An escaped mental patient (Tom Skerritt) makes Joe the object of a bizarre hunt.
A deputy U.S. marshal (Karen Carlson) poses as Griff's wife to catch a Civil War criminal (Richard Eastham).
Griff tries to locate the witness (Sally Kemp) who can clear Candy of murder and theft charges.
Jamie falls for the wife (Pamela Franklin) of an insanely jealous schoolmaster (Jordan Rhodes).
To keep his Irish setter, Jamie must enter her in a field trial against a champion; guest Don Knight.
An elderly man (Jack Albertson) takes in runaway orphan brothers, one of whom is mute.
A doctor's (Mike Farrell) morphine addiction is revealed during his trial for murder; guest David Huddleston.
Joe must risk his beloved stallion to save a wounded boy; guests Clu Gulager, Mitzi Hoag, Vincent Van Patten.
Editor Samuel Clemens (Ken Howard) asks the Cartwrights to help him prove a government assayer is a killer.
Would-be robbers plan to use a pregnant woman (Sian Barbara Allen) as a decoy to stop a stagecoach; guest James Olson.
Ex-convict Griff (Tim Matheson) has trouble adjusting to life on the Ponderosa; guest Ronny Cox.
A convict stages a prison riot that ensnares Ben; guest Aldo Ray.
The leader (Ron Howard) of a boy's club forces his followers, including Jamie, to cover up an initiate's death.
A man (Robert Lansing) returns from prison to find his land neglected and his wife (Fionnula Flanagan) exhausted.
John's gambling debts mount after Alice rejects him because of his alcoholism.
Joe falls for a woman (Bonnie Bedelia) who arrives with her brother (Andrew Robinson) in Virginia City.
A look-alike for Ben dictates a deathbed wish to Sheriff Coffee, asking him to liquidate the Ponderosa.
When hidden treasure is believed to be buried on a piece Cartwright property, the ranchers are deluged with offers to buy the land.
Ben learns a visitor's (Suzanne Pleshette) husband (Jon Cypher) is sought as a Confederate traitor.
Hoss is identified as a member of the Younger brothers' (Strother Martin, Ted Gehring, Chuck McCann) gang, recently released from prison.
Jamie and Joe help a man (Roscoe Lee Brown) in a wheelchair who sets out on the trail of his grandson's killers.
When Ben gets amnesia in a strange community, he is implicated in a murder. Guest star: Pamela Payton-Wright.
A gang of ex-Confederate soldiers take over the Ponderosa to force Ben to give them a fortune in cash.
After landing in a Mexican bordertown jail, Joe and Hoss throw a party and try to escape.
Ben's friend, Anna Kosovo, fears for her life when her hot-tempered immigrant husband barricades their home.
Ben fires a hired hand (Buddy Ebsen) for improperly saddling a horse, but learns he may have assumed too quickly.
When Jamie becomes lost in the Sierras, Hoss calls on Judith Corman (Joan Hackett), who is reputed to have special powers.
Hop Sing goes on vacation and falls in love with a woman while panning for gold.
Red Cloud (Chief Dan George) may meet his death trying to retrieve an Indian headdress from Frank Ryan's (Forrest Tucker) saloon.
Jamie's grandfather (Will Geer) arrives to take him back East, but the boy runs away; guest Robert Carradine.
The Cartwrights seek permission to cross a piece of land for their timber operation.
A gang of convicts that escaped from prison take Jamie and three others hostage.
Hoss confesses to a murder committed by a celebrity (Mariette Hartley) he is protecting.
Jamie becomes the eyes for a blind man (Rip Torn) seeking his brother's killer.
A murderer (Bradford Dillman) assumes his victim's identity in a plot to claim the man's inheritance.
Guilt-ridden Dr. Sloan (Richard Mulligan) kidnaps a child after the death of his own son.
After purchasing an Arabian stallion Hoss is challenged to a race by the animal's previous owner (Jack Cassidy).
Little Joe has major problems escorting an accused killer to jail.
Hoss is accused of favoritism when he judges a beautiful baby contest.
Little Joe is unable to identify his attackers after he is shot and stranded.
After Hoss' testimony sends her husband to jail, an alcoholic woman abandons her young son to the rancher's care.
Jamie accompanies Ben on a pack trip to inspect the far regions of the Ponderosa.
Joe agrees to track an itinerant boxer who is a reluctant witness in a court case.
Falsely charged with trespassing, the Cartwrights are imprisoned and forced to slave by a cruel landowner.
Ben sends Hoss and Joe to Montana for a hardy steer to help build up his herd's resistance to the harsh winter.
Ben's friend is bitten by a rabid wolf during her visit to Ponderosa, and there is no treatment.
After suffering serious injury in an explosion, Little Joe faces blindness.
A protester posing as a newspaperman plans to disrupt an Indian treaty-signing in Virginia City.
A protester posing as a newspaperman plans to disrupt an Indian treaty-signing in Virginia City.
A new doctor in town offers his services when influenza strikes the Ponderosa.
Ben's friend, a war hero bidding for the governorship, is discredited due to his hatred of the Indians.
A new manager on a neighboring ranch accuses the Cartwrights of rustling cattle.
A fugitive escaping murder charges kidnaps Hoss and schemes to kill him.
A con man resembling Ben Cartwright poses as the rancher to negotiate with railroad representatives.
A trail boss's inability to control his trail hands threatens the success of a cattle drive.
After being forced to go to school, Jamie decides to run away.
A hunter accidentally shoots Hoss but refuses to aid him for fear of prosecution.
The Cartwrights are charged with kidnapping after a young girl accepts their hospitality.
Jamie considers going on the road with a vagrant who is staying at the Ponderosa.
Hoss and Little Joe pretend to be part of a gang that robbed a stagecoach to reclaim booty.
Jamie idolizes an infamous desperado who returns to Virginia City seeking revenge.
Charged with murder, Ben's friend turns himself in to authorities, who conspire to frame him.
