Vanders) for the affections of an Eastern girl (Brenda Scott) with a thirst for adventure.
18517"Woman of Fire"William F. ClaxtonSuzanne ClauserJanuary 17, 1965 (1965-01-17)
Adam takes care of a temperamental señorita (Joan Hackett) while her father finds her a husband.
18618"The Ballerina"Don McDougallFrank ChaseJanuary 24, 1965 (1965-01-24)
A former ballerina (Barrie Chase) falls for her teacher and faces resistance from her father.
18719"The Flannel-Mouth Gun"Don McDougallLeo Gordon and Paul Leslie WilkeJanuary 31, 1965 (1965-01-31)
Desperate ranchers hire a gunman to take care of rustlers.
18820"The Ponderosa Birdman"Herbert L. StrockBlair Robertson and Hazel SwansonFebruary 7, 1965 (1965-02-07)
An eccentric inventor (Ed Wynn) plans to take flight with his meticulously crafted wings.
18921"The Search"William F. ClaxtonFrank CleaverFebruary 14, 1965 (1965-02-14)
Adam searches for his troublesome lookalike.
19022"The Deadliest Game"Gerd OswaldJo PaganoFebruary 21, 1965 (1965-02-21)
A circus aerialist grows jealous of his girlfriend's attraction to Joe.
19123"Once a Doctor"Tay GarnettMartha WilkersonFebruary 28, 1965 (1965-02-28)
An Englishman comes after the doctor (Michael Rennie) he blames for the death of his wife.
19224"Right Is the Fourth R"Virgil VogelJerry AdelmanMarch 7, 1965 (1965-03-07)
Adam tries to teach a course in frontier history and learns some unsettling facts about the territory's founders.
19325"Hound Dog"Ralph E. BlackAlex SharpMarch 21, 1965 (1965-03-21)
Cousin Muley Jones (Bruce Yarnell) returns along with hound dogs.
19426"The Trap"William WitneyKen PettusMarch 28, 1965 (1965-03-28)
A married man (Steve Cochran) sets a trap to keep Joe away from his wife (Joan Freeman), but when his plan backfires and he ends up dead, his twin brother decides to finish the job.
19527"Dead and Gone"Robert TottenPaul SchneiderApril 4, 1965 (1965-04-04)
Adam tries to help a wandering troubadour (Hoyt Axton) overcome his habit of stealing.
19628"A Good Night's Rest"William F. ClaxtonStory 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.
19729"To Own the World"Virgil VogelEd AdamsonApril 18, 1965 (1965-04-18)

A wealthy tycoon (Telly Savalas) is out to get the Ponderosa.

Note: This episode features the final appearance of Pernell Roberts as Adam Cartwright.
19830"Lothario Larkin"William WitneyWarren DouglasApril 25, 1965 (1965-04-25)
An infamous womanizer (Noah Beery, Jr.) returns to Virginia City, to the displeasure of the fathers and the sheriff.
19931"The Return"Virgil VogelStory by : Frank Chase
Teleplay by : Ken Pettus
May 2, 1965 (1965-05-02)
An ex-convict (Tony Young) returns to town, but no one is glad to see him, especially the banker (John Conte) he crippled in a bank robbery.
20032"Jonah"William F. ClaxtonPreston WoodMay 2, 1965 (1965-05-02)
A ranch hand (Andrew Prine) is offered a job on the Ponderosa when he saves Hoss's life, but rumors state that he's a jinx.
20133"The Spotlight"Gerd OswaldDick CarrMay 16, 1965 (1965-05-16)
Ben tries to talk a retired opera star (Viveca Lindfors) into resuming her career on the stage.
20234"Patchwork Man"Ralph E. BlackDon Tait and William KoenigMay 23, 1965 (1965-05-23)
Hoss hires a recluse (Grant Williams) to work on the Ponderosa.

Season 7 (1965–66)

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2031"The Debt"William F. ClaxtonWilliam BlinnSeptember 12, 1965 (1965-09-12)
Siblings (Tommy Sands, Brooke Bundy) come to the Ponderosa to work off a debt from when their father swindled Ben.
2042"The Dilemma"William F. ClaxtonJohn Hawkins and Ward HawkinsSeptember 19, 1965 (1965-09-19)
Ben faces a dilemma when a man he helped to parole is suspected of robbing the bank.
2053"The Brass Box"William F. ClaxtonPaul SchneiderSeptember 26, 1965 (1965-09-26)
An old teller of tall tales claims to have a brass box of land grants.
2064"The Other Son"William F. ClaxtonThomas ThompsonOctober 3, 1965 (1965-10-03)
Ben hires a mule skinner and his sons to take nitroglycerin to California.
2075"The Lonely Runner"William WitneyThomas ThompsonOctober 10, 1965 (1965-10-10)
A judge awards a horse breeder's prize mare to a rancher.
2086"Devil on Her Shoulder"Virgil W. VogelSuzanne ClauserOctober 17, 1965 (1965-10-17)
A member of a religious group is accused of being possessed.
2097"Found Child"Ralph E. BlackFrank CleaverOctober 24, 1965 (1965-10-24)
Hoss protects a little girl (Eileen Baral) whose parents were killed in a stagecoach robbery.
2108"The Meredith Smith"John FloreaLois HireOctober 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.
2119"Mighty is the Word"William F. ClaxtonStory 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.
21210"The Strange One"Gerd OswaldStory 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.
21311"The Reluctant Rebel"R. G. SpringsteenWally GeorgeNovember 21, 1965 (1965-11-21)
A young rebel has second thoughts about life as an outlaw when the Cartwrights catch him stealing cattle.
21412"Five Sundowns to Sunup"Gerd OswaldWilliam L. StuartDecember 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.
21513"A Natural Wizard"Robert TottenStory by : Suzanne Clauser
Teleplay by : William Blinn
December 12, 1965 (1965-12-12)
A boy (Eddie Hodges) who loves animals helps Hoss take care of a pregnant cow.
21614"All Ye His Saints"William F. ClaxtonWilliam BlinnDecember 19, 1965 (1965-12-19)
A boy (Clint Howard) sets out to find God in the hope that he can heal the boy's wounded father.
21715"A Dublin Lad"William F. ClaxtonMort ThawJanuary 2, 1966 (1966-01-02)
Joe serves on a jury intent on convicting Terrence O'Toole of murder.
21816"To Kill a Buffalo"William F. ClaxtonMichael FisherJanuary 9, 1966 (1966-01-09)
A badly injured Indian, affected by prejudice, reacts violently to Hoss's helping hand.
21917"Ride the Wind: Part 1"William WitneyPaul SchneiderJanuary 16, 1966 (1966-01-16)
Ben is not pleased with Joe's decision to join the Pony Express.
22018"Ride the Wind: Part 2"William WitneyPaul SchneiderJanuary 23, 1966 (1966-01-23)
In spite of increasing Indian attacks, Curtis Wade is determined to keep the Pony Express going.
22119"Destiny's Child"Gerd OswaldRobert V. BarronJanuary 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.
22220"Peace Officer"William WitneyDon MullallyFebruary 6, 1966 (1966-02-06)
A ruthless lawman is hired to halt the violence in Virginia City while Sheriff Coffee is away.
22321"The Code"William F. ClaxtonSidney EllisFebruary 13, 1966 (1966-02-13)
Joe must decide whether to obey the code of the west and answer a gunfighter's challenge.
22422"Three Brides for Hoss"Ralph E. BlackJo PaganoFebruary 20, 1966 (1966-02-20)
Hoss receives three mail-order brides.
22523"The Emperor Norton"William F. ClaxtonStory by : Gerry Prince Young and Robert Sabaroff
Teleplay by : Robert Sabaroff
February 27, 1966 (1966-02-27)
Joshua Norton (Sam Jaffe), a friend of Ben's who fancies himself an emperor, is about to be committed to an insane asylum.
22624"Her Brother's Keeper"Virgil W. VogelStory by : Lee Pickett
Teleplay by : Mort Thaw
March 6, 1966 (1966-03-06)
A woman's invalid brother complicates her courtship with Ben.
22725"The Trouble with Jamie"R. G. SpringsteenHelen B. HicksMarch 20, 1966 (1966-03-20)
Ben's cousin from the East brings his spoiled son (Michael Burns) for a visit to the Ponderosa.
22826"Shining in Spain"Maurice GeraghtyElliot GilbertMarch 27, 1966 (1966-03-27)
Joe falls for a girl who's anticipating the arrival of her father.
22927"The Genius"R. G. SpringsteenDon MullallyApril 3, 1966 (1966-04-03)
Hoss tries to help a poet (Lonny Chapman) beat his alcoholism.
23028"The Unwritten Commandment"Gerd OswaldStory 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.
23129"Big Shadows on the Land"William F. ClaxtonWilliam F. Leicester and Richard H. BartlettApril 17, 1966 (1966-04-17)
The Cartwrights deal with an immigrant winemaker family setting up business on Ponderosa land.
23230"The Fighters"R. G. SpringsteenRobert GoodwinApril 24, 1966 (1966-04-24)
Hoss badly injures an over-the-hill boxer in a fight and refuses all other offers to box professionally.
23331"Home from the Sea"Jean YarbroughGeorge F. Slavin and Stanley AdamsMay 1, 1966 (1966-05-01)
An old shipmate of Adam's plans to steal a shipment of gold from the Cartwrights.
23432"The Last Mission"R. G. SpringsteenStory 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.
23533"A Dollar's Worth of Trouble"Donald R. DavesRobert L. GoodwinMay 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)

