"Bonanza" episode
Season 5, Episode 12
Ep.# in Series: 146
Air date December 22, 1963
Guest starring:
Written by Robert V. Barron
Directed by John Florea
Episode Guide
Previous Episode:
The Legacy
Next Episode:
The Prime of Life
External links
Hoss and the Leprechauns on IMDb
Hoss and the Leprechauns on


No one really believes Hoss' fantastic story about the strongbox full of gold he shows up with. He claims it was given to him by leprechauns.

Wherever it came from, it's enough to send locals on a wild treasure hunt for more. In a way, Hoss' leprechauns do exist; they're a band of little people from the carnival who have staged a rebellion against their shady boss, Professor McCarthy.


Hoss scares a bear that has treed a green-clad little man, subsequently finds a buried strongbox filled with bags of gold dust and, when both the treasure and its owner disappear, unsuccessfully tries to convince his skeptical family that he'd discovered a leprechaun's hoard.

But the whole town goes searching for the mythical men after a newly arrived Irish professor confirms the presence of multiple leprechauns...and their gold!


The Cartwrights




Did you know?Edit

  • German episode title: "Hoss und die grünen Männchen", meaning "Hoss and the Green Manikins".
  • TV Guide names this episode as a classic.


"We're looking for little green men riding around on good sized hound dogs."
Adam Cartwright[src]



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