An unwed, terminally ill mother returns to Virginia City to see her father (Will Geer).
Residents are afraid to help injured Ben due to raids in their community.
Hoss becomes a temporary sheriff in a town where even bank robbers are welcome.
Murder witness Joe gives a fleeing woman's description to the sheriff (Richard Kiley), the woman's husband.
After tracking a wanted man in the desert, injured Ben stays with him while Little Joe goes for help.
A law officer (Denver Pyle) kidnaps injured Hoss to replace an escaped prisoner.
Ex-soldiers (Richard Thomas, Kevin Tighe) camping on Ponderosa land cause an incident with a local girl (Lee Purcell).
The Cartwrights intervene when rainmakers Dusty and Jamie fail to end the drought.
A suspected arsonist is jailed until another fire strikes Virginia City.
Alone on the Ponderosa, Little Joe is badly injured by a horse's kick and prepares to take drastic measures to save his own life.
Hoss is jailed as an accomplice after trying to prevent two men from committing a bank robbery.
Fledgling horse-traders Hoss and Little Joe fight when the ne'er-do-well Calhouns open up shop as competitors.
Four Eastern dudes with elaborate holdup plans fail to reckon with a bunny-suited Hoss on an Easter egg hunt.
Little Joe must persuade frightened townspeople to stand against a powerful family in order to save himself and seriously injured Ben.
A Mexican boy's former keeper uses Little Joe to learn from Ramon the location of a gold vein.
Hoss' open adoration of an actress (Sally Kellerman) makes him the prime suspect when her leading man is murdered; guest Joyce Bulifant.
Ben faces a dilemma when he discovers an unscrupulous meatpacker has taken over all the cattle cars bound for Chicago.
A community leader (Mercedes McCambridge) intervenes when a rebellious teen (David Cassidy) is accused of murdering a teacher.
Ben is sued for alienation of affection when a woman (Mariette Hartley) declares she will wed him.
A beautiful woman catches the eye of a wealthy miner (Christopher Connelly), interfering with Ben's plan to trap con artists.
A stubborn widow's (Jo Van Fleet) refusal to obey local laws becomes more than a nuisance when she is charged with attempted murder.
Candy (David Canary) has a host of new friends after inheriting a fortune.
Ben puts aside his feelings about a supposed Army deserter (Robert Lansing) when the man submits the lowest bid to haul Ponderosa timber.
A dwarf (Michael Dunn), forced to leave his job with the circus, encounters discrimination when he tries to find work in Virginia City.
A merchant seaman (John Astin) is astonished to discover a town has sprung up on the site where he buried a fortune 10 years earlier.
Two old friends, a sheriff turned bounty hunter and an escaped criminal, pull at Ben's loyalties; guest Morgan Woodward.
A man known for his outrageous tales mistakenly identifies Hoss and Candy as bank robbers.
Little Joe tracks a friend who abruptly left town and is suspected of taking funds from the bank where he worked; guest Dabney Coleman.
A woman (Ann Prentiss) helps Little Joe evade a trio of ransom-seeking kidnappers, then mistakes his gratitude for a marriage proposal.
A vengeful widow hires an assassin after Candy kills her husband, a bank robber, and then learns it's too late to change her mind.
Tensions mount when the Cartwrights take in a penniless Civil War hero from the North.
A former lawman, now a friend and employee of the Cartwrights, is suspected of accepting payoffs in his investigation of cattle rustling.
A lynch mob threatens a man (Guy Stockwell) who believes in a freed killer's guilt, despite pleas from his fiancee and Ben.
Hoss begins to feel that he has taken on more than he can handle after agreeing to fill in as temporary sheriff; guest Tom Bosley.
Candy plots an escape after being jailed as a suspect in the murders of a rancher and his family; guests Pat Hingle, Strother Martin.
The Cartwrights offer protection to a woman claiming she can identify a band of stagecoach robbers; guests Bo Hopkins, Matt Clark.
The wording of an old law may cause Ben to lose the Ponderosa to an odd man who crossed it in a horse-drawn rowboat.
A trio uses the unsuspecting Cartwrights to get into a bank vault, then leads them and a posse in a desert chase.
Former Civil War prisoners seeking revenge surround Ben, Hoss and Ben's friend (J.D. Cannon), a former Confederate prison commandant.
Relatives battle over a youth who has just inherited a gold mine.
A marshal hunting an escaped convict resents his daughter's (Bonnie Bedelia) relationship with the brother of the wanted man.
A woman persuades Candy and Little Joe to protect her husband, a government surveyor who saw a land baron's men killing homesteaders.
Little Joe is accused of bank robbery, and an unhappy wife claims he committed the crime for love of her.
A former slave (Ossie Davis) starting a new life with his family must decide whether to confront white opposition or flee.
Ben and four companions, trapped in a collapsed cellar, must rely on an accused killer for help.
A magician (Richard Haydn) with twin daughters plans to use the unwitting Cartwright sons to lend credence to his con game.
Ben takes over an old friend's newspaper when he learns a man (Simon Oakland) is trying to buy it to conceal thefts of government land.
Candy's former friend and gang force him into helping them in a plan to rob the Carson City mint.
A neighbor threatens Hoss' fiancee, a white girl raised by Indians, when the Cartwrights allow her friends to trade wild horses for food.
A stubborn British widow hires Candy as an escort, then foils his attempts to retrieve her valuables from thieves.
Candy is accused of killing a rancher, and his defense relies on the eyewitness testimony of an Indian horse thief.
An outlaw allows his wife (Joan Van Ark) to think she has killed him to frighten her into abandoning the safety of the Ponderosa.
Candy accidentally reveals that a witness whose life has been twice endangered is hiding on the Ponderosa.
Hoss and Hop Sing must persuade a jury to accept fingerprints as evidence in a murder trial to save Little Joe.
Ben's friend asks for help starting a cattle ranch, without revealing his rustling and political crimes.
