List of Gunsmoke television episodes

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Gunsmoke is an American western television series developed by Charles Marquis Warren and based on the radio program of the same name.[1] The series ran for 20 seasons, making it the longest-running western in television history. The first episode aired in the United States on September 10, 1955, and the final episode aired on March 31, 1975.[2][3] All episodes were broadcast in the United States by CBS.[4] In the United Kingdom Gunsmoke was originally broadcast under the title Gun Law.[5]

Gunsmoke was originally a half-hour program filmed in black-and-white. The series expanded to an hour in length with its seventh season and began filming in color with the twelfth. During its run 635 episodes were broadcast, of which 233 were 30 minutes in length and 402 were 60 minutes in length. Of the hour-long episodes 176 were in black-and-white and 226 in color.[6] During its second season Gunsmoke became one of the ten most popular programs on American television and moved to number one in its third season. It remained at number one until 1961 and stayed in the top twenty until 1964. The series returned to prominence in 1967 following a shift in its programming time from Saturday to Monday night. From there Gunsmoke remained in the top twenty for the next seven years, dropping out only in its final season.[4] In May 1975 CBS cancelled the series. Alan Wagner, the network's vice president at the time, said, "It's better to get rid of a program one year too soon than one year too late."[7] Between 1987 and 1994 five television movies based on the series were aired by CBS.[8]

Gunsmoke is set in and around Dodge City, Kansas, in the post-Civil War era and centers on United States Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) as he enforces law and order in the city. In its original format the series also focuses on Dillon's friendship with three other citizens of Dodge City: Doctor Galen "Doc" Adams (Milburn Stone), the town's physician; Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake), owner of the Long Branch Saloon; and Chester Goode (Dennis Weaver), Dillon's assistant.[9] In the eighth season (1962–63) a fifth regular character was added to the cast: blacksmith Quint Asper (Burt Reynolds), who remained until the end of the tenth season (1964–65).[10] Dennis Weaver left the series during the ninth season (1963–64) and was replaced by Ken Curtis as Festus Haggen, who became deputy to Marshall Dillon.[11] Both Chester and Festus appear together in the ninth season episode entitled "The Prairie Wolfer," and Festus had initially appeared the previous season as a quasi-outlaw helping Dillon track a killer in "Us Haggens." In the eleventh season (1965–66), another deputy, Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood (Roger Ewing), was added to the cast.[12] Ewing's character was replaced in the thirteenth season (1967–68) by Newly O'Brien (Buck Taylor).[13] Amanda Blake left the series at the end of the nineteenth season (1973–74) and was replaced in the final season by a new character, Miss Hannah, portrayed by Fran Ryan.[14]

As of August 6th, 2013, all of the episodes from the first nine seasons of Gunsmoke have been released on DVD while two other collections contain selected episodes from all twenty seasons. Three of the five television movies have been released on DVD as well. CBS DVD/Paramount Home Video has announced that both volumes of Season 10 will be released on DVD on August 12, 2014. [15]

Episodes[edit]

  • All episodes are listed in order of airdate.
  • Series # refers to that episode's number within the overall series.
  • Season # refers to the order in which the episode aired within that particular season.

Half-hour era[edit]

1955/56 through 1960/61
233 half-hour episodes (all black-and-white)
39 episodes for each of the first five seasons, with 38 episodes for the 6th season

Season 1 (1955–56)[edit]

