Set in Nevada in the 1860s, Bonanza chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch called The Ponderosa. Ben Cartwright and his three sons, Adam, Hoss, and Joe fought for what was just and decent in a time where lawlessness was common.
The widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright had three sons, each by a different wife: the oldest was the urbane architect Adam Cartwright, who built the ranch house. The second was the warm and lovable giant Eric, better known by his nickname “Hoss.” And the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or “Little Joe.” They all lived and worked on The Ponderosa. Nearby Virginia City helped populate the episodes with guest starring characters from all over America.
Broadcast between September 1959 and January 1973. Filmed by the National Broadcasting Company at Paramount Studios.
“Dark Star” Season 1 Episode 31
Joe is about to shoot what he thinks is a wolf and discovers it is a woman. The woman turns out to be a gypsy, who her people think is possessed by the devil. Joe falls in love and she is taken in by the Cartwrights after her family shuns her. Joe is determined to find out what is really going on behind the strange happenings that are blamed on the woman.