A crooked mill owner blocks the Cartwrights' attempts to reopen an ore-processing facility won by Little Joe and Candy in a poker game.
When Indian poachers move onto his land, a man refuses to move them off and stands alone in the fight for their freedom.
After four years as a captive, a woman (Mariette Hartley) returns to a town and husband who reject her and her half-Indian baby.
A distant relative (Antoinette Bower) sends her unruly daughter (Linda Sue Risk) to the Ponderosa.
Ben faces lynching when he nears finding the man responsible for accusing the Cartwrights; guest Slim Pickens.
Ben holds the deciding vote in a mayoral election in which Hoss and Little Joe manage opposing campaigns; guest Tom Bosley.
Ben delivers a bull to a Texas rancher, whose son has declared the man incompetent and refuses to pay for the animal.
Only a few brave souls remain to help Ben and Little Joe defend a town jail and its occupant from outlaws.
The captain of an Army unit guarding a payroll learns his wife was once wed to Candy, who still considers himself married.
Arriving in a town on a dead man's horse, Hoss is jailed for murder but freed by an itinerant ranchhand (Yaphet Kotto).
An ailing old woman's refusal to file a legal claim blocks Little Joe's attempts to save her land from timbermen.
Little Joe and Hoss court the same woman and wind up involving the clan with brawlers.
To finance her opera career, a Gypsy (Susan Strasberg) tries to maneuver a proposal from one of the Cartwright sons.
Substitute-teacher Little Joe is forced into a fight with an uneducated man who insists his two ruffian sons have no need of school.
Swindled out of a cattle herd, Little Joe, Candy and a cowhand head to the thieves' fortified Arizona ranch.
Remorseful Hoss offers a job to the teenage son of the man he killed as part of a posse; guest Jim Davis.
An alcoholic lawyer (Albert Dekker) must defend Hoss on a murder charge.
A pardoned bank robber takes revenge on prosecution witnesses Ben and Candy by imprisoning them in a deserted mine.
A lovesick Indian (Lou Antonio) is wrongly accused of killing a rival, threatening Hoss' attempts to guarantee an Indian treaty.
A young mother (Julie Harris) victimized by her alcoholic husband falls in love with visiting Hoss.
An unscrupulous mineowner targets Little Joe and Candy after they prove strikers' claims that the mines are unsafe.
An intimidating sheriff (Robert Wilke) imprisons Candy without bail after being struck accidentally by the ranch hand.
After losing his girl (Tisha Sterling) to Little Joe, Candy learns she is being blackmailed into marrying for money.
An assassin's bullet only wounds Ben, but he allows rumors of his death to circulate in order to free him to prevent a crooked election.
A prospector (Noah Beery Jr.) accused of murder escapes and seeks protection from Hoss; guest Jack Ging.
Wounded Ben is threatened with robbery and death after three outlaws trick Little Joe and Hoss into leaving the Ponderosa.
Ben tries to prevent a riot after a wealthy man buys the only supply of salt from a city woman (Kim Hunter).
The Indian wife of a new Ponderosa ranch hand runs to Ben when a lynch mob threatens to hang her; guests Victor French, Iron Eyes Cody.
Ben disapproves when a man (Albert Salmi) hired by the Cattlemen's Association to stop rustlers uses violence.
A lawyer kills a judge to avenge his brother's hanging, then bribes a photographer to provide him a visual alibi; guest Jack Albertson.
A banker gathers a posse and sets out after a recently released convict (Bruce Dern), believing him guilty of bank robbery and murder.
Town residents ridicule Hoss' attempts to help a friend find gold with an inventor's (Wally Cox) strange contraption.
Hoss feels he has testified mistakenly in court after seeing an accused murderer's double (Simon Oakland in a dual role) in town.
An avaricious man attempts murder and false arrest to prevent his nephew (James MacArthur) from inheriting the family ranch.
Ben's old friend (Burgess Meredith) admits to a scheme to invest funds from political graft.
A gang's plot to rob the Cartwrights' payroll and escape in their paddlewheel steamboat threatens the family's timber operation.
A vengeful gambler targets a man who changed his mind about ordering his daughter (Kim Darby) to throw a horse race.
Paiutes attack a group, including the Cartwrights and Candy, and capture an accused killer's (Steve Forrest) only witness (Tina Louise).
Ben allows a ranch hand to care for a mistreated stallion the man stole from his brother.
The Cartwright sons, Candy and a girl become targets after witnessing a murder and robbery committed by a ruthless outlaw gang.
The cohorts of a wounded outlaw come to look for stolen money he hid before seeking help from the Cartwrights; guest Richard Jaeckel.
The Cartwrights conduct their own investigation when Candy is arrested for the murder of a rich man's son; guest Barry Sullivan.
A band of misfits plans to rescue kidnapped Little Joe, kill him and keep the ransom of $25,000 in gold; guest John Saxon.
The fanatical followers of Wabuska, a Paiute prisoner being escorted to prison, surround commander Ben and the Virginia City militia.
Hoss and Ben find themselves fighting Indians to protect a motley group led by a medicine-show hawker who treated wounded Little Joe.
A legal technicality may prevent Ben from stopping an unscrupulous mine owner who believes gold has been found on the Ponderosa.
A Gypsy fortuneteller (Zsa Zsa Gabor) convinces Hoss he is a musical genius.
Ben's visiting cousin (Nina Foch) uses the Cartwrights' sympathy to gain control of the household.
A girl who holds Little Joe responsible for murdering her brother offers a $1,000 reward to anyone who will kill him in a gunfight.
A boy who models himself after Napoleon terrorizes Virginia City and ambushes Hoss with his army of teenage hoodlums.
A land-hungry foreman plots to keep Ben from paying a rancher's back taxes by framing Little Joe for the murder of the rancher's son.
An outlaw (Lloyd Bochner) introduces himself as a Russian nobleman to get close to a countess and her jewels.