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2361"Something Hurt, Something Wild"William WitneyJerry Adelman and Bill DriscollSeptember 11, 1966 (1966-09-11)
Laurie Ferguson (Lynn Loring) accuses Joe of assaulting her, setting off a feud between her family and the Cartwrights.
2372"Horse of a Different Hue"William WitneyWilliam R. CoxSeptember 18, 1966 (1966-09-18)
Ben has no idea that the outcome of a horse race he arranged has been fixed.
2383"A Time to Step Down"Paul HenreidFrank ChaseSeptember 25, 1966 (1966-09-25)
An aging wrangler (Ed Begley) turns against the Cartwrights after Ben suggests that he retire.
2394"The Pursued: Episode 1"William WitneyStory 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.
2405"The Pursued: Episode 2"William WitneyStory 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.
2416"To Bloom for Thee"Sutton RoleyJune RandolphOctober 16, 1966 (1966-10-16)
Hoss proposes marriage to a woman (Geraldine Brooks) with a hidden past which includes having killed her abusive first husband and fleeing from the associated murder charge.
2427"Credit for a Kill"William F. ClaxtonFrederick Louis FoxOctober 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.
2438"Four Sisters from Boston"Alan Crosland Jr.John M. ChesterOctober 30, 1966 (1966-10-30)
Ben tries to stop a con artist from stealing an inheritance from four sisters.
2449"Old Charlie"William F. ClaxtonRobert and Wanda DuncanNovember 6, 1966 (1966-11-06)
A teller of tall tales brags about killing an outlaw, so the dead man's brothers seek their revenge.
24510"Ballad of the Ponderosa"William F. ClaxtonStory 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.
24611"The Oath"Gerd OswaldMartha WilkersonNovember 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.
24712"A Real Nice, Friendly Little Town"Herman HoffmanHerman HoffmanNovember 27, 1966 (1966-11-27)
Hoss confronts a woman and her gun-toting sons after Joe is hit by ricocheting bullet.
24813"The Bridegroom"William F. ClaxtonWalter BlackDecember 4, 1966 (1966-12-04)
Joe romances a woman so a widower will be jealous enough to ask for her hand in marriage.
24914"Tommy"William WitneyStory 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 (Teddy Quinn) and his mother from his stepfather, a vicious outlaw determined to take back his wife.
25015"A Christmas Story"Gerd OswaldThomas ThompsonDecember 25, 1966 (1966-12-25)
A singer (Wayne Newton) returns to Virginia City for Christmas with his scheming uncle, who plans to make a profit on the orphans' benefit.
25116"Ponderosa Explosion"William F. ClaxtonAlex SharpJanuary 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.
25217"Justice"Lewis AllenRichard WendleyJanuary 8, 1967 (1967-01-08)
Joe seeks revenge on the bank clerk who killed his fiancée.
25318"A Bride for Buford"William F. ClaxtonRobert V. BarronJanuary 15, 1967 (1967-01-15)
Hoss is certain that a saloon girl is only interested in a miner for his wealth.
25419"Black Friday"William F. ClaxtonHerbert Kastle and John HawkinsJanuary 22, 1967 (1967-01-22)
Joe tries to save his friend Steven Friday from dying in a gunfight.
25520"The Unseen Wound"Gerd OswaldFrank ChaseJanuary 29, 1967 (1967-01-29)
Ben tries to help his friend Sheriff Paul Rowan (Leslie Nielsen), who's been driven to the breaking point by years of violence.
25621"Journey to Terror"Lewis AllenJoel MurcottFebruary 5, 1967 (1967-02-05)
Outlaws imprison Joe and the Blackwells at the Blackwell farm.
25722"Amigo"William F. ClaxtonStory by : Jack Turley
Teleplay by : John Hawkins and Jack Turley
February 12, 1967 (1967-02-12)
Ben helps a Mexican being pursued by a lynch mob and a band of terrorists.
25823"A Woman in the House"Gerd OswaldJoel MurcottFebruary 19, 1967 (1967-02-19)
Ben protects a girl from her alcoholic husband, but she's unable to tell gratitude from love.
25924"Judgement at Red Creek"William F. ClaxtonRobert SabaroffFebruary 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.
26025"Joe Cartwright, Detective"William F. ClaxtonStory 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.
26126"Dark Enough to See the Stars"Donald R. DavesKelly ColvinMarch 12, 1967 (1967-03-12)
A young ranch hand who is running from the law falls in love with a girl.
26227"The Deed and the Dilemma"William F. ClaxtonWilliam F. LeicesterMarch 26, 1967 (1967-03-26)
Ben tries to help an immigrant family, but a racist neighbor complicates things.
26328"The Prince"William F. ClaxtonStory 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.
26429"A Man Without Land"Donald R. DavesSteve McNeilApril 9, 1967 (1967-04-09)
To get his employer's land, a foreman murders his son and frames Joe.
26530"Napoleon's Children"Christian NybyJudith and Robert Guy BarrowsApril 16, 1967 (1967-04-16)
A young man who takes the name Napoleon leads an army of young men in terrorizing Virginia City.
26631"The Wormwood Cup"William F. ClaxtonStory 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.
26732"Clarissa"Lewis AllenChester KrumholzApril 30, 1967 (1967-04-30)
The Cartwrights' Eastern cousin Clarissa (Nina Foch) brings trouble when she visits to the Ponderosa.
26833"Maestro Hoss"William F. ClaxtonU. S. AndersonMay 7, 1967 (1967-05-07)
A phony fortune-teller (Zsa Zsa Gabor) causes earaches when she convinces Hoss he's a master violinist.
26934"The Greedy Ones"Donald R. DavesJames AmesburyMay 14, 1967 (1967-05-14)
Greedy gold hunters threaten to destroy the Ponderosa after a prospector claims to have found a sample there.

