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1. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: A Rose for Lotta (1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Lotta Crabtree is hired by mining tycoon Alpheus Troy to lure one of the Cartwrights into town and hold him for ransom in exchange for Ponderosa timber rights.

Director: Edward Ludwig | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 148

2. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Death on Sun Mountain (1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

The Cartwrights go up against two San Francisco men who plan to get rich by killing off the antelope herds--which the Indians rely on for their food--and selling the meat to Virginia City's swarms of gold miners.

Director: Paul Landres | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 98

3. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Newcomers (1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

The Cartwrights discover an old enemy killing steers on The Ponderosa. Their camp has a sickly woman who needs to get to the high desert country. When an innocent man is killed, Ben decides... See full summary »

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 89

4. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Paiute War (1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

In order to escape punishment for mistreating two Paiute women, a trader blames it on Adam Cartwright. The Paiutes seize Adam and make him a hostage as war erupts between the tribe and a local militia.

Director: Paul Landres | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 87

5. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Enter Mark Twain (1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

The Cartwrights help Virginia City reporter Samuel Langhorne Clemens investigate suspected shady goings-on between a railroad company and a local judge.

Director: Paul Landres | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 80

6. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Julia Bulette Story (1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Little Joe falls in love with an older woman, the owner of the town's saloon/brothel, much to the chagrin of his family, moralizing town leaders, and a rival for her affection.

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 88

7. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Saga of Annie O'Toole (1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Feisty Annie O'Toole comes west with her old Da to mine silver and winds up feeding the silver miners, shanghaiing Adam Cartwright to be her partner in her tent-kitchen, "The Square Meal", ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 88

8. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Phillip Diedesheimer Story (1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Adam and Hoss put their lives and the Cartwright reputation on the line to help German engineer, Philip Diedesheimer, convince greedy silver mine owners and shareholders to use his ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 75

9. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Mr. Henry Comstock (1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

When threatened by a man fraudulently sold a part of the Ponderosa by a Henry T.P. Comstock, the Cartwrights remember when they first met the silver-tongued claim-jumper and his scheme that laid the foundation of Virginia City.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 80

10. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Magnificent Adah (1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

When an actress named Adah Menken comes into town, Ben considers marrying her, but his sons have other ideas. Meanwhile, trouble arrives when Adah's old lover, washed-up heavyweight boxer ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 76

11. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Magnificent Adah (1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

When an actress named Adah Menken comes into town, Ben considers marrying her, but his sons have other ideas. Meanwhile, trouble arrives when Adah's old lover, washed-up heavyweight boxer ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 76

12. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Truckee Strip (1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Caught in the middle of a longtime family feud over a disputed piece of land, star-crossed lovers Joe Cartwright and Amy Bishop try to convince their stubborn fathers to resolve their differences as tension escalates into violence.

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 85

13. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Hanging Posse (1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Little Joe and Adam join a posse bent on catching the murderers of Vannie Johnson. The longer they take to catch them, the more whipped into a lynching party they become, much to the liking of the grieving widower.

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 71

14. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Vendetta (1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

When one of the Morgan brothers is shot and killed by Ben during a bank holdup, they vow revenge. The friends he thought he had in town decide to hide away while a wounded Ben lays up waiting for them to ride into town.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 73

15. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Sisters (1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Adam has a duel with someone who insulted a saloon girl he likes. Ben is concerned that his son is getting involved with a girl who's past hasn't been very rosy. When she is shot and killed... See full summary »

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 62

16. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Last Hunt (1959)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Hoss and Little Joe soon discover that the Shoshone Indian brave who tries to rob their hunting camp is actually a soon-due, pregnant Shoshone woman who refuses to tell them why she left ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 68

17. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: El Toro Grande (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

After tangling with bandits on the way to California to buy a prize bull for the Ponderosa, Little Joe fends off a pretty senorita and her jealous fiancé, while Hoss discovers that the bull... See full summary »

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 61

18. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Outcast (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

The Cartwrights come to the aid of Leta Malvet when she is ostracized by the community after her father and brother are hanged by a lynch mob for killing two men while trying to rob the ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 64

19. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: A House Divided (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Ben tries to uncover the reason gold and silver exporter, Frederick Kyle, has befriended Little Joe before the shadowy businessman's hidden Civil War agenda tears Virginia City, and the Cartwright family, apart.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 67

20. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Gunmen (1960)

TV-G | 49 min | Western

Hoss and Little Joe are mistaken for bloodthirsty hired killers in a small Texas town dominated by two feuding families.

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts

Votes: 115

21. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Fear Merchants (1960)

TV-G | 49 min | Western

The Cartwrights come to the aid of a Chinese-American stable hand accused of murder. Opposing them is a manipulative mayoral candidate who wants all "foreigners" to leave Virginia City.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker

Votes: 98

22. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Spanish Grant (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

The Cartwrights try to disprove the validity of a Spanish land grant to stop the De La Cuesta family from seizing part of the Ponderosa and all of the Carson Valley settlers' homestead lands.

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 93

23. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Blood on the Land (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Jeb Drummond is a murderous sheep herder that has Adam taken hostage to try and force Ben to sign over a large section of Ponderosa land to him.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Lorne Greene

Votes: 98

24. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Desert Justice (1960)

TV-G | 49 min | Western

As is often the case on Bonanza, things are not always as they first seem. Hoss and Adam eventually learn who is the good guy and who is not.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts

Votes: 102

25. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Stranger (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Inspector Leduque comes from New Orleans to Virginia City to take Ben Cartwright back for a 20 year murder. When Ben declares publicly that he is withdrawing from the Governor's race, the ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 78

26. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Escape to Ponderosa (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Three deserters escaped from an Army stockade to the Ponderosa. When a Captain comes looking for them, Ben realizes what they've had to deal with and promises to let his good friend in charge of that fort know the real truth.

