Bonanza - Season 6

NBC (ended 1973)




Episode Guide

  • Patchwork Man
    Patchwork Man
    Episode 34
    Hoss takes a liking to a loner, Patch, and hires him to work as a ranch hand. When the Cartwrights get into a gunfight with a group of miners, Patch cowers in fear. Because of a traumatic experience in his teens, Patch is unable to cope with violence and is useless when it happens.moreless
  • The Spotlight
    The Spotlight
    Episode 33
    In charge of entertainment for Virginia City's anniversary celebration, Ben talks a retired opera diva into returning to the stage. She's so excited by the invitation that she forgets to mention that her beautiful singing voice is ancient history.
  • Jonah
    Episode 32
    The ranch hands protest that George Whitman is cursed and shouldn't work at the Ponderosa. Hoss thinks the man's reputation is undeserved and hires him anyway. Soon, catastrophes follow in George's wake and even Hoss begins to fear the disastrous predictions made by a gypsy fortune teller.
  • The Return
    The Return
    Episode 31
    Trace Cordell, ex-convict, is back in Virginia City and unwelcome, especially by banker Paul Dorn who was crippled by Cordell. Now married to Trace's former girlfriend, Paul uses his pull to get Cordell out of the picture--permanently.
  • Lothario Larkin
    Lothario Larkin
    Episode 30
    Sheriff Coffee has ordered lover-boy Lothario out of Virginia City because every time he comes to town, trouble soon begins. Soft-hearted Hoss takes him in at the Ponderosa.
  • To Own the World
    To Own the World
    Episode 29
    Charles Hackett is one of the richest men in the world. He offers to buy the Ponderosa, but Ben informs him it's not for sale at any price. Used to getting what he wants, Hackett employs whatever means necessary to get the Carwrights off of their property. In the process, he destroys his relationship with his loving wife Maria.moreless
  • A Good Night's Rest
    A Good Night's Rest
    Episode 28
    Unable to get any sleep because of all the noise his boys are making, Ben goes into town and checks into the Virginia City Hotel. Things are even worse there. He contends with a grouchy couple who were married by a fake preacher, a shady cowboy who shoots another man, the doctor who treats the gunshot wound, and a sleepwalker who keeps wandering into his room.moreless
  • Dead and Gone
    Dead and Gone
    Episode 27
    Trouble follows singing drifter Howard Mead to the Ponderosa. Adam defends his buddy Howard against accusations that he robbed a man. To further complicate matters, Howard is falling in love with Hilda Brunners, the sister of the man he's charged with robbing.
  • The Trap
    The Trap
    Episode 26

    Hallie Shannon believes, approvingly, that Joe murdered her husband, Burk Shannon, so she and Joe can get back together again. Burk's twin brother Boothe, a lawman with a fast gun, means to see Joe hang for murder. The heat on Joe increases when Hallie is found dead.

  • Hound Dog
    Hound Dog
    Episode 25
    Tone-deaf Cartwright cousin Muley Jones returns with a pack of barking hound dogs in tow. Hoss tries unsuccessfully to train the canines to hunt coyotes that have been killing Ponderosa livestock. The dogs' real owner, a young woman named Tracy, arrives and claims the dogs had been stolen from her.
  • Right Is the Fourth R
    Barbara, the Virginia City school teacher, is rescued by Adam from her classroom of hellions. Adam fills in for her, determined to teach the unruly kids the history of the Nevada territory. He receives an education himself, learning some uncomfortable secrets about the territory's leaders.
  • Once a Doctor
    Once a Doctor
    Episode 23

    A traveling medicine man, running from his past as a surgeon in his native England, encounters and befriends Hoss. The doctor must come to terms with what happened on an operating table back in London when a vengeful man whose wife died in surgery tracks him down. The man goes gunning for the doctor but mistakenly shoots Hoss, forcing the ex-doctor to practice medicine once more.