Season 9 (1967–68)

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2701"Second Chance"Leon BensonStory 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. James Gregory guest stars.
2712"Sense of Duty"William WitneyStory 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).
2723"The Conquistadores"Leon BensonJames AmesburyOctober 1, 1967 (1967-10-01)
Joe is kidnapped by a band of Mexicans miners searching for gold and held for ransom, but thieves are out to take the gold for themselves.
2734"Judgement at Olympus"John RichWalter BlackOctober 8, 1967 (1967-10-08)
Candy is framed for murder in the town of Olympus, so Joe and Hoss try to clear him.
2745"Night Of Reckoning"Leon BensonWalter BlackOctober 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.
2756"False Witness"Michael MooreEric NordenOctober 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.
2767"The Gentle Ones"Harry HarrisFrank ChaseOctober 29, 1967 (1967-10-29)
An animal-loving cowboy (Robert Walker Jr.) must stand up to his brutish older brother in order to prove to a widow that he's not a coward.
2778"Desperate Passage"Leon BensonJohn HawkinsNovember 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.
2789"The Sure Thing"William WitneyStory 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.
27910"Showdown At Tahoe"Gerald MayerThomas ThompsonNovember 19, 1967 (1967-11-19)
Candy sets a trap for a band of outlaws bent on robbing Ben's timber operation.
28011"Six Black Horses"Donald R. DavesStory by : William Jerome
Teleplay by : William Jerome and Michael Landon
November 26, 1967 (1967-11-26)
An Irishman uses luck to outwit greedy businessmen.
28112"Check Rein"Leon BensonStory by : Robert I. Holt
Teleplay by : Olney Sherwood and 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.
28213"Justice Deferred"Gerald MayerJack MillerDecember 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.
28314"The Gold Detector"Donald R. DavesWard HawkinsDecember 24, 1967 (1967-12-24)
After buying a gold detector, Hoss tries to prove its worth and protect it from thieves.
28415"The Trackers"Marc DanielsStory 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.
28516"A Girl Named George"Leon BensonWilliam H. WrightJanuary 14, 1968 (1968-01-14)
The Cartwrights investigate a mystery involving an altered photograph.
28617"The Thirteenth Man"Leon BensonWalter BlackJanuary 21, 1968 (1968-01-21)
The Cartwrights clash with a range detective (Albert Salmi) who pressures his suspects into drawing first so he can kill them.
28718"The Burning Sky"John RichStory by : Carol Saraceno
Teleplay by : William H. Wright
January 28, 1968 (1968-01-28)
A ranch hand (Michael Murphy) causes trouble when he arrives with his Indian bride (Dawn Wells).
28819"The Price of Salt"Leon BensonB. W. SandefurFebruary 4, 1968 (1968-02-04)
A woman (Kim Hunter) who has a monopoly on the salt needed for cattle sets off the buyers when she raises the price. James Best guest stars.
28920"Blood Tie"Seymour RobbieArthur 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.
29021"The Crime of Johnny Mule"Leon BensonJoel MurcottFebruary 25, 1968 (1968-02-25)
Johnny Mule (Noah Beery, Jr.), the man Hoss refused to convict for murder, breaks out of prison.
29122"The Late Ben Cartwright"Leon BensonWalter BlackMarch 3, 1968 (1968-03-03)
An assassin complicates Ben's fight to prevent a corrupt tycoon's lackey from being elected governor.
29223"Star Crossed"William F. ClaxtonThomas ThompsonMarch 10, 1968 (1968-03-10)
Candy falls for a girl (Tisha Sterling) being harassed by a former lawman-turned-blackmailer (William Windom).
29324"Trouble Town"Leon BensonDavid LangMarch 17, 1968 (1968-03-17)
The Cartwrights must find out why Candy is being held in River Bend on a minor charge without bail.
29425"Commitment at Angelus"Leon BensonPeter GermanoApril 7, 1968 (1968-04-07)
Joe gets involved in a miners' strike after the death of a friend leaves the miners without a leader.
29526"A Dream to Dream"William F. ClaxtonMichael LandonApril 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.
29627"In Defense of Honor"Marc DanielsStory 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.
29728"To Die in Darkness"Michael LandonMichael LandonMay 5, 1968 (1968-05-05)
Ben and Candy are trapped in a mine shaft by a vengeful ex-prisoner (James Whitmore), who wrongly served time based on the testimony of the pair.
29829"The Bottle Fighter"Leon BensonStory by : Colin MacKenzie and S. H. Barnett
Teleplay by : John Hawkins
May 12, 1968 (1968-05-12)
The only lawyer (Albert Dekker) who can defend Hoss in the case of a murdered cattle buyer is an alcoholic.
29930"The Arrival of Eddie"Marc DanielsJohn M. Chester and Ward HawkinsMay 19, 1968 (1968-05-19)
Hoss seeks forgiveness from Eddie MaKay (Jan-Michael Vincent) for killing his father.
30031"The Stronghold"Leon BensonJohn Hawkins and William Riley BurnettMay 26, 1968 (1968-05-26)
Joe and Candy are swindled out of a herd of cattle by the Farrell brothers (Paul Mantee, Michael Witney), so they follow the sparring brothers back to their Arizona hideout.
30132"Pride of a Man"William F. ClaxtonWard Hawkins and Helen B. HicksJune 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.
30233"A Severe Case of Matrimony"Lewis AllenMichael FessierJuly 7, 1968 (1968-07-07)
A band of Gypsies arrives on the Ponderosa and one of them wishes to marry a Cartwright.
30334"Stage Door Johnnies"William F. ClaxtonAlex SharpJuly 28, 1968 (1968-07-28)
Hoss and Joe allow their rivalry for the affections of an attractive singer (Kathleen Crowley) to get them into damage suits.

