TV Episodes Full List of Bonanza Episodes

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Below is a complete Bonanza episode list that spans the show's entire TV run. Photos from the individual Bonanza episodes are listed along with the Bonanza episode names when available, as are the dates of the original airing of the episode. Bonanza episodes from every season can be seen below, along with fun facts about who directed the episodes, the stars of the and sometimes even information like shooting locations and original air dates. Items on this list include “The Flapjack Contest” and “The Actress.” Are you remembering a funny scene but can't think of the name that the Bonanza episode is from? Scroll below and you'll find what you're looking for.

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The Julia Bulette Story is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
The Julia Bulette Story Oct 17 1959 - Little Joe is infatuated wih saloon owner Julia Bulette, whom he imagines is like his late mother. First episode to reveal backround details concerning Marie Cartwright, and inspired by the true ...more

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Mr. Henry Comstock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
Mr. Henry Comstock Nov 07 1959 - In a flashback, the legendary prospector arrives on the Ponderosa and participates in the founding of Virginia City. Coincidentally, guest star Jack Carson played a teller at the Comstock Bank ...more

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A House Divided is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
A House Divided Jan 16 1960 - As the Civil War approaches, Adam and Joe clash over which side to support. The situation is complicated by the arrival of Frederick Kyle, a Southern sympathizer. He was an old friend of Joe's ...more

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Blood on the Land is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
Blood on the Land Feb 13 1960 - A shiftless sheepherder, Jeb Drummond, encroaches his herd of sheep on the Ponderosa and refuses to budge. He resists all of Ben's attempts to throw him off his land and finally resorts to ...more

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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
The Stranger Feb 27 1960 - Nevada Territory is awaiting statehood, and Ben considers running for governor until he learns he is wanted for murder in New Orleans. Inspector Charles Leduque arrives and says Ben is wanted ...more

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The Last Trophy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
The Last Trophy Mar 26 1960 - Adam takes Ben's friends, Lord Marion Dunsworth and Lady Beatrice, on a hunting expedition, and they are captured by a gang of crude thieves and murderers. During one early scene, after ...more

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Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
Vendetta Dec 05 1959 - In a variation of "High Noon", Ben and Hoss must face a gang of outlaws practically all alone when most of Virginia City's citizens go into hiding. The most action-filled episode since ...more

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The Gunmen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
The Gunmen Jan 23 1960 - In the first all-out comic episode of the series, Hoss and Joe travel to Kiowa Flats, Texas, where they are mistaken for the notorious Slade Brothers, also played by Blocker and Landon.

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The Last Hunt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
The Last Hunt Dec 19 1959 - Hoss and Joe come across a pregnant Indian woman while hunting bighorn sheep and must deliver her baby. Despite touches of humor, including a scene in which Joe refers to a meal as "cattle ...more

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The Outcast is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
The Outcast Jan 09 1960 - Because she is related to criminals, a young woman is ostracized by everyone but the the Cartwrights. She unwisely seeks solace with an ex-con friend of Joe's, Clay Renton, and it's up to Ben to ...more

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Dark Star is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
Dark Star Apr 23 1960 - Joe falls in love with Tirza, an undeniably strange gypsy girl who says she is cursed and never does seem to "snap out of it". The first episode of the series with a supernatural ...more

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Desert Justice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
Desert Justice Feb 20 1960 - When a tough U.S. Marshal from California arrests a Ponderosa hand, Dave Walker, for murder, Adam and Hoss go along to make sure their employee reaches Los Angeles alive. In one scene, Adam is ...more

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The Truckee Strip is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
The Truckee Strip Nov 21 1959 - Luther Bishop and Ben Cartwright have had an ongoing land dispute for a number of years, over a small tract called the Truckee Strip. One of Bishop's employee's has a grudge against the ...more

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The Magnificent Adah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
The Magnificent Adah Nov 14 1959 - Virginia City is visited by actress Adah Issacs Menken, who happens to be an old acquaintance of Ben's. Joe is badly beaten by Adah's jealous suitor, John C. Regan, who is bested in a fight with ...more

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El Toro Grande is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
El Toro Grande Jan 02 1960 - Ben sends Hoss and Joe to Monterey to purchase an expensive seed bull. The first of Blocker and Landon's many comic misadventures, although the casual use of violence, as in the rapier fight, is ...more

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The Hanging Posse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
The Hanging Posse Nov 28 1959 - Adam and Joe reluctantly join a group of vengeful townsmen, who are out to lynch the three men who supposedly killed Vannie Johnson. The posse is run by Paiute Scroggs and Flint Johnson, the ...more

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Bitter Water is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
Bitter Water Apr 09 1960 - Len Keith, a miner, wants to purchase some land adjacent to the Ponderosa from rancher Andy McKaren. Andy's son, Tod, is anxious to sell. Keith has offered him a partnership,and more ...more

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The Sisters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
The Sisters Dec 12 1959 - This episode begins with Adam defending the honor of Sue Ellen Terry in a duel. No one gets shot because the other man misses Adam and Adam generously shoots in the air to end the duel. Sue ...more

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The Fear Merchants is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
The Fear Merchants Jan 30 1960 - The Cartwrights encounter racial bigotry in Virginia City and end up protecting a Chinese boy from mob violence. Victor Sen Yung, in his largest role to date, speaks normally in the presence of ...more

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Feet of Clay is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
Feet of Clay Apr 16 1960 - Hoss takes Billy Allen, the young son of a convicted felon under his wing, then is forced to kill his father and Billy will not forgive him. The most emotional Hoss story since "The ...more

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The Saga of Annie O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
The Saga of Annie O'Toole Oct 24 1959 - Adam defends the mining claim of Annie O' Toole in a court presided over by Judge Ben Cartwright. Annie comes to the Washoe Diggings with a claim to a mine filed by her beau, Swede Lundberg. ...more

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Death at Dawn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
Death at Dawn Apr 30 1960 - Virginia City is plagued by organized crime, Sam Bryant and his gang. One of his men, Farmer Perkins, kills a storekeeper, and at his trial, the wife of the store owner is afraid to testify. ...more

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A Rose for Lotta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
A Rose for Lotta Sep 12 1959 - The scene opens to Ben and Adam Cartwright looking at the beautiful scenery of the Ponderosa. This episode is about mine owners wanting Ponderosa timber and Ben won't sell it to them. So they ...more

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The Spanish Grant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
The Spanish Grant Feb 06 1960 - In "The Spanish Grant", a young bargirl, Rosita Morales is pretending to be a Spanish noblewoman named Isabella Marie Inez de la Cuesta and at the end of the story, it's revealed she ...more

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Enter Mark Twain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Full List of Bonanza Episodes
Enter Mark Twain Oct 10 1959 - Samuel Clemens arrives in Virginia City to write for the Territorial Enterprise at the same time a crooked politician tries to lay claim on the Ponderosa.