Ranchers frame an Italian emigrant for murder to halt his plans for a vineyard on the Ponderosa.
A Texas lawman shatters a young drifter's (Richard Evans) hopes of a new life on the Ponderosa.
Inspired by detective novels, Little Joe tries to prove two strangers are planning to rob the Virginia City bank.
Little Joe stands in the way of a vengeful guard's plans to find a legal method of executing two murder suspects; guest John Ireland.
Ben gets caught in a marital mess trying to protect a woman from her alcoholic husband.
An outlaw band's wounded cook (Henry Darrow) must decide between loyalty to the gang and gratitude to the Cartwrights who saved his life.
Little Joe's visit to a friend's farm turns dangerous when the woman's husband returns as the hostage of a fugitive bank robber.
A veteran sheriff (Leslie Nielsen) driven to insanity by years of senseless killings turns his gun on the people of his town.
Little Joe risks his life to nurse a desperately ill gunfighter (John Saxon) back to health before a scheduled duel.
Hoss interferes when a shady manager pushes his dancer client (Lola Albright) to romance a wealthy miner.
A lovesick boy (Beau Bridges) resorts to fanatic measures to court a bank teller who likes Little Joe.
Hoss and Little Joe raise rabbits for fur coats, then find they lack the heart to finish the job; guest Dub Taylor.
A shady manager (Jack Oakie) involves his singer nephew (Wayne Newton) in a Christmas fund-raising drive.
An outlaw's harassment forces his wife to leave her deaf son and the safety of the Cartwright home.
Little Joe helps bolster a plain girl's (Joanne Linville) self-esteem to catch a widower's eye.
Searching for a gunman who wounded mainly Little Joe's pride, Hoss confronts two rowdy brothers and their feisty mother (Louise Latham).
Ben delivers a murderer to the sheriff then becomes the target of the man's vengeful son (Tony Bill).
A young minstrel's (Randy Boone) ballad claims his father was sent to jail because Ben lied.
An old man's untrue boast that he single-handedly killed an outlaw puts him in mortal danger from the dead man's vengeful brothers.
Unaware Ben has saved her land by paying back taxes, a Boston woman thinks the Cartwrights are trying to take her newly inherited ranch.
Little Joe takes sole credit for killing an outlaw to save his companion from the dead man's brothers.
Hoss falls in love with a beautiful stranger (Geraldine Brooks) and proposes, despite his family's objections.
A lynch mob chases Little Joe and the Mormon family, including a pregnant woman, across the desert; guest Vincent Beck.
A Mormon rancher (Eric Fleming) and his wives (Dina Merrill, Lois Nettleton) are persecuted by their small-town neighbors.
An aging trail hand, bitter after Little Joe asks Ben to give him an easier job, falls prey to a kidnapping scheme; guest Ed Begley.
A poor Southern colonel and his granddaughter (Julie Parrish) unknowingly involve the Cartwrights in a horse-racing scheme.
A young woman falsely accuses Little Joe of assault, ending the Cartwrights' friendship with her family.
A clairvoyant predicts a beautiful girl (Sally Kellerman) will fall for Hoss.
Ben becomes a pawn in an army colonel's plot to destroy an Indian tribe that massacred his family.
A man claiming to be Adam's shipmate arrives at the ranch as part of a plan to rob the Cartwights.
Hoss accepts a promoter's challenge to box an aging fighter (Michael Conrad) for $200.
The Cartwrights get involved in a land dispute when a winemaker wants to put a vineyard on the Ponderosa.
A boy (Wayne Newton) gives up singing because of his father's scorn.
Hoss befriends a down-and-out drunk who is really a gifted poet.
An irresponsible adventurer's daughter takes refuge at the Ponderosa.
Ben decides to make a man out of Jamie, the spoiled son of his cousin.
Ben lends money to a neighbor who has no intention of repaying him.
The owner of a mining company tries to have a man committed after being accused of lacking safety devices.
Three women arrive after each receives pictures and letters with promises of marriage from Hoss.
A professional gunman (George Montgomery) sparks a fight with Little Joe.
After rowdies accidentally kill the deputy, townsfolk hire Wes Dunn (Eric Fleming) to restore order in the sheriff's absence.
Two drifters (Dick Peobody, Walter Burke), one of whom is wanted for murder in Arizona, seek temporary work at the Ponderosa.
The Paiutes intensify their attacks on the Pony Express and Little Joe barely escapes death while Hoss tends a way station.
Ben invests in the Pony Express, suffering great losses from the attacks of Winnemuca (Richard Hale) and his Paiutes.
A starving, wounded Indian (Jose De Vega), rescued by the Cartwrights, remains hostile to white men and steals a horse.
A man (Liam Sullivan) sentenced to hang for murder claims innocence; Little Joe begins to doubt his guilt.
A boy (Clint Howard), seeking help for his wounded father, thinks a murderer (Leif Erickson) is God.
Hoss releases a young boy (Eddie Hodges) caught in one of his stepfather's traps and brings him to the Ponderosa to live.
The Lassiters kidnap Little Joe and threaten to kill him unless Harry Lassiter is released from jail; guest Marie Windsor.
Hoss befriends a young boy (Tim Considine) hanging out with hoodlums because he is ashamed of his father.
A woman (Louise Sorel) is labeled a witch after her prediction about an illness comes true.
Cliff Rexford (Michael Witney) reveals that the Rev. Watson (Glenn Corbett) killed his brother in a gunfight.
While on his deathbed, an old friend asks Ben to see to it that his estate be given to a certain relative.
The family tries to identify a girl, found clinging to a rag doll near the bodies of her murdered parents.
A religious group accuses a woman (Ina Balin) of witchcraft and abandons her in the wilderness.
A man (Gilbert Roland) loses his horse by court order, then is charged with murder when he fights to regain it.
Hostility erupts between a mule-packer (Ed Begley) and his youngest son during the transport of explosives.