Season 10 (1968–69)

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3041"Different Pines, Same Wind"Leon BensonSuzanne ClauserSeptember 15, 1968 (1968-09-15)
Little Joe tries to convince an ailing recluse that she needs to file a legal claim to her remote property to prevent a timber tycoon from logging on her land.
3052"Child"Leon BensonJack B. SowardsSeptember 22, 1968 (1968-09-22)
Hoss, charged with robbery and murder, has to break out of jail in order to escape a lynch mob.
3063"Salute to Yesterday"Leon BensonJohn HawkinsSeptember 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.
3074"The Real People of Muddy Creek"Leon BensonAlf HarrisOctober 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.
3085"The Passing of a King"Leon BensonB. W. SandefurOctober 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.
3096"The Last Vote"Joseph PevneyRobert Vincent WrightOctober 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.
3107"Catch as Catch Can"Robert L. FriendDavid LangOctober 27, 1968 (1968-10-27)
The Cartwrights are accused of being deadbeats in an effort to discredit their good name.
3118"Little Girl Lost"Don RichardsonMichael FessierNovember 3, 1968 (1968-11-03)
The serenity of the Ponderosa is disrupted by a small relative of the Cartwrights, an unruly tomboy (Linda Sue Risk) who's the subject of a custody battle. Antoinette Bower guest stars.
3129"The Survivors"Leon BensonJohn Hawkins, Colin MacKenzie, S. H. BarnettNovember 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.
31310"The Sound of Drums"Robert L. FriendWilliam F. LeicesterNovember 17, 1968 (1968-11-17)
A stubborn landowner defies his family and neighbors by allowing Native Americans to live on his land.
31411"Queen High"Leon BensonMichael FessierDecember 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.
31512"Yonder Man"Leo PennMilton S. GelmanDecember 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.
31613"Mark of Guilt"Leon BensonWard Hawkins, Frank TelfordDecember 15, 1968 (1968-12-15)
When a rancher that Little Joe fought with is found dead, he's arrested for murder.
31714"A World Full of Cannibals"Gunnar HellströmPreston WoodDecember 22, 1968 (1968-12-22)
Gunmen kidnap Little Joe and offer him in exchange for a grand jury witness.
31815"Sweet Annie Laurie"Don RichardsonJackson Gillis, John Hawkins, Jess Carneol, Kay LenardJanuary 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).
31916"My Friend, My Enemy"Leon BensonStanley Roberts, Jack B. SowardsJanuary 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.
32017"Mrs. Wharton and the Lesser Breeds"Leon BensonPreston WoodJanuary 19, 1969 (1969-01-19)
A British widow (Mildred Natwick) involves Candy in her plan to recover valuables she lost in a holdup.
32118"Erin"Don RichardsonSandy SummerhayesJanuary 26, 1969 (1969-01-26)
Hoss announces his intention to marry a girl (Mary Fickett) who was raised by Native Americans.
32219"Company of Forgotten Men"Leon BensonJess Carneol, Kay LenardFebruary 2, 1969 (1969-02-02)
A group of retired Army veterans plan to rob a mint with the help of Candy. James Gregory guest stars.
32320"The Clarion"Lewis AllenJohn Hawkins, Frank ChaseFebruary 9, 1969 (1969-02-09)
Ben buys a newspaper from a widow and proceeds to launch an exposé of an unscrupulous town boss.
32421"The Lady and the Mountain Lion"Joseph PevneyLarry MarkesFebruary 23, 1969 (1969-02-23)
A magician (Richard Haydn) plots to involve the Cartwright boys with his identical twin daughters in a swindling plot.
32522"Five Candles"Lewis AllenKen TreveyMarch 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.
32623"The Wish"Michael LandonMichael LandonMarch 9, 1969 (1969-03-09)
Hoss tries to help a freed slave (Ossie Davis) cope with bigots of a white community.
32724"The Deserter"Leon BensonB. W. Sandefur, John DunkelMarch 16, 1969 (1969-03-16)
Candy tries to help an army sergeant locate a hidden arms plant.
32825"Emily"Leon BensonElliot Gilbert, Preston WoodMarch 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.
32926"The Running Man"Leon BensonWard HawkinsMarch 30, 1969 (1969-03-30)
Little Joe and Candy try to protect a murder witness. Will Geer guest stars.
33027"The Unwanted"Herschel DaughertyThomas Thompson, Suzanne ClauserMarch 30, 1969 (1969-03-30)
A marshal's daughter steals her father's money and runs off with an ex-convict.
33128"Speak No Evil"Leon BensonNorman Katkov, B. W. SandefurApril 20, 1969 (1969-04-20)
Ben and Hoss mediate a custody battle among relatives of a teenager who inherited a gold mine.
33229"The Fence"Lewis AllenWard Hawkins, Milton S. GelmanApril 27, 1969 (1969-04-27)
Ben and Hoss aid an ex-Confederate prison commandant who's being threatened by his former captives. Larry Linville guest stars.
33330"A Ride in the Sun"Leon BensonJohn Hawkins, Peter GermanoMay 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)

