Bonanza – The Official Fifth Season, Volume One +
Two (1963 – 1964/CBS DVD Sets)
C Sound: C Extras: B Episodes: A-
back to the Virginia City and Season 5 at Ponderosa Ranch with the
Cartwright boys in the continuing series of upgraded, rightly official CBS
releases of Bonanza. Ben Cartwright along with his boys, Adam,
Hoss, and Little Joe, pave the way on the Western Frontier of America. In the wild outdoors they find action, drama,
love and even a bit of comedy. More often
they find themselves dealing with the people as well as the land, helping
friends and neighbors, defending the helpless, bring fairness and justice, and
keeping the peace throughout the land.
not be far from the truth to say the four Cartwrights are the four pillars of
society. Ben Cartwright leads his 3 sons (from 3 different marriages) to
take care of the Ponderosa ranch and its people (as well as the people from all
other territories around them). Adam,
oldest of the Cartwright brothers is the shrewd business man; Hoss is a large
lovable giant, not too bright, but always his heart in the right place. And
'Little' Joe is the youngest, impulsive and rash is the innocent poster boy of
the Cartwrights. Together, they are the
champions of justice; they bring law and order to wild frontier, anything from
domestic disputes, bandit outlaws to raiding savage.
Bonanza is one of the most famous cowboy
series from the 1960s and in all of TV history.
It offers what is the embodiment of what people believe the American
Cowboy is. This is a must have for all
those who love Western drama. While it has its fair share of gunfights, it is
more of a family drama with episodes dealing with themes and virtues such as
honesty, fairness, love, lost and generosity. The series unconsciously touches issues and
values people faced in the sixties, it portrays (inaccurately of course) the
American cowboy as heroes, while fighting against injustice, it still painted a
world with racism and discrimination. Extras
include commentaries and photo galleries from various episodes, plus Original
NBC Network Logo Bumpers and Chevrolet Automobile tie-in promos.
in Beauty - Emilia's sister arrives into town, searching for a new sugar daddy
she eyes up Hoss.
For Justice - Charles Dickens is on a tour reading of his book, but when he
finds out his copyright has be violated, tempers flare and he ends up wrongly
Heaven - A rain maker arrives in a drought ridden Virginia
City, desperate for money for his sick daughter. Ben warns them
not to waste their money.
Twilight Town - Little Joe is robbed and ends
up in a strange ghost town which needs his help to break their curse.
Soldier - Adam meets a gifted drunken artist who paints for the Indians, but
his wife is converted by a local rich man, and has plan for his paintings and
Question of Strength - Hoss accompanies two nuns on a trip, but then are rob by
bandits. But fate seems to test them when they end up having to decide to save
those who robbed them.
Over the Comstock - Calamity Jane is in town and has the hots for Little Joe,
unfortunately Doc Holiday is less than pleased to hear so.
Remembered - Ben remembers how Hoss was born when he finds a journal of his
Quality of Mercy - When a man is dieing, is it mercy to kill him to put him out
of his misery?
Waiting Game - A man dies leaving his wife and daughter behind. Months later
can Adam help bring a little girl to accept the truth of the death of her
Legacy - When Ben's horse comes home riderless, the boys are tested to see if
they would get revenge on those whom they believe responsible.
the Leprechauns - Hoss find a box of gold a leprechaun buried, but now can
anyone believe Hoss's story?
of Life - Ben is in competition with a rival logging company to help build the
rail road, but when a man in an accident, Ben blames himself for pushing the
men too hard.
Conrad Story - A girl kills a man in self defense and hides in Adam's and Joe's
wagons, but then they must deal with a judge who is all fire and brimstone.
Matador - Hoss takes up Matadoring to impress a beautiful senorita.
My Son - Ben is dating a woman he wants to marry, but when her criminal son
comes home who side does he stand on?
Cartwright - Little Joe's identity is stolen by an army deserter and now is on
Gentleman From New Orleans
- A infamous pirate is in town, but when a man is murdered can he prove his
Cheating Game - Laura, the young widow Adam is interested hires a farm hand who
secretly desires Laura's life savings.
For a Bride - After an accident the Cartwright's take in a girl and her father,
however the father wishes her to marry into the Cartwright's for their money.
the Mountain - Hoss is invited to be a best man at a mountain wedding; however
bad blood between the families isn't going to let the wedding slide with a
someone getting into a fight.
Not - An Indian chief gives Ben a young white woman who was raised by Indians,
who falls in love with Ben.
Truth - With Hoss's spring fever and Ben's medicine, Hoss gets into trouble
when he wanders into the wrong town.
No Less a
Man - People are saying Roy is getting too old
be sheriff, Roy
sets out to prove them wrong by stopping a band of bandits.
Honor - Ben gets word his nephew had died, but when he visits the grave he find
he is alive and trying to thwart a bunch of counterfeiters.
of Muley Jones - Muley Jones a distance relative to the Cartwrights visits, and
brings endless troubles with his over loud singing voice.
- When a wounded prisoner is brought to the Ponderosa, Will must out wit an
outlaw's gang who is trying to free him.
Cloud Comes From Old Cathay - Hoss is in trouble when he gets someone else's
mail order bride from China.
Campaneros - A man and woman who saved Will asks Will to return to Mexico with
them, but Ben questions their motives.
Thomas Bowers - An out of town opera singer is mistaken for a runaway slave,
Hoss takes him into the Ponderosa to get him away from the mob.
Past - A bounty hunter comes to town with a past just as troubling as his
Pressure Game - Will is pulled into a rivalry with Adam to see who ask for the
hand of Laura.
- As Adam gets ready for marriage, things take a tragic turn when he gets injured.
and the Outlaws - When a clever dog is kidnapped and ransomed, Hoss hatches a
plan to save him from 3 bumblers, but things don't go quite as planned.
- Ricky Chiang