A man (Ramon Navarro) who boasts about his ancestry possesses a legitimate land grant.
Ben refuses a robber's offer to return the loot in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
A con man's (Ford Rainey) children (Tommy Sands, Brooke Bundy) want to clear their family name by working for his victims.
Hoss tries to instill courage in a hermit he convinced to leave a ghost-town to work on the Ponderosa.
Hoss and Little Joe fear Ben has fallen for an opera singer (Viveca Lindfors) he engaged for the Virginia City Founder's Day celebration.
A man (Andrew Prine) who saved Hoss' life is rewarded with a job on the Ponderosa, but the other ranch hands consider him a jinx.
A banker, crippled during a robbery 10 years before, tries to prevent the now-released thief from settling again in Virginia City.
When the women of Virginia City swoon over Lothario Larkin, the men scheme to run him out of town. Guest star: Noah Beery Jr.
A multi-millionaire decides that he will buy the Ponderosa, even if he has to destroy the Cartwrights in the process.
Ben's foray to a quiet hotel room for some peaceful sleep is interrupted by a weeping bride, flying bullets and a murder charge.
Adam helps to clear a charming singer (Hoyt Axton) of a robbery charge, then brings him -- and trouble -- to the Ponderosa.
When a widow announces plans to marry Little Joe, the citizens of Virginia City doubt his story that he shot her husband by accident.
The Cartwrights find little peace when cousin Muley pays another visit, this time accompanied by a pack of howling dogs.
Adam's life is endangered when he takes over an injured teacher's (Mariette Hartley) class and researches Virginia City's history.
A British doctor (Michael Rennie) finds love in Virginia City while fleeing a widower claiming surgery killed his wife.
When an aging trapeze artist's (César Romero) pretty assistant shows interest in Little Joe, her fiance challenges him to a fight.
Adam searches for a look-alike former convict who is ruining his reputation; guest Lola Albright.
Hoss agrees to help an elderly inventor (Ed Wynn) and his granddaughter, until the pair asks him to test a flying machine.
Adam comes to the defense of a professional assassin (Earl Holliman) with a hair trigger, accused of shooting a rancher's wife.
A saloon dancer refuses to believe she may have the talent for ballet, until she meets a former dancer who offers to be her teacher.
Adam attempts to reform a temperamental Mexican beauty (Joan Hackett) before she meets her future husband.
Little Joe competes for the affections of a woman who gets herself in trouble when she sets off to meet Paiute Indians; guest X. Brands.
In a plan to recoup his gambling losses, Little Joe sets Hoss on a rigorous training schedule to insure his victory in an eating contest.
An old Indian who has vowed that he will never again fight with white men is accused of murdering a child.
Adam is jailed for stagecoach robbery when authorities fail to believe the real robber was chased away by a knight on a white horse.
Little Joe convinces his father to give a half-Indian man (Charles Bronson) a responsible job to bolster his self-confidence.
Ben, Little Joe and Adam work to keep sober the lawyer (James Gregory) hired to defend Hoss on a murder charge.
Hoss and Little Joe take an elephant as payment from a miserly circus owner (William Demarest).
Ben devises a scheme to help Little Joe overcome his fear of heights.
A con man on his way to California with his wife can't resist the temptation of pulling a stock swindle in Virginia City.
A writer of dime novels plots revenge on the Cartwrights after they refuse to allow him to fabricate stories of their adventures.
Hoss stops a boxer's (George Kennedy) suicide attempt, then objects when his girl begins to show an interest in the man.
A former convict (Dan Duryea) asks Ben to help him convince lawmen and bounty hunters he knows nothing of a hidden fortune in gold.
A suave stranger's reputation changes when his girlfriend admits killing her father, who disapproved of the match; guest Rory Calhoun.
An abandoned, expectant mother turns to Hoss for help when her mountaineer husband (Aldo Ray) claims he was tricked into marriage.
The Cartwrights tear the Nevada countryside apart looking for Ben when he is kidnapped and a ransom of $100,000 is demanded.
Little Joe tries to help a timid man who has has been challenged to a gunfight by his girlfriend's former suitor; guest Guy Stockwell.
Bandits kidnap a prospector's dog, hoping to force its owner (Arthur Hunnicutt) into revealing the whereabouts of a cache of gold.
Reluctant bridegroom Adam, recuperating from a serious back injury, discovers that his fiancee Laura is truly in love with Will.
Laura's aunt (Joan Blondell) comes for a visit and tries various tactics to advance the relationship between her niece and Adam.
The Cartwrights help a bitter bounty hunter (Dennis Hopper) regain faith in himself and society; guest Susan Seaforth.
A black singer (William Marshall) returns to Virginia City after a successful European tour and is accused of being a runaway slave.
Will uncovers the selfish ambitions of a former revolutionary's wife and interferes in a plot to overthrow the Mexican president.
A Chinese mail-order bride (Marlo Thomas) sent by mistake to Hoss spreads dissension among railroad workers and Ponderosa staff.
While the Cartwrights are out surveying some of their land, Will is confronted with a problem back at the ranch.
An itinerant singer (Bruce Yarnell) of marginal talent comes to Virginia City and turns out to be a lost cousin of the Cartwrights.
Ben's nephew Will (Guy Williams) is tempted by counterfeiters but finds new strength in the Cartwright integrity.
Adam stands by Sheriff Coffee when Virginia City residents claim that the aging lawman is no match for an approaching outlaw gang.
Hoss, suffering from a severe case of spring fever, is accused of bank robbery and seeks refuge with an elderly woman prospector.
Ben takes in an English girl (Anjanette Comer) raised by Paiute Indians, only to discover she has fallen in love with him.
Hoss steps in to end a feud over a disputed piece of land that threatens his friend's upcoming marriage; guest Slim Pickens.
Little Joe is convinced he loves a girl he blinded in a hunting accident who is now recuperating on the Ponderosa; guest Denver Pyle.