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3341"Another Windmill to Go"James B. ClarkStory by : Palmer Thompson
Teleplay by : Palmer Thompson
September 14, 1969 (1969-09-14)
The wording of an old law may cause Ben to lose the Ponderosa to an odd man who crossed it in a horse-drawn rowboat.
3352"The Witness"Don RichardsonJoel MurcottSeptember 21, 1969 (1969-09-21)
A young woman named Jenny Winters claims to have witnessed a stagecoach robbery.
3363"The Silence at Stillwater"Joseph LejtesPreston WoodSeptember 28, 1969 (1969-09-28)
Candy is accused of a string of serious crimes, including murder, robbery and arson in Stillwater.
3374"A Lawman's Lot is Not a Happy One"Don RichardsonVincent WrightOctober 5, 1969 (1969-10-05)
When Sheriff Roy Coffee and Ben are subpoenaed to testify in a land sharking trial in San Francisco, Hoss is appointed the acting sheriff of Virginia City. Hoss soon finds plenty of trouble on his hands, namely dealing with reluctant bridegroom Hiram Peabody (Tom Bosley), who wants to get arrested so as to avoid an impending marriage to an undesirable woman (whom has been his pen pal and has never met in person). He also must deal with a smooth-talking salesman who plans to sell shares in a planned resort in Virginia City.
3385"Anatomy of a Lynching"William WiardPreston WoodOctober 12, 1969 (1969-10-12)
Will Griner is acquitted of a murder after two key witnesses disappeared before the trial. When a bloodthirsty lynch mob comes after him, thinking him to have silenced the witnesses, Griner goes to the Cartwrights for help.
3396"To Stop a War"Leon BensonCarey WilberOctober 19, 1969 (1969-10-19)
Joe's old friend, Dan Logan (Steve Forrest), is hired as a range detective to stop a cattle rustling outbreak. Richard Bull guest stars.
3407"The Medal"Lewis AllenFrank ChaseOctober 26, 1969 (1969-10-26)
Ben offers moral support to Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Matthew Rush (Dean Stockwell).
3418"The Stalker"Robert L. FriendD. C. FontanaNovember 2, 1969 (1969-11-02)
After Candy shoots and kills armed robber James Campbell in self defense, he learns that he left behind his widow, Lisa, and young son.
3429"Meena"Herschel DaughertyJack B. SowardsNovember 16, 1969 (1969-11-16)
Joe and Candy compete for the attention of pretty Miss Meena Calhoun (Ann Prentiss).
34210"A Darker Shadow"Don RichardsonJohn Hawkins, Jonathon KnopfNovember 23, 1969 (1969-11-23)
Joe's friend Wade Turner (Gregory Walcott), a storekeeper who is engaged and has been offered a promotion at work, tries to deal with a devastating brain tumor that leaves him with a paralyzing sensitivity to bright light and will soon render him blind.
34311"Dead Wrong"Michael LandonMichael LandonDecember 7, 1969 (1969-12-07)
Hoss and Candy stop at the Sunville saloon where they meet Salty Hubbard (Arthur Hunnicutt).
34512"Old Friends"Leon BensonBarney SlaterDecember 14, 1969 (1969-12-14)
Two men whom Ben once worked with during a gold claim arrive in Virginia City ... on opposite sides of the law.
34613"Abner Willoughby's Return"Herschel DaughertyJack B. SowardsDecember 21, 1969 (1969-12-21)
While returning home from a horse-buying trip, Joe is met by old seafaring friend Abner Willoughby (John Astin), who has returned to Nevada to find a stash of gold he hid 17 years earlier in Glory Hole.
34714"It's a Small World"Michael LandonMichael LandonJanuary 1, 1970 (1970-01-01)
Circus midget and new widower George Marshall (Michael Dunn) struggles to deal with the prejudice of Mr. Flynt, the town's banker, when he refuses to hire him despite Ben's recommendation.
34815"Danger Road"William F. ClaxtonMilton S. GelmanJanuary 11, 1970 (1970-01-11)
Ben needs to transport three large timber beams but the local freight company won't do it. When a new independent freight hauler is approached for the job, Ben recognizes "Gunny" Riley (Robert Lansing), a former soldier in the Mexican war, but on the opposite side.
34916"The Big Jackpot"Herschel DaughertyJohn HawkinsJanuary 18, 1970 (1970-01-18)
Candy quits his job at the Ponderosa after inheriting a fortune from an old Indian friend. He takes a job as vice president of a land promotion firm, unaware that the president is defrauding customers.
35017"The Trouble with Amy"Leon BensonJack Miller, John HawkinsJanuary 25, 1970 (1970-01-25)
Ben comes to the aid of Amy Wilder (Jo Van Fleet), an eccentric old woman and animal hoarder, when a scheming neighbor wants her declared incompetent so he can purchase her home and property.
35118"The Lady and the Mark"Leon BensonPreston WoodFebruary 1, 1970 (1970-02-01)
Former Ponderosa ranch hand Chris Keller (Christopher Connelly) seeks refuge at his old workplace after con artists stalk him for his $67,000 fortune. Ralph Waite guest stars.
35219"Is There Any Man Here"Don RichardsonB. W. SandefurFebruary 8, 1970 (1970-02-08)
The daughter of Ben's friend Harry Carlisle, Jennifer (Mariette Hartley), develops a huge crush for the Cartwright patriarch. Ben notes that Jennifer is the same age as oldest son Adam, but that doesn't matter. It soon does matter when Jennifer's ex-fiancé, a wealthy banker from San Francisco, shows up demanding to take her back ... or else it will be the end of the Ponderosa.
35320"The Law and Billy Burgess"William F. ClaxtonStanley RobertsFebruary 15, 1970 (1970-02-15)
A new school is opened in Virginia City, and one of the students is an angry teen-aged boy named Billy Burgess (David Cassidy). After a difficult day at school, Billy angrily wishes that his teacher would die. Sure enough, the teacher is found murdered and Billy is fingered as the suspect.
35421"Long Way to Ogden"Lewis AllenJoel MurcottFebruary 22, 1970 (1970-02-22)
A ruthless meat packer named Emit Whitney schemes to monopolize the local cattle industry by buying the rail line that is used to transport the cattle to market.
35522"Return Engagement"Don RichardsonStanley RobertsMarch 1, 1970 (1970-03-01)

Eleven years after her last stop in Virginia City caused trouble for a young Joe Cartwright, actress Lotta Crabtree (Sally Kellerman) returns for another engagement in the Nevada town. This time, it's Hoss who finds himself in the thick of a murder case.

Note: A new actress plays Miss Crabtree. The events of the show's pilot episode, "A Rose For Lotta", are disregarded.
35623"The Gold Mine"Leon BensonPreston Wood, Robert BrucknerMarch 8, 1970 (1970-03-08)
Joe helps a young Mexican boy who has suffered from years of abuse by two sadistic slave owners who now want the lad's gold claim and will do anything to get it.
35724"Decision at Los Robles"Michael LandonMichael LandonMarch 22, 1970 (1970-03-22)
While in Los Robles, Mexico, Ben is critically wounded by the town's cruel boss, John Walker. Ben manages to shoot and kill Walker, but now his son - the spitting image of his father - is hellbent on revenge.
35825"Caution, Easter Bunny Crossing"Bruce BilsonLarry MarkesMarch 29, 1970 (1970-03-29)
In the series' only Easter-themed episode, a Quaker woman convinces Hoss to pose as the Easter bunny for the orphanage. While wearing a rabbit costume, Hoss must try to foil the efforts of a bumbling gang that is plotting to loot the Wells Fargo coach.
35926"The Horse Traders"Herschel DaughertyJack B. SowardsApril 5, 1970 (1970-04-05)
Meena Calhoun has gotten engaged to bumbling outlaw Virgil Potts, who is now trying to make an honest living in the livery business. Virgil soon finds himself in a heated rivalry with Joe, Hoss, and new friend Dusty, who have opened up a stable of their own.
36027"What are Pardners For?"William F. ClaxtonJack B. SowardsApril 12, 1970 (1970-04-12)
A pair of Easterners have read tall tales about the Wild West and come to Virginia City to live out their dream - be bank robbers in the tradition of their heroes. Hoss somehow becomes involved with their adventures.
36128"A Matter of Circumstance"William F. ClaxtonB. W. SandefurApril 19, 1970 (1970-04-19)
Alone at the Ponderosa while everyone else is away on a cattle drive, Joe suffers a compound fracture in his left arm when kicked by a horse spooked by a severe thunderstorm. Joe fights to stay conscious and treat his wounds.

Season 12 (1970–71)

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3621"The Night Virginia City Died"William WiardJohn HawkinsSeptember 13, 1970 (1970-09-13)
A series of destructive fires has Virginia City residents on edge and anxious to catch the arsonist.
3632"A Matter of Faith"William WiardJack B. Sowards, John HawkinsSeptember 20, 1970 (1970-09-20)

An orphaned rainmaker named Jamie Hunter comes to Virginia City, hoping to help relieve the drought-stricken area. When Jamie's efforts aren't immediately successful, Ben helps the lad fend off the frustrated ranchers.

