The Ponderosa, a sprawling Nevada cattle ranch, is home to the first family of television westerns - The Cartwrights. Patriarch Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) has raised his sons, Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker), and Little Joe (Michael Landon), into fine young men, but there are still many lessons and dangers to be faced in the largely untamed West during the mid 1800's. Launched in 1959, the "Bonanza" series was the first hour-long television show shot in color, and ranks as the second longest running TV western after "Gunsmoke." In the 14 seasons that it ran, millions of Americans tuned in every week to watch the Cartwright family live, love, work, play and fight on the Ponderosa.
Blood On The Land: A shepherd grazes his flock illegally on the Ponderosa and then kidnaps Adam in a bid to lay claim to the Cartwright ranch.
Badge Without Honor: A U.S. Marshal saves Adam's life, then reveals that he is on a manhunt for a friend of the Cartwrights. Guest Star: Dan Duryea.
Day Of Reckoning: No one is pleased when Ben gives a parcel of his land to an Indian who saves his life. Guest Star: Ricardo Montalban
Desert Justice: When a Ponderosa ranch-hand is arrested for murder, Adam and Hoss become suspicious of the marshal's true motives. Starring Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon