Bonanza (1959–1973)
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The Newcomers 

The Cartwrights discover an old enemy killing steers on The Ponderosa. Their camp has a sickly woman who needs to get to the high desert country. When an innocent man is killed, Ben decides... See full summary »


Christian Nyby


Thomas Thompson


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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
Inger Stevens ... Emily Pennington
John Larch ... Blake McCall
Robert Knapp ... John Pennington (as Bob Knapp)
Charles Maxwell Charles Maxwell ... Krug
George J. Lewis ... Jose Moreno
Byron Foulger ... Justin Flannery
Duane Grey ... Wyoming
Jon Lormer ... Doc Riley (as John Lormer)
Martin Mason Martin Mason ... 1st Miner
Troy Melton ... Merrill


The Cartwrights discover an old enemy killing steers on The Ponderosa. Their camp has a sickly woman who needs to get to the high desert country. When an innocent man is killed, Ben decides to boot them all back to California but he gets resistance from the others in the camp and some local miners who now believe Ben is hiding gold. Written by DrDOS

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Release Date:

26 September 1959 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Emily Pennington: You keep away from him, you ugly brute!
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright: Ma'am, I can't help being ugly, can I?
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are scrolled over the Ponderosa map with a different instrumental version of the "Bonanza" theme. See more »

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Hoss Falls in Love
27 December 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

Hoss is the first Cartwright to experience love and loose it (on air, anyways). It all starts when Ben finds a group trying to travel via their land. John Pennington had crossed his land before and caused a lot of trouble when he installed pumps for mining and destroyed an orchard and a man's dream. Pennington was back now with his sick sister who needed to get to a dryer climate. Pennington was a good man who had no intentions to harm the Cartwrights.

Unfortunately, Blake McCall didn't feel the same way. He had no intention on leaving the land and had already bought several claims around Ben's land to mine using pumps. Pennington fought him over it and Hoss was elected to escort them off the land. Hoss had initially scared Emily, but as they traveled together, she warmed up to Hoss. Things didn't go as planned - at least for the good guys - and Blake took over the escorting. He killed the foreman and stole the guns, planning on getting rid of every last Cartwright.

Hoss's romance comes in during the second half after he and Emily are able to escape. As he cares for Emily, he promises to take care of her always. But circumstances, as usual, causes Emily to take drastic measures to save Hoss's heart from breaking even more than it already has.

2 Dead, 1 Wounded

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