Note: First episode of Jamie Hunter and Dusty Rhodes (as a regular)
3643"The Weary Willies"Leo PennRobert PiroshSeptember 27, 1970 (1970-09-27)
The Cartwrights lend their support to The Weary Willies, a group of Civil War veterans who are struggling to re-enter society. Richard Thomas guest stars.
3654"The Wagon"James NeilsonKen PettusOctober 4, 1970 (1970-10-04)
Hoss is falsely accused of murder by a corrupt sheriff named Price Buchanan (Denver Pyle). While en route to prison, Hoss manages to escape the prison wagon with a woman named Madge Tucker (Salome Jens).
3665"The Power of Life and Death"Leo PennJoel MurcottOctober 11, 1970 (1970-10-11)
The Cartwrights are part of a posse that is after Davis, who shot and killed an Army colonel, when they are attacked by a rogue Indian tribe.
3676"Gideon, the Good"Herschel DaughertyKen PettusOctober 18, 1970 (1970-10-18)
Gideon Yates (Richard Kiley), a corrupt lawman whose wife (Terry Moore) had shot her soon-to-be ex-husband, tries to silence the murder's only witness - Little Joe Cartwright.
3687"The Trouble with Trouble"Herschel DaughertyJack B. SowardsOctober 25, 1970 (1970-10-25)
Hoss unwittingly volunteers to be named sheriff of an aptly named town named Trouble.
3698"Thornton's Account"William F. ClaxtonPreston WoodNovember 1, 1970 (1970-11-01)
After Ben is seriously injured in a horse-riding accident far from home, Joe seeks help from valley settlers who are terrified of a corrupt rancher and his foremen.
3709"The Love Child"Michael LandonMichael LandonNovember 8, 1970 (1970-11-08)
Old-school Zach Randolph (Will Geer) refuses to make amends with his gravely ill daughter, Etta (Carol Locatell), because her son had been born out of wedlock. Ben risks his family's friendship with the Randolphs to set the stubborn old man straight.
37110"El Jefe"William F. ClaxtonKen PettusNovember 15, 1970 (1970-11-15)
The Cartwrights come to the aid of Mexican farmers in the Prince River vicinity, after they were run off the land by a corrupt tycoon wanting to strip mine the area.
37211"The Luck of Pepper Shannon"Nicholas WebsterJohn HawkinsNovember 22, 1970 (1970-11-22)
A reformed outlaw named Pepper Shannon comes to the Ponderosa seeking a job. Ben agrees to hire him, but has to keep both Pepper and an impressionable Jamie away from each other.
37312"The Impostors"Lewis AllenRobert Vincent WrightDecember 13, 1970 (1970-12-13)
Joe and Hoss pose as stagecoach robbers in an effort to track down their stolen money. However, their plans are forced to change after the wife of one of the robbers shows up.
37413"Honest John"Lewis AllenArthur HeinemannDecember 20, 1970 (1970-12-20)
Honest John, a drifter, is looking for a nest and hopes to settle on the Ponderosa through his rapport with the newly adopted Jamie. But John's breakthrough with the boy must be weighed against the seamier side of his character.
37514"For a Young Lady"Don RichardsonB. W. SandefurDecember 27, 1970 (1970-12-27)
Jamie's new friend Carrie Sturgis, herself an orphan, is the subject of a heated custody battle between her scheming aunt and uncle. Joe takes it upon himself to see that the girl is protected.
37615"A Single Pilgrim"William WiardArthur Weingarten, Suzanne ClauserJanuary 3, 1971 (1971-01-03)
Hoss is seriously wounded while accompanying the Brennan clan, Virginia natives who are settling out West, across Nevada Territory.
37716"The Gold-Plated Rifle"Joseph PevneyPreston WoodJanuary 10, 1971 (1971-01-10)
In this adaptation of the Prodigal Son, Jamie - who is struggling to adjust to life on the Ponderosa and at his new school - damages Ben's valuable rifle. Refusing to take responsibility, he runs away.
37817"Top Hand"William F. ClaxtonArthur Heinemann, John HawkinsJanuary 17, 1971 (1971-01-17)
During a cattle drive, Ben finds himself involved in a power struggle between the trail boss the Cartwrights appointed (Ben Johnson) and a fellow rancher's foreman (Roger Davis), who schemes to take over the job.
37918"A Deck of Aces"Lewis AllenStanley RobertsJanuary 31, 1971 (1971-01-31)
Ben's dead-on lookalike, the scheming Bradley Meredith, causes serious problems when he poses as the Cartwright patriarch and sells area ranchers' land to the railroad.
38019"The Desperado"Philip LeacockGeorge Lovell HayesFebruary 7, 1971 (1971-02-07)
It's a case of reverse racism, as a white-hating black outlaw couple (Louis Gossett Jr., Marlene Clark) kidnap Hoss and scheme to kill him.
38120"The Reluctant American"Philip LeacockStanley RobertsFebruary 14, 1971 (1971-02-14)
Leslie and Gillian Harwood (Jill Haworth, Daniel Massey) come to Nevada from England to take over the operation of a failing ranch near the Ponderosa.
38221"Shadow of a Hero"Leo PennJohn Hawkins, Mel GoldbergFebruary 21, 1971 (1971-02-21)
Gen. Ira Cloninger (Dean Jagger), an old friend of the Cartwrights, is toasted at a ceremony as a hero and asked to run for governor.
38322"The Silent Killer"Leo PennJohn HawkinsFebruary 28, 1971 (1971-02-28)
When an influenza outbreak strikes the Ponderosa, the treatment methods and philosophy of two women from different generations clash.
38423"Terror at 2:00"Michael LandonMichael LandonMarch 7, 1971 (1971-03-07)
A white supremacist named Mr. Ganns plans to disrupt a peace-treaty signing between the people of Virginia City and the Paiutes by massacring the entire town, then pin the blame on the Indian tribe.
38524"The Stillness Within"Michael LandonSuzanne ClauserMarch 14, 1971 (1971-03-14)
Joe is blinded by an explosion and wallows in self-pity as he struggles to come to grips with his condition. Ben hires a teacher (Jo Van Fleet) from the Institute for the Blind to help Joe deal with his predicament.
38625"A Time to Die"Philip LeacockDon IngallsMarch 21, 1971 (1971-03-21)
Ben's friend, April Christopher (Vera Miles), is bitten by a rabid wolf during her visit. With no treatment available, the Cartwrights and April's family struggle to watch her condition deteriorate.
38726"Winter Kill"William WiardStory by : Jack Rummler
Teleplay by : John Hawkins and Robert Pirosh
March 28, 1971 (1971-03-28)
During a harsh winter that kills off the stock of many ranchers, Ben offers to test a new breed's endurance by herding a cow from the stock on Sawtooth Mountain.
38827"Kingdom of Fear"Joseph PevneyMichael LandonApril 4, 1971 (1971-04-04)

A delusional mining tycoon has the Cartwrights and Candy arrested on false trespassing charges and sentences them to slave labor at a gold mine. Richard Mulligan guest stars.

Note: The three year delay in the broadcast of this episode meant that David Canary was billed as a "Special Guest Star" because at the time the episode aired he was not a regular on the series.

Note: Filmed in 1968, this episode was originally scheduled to air during the 1968-1969 season. The show was pulled due to its violent content.
38928"An Earthquake Called Callahan"Herschel DaughertyPreston WoodApril 11, 1971 (1971-04-11)
A traveling professional wrestler named Tom Callahan (Victor French) is the only person who can prove Dusty Rhodes's innocence when the Ponderosa foreman is falsely jailed.

Season 13 (1971–72)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
3901"The Grand Swing"William F. ClaxtonJohn Hawkins, Ward HawkinsSeptember 19, 1971 (1971-09-19)
Against Ben's orders, Jamie drives a supply wagon on a route he's not supposed to; he loses control and wrecks the wagon. Jamie escapes uninjured but one of the horses is so badly hurt it has to be shot.
3912"Fallen Woman"Lewis AllenWard HawkinsSeptember 26, 1971 (1971-09-26)
Jill Conway (Susan Tyrrell) is an alcoholic mother whose husband was sent to prison (for robbery) on Hoss's testimony. In a pent-up rage, Jill demands that Hoss look after her son.
3923"Bushwhacked"William WiardPreston WoodOctober 3, 1971 (1971-10-03)
Two ranchers find a seriously wounded Little Joe in the Nevada desert. As he struggles for life, Joe mumbles incoherently about his surrealistic nightmares about a teepee and a wagon wheel.
3934"Rock-a-Bye, Hoss"Herschel DaughertyPreston Wood, Robert Vincent WrightOctober 10, 1971 (1971-10-10)
A "beautiful baby" contest that Hoss is judging quickly turns into a circus, thanks to the fortune-hunting parents who are determined to win at all costs.
3945"The Prisoners"William F. ClaxtonArthur HeinemannOctober 17, 1971 (1971-10-17)
Little Joe helps an old-time sheriff escort cunning outlaw Hank Simmons to jail. The crafty Simmons kills the sheriff and injures Joe, but Joe turns out to always be one step ahead of Simmons.
3956"Cassie"Herschel DaughertyTrue BoardmanOctober 24, 1971 (1971-10-24)
The Cartwrights assist Jamie's friend, Cassie O'Casey (Lisa Gerritsen), and Cassie's mother (Diane Baker) in dealing with their father and husband, Kevin, who is running a race horse scam.
3967"Don't Cry, My Son"Michael LandonMichael LandonOctober 31, 1971 (1971-10-31)
Virginia City's new doctor, Mark Sloan (Richard Mulligan), is dealt a double-blow when his wife leaves him, blaming him for their baby being stillborn. In the heat of the moment, Sloan kidnaps the baby of another woman.
3978"Face Of Fear"Chris ChristenberryKen PettusNovember 14, 1971 (1971-11-14)
Jamie's girlfriend, Neta Thatcher, witnesses a drifter named Griff Bannon (Bradford Dillman) rob and kill a man at a roadside camp.
3989"Blind Hunch"Lewis AllenJohn Hawkins, Robert PiroshNovember 21, 1971 (1971-11-21)
Civil War veteran Will Hewitt (Rip Torn) returns to Virginia City, blinded and determined to solve the mystery behind the death of his brother.
39910"The Iron Butterfly"Leo PennHarold SwantonNovember 28, 1971 (1971-11-28)
Vengeful Sen. Carson (Peter Whitney) pins the blame on Hoss when his son is killed by his ex-girlfriend. The Cartwrights do all they can to stop Carson from destroying the Ponderosa.
40011"The Rattlesnake Brigade"William WiardGordon T DawsonDecember 5, 1971 (1971-12-05)
Jamie and three of his schoolmates - Lester, Judith and Roberto - are kidnapped after church by the nefarious Doyle gang, who escaped from a wagon carrying them to prison.
40112"Easy Come, Easy Go"Joseph PevneyJack B. SowardsDecember 12, 1971 (1971-12-12)
In the third and final episode featuring the Calhouns, Luke is bankrupted after a stock investment gone bad, so he and his daughter Meena move to the Ponderosa until he can get back on his feet.
40213"A Home for Jamie"Leo PennJean HollowayDecember 19, 1971 (1971-12-19)
Ben begins the process to adopt Jamie as his son, but the process is complicated when Jamie's maternal grandfather, Ferris Callahan (Will Geer), comes forward wanting custody.
40314"Warbonnet"Arthur H. NadelArthur HeinemannDecember 26, 1971 (1971-12-26)
Joe is caught in the middle of a bitter dispute between an aging Native American chief and the man who stole the Indian's warbonnet years ago as a saloon decoration.
40415"The Lonely Man"William F. ClaxtonJohn HawkinsJanuary 2, 1972 (1972-01-02)
In a rare episode with Hop Sing in the spotlight, the Cartwright's servant is panning for gold during a vacation when he falls in love with a white woman. The relationship blossoms into an engagement, but the marriage never takes place.
40516"Second Sight"Lewis AllenArthur Weingarten, Suzanne ClauserJanuary 9, 1972 (1972-01-09)
Hoss turns to a clairvoyant named Judith Coleman (Joan Hackett) to help in a search for Jamie, who has gotten lost in the high country. However, Judith is reluctant to help out, fearing that her psychic abilities will ruin her engagement to a minister.
40617"The Saddle Stiff"William F. ClaxtonSamuel A. Peeples, John HawkinsJanuary 16, 1972 (1972-01-16)
Cactus Murphy (Buddy Ebsen), an embittered ranch hand whom Ben fired, suggests that the Cartwright patriarch is getting a little old to "put in a real week's work." Ben's response: Take a job under the assumed name Ben Brown and show Murphy that he is still more than capable of sweating out the job of a rancher.
40718"Frenzy"Lewis AllenPreston Wood, Karl TunbergJanuary 30, 1972 (1972-01-30)
Ben's friendship with the Kosovos, a young immigrant family from Serbia, puts him in danger when family patriarch Nick suffers a psychotic snap, goes on a rampage and barricades them in their home.
40819"Customs of the Country"Joseph PevneyJoseph BonaduceFebruary 6, 1972 (1972-02-06)
In a satirical look at unusual, silly laws and customs, Joe and Hoss try to explain to their skeptical father why their delivery run to Agua Santos, Mexico took so long. An unimpressed Ben listens as his sons explain their story.
40920"Shanklin"Leo PennWilliam KelleyFebruary 13, 1972 (1972-02-13)
A band of rogue ex-Confederate soldiers comes to the Ponderosa to demand a $25,000 ransom. Hoss tries to disrupt the robbery and is critically wounded by the group's leader, Shanklin (Charles Cioffi).
41021"Search in Limbo"Leo PennDon IngallsFebruary 20, 1972 (1972-02-20)
The Cartwrights attempt to reconstruct a 24-hour period of Ben's life after he fears he may have been the unknown gunman who shot down Sid Langley (Lawrence Montaigne), a corrupt real estate broker who has become hated in Virginia City.
41122"He Was Only Seven"Michael LandonMichael LandonMarch 5, 1972 (1972-03-05)
Jamie's 7-year-old friend, Jonah Morgan, is badly wounded when he and Jamie walk into the Virginia City Bank during a robbery by the evil Springer gang. Roscoe Lee Browne guest stars.
41223"The Younger Brothers' Younger Brother"Michael LandonMichael LandonMarch 12, 1972 (1972-03-12)
It's a case of comic mistaken identity when Hoss - on a delivery run for the Ponderosa - is mistaken as a member of the bumbling Younger Brothers gang.
41324"A Place to Hide"Herschel DaughertyWilliam D. Gordon, Ward HawkinsMarch 19, 1972 (1972-03-19)
A friend of Ben's (Suzanne Pleshette) asks to stay with her daughter (Jodie Foster) at the Ponderosa for a time. Soon Ben discovers the woman is trying to plan a rendezvous with her husband who is a fugitive confederate soldier.
41425"A Visit to Upright"William WiardJoseph BonaduceMarch 26, 1972 (1972-03-26)
Ben's ability to close a lucrative cattle purchase with a picky livestock heiress (Loretta Swit) hinges on Hoss and Joe's ability to sell a dilapidated saloon they were duped into buying.
41526"One Ace Too Many"Lewis AllenStanley RobertsApril 2, 1972 (1972-04-02)

In his second attempt to cash in on Ben's good name, crooked lookalike Bradley Meredith learns that the Cartwrights are in Carson City and, posing as Ben, pretends that he is seriously ill and begins to liquidate the Ponderosa's assets.