Director: Charles F. Haas | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 96

27. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Avenger (1960)

TV-G | 49 min | Western

Ben and Adam are locked in jail, about to hung for a crime they didn't commit. Joe and Hoss must find out why the witnesses to the alleged crime have perjured themselves before the ... See full summary »

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Lorne Greene

Votes: 105

28. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Last Trophy (1960)

TV-G | 49 min | Western

When an English couple comes to the Ponderosa on vacation, the beautiful wife slowly makes it clear that is no longer proud of her great hunter husband, because he has become less of the ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts

Votes: 90

29. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: San Francisco (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

The Cartwrights, with Hop Sing, finish a cattle drive in San Francisco. Ben warns the other men of the dangers of the big city. Nevertheless, some of the men are careless and naive. Two of ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker

Votes: 86

30. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Bitter Water (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

A neighboring rancher, Andy, is good friends with Ben, but his son (Todd) wants to sell their land for mining operations which will spoil the water rights agreement that Andy and Ben made years ago.

Director: George Blair | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 78

31. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Feet of Clay (1960)

TV-G | 49 min | Western

A woman dies. Her husband is in prison, and the sheriff needs someone to look after the boy until the boy's uncle can come to claim him. The Cartwrights begin to take care of the boy at the... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Lorne Greene

Votes: 80

32. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Dark Star (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Little Joe comes upon a gypsy girl. Frightened, she runs and falls becoming unconscious. When she wakes, they discover that she believes she is bewitched and so do her people who banished ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts

Votes: 96

33. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Death at Dawn (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Organized crime comes to Virginia City -- in the form of a protection racket.

Director: Charles F. Haas | Stars: Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker

Votes: 97

34. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Showdown (1960)

TV-G | 49 min | Western

An outlaw gang robs Virginia City's bank and makes off with almost all of its money. The youngest member of the gang manages to get a job on the Ponderosa as a bronc buster with the ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker

Votes: 85

35. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Mission (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Charlie Trent used to be an Army scout. Now he's the town drunk. Hoss helps him regain his self-esteem when he has him volunteer to lead a gold-bearing troop through the desert where there's very little water.

Director: James Neilson | Stars: Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts

Votes: 81

36. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Badge Without Honor (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

After a U.S. deputy marshal apparently saves Adam's life by gunning down two men who shot at him, he eventually reveals that he in town to bring a close friend of the Cartwrights to San ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Lorne Greene

Votes: 86

37. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Mill (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

The Cartwrights' neighbor Tom Edwards has lived as a paraplegic, ever since an accident involving Ben Cartwright and a gun. His ranch is going to waste. His wife Joyce is a longtime friend ... See full summary »

Director: John Rich | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 80

38. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Hopefuls (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

A wagon train of Quakers from Ohio are passing through town heading to Slaytersville. Adam tags along as he is smitten with the leader's daughter. Little does he know that the man he just ... See full summary »

Director: James Neilson | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 68

39. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Denver McKee (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Ranchers are being killed, cattle stolen, and retired U.S. Deputy Marshall Denver McKee leads various posses after the suspects but never seems to be able to find them. In the meantime, ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker

Votes: 82

40. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Day of Reckoning (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

When an Indian saves Ben Cartwright's life from a near fatal knife attack by another Indian, Ben later gives the Indian and his pregnant wife a strip of fertile farming land. Unfortunately ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Bartlett | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 76

41. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Abduction (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Jennifer Beale is abducted in the hopes her rich father, Joshua, the richest silver baron on the Comstock, will pay a $1M ransom. The plan unravels when the beautiful Della is killed and Hercules, who loves her, finds out who did it.

Director: Charles F. Haas | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 78

42. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Breed of Violence (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Dolly Kincaid so feed up with her extremely dominant, controlling, sheriff father, that she runs away with her boyfriend. She later finds out he is the leader of some murderous bank robbers... See full summary »

Director: John Florea | Stars: Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker

Votes: 68

43. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Last Viking (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Gunnar is a long-lost relative of the Cartwright family. When Gunnar arrives at the Ponderosa, the family takes him in for the evening. Gunnar is the brother to one of Ben Cartwright's late... See full summary »

Director: John Florea | Stars: Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts

Votes: 79

44. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Trail Gang (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

About to set out on a cattle drive, Ben hires a young drifter named Sam Jackson as one of his drovers. What he doesn't know is that Jackson is really outlaw Johnny Logan, who signed on to ... See full summary »

Director: John Rich | Stars: Lorne Greene, Dan Blocker, Edgar Buchanan, Richard Davalos

Votes: 60

45. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Savage (1960)

TV-G | 60 min | Western

Adam rides up on some Indians wanting to harm a white woman they believed was a mountain spirit. He kills them but not before they wound him. The woman nurses him back to health but the rest of the tribe is still out there looking for her.

Director: James Neilson | Stars: Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon

Votes: 70

46. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: Silent Thunder (1960)

TV-G | 49 min | Western

Angry with the way a beautiful deaf girl is treated by her father, a sheepherder living in a remote mountain cabin, Little Joe takes it upon himself to teach her sign language so they can ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker

Votes: 86

47. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Ape (1960)

TV-G | 49 min | Western

Hoss mentors a lonely, mentally challenged man who, with superhuman size and strength, becomes extremely dangerous when angered. These efforts are undermined by a saloon girl who only wants this giant man-child to manipulate him.

Director: James P. Yarbrough | Stars: Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts

Votes: 98

48. Bonanza (1959–1973)
Episode: The Blood Line (1960)

TV-G | 49 min | Western