  • The Deadliest Game
    The Deadliest Game
    Episode 22
    Ben's old friend Guido Borelli and his group of acrobats visit the Pondorosa. Borelli shows a disconcerting amount of jealousy whenever any man pays attention to his girl, Pitina. Carlo, a young rival for Pitina's affections, is found stabbed and Borelli tries to pin the violence on Little Joe.
  • The Search
    The Search
    Episode 21
    Someone who looks just like Adam Cartwright is posing as him and raising money for his personal gain. He recruits saloon girl Ann to track down his impersonator, Tom Burns, but instead meets up with the man who apparently has killed Tom.
  • The Ponderosa Birdman
    Sweet old inventor Professor Phineas T. Klump, with help from from his grand-daughter Amanda, is determined to be the first man to fly. Against his better judgment, Hoss is talked into donning a pair of huge, feather-covered wings and jumping off a cliff.
  • The Flannel-Mouth Gun
    After watching livestock disappear, the cattleman's association hires a gunman to determine who is behind the recent thefts and make them stop. Adam fears the move will cause nothing but problems, and he's proven right when one of the cattleman's wife is killed.
  • The Ballerina
    The Ballerina
    Episode 18
    A dancer and her father are taken in as guests of the Cartwright household. Hoss has decided the young woman with dreams of being a ballerina needs rescuing from dancing in saloons to the music her father fiddles.
  • Woman of Fire
    Woman of Fire
    Episode 17
    A western retelling of The Taming of the Shrew with Adam in the Petruchio role. Against his will, is called upon to tame Margarita, the daughter of a Mexican nobleman, and make her suitable for marriage. Since she's scared off most suitors, Adam has to teach the beautiful, hot-tempered maiden to be sweet, gentile and demur.moreless
  • The Far, Far Better Thing
    An old friend of Ben visits the Cartwrights along with his naive daughter Lucinda who knows little of the world outside of romantic literature. Joe and his pal Tuck compete for the young woman's affection. They're plans change when they're taken prisoner by a group of Paiutes who wanted to kidnap the woman.moreless
  • The Flapjack Contest
    Hoss is entered into a flapjack-eating contest by Joe, who needs money to replace a ruby that was stolen from him. To insure a win, Joe puts an unhappy Hoss on a starvation diet, rigging up the kitchen with alarms to keep him away from the food. In the meantime, the boys' attempts to replace a broken window with a new pane of glass proves to be an impossible task.moreless
  • The Saga of Squaw Charlie
    Charlie is an old Indian with only two friends: Ben and a young girl named Angela. Angela disappears and the townspeople who've always looked down on Charlie accuse him of killing the child.
  • A Knight to Remember
    Two robberies take place on stagecoaches that Adam is traveling on, and both times a knight in shining armor scares the robbers away. The hero is actually an eccentric character who fancies himself to be King Arthur. Adam is accused of robbery, and his crazy story about the knight is none too helpful.moreless
  • The Underdog
    The Underdog
    Episode 12
    Little Joe convinces Ben to hire Harry Starr, a half-Indian who is accused by other ranchers of being a chronic horse thief. Joe sets out to prove the others wrong, unaware that Harry is part of a gang plotting to take advantage of the Cartwrights' trust.
  • A Man to Admire
    A Man to Admire
    Episode 11
    Framed lawyer Whitney Parker has been hired to represent Hoss, who has been charged with a murder. Parker's best days are behind him and he's now an alcoholic. The Cartwrights are determined to keep the lawyer sober so he can save Hoss from hanging.
  • Old Sheba
    Old Sheba
    Episode 10
    As payment for a one night performance in a circus, Little Joe and Hoss are presented with "Old Sheba", a rather ragged elephant. They believe they can care for the creature, but encounter opposition from Ben and Adam. Ben takes the matter into his own hands and suffers comically for it.moreless
  • Between Heaven and Earth
    When Joe and his friend Mitch go after a puma, Joe climbs a big peak and throws his gun up higher, intending to crawl up after it. But as he looks down, things begin to spin. He realises he can't go any higher, and he retreats down the hill. Needing to prove himself, Joe spars against Mitch.moreless
  • Square Deal Sam
    Square Deal Sam
    Episode 8
    Scam artist "Square Deal Sam" Washburn comes to town and suckers the Cartwrights with a fake land deal. The con-man changes his shady ways and ends up staying in Virginia city to run an orphanage.
  • A Dime's Worth of Glory
    An author is inspired to write about the heroic Cartwrights after watching first-hand as they fight off an attempted robbery of a stage. As Ben and Adam see no use for the glory of such a novel, they turn the writer down forcing him to turn to the sherriff who quickly accepts.moreless
  • The Scapegoat
    The Scapegoat
    Episode 6
    After saving born-loser Waldo Watson from killing himself, Hoss feels pity and hires him as a ranch hand. Not only is Waldo clumsy and a lousy worker, he's also a danger to the Cartwrights. A group of gamblers from the east show up, pistols in hand, to collect on an old debt Waldo never paid off.moreless
  • Logan's Treasure
    Logan's Treasure
    Episode 5
    Sam Logan is released from jail after serving his twenty year sentence for stealing $100,000 worth of gold dust. He is followed by a bounty hunter who believes Sam will lead him to where the gold is buried.
  • Thanks for Everything, Friend
    Adam inadvertently falls into a river and is rescued by Tom Wilson. Adam's grateful for his life, so he looks the other way when Wilson pursues Sue Miller, the girlfriend to another man. When Sue's father is killed, Miller becomes the lead suspect until a surprising confession from the young lady. Something about it all sounds fishy so Adam investigates to find the true killer.moreless
  • The Wild One
    The Wild One
    Episode 3
    Contentious horse wrangler Lafe Jessup is one ornery character; he'd rather brawl than be a husband. Prudence, the wife he'd deserted a while back, interrupts a fight he's having with Hoss for some important news: she's pregnant. In typical unbending fashion, he wants nothing to do with his spouse or child.moreless
  • The Hostage
    The Hostage
    Episode 2
    Outlaws capture Ben and hide him in an abandoned mine, holding him for a $100,000 ransom. Ben quickly formulates a plan of escape by turning the kidnappers against one another.
  • Invention of a Gunfighter

    Johnny Chapman asks Little Joe to teach him how to handle a gun for self-defense after Johnny is humiliated in front of his girlfriend by a bully, and Joe agrees. Joe comes to regret it after Johnny uses his new skill to kill the bully in a gunfight, then embark on a career as a notorious bounty hunter.