Note: Dan Blocker (Hoss Cartwright)'s final television role. He passed away a month after this episode aired from complications following surgery. Note: Ray Teal's last appearance as Sheriff Roy Coffee.

Season 14 (1972–73)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
4161"Forever: Episode 1"Michael LandonMichael LandonSeptember 12, 1972 (1972-09-12)
Little Joe falls in love with Alice Harper (played by a young Bonnie Bedelia) who he meets while rescuing her gambler brother John (Andy Robinson) from a poker game gone bad.
4172"Forever: Episode 2"Michael LandonMichael LandonSeptember 19, 1972 (1972-09-19)
See Episode 1
4183"Heritage of Anger"Nicholas WebsterDon IngallsSeptember 26, 1972 (1972-09-26)
Ben helps ex-convict John Dundee (Robert Lansing) re-adjust to society. However, Dundee's boorish attitude complicates matters.
4194"The Initiation"Alf KjellinDouglas Day StewartOctober 3, 1972 (1972-10-03)
Jamie joins an elite club. However, when a classmate dies from cardiac arrhythmia during the initiation, the club's president Ted Hoag (Ron Howard) is blamed.
4205"Riot!"Lewis AllenRobert PiroshOctober 10, 1972 (1972-10-10)

Ben becomes horrified while inspecting living conditions at the Nevada State Prison. So are the frustrated inmates, who take Ben hostage and make a series of demands to improve conditions.

Note: first episode of Griff King.
4216"New Man"Leo PennJack B. SowardsOctober 17, 1972 (1972-10-17)
In this sequel episode to "Riot," Ben helps parolee Griff King adjust to life outside of prison, giving him a job as a ranch hand.
4227"Ambush at Rio Lobo"Nicholas ColasantoJoel MurcottOctober 24, 1972 (1972-10-24)
Ben and a pregnant woman (Sian Barbara Allen) are held hostage by a gang of robbers, who are plotting a stagecoach robbery and are determined to prevent interference by anyone with the name Cartwright.
4238"The 26th Grave"Nicholas ColasantoStanley RobertsOctober 31, 1972 (1972-10-31)
Samuel Clemens (Ken Howard) makes his return to Virginia City, this time offering tall tales over an unsolved murder that was tied to a claim jumping.
4249"Stallion"E. W. SwackhamerJack B. SowardsNovember 14, 1972 (1972-11-14)
Joe is given a beautiful, black stallion for his birthday present, but winds up sacrificing it when he rides to the rescue of a young boy who was accidentally shot by his outlaw father.
42510"The Hidden Enemy"Alf KjellinStanley RobertsNovember 28, 1972 (1972-11-28)
Dr. Will Agar (Mike Farrell) is Virginia City's new town doctor. He can bring many new procedures to Nevada Territory. However, Dr. Agar is addicted to morphine, which results in trouble ... and in the end, tragedy.
42611"The Sound of Sadness"Michael LandonMichael LandonDecember 5, 1972 (1972-12-05)
Griff's friend, widowed farmer Jonathan May (Jack Albertson), wants to adopt two young orphans, one of whom is unable to talk. When Jonathan is told he cannot adopt the boys, Griff decides to set the adoption agency folks straight on what a loving father is.
42712"The Bucket Dog"William F. ClaxtonJohn HawkinsDecember 19, 1972 (1972-12-19)
Jamie buys an Irish setter named April. However, April was a runt and - according to its rightful owner - should be put to sleep because it is a disgrace to the breed. When April competes in a field trial, the dog's owner soon learns that it's not the size of the dog that matters, but the size of the fight in the dog.
42813"First Love"Leo PennRichard CollinsDecember 26, 1972 (1972-12-26)
Jamie becomes friends with Kelly Edwards (Pamela Franklin), who is abused by her husband, Dan. The catch: the husband happens to be the new teacher at the Virginia City School.
42914"The Witness"Lewis AllenStory by : Arthur Heinemann
Teleplay by : Joel Murcott and Arthur Heinemann
January 2, 1973 (1973-01-02)
A man posing as Candy robs one of Ben's elderly business associates; during the robbery, the woman suffers a fatal heart attack. Candy is quickly arrested and brought to trial.
43015"The Marriage of Theodora Duffy"William F. ClaxtonWard HawkinsJanuary 9, 1973 (1973-01-09)

Unknown to the Cartwrights, Griff is asked to be a government witness in helping to bring a gang of war criminals to justice.

Note: This episode features the final appearances of Candy Canaday and Griff King and Victor Sen Yung as Hop Sing.

Note: Last episode filmed, but broadcast second to last based on edict from NBC that a season finale episode could not be focused on character(s) that weren't Cartwrights.
43116"The Hunter"Michael LandonMichael LandonJanuary 16, 1973 (1973-01-16)
During a delivery run, Joe meets Cpl. Bill Tanner (Tom Skerritt), who turns out to be a war-deranged madman who enjoys stalking down his helpless victims before killing them. After stealing Joe's wagon and his supplies, the psychotic Tanner explains that Joe just became his latest "prey."

TV movies

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
Bonanza: The Next GenerationWilliam F. ClaxtonPaul SavageMarch 3, 1988 (1988-03-03)
This is the continuing saga of the Cartwrights, only none of the original Cartwrights are here anymore but their sons appear. Ben and Hoss have passed on, Little Joe is MIA; he joined up with Teddy Roosevelt and is currently missing and Adam has emigrated to Australia. Ben's brother, Aaron is now in charge of the Ponderosa, and Little Joe's wife, Annie also lives there. His son, Benjamin has come back from the East. Charlie Poke is a man who owes his life to Ben Cartwright. He is now the ranch foreman and is not exactly on good terms with Aaron. Aaron has allowed a mining company access to the Ponderosa, but the man in charge has other ideas. Hoss' son, Josh, whom no one has seen before, has come to the Ponderosa to kill Hoss because he thinks Hoss deserted him and his mother - not knowing that Hoss died before he could go back to bring Josh's mother to the Ponderosa.
Bonanza: The ReturnJerry JamesonMichael Landon Jr.November 28, 1993 (1993-11-28)
A man with a grudge against the late Little Joe seeks revenge on the Cartwrights and attempts to take over the Ponderosa, A.C. thinks about writing a letter to his father.
Bonanza: Under AttackMark TinkerDenne Bart PetitclercJanuary 15, 1995 (1995-01-15)
A reimagining of the next generation of Cartwrights, three cousins Benji, A.C., and Josh join together to fight off forces to save the Ponderosa. Under the guidance of old friend Bronc Evans, they learn the meaning of family.

TV movies and prequel series

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.[11] 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.[12] A third TV movie, Bonanza: Under Attack, aired January 15, 1995. Landon Jr. also starred in this film.[13]

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.[14]



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