Bonanza (1959–1973)
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Hoss and the Leprechauns 

Hoss scares a bear that has treed a green-clad little man, subsequently finds a buried strongbox filled with bags of gold dust and, when both the treasure and its owner disappear, ... See full summary »


John Florea


Robert V. Barron (as Robert Barron)


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Episode cast overview:
Lorne Greene ... Ben Cartwright
Pernell Roberts ... Adam Cartwright
Dan Blocker ... Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright
Michael Landon ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright
Sean McClory ... Professor James Aloysius McCarthy
Ray Teal ... Sheriff Roy Coffee
Robert Sorrells Robert Sorrells ... Charlie
Clegg Hoyt Clegg Hoyt ... Dorsel
Frank Delfino Frank Delfino ... Timothy
Harry Monty Harry Monty ... Michael (as Harry Monte)
Felix Silla ... Sean
Nels P. Nelson Nels P. Nelson ... Bobby (as Nels Nelson)
Roger Arroyo Roger Arroyo ... Audie (as Roger Arroya)


Hoss scares a bear that has treed a green-clad little man, subsequently finds a buried strongbox filled with bags of gold dust and, when both the treasure and its owner disappear, unsuccessfully tries to convince his skeptical family that he'd discovered a leprechaun's hoard. But the whole town goes searching for the mythical men after a newly arrived Irish professor confirms the presence of multiple leprechauns...and their gold! Written by shepherd1138

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Release Date:

22 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Sherwood, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was a Christmas episode. In reality it aired one month to the day after the assassination of President Kennedy. It was a comedy, which was fortuitous because America desperately needed a laugh. It arguably became the most popular episode of Bonanza ever shown. See more »


Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: Folks, I know that none of you would purposely or mean to hurt anybody's feelings, but Timothy here, and the others, feel like they ain't welcome here. They think you're makin' fun of 'em cause you don't want 'em around. Now, of course, you've noticed that they're different from you - they're a whole lot littler. Well, it's a funny thing... See, I notice the same thing about you.
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: Now, these fellers are here for the same reason most of us are - that's to help settle our town, make it ...
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The top episode of the country's top rated western.
12 January 2018 | by brabryantSee all my reviews

I was 14 years-old when this episode aired in December of 1963. We had about 12 boys in our neighborhood including my younger brother and myself. Of course we always watched Bonanza on Sunday nights, and never laughed so hard in our young lives! "Hoss and the Leprechauns" was all we talked about for days. Very enjoyable and certainly did air at a time when we all needed a lift in America after what happened to our President just a short time before. I've had this episode on DVD for years and pull it out every once in a while to have a good laugh and bring back a little bit of 1963, and the good memories that it conjures up.

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