9 Weird And Eerie Episodes of ‘Bonanza’ That Dip Into The Supernatural

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WITCHES, LEPRECHAUNS AND CLAIRVOYANTS SOMETIMES TURNED UP ON THE PONDEROSA.

Bonanza remains one of the great Western sagas of all time. But the series was far more than that. The show was at times a comedy and a romance. After all, there were 14 seasons of stories to tell, 431 episodes to fill. The Cartwrights eventually explored every inch of television territory.

On the rare occasion, a mist would descend over the Ponderosa as Bonanza dipped its toes into the supernatural. Witches, superstitions, ghosts and mythical creatures cropped up here and there. This being a show of many tones, these outlier episodes could be either eerie or silly.

Here are some of our favorites.

1. “HOSS AND THE LEPRECHAUNS”

Season 5, episode 12


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Few episodes stick in the memory quite like this one. After all, it’s not every day you see a big cowboy jumped by a horde of little green men. After Hoss scares off a bear, he takes a box of gold from “leprechauns.” They steal it back and thus the antics begin. Turns out, they are not magical Irish creatures of folklore, but rather performers. In the end, big-hearted Hoss makes a plea for tolerance for little people.

2. “TWILIGHT TOWN”

Season 5, episode 4


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As we have already seen, much of the “supernatural” that appears on Bonanza is later revealed to be mere superstition. However, if one episode goes all in on the chilling vibes, it’s this one. As its title suggests, there’s a little hint of The Twilight Zone to it, as Joe stumbles upon a ghost town in the desert. He is made sheriff of the mysterious and cursed Martinville.

3. “THE STRANGE ONE”

Season 7, episode 10


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A wagon train abandons a clairvoyant woman whom it has deemed to be a witch. Joe and Hoss come upon her while on a cougar hunt. The poor Maria views herself as “voodoo” for the bad luck she brings upon people.

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