Adam is suspicious when he sees an old friend of Laura's deceased husband talking to a con man after offering Laura needed money.
A wily Frenchman (John Dehner) claiming to be the pirate Jean Lafitte involves the Cartwrights in a double murder and a robbery.
The Army arrests Little Joe after a deserter and murder suspect, whom Joe resembles, forces him to exchange clothes; guest Keenan Wynn.
Ben is torn between his feelings for a widow and his suspicions about her son, acquitted of one murder and now suspected of another.
The competition for the affections of a visiting senorita leads Hoss, Little Joe and Adam to be drawn into bullfighting.
A judge (Andrew Duggan) falls for an accused murderess and runaway dance hall girl being protected from vengeful gunmen by Little Joe.
Depressed Ben withdraws, feeling responsible for a death that occurred as a result of his successful bidding for a lumber contract.
Adam and Little Joe are skeptical when Hoss claims he saw a leprechaun burying a pot of gold on the Ponderosa; guest Sean McClory.
After Ben's bloodstained horse comes home alone, the Cartwright sons believe him dead and seek separate vengeance.
A widow and daughter refuse to face reality, the mother about her unsuccessful marriage and the girl about her father's death.
Little Joe promises to keep the secret of a man who claims his friend hopelessly trapped under a rock fall asked to be killed.
Ben recalls his journey west by wagon train and the death of Inger (Inga Swenson), his second wife, soon after Hoss' birth.
A girl (Stefanie Powers) named Cal causes chaos on the Ponderosa and leads Little Joe into a confrontation with Doc Holliday.
A novice nun (Judy Carne) finds courage when she, Hoss and another nun are set upon by robbers and abandoned along the trail.
Adam joins in a struggle against a businessman (Morgan Woodward) terrorizing a town and threatening to wipe out the dwindling Paiutes.
Little Joe finds love and adventure when he falls for Louise Corman, who asks his help in saving her town.
A proud mountain man and rainmaker refuses the Cartwrights' "charity" for ailing daughter.
While on a visit to Virginia City, Charles Dickens (Jonathan Harris) refuses to defend himself after being falsely accused of a crime.
Hoss falls for a San Francisco beauty (Gena Rowlands) with an infamous past.
An Italian immigrant's (Ross Martin) son wants to give up his classical-guitar training to become a rancher like Hoss.
Ben opposes a man (Carroll O'Connor) trying to take over the freight line, leaving Little Joe and the man's daughter in the middle.
Ben and Little Joe try to help a suddenly rich man before his wealth causes him to lose his friends and intended bride.
A maniacal explosives expert stalks the Ponderosa, killing a 19-year-old woman Little Joe loves; guest Simon Oakland.
A feisty man, enamored of a saloon girl, gets involved in a bank robbery.
Little Joe is among five suspects after a fellow stagecoach passenger is murdered for the $5,000 he carried.
Adam considers marrying and moving to Philadelphia when he falls in love with a woman visiting the Ponderosa with her ailing father.
Ben appeals to the father of twins after one commits robbery and murder and then allows his brother to take the blame.
A dog named Walter helps his master (Arthur Hunnicutt), an aging prospector, and Hoss when they are attacked by snipers seeking gold.
Ben tries to help a woman (Ruta Lee) recognize her alcoholism is troubling a former heavyweight boxer who loves her.
Adam meets the daughter of a traveling peddler doing business on the Ponderosa, and falls in love despite their different faiths.
Grieving Dutch parents take Hoss, suffering from amnesia after a blow to the head, to replace their own dead son; guest Signe Hasso.
Little Joe asks a traveling actress (Pat Crowley) to become his wife, but their romance is threatened by her career.
Hoss and Adam buy a Thoroughbred and find themselves competing with Little Joe for the Virginia City Sweepstakes.
Ben recalls how he fought a professional duelist in New Orleans to restore the honor of his third wife, Marie, Little Joe's mother.
A killer uses a legal technicality to escape justice for killing a Mexican farmhand, but Little Joe plans his own vengeance.
The sheriff reveals that a wounded man brought by Hoss to the Ponderosa is wanted for robbery and murder; guest Slim Pickens.
The bitter son of a man executed for murder convinces Adam to look into his father's case; guests Keir Dullea, Otto Kruger.
Adam attempts to prove the innocence of his friend, a slow-witted singer accused on circumstantial evidence of murdering a widow.
Ben's former Army colonel envies Cartwright's success during a visit and tries to compensate by lying.
Despite intense pressure, juror Hoss maintains doubt that a derelict committed murder.
Hoss finds trouble when he tries to help a widow stranded in the West and a drunk using alcohol to help him forget a broken affair.
Ben tries to get the town's only doctor (DeForest Kelley), accused of murder, released from jail to treat Hoss' punctured lung.
Hoss becomes the guardian of two girls who were involved in their father's death.
Ben and Little Joe become caught up in stopping a plan to steal a load of gold ingots needed for the Mexican Revolution.
A man hoping to log timber on Cartwright land claims one-third of the Ponderosa on the basis of a recent court ruling.
Romantic complications trouble Hoss after he generously volunteers to help out a friend who is unable to pick up his mail-order bride.
Little Joe's love for the daughter of a Confederate sympathizer complicates his job as a delegate to a Nevada statehood convention.
Surrounded by a posse, a fleeing killer (Robert Vaughn) holds Adam and others hostage at a stagecoach station; guest Dawn Wells.
An Army deserter being sought on the Ponderosa is the Cartwrights' friend and neighbor; guest Claude Akins.
A desperate town tries to frame Hoss for murder and bank robbery in order to take the $12,000 he carries; guest Denver Pyle.
Ben tries to restore the confidence of a blinded painter (Dan O'Herlihy) indulging in self-pity and alcohol.
Misplaced trust in a foreman leads Little Joe to outbid a dishonest man for a timber contract.
