The children try to help a 16-year-old (Mary Beth Evans) who attempts suicide after learning she is pregnant.
A prison escapee uses his safecracking skills to catch the robber of expensive fireworks needed for a fund-raiser.
Notorious gunfighter Al Clayton (Phillip Clark), released from prison, comes to take custody of his son.
The orphans send for a mail-order bride (Beverly Todd) to bring some romance into Moses' life.
As a part-time seamstress in town, Lizette meets an arrogant young man who urges her to break rules.
A youngster in dire need of funds to take care of his ailing mother reluctantly participates in a bank robbery.
John leaves Mae and the baby to search for Will, who has joined a group of children who survive by stealing.
John and Mae's joy over the anticipated birth of their first child fades when young Will runs away.
Murphy pursues kidnappers who want the inheritance of one of the orphans; guest Peter Haskell.
Samuel Clemens, a young reporter, arrives in Jackson where he finds literary inspiration by watching the orphans' antics.
An abused boy blames Murphy for the death of his father following a fight at the orphanage.
John and Mae Murphy, honeymooning in the city, meet a troubled orphan who supports his ailing grandfather by taking bets.
Murphy must pose as an infamous bank robber to save an old man's (Eddie Quillan) reputation.
While John and Mae celebrate their marriage, tyrant Rodman plots to take custody of the children.
A jealous girl Murphy discouraged plots to wreck the orphanage and his impending marriage.
A tyrant trying to take over the town objects to his daughter's fondness for orphan Matthew; guest Wilfrid Hyde-White.
The orphans of Gold Hill School, incensed over the theft of their favorite horse, set out to capture the rustlers.
The Gold Hill School's open house aims for meetings between orphans and prospective parents; guest Tina Yothers.
Father Parker, disillusioned by a boy's death and people's failings, abandons the priesthood to work at a saloon.
Rodman sends his nasty son to the orphanage to gather information he hopes will close the Gold Hill School.
Murphy encourages orphan Will to accept a wealthy woman's offer of adoption despite his own misgivings.
John and Mae are impressed with a new nun (Kristina Callahan) assigned to the orphanage, unaware she is really a bank robber.
Moses and the children turn the orphanage into a part-time casino in exchange for a piano for a shy blind girl.
White-robed bigots try to force Moses to relinquish his duties at the Gold Hill School and leave the area.
Young Will's drunken father imprisons him in a dark root cellar to make him tell where a gold nugget is hidden.
An elderly, illiterate prospector arrives at the orphanage and insists he be admitted to the school.
The children devise a plan to scare away an eccentric threatening to close the school and reopen the mine.
Mae must accept state funds for the orphanage, but one of the dire consequences will be Murphy's dismissal.
A moderately impaired orphan is able to ready a temperamental horse for the annual Jackson race.
Moses asks John to take in a difficult teenager (Mykel T. Williamson) and teach him a trade.
Murphy learns why the mountain man (Jack Elam) left young Dru (Shannon Doherty) at the orphanage.
Ephram falls for an orphaned girl (Shannon Doherty) abandoned by the mountain man (Jack Elam) who raised her.
A novice priest usurps Father Murphy's position at the orphanage and refuses to forgive him for posing as a clergyman.
Murphy, posing as a priest, renovates an old saloon to house his new-found family of orphans and their teacher Mae.
A drifter seeking work in a Dakota mining town joins with a teacher to protect a band of recently orphaned children.