Bonanza (1959-1973)

Status: Ended

Airdate: 1959-09-12

Runtime: 1 hour

Rating(s): 7.3

Genre(s): Western, Action & Adventure

Language(s): English

Description

Bonanza is an NBC television western series that ran from September 12, 1959 to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes, it ranks as the second longest running western series, and the fourth longest running episodic series in U.S broadcast history: Gunsmoke, The Simpsons, Law and Order, Bonanza, Ozzie and Harriet. It continues to air in syndication. The show centers around the Cartwright family, who live in the area of Virginia City, Nevada, bordering Lake Tahoe. The series stars Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, and later, David Canary. The title "Bonanza" is a term used by miners in regard to a large vein or deposit of ore, and commonly refers to The Comstock Lode. In 2002, Bonanza was ranked No. 43 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, and in 2013 TV Guide included it in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time. The time period for the television series is roughly between 1861 to 1867 during and shortly after the American Civil War. During the summer of 1972, NBC aired reruns of episodes from the 1967-1970 period in prime time on Sunday evening under the title Ponderosa.

Episode Title Rating Airdate Skipped Watched
Normal Episodes 431
Season 1 32
Season 2 34
S02E01
Showdown
7.4
S02E02
The Mission
7.9
S02E03
Badge Without Honor
7.4
S02E04
The Mill
7.9
S02E05
The Hopefuls
7.1
S02E06
Denver McKee
7.2
S02E07
Day of Reckoning
7.1
S02E08
The Abduction
6.8
S02E09
Breed of Violence
7.2
S02E10
The Last Viking
6.7
S02E11
The Trail Gang
7.2
S02E12
The Savage
6.7
S02E13
Silent Thunder
7.9
S02E14
The Ape
7.2
S02E15
The Blood Line
6.7
S02E16
The Courtship
7.3
S02E17
The Spitfire
7.9
S02E18
The Bride
7.4
S02E19
Bank Run
7.3
S02E20
The Fugitive
7.2
S02E21
Vengeance
7.9
S02E22
The Tax Collector
7
S02E23
The Rescue
7.4
S02E24
The Dark Gate
7.5
S02E25
The Duke
7.1
S02E26
Cutthroat Junction
7
S02E27
The Gift
7.2
S02E28
The Rival
7.8
S02E29
The Infernal Machine
7.1
S02E30
The Thunderhead Swindle
7.8
S02E31
The Secret
7.9
S02E32
The Dream Riders
7.6
S02E33
Elizabeth, My Love
7.7
S02E34
Sam Hill
7.9
Season 3 34
Season 4 34
Season 5 34
Season 6 34
Season 7 33
Season 8 34
Season 9 34
Season 10 30
Season 11 28
Season 12 28
Season 13 26
Season 14 16
Specials 29