A stranger with a fast gun and a mysterious past claims to be Little Joe's older half brother.
Hoss brings a traveling faith healer (Ed Nelson) to help a paralyzed girl who blames herself for her father's accidental death.
A dying elderly mountain man asks Little Joe to take his granddaughter to meet her paternal grandfather, a San Francisco aristocrat.
While traveling with $8,000, Adam is arrested for a minor crime, then framed for bank robbery and murder by a greedy deputy.
The Cartwrights take in a wounded man, his daughter and her fiance after they claim to have been robbed of the girl's dowry.
Townspeople turn to Ben when two families' feud threatens to explode into violence; guest Robert Brown.
Ben recalls how he, then a widower with a young son, met and married Inger, his Swedish second wife, in Illinois.
Adam is tortured by a mad prospector (Lee Marvin) when he stumbles upon the man's camp after being robbed in the desert.
A sheriff, his deputy and a livery stable owner of a distant town plot to rob the Cartwrights of $30,000.
Ben helps future Nobel Prize-winner Albert Abraham Michelson obtain an education after being expelled from school as a troublemaker.
Ben comes to regret suggesting a neighboring rancher as a temporary replacement for wounded Sheriff Coffee.
The Cartwrights play matchmakers to help a Ponderosa ranch hand learn the art of romance and win the affections of a schoolteacher; guest Vaughn Monroe.
A grieving father blames Ben for the death of his 20-year-old son in a shooting he feels Cartwright could have prevented.
Adam senses trouble between a man and his wife while searching for cattle rustlers and is convinced to stay awhile by the couple's son.
The Cartwrights refuse to join vigilantes to stop drought-stricken farmers from encroaching on their land.
The Cartwrights allow a shiftless man to pose as head of the ranch to prevent his Irish grandmother from learning the truth about him.
Little Joe's childhood sweetheart (Brooke Hayward), intent on marriage, arrives with her stubborn, seafaring father.
Adam tries to disprove the alibi of a friend he recognized as one of a pair of stagecoach robbers.
The wife of one of Ben's friends tries to arrange a marriage between her daughter and Little Joe; guest Mercedes McCambridge.
Hoss loses the woman he loves to a swindler who is only interested in her father's money; guest Sean McClory.
A range war looms when settlers with phony deeds move onto the Ponderosa; guest John McGiver.
The Cartwrights reluctantly agree to help a blind, orphaned girl find her grandfather.
Little Joe finds himself in a trap when a criminal arranges to take over a small town near the Ponderosa; guest Vic Morrow.
A Frenchman, believing himself to be the reincarnation of French poet Francois Villon, wishes to die in the same manner as his hero.
Little Joe unwittingly wins a Chinese girl in a poker game; later she refuses to leave him; guest Philip Ahn.
A cowboy paralyzed while breaking a horse loses his will to live and attempts suicide.
A titled lady, now a widow, who had spurned Ben's affections 20 years earlier returns in an attempt to win him back.
Little Joe helps a convict (Dean Jones) who saved his life gain freedom and adjust to life outside of prison.
Little Joe and Hoss both fall in love with the niece (Sue Ane Langdon) of a swindler fleeing a Chicago gangster.
A cowboy kills the new lover of a woman who jilted him; guest Robert Culp.
A woman outfoxes two swindlers who try to sell her a fake emerald, and almost wins Ben in the process.
A wounded bank robber and his partners force their way into a widow's home where Little Joe is visiting; guest Paul Richards.
Ben asks Cochise to permit him to arrest an Army captain (guest star DeForest Kelley) who killed Apaches.
Ben brings an old friend to the Ponderosa to show off his sons, but they don't make a good first impression.
A folk singer claims to be the brother of a man Hoss shot accidentally; guest Herschel Bernardi.
The Cartwrights help a traveling blacksmith regain land his father once owned near the Ponderosa; guest Claude Akins.
Ben recalls meeting Adam's mother, his first wife Elizabeth, while he was first mate on a sailing ship.
The Cartwrights believe in a visionary and give him permission to conduct ballooning experiments on the Ponderosa.
Despite a witness, Joe denies being with a girl later found slain.
The Cartwrights run afoul of unemployed miners when they try to discredit rumors of a silver strike.
Despite his family's doubts, Hoss helps a new friend raise funds needed to construct his invention, an automobile.
Hoss suspects his rival for a woman's love was one of the masked vigilantes who hanged a man and his wife.
Little Joe and a friend traverse Arizona to buy a stallion for Ben's birthday; guests Jim Davis, Martin Landau.
The Cartwrights help a trouble-shooter (Robert Lansing) stop a mob cutting off Virginia City's supplies.
An arrogant British prizefighter and his manager (J. J Pat O'Malley) challenge Hoss to a bout.
Adam's disturbed friend (James Coburn) abandons his family and becomes an outlaw.
Ben's sons persuade him to stay home while they hunt down cattle rustlers; guest Leif Erickson.
Taxpayers revolt when a lazy man becomes tax assessor and lets authority go to his head.
Hoss blames himself for the death of a neighbor he struck in self-defense -- and so does the man's brother.
Adam encounters trouble when he leaves to return to Nevada the body of a boyhood friend who died in Mexico.
A banker plans to foreclose on a mining claim by claiming insolvency and closing his Virginia City branch.
A dishonest sheriff's get-rich-quick scheme involves a woman who claims to be Ben's new wife.
A Kentucky mountain clan swears revenge on Little Joe after he shoots a family member for arson.
Adam tells betrothed Hoss his intended is a compulsive gambler who caused her husband's death.
An Easterner swears revenge for the death of his father, a drunk that a Cartwright killed in self-defense.
Adam and Little Joe try to warn Hoss when he befriends a violent man (Cal Bolder).
Little Joe runs into romantic complications when he tries to teach a deaf girl (Stella Stevens) sign language; guest Albert Salmi.
Attacked by Shoshones while crossing a burial ground, Adam discovers that the "Indian" woman tending him is white.
An outlaw joins the Cartwrights' cattle drive, knowing it will take him to the town where his father is sheriff.
Ben gives farmland on the Ponderosa to an outcast Indian (Ricardo Montalbán) who saved his life; guest Madlyn Rhue.
A sheriff's daughter runs off with her boyfriend (John Ericson), unaware he is a murderous bank robber.
Hoss and Little Joe spend a most unforgettable night at the carnival when Little Joe's date disappears.
Hoss' bandit uncle (Neville Brand) decides to bypass the Ponderosa, but his gang disagrees.
The Cartwrights' neighbor (Franchot Tone), a former soldier and lawman, seeks security for his daughter.
Outlaws plot to steal a trunk containing the savings of a religious group heading for a new life in the West.
A hired hand (Claude Akins) victimizes the Cartwrights' disabled neighbor (Harry Townes).
A Deputy U.S. Marshal arrives to escort a man to California to testify against a gang; guest Dan Duryea.
Hoss befriends a former Army scout (Henry Hull) who drinks to forget the massacre of his troop.
A young bank robber gets a job on the Ponderosa to prevent the sheriff from finding the other members of his gang.
The deputized Cartwrights sentence a murderer to hang at dawn.
Little Joe falls for a Gypsy who believes she is a witch and, therefore, an outcast.
The Cartwrights befriend a boy whose father has been sent to jail and whose mother has recently died.
When a neighbor agrees to sell his property, the Cartwrights fear the loss of water rights for their cattle.
Two traildrivers are shanghaied shortly after the Ponderosa cattle herd arrives in San Francisco.
Two British socialites find that they still have a lot to learn when they visit their friends, the Cartwrights.
A wanderer (Vic Morrow), seeking his parents' lynchers, arrives in Virginia City as Ben and Adam are convicted of murder.
Adam is taken hostage by a band of U.S. Army prisoners who have escaped and sought refuge on the Ponderosa.
A disabled New Orleans police inspector (Lloyd Nolan) comes to arrest Ben on a 20-year-old murder charge.
A Ponderosa ranch hand faces charges of killing the wife of the U.S. marshal (Claude Akins) who came to arrest him.
A shepherd ignores the Cartwrights' warning not to drive his flock across the Ponderosa; guest Everett Sloane.
A former dance hall girl poses as a Spanish heiress to claim a land grant that includes part of the Ponderosa; guest Sebastian Cabot.
A potential mayoral candidate attempts to stir up trouble between majority and minority groups in town.
Little Joe and Hoss, mistaken for gunmen, get caught between feuding families.
A Confederate sympathizer from Kansas makes trouble for both Virginia City and the Cartwrights; guest Cameron Mitchell.
The clan befriends a woman ostracized because her father and brother were hanged.
Outlaws attack Little Joe and Hoss on their trip to California to purchase a prize bull.
Hoss and Little Joe discover the daughter of the chief of the Shoshonis who was lost in the mountains.
Accused of killing a dance hall girl, Adam tries to evade lynchers and uncover the truth; guest Buddy Ebsen.
The Morgan gang swears revenge for the death of young Billy Morgan whom Ben killed during a bank robbery.
A vengeful widower forms a posse to hunt down the murderers of his wife.
A silver baron promotes a feud between the Cartwrights and the Bishops over timber rights on disputed land; guest James Coburn.
The Cartwright sons misinterpret Ben's relationship with a daring performer (Ruth Roman) pursued by a former suitor.
Henry Comstock, discoverer of the Comstock Silver Lode, seeks fortune in Nevada; Little Joe romances a Paiute girl.
Adam helps an engineer demonstrate his new technique for logging over silver mines without causing cave-ins.
A prospector dies en route to his claim, leaving his daughter to defend her inheritance in "miner's court"; guest Ida Lupino.
Little Joe falls for cynical saloon owner Julia Bulette, despite family objections and warnings from a rival.
Newspaperman Samuel Clemens (Howard Duff), writing as Mark Twain, battles a judge involved in land fraud.
A trader's (Jack Warden) abduction of two Indian women sets off a war between Paiutes and California militia.
Hoss falls for an invalid (Inger Stevens) traveling with unscrupulous prospectors who want to mine the Ponderosa.
A merchant tries to monopolize Virginia City's meat supply, forcing Indians to poach on the Ponderosa; guest Barry Sullivan.
A mining tycoon holds Little Joe hostage to divide the Cartwright clan and take over the Ponderosa; guest Yvonne De Carlo.
Gypsies are passing through on the Ponderosa and a gypsy girl catches Little Joe's eye, but she has a mystical secret.
Charles Dickens é acusado indevidamente de um crime, mas se recusa a se defender.
Um comerciante tenta monopolizar o fornecimento de carne da Cidade da Virginia, forçando os índios a caçarem ilegalmente na Ponderosa; convidado Barry Sullivan.
Little Joe entra em complicações amorosas quando tenta ensinar a uma menina surda (Stella Stevens) a língua dos sinais; convidado Albert Salmi.
Ben dá terras agrícolas na Ponderosa para um índio exilado (Ricardo Montalbán) que salvou sua vida; convidado Madlyn Rhue.
Um clã da montanha de Kentucky jura vingança contra Little Joe após ele atirar em um membro da família por incêndio culposo.
Um trabalhador da Ponderosa enfrenta acusações de matar a esposa do EUA Marshal (Claude Akins), que chegou para prendê-lo.
Ben, Hoss e Joe visitam San Francisco com alguns de seus ajudantes. Eles desaparecem e enquanto os procuram, Ben se vê raptado e sendo levado para Hong Kong.
Adam diz à comprometido Hoss que sua pretendida é uma jogadora compulsiva que causou a morte do marido dela.
Un gerente algo nebuloso insiste en mantener el 10 porciento de las ganancias de una producción navideña creada para producir fondos para los huérfanos.