39 half-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Charles Marquis Warren; associate producer: Norman Macdonnell
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)
Note: The premiere episode was introduced by John Wayne.[16]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Matt Gets It" Charles Marquis Warren Screenplay: Charles Marquis Warren
Story: John Meston
September 10, 1955 (1955-09-10)
2 2 "Hot Spell" Charles Marquis Warren E. Jack Neuman September 17, 1955 (1955-09-17)
3 3 "Word of Honor" Charles Marquis Warren Screenplay: Charles Marquis Warren
Story: John Meston
October 1, 1955 (1955-10-01)
4 4 "Home Surgery" Charles Marquis Warren John Meston October 8, 1955 (1955-10-08)
5 5 "Obie Tater" Charles Marquis Warren Screenplay: Charles Marquis Warren
Story: John Meston
October 15, 1955 (1955-10-15)
6 6 "Night Incident" Charles Marquis Warren Charles Marquis Warren October 29, 1955 (1955-10-29)
7 7 "Smoking Out the Nolans" Charles Marquis Warren Screenplay: Charles Marquis Warren
Story: John Meston
November 5, 1955 (1955-11-05)
8 8 "Kite's Reward" Charles Marquis Warren John Meston November 12, 1955 (1955-11-12)
9 9 "The Hunter" Charles Marquis Warren John Dunkel November 26, 1955 (1955-11-26)
10 10 "The Queue" Charles Marquis Warren Screenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
December 3, 1955 (1955-12-03)
11 11 "General Parsley Smith" Charles Marquis Warren Screenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
December 10, 1955 (1955-12-10)
12 12 "Magnus" Charles Marquis Warren John Meston December 24, 1955 (1955-12-24)
13 13 "Reed Survives" Charles Marquis Warren Les Crutchfield December 31, 1955 (1955-12-31)
14 14 "Professor Lute Bone" Charles Marquis Warren Screenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
January 7, 1956 (1956-01-07)
15 15 "No Handcuffs" Charles Marquis Warren Screenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
January 21, 1956 (1956-01-21)
16 16 "Reward for Matt" Charles Marquis Warren Screenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
January 28, 1956 (1956-01-28)
17 17 "Robin Hood" Charles Marquis Warren Screenplay: Daniel B. Ullman
Story: John Meston
February 4, 1956 (1956-02-04)
18 18 "Yorky" Charles Marquis Warren Screenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
February 18, 1956 (1956-02-18)
19 19 "20-20" Charles Marquis Warren Screenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
February 25, 1956 (1956-02-25)
20 20 "Reunion '78" Charles Marquis Warren Harold Swanton March 3, 1956 (1956-03-03)
21 21 "Helping Hand" Charles Marquis Warren Screenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
March 17, 1956 (1956-03-17)
22 22 "Tap Day for Kitty" Charles Marquis Warren Screenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
March 24, 1956 (1956-03-24)
23 23 "Indian Scout" Charles Marquis Warren John Dunkel March 31, 1956 (1956-03-31)
24 24 "The Pest Hole" Charles Marquis Warren David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr. April 14, 1956 (1956-04-14)
25 25 "The Big Broad" Charles Marquis Warren Screenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
April 28, 1956 (1956-04-28)
26 26 "Hack Prine" Charles Marquis Warren John Meston May 12, 1956 (1956-05-12)
27 27 "Cooter" Robert Stevenson Screenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
May 19, 1956 (1956-05-19)
28 28 "The Killer" Robert Stevenson Screenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
May 26, 1956 (1956-05-26)
29 29 "Doc's Revenge" Ted Post John Dunkel June 9, 1956 (1956-06-09)
30 30 "The Preacher" Robert Stevenson Screenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
June 16, 1956 (1956-06-16)
31 31 "How to Die for Nothing" Ted Post Screenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
June 23, 1956 (1956-06-23)
32 32 "Dutch George" Robert Stevenson Story and Sceenplay: John Dunkel June 30, 1956 (1956-06-30)
33 33 "Prairie Happy" Ted Post Screenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
July 7, 1956 (1956-07-07)
34 34 "Chester's Mail Order Bride" Robert Stevenson David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr. July 14, 1956 (1956-07-14)
35 35 "The Guitar" Harry Horner Screenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
July 21, 1956 (1956-07-21)
36 36 "Cara" Robert Stevenson Screenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
July 28, 1956 (1956-07-28)
37 37 "Mr. and Mrs. Amber" Ted Post Screenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
August 4, 1956 (1956-08-04)
38 38 "Unmarked Grave" Ted Post David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr. August 18, 1956 (1956-08-18)
39 39 "Alarm at Pleasant Valley" Ted Post John Dunkel August 25, 1956 (1956-08-25)


Season 2 (1956–57)[edit]

39 half-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Charles Marquis Warren (episodes 40–49, 51–52, 57), Norman Macdonnell (episodes 50, 53–56, 58–78)
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[17]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
40 1 "Cow Doctor" Andrew V. McLaglen Screenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
September 8, 1956 (1956-09-08)
41 2 "Brush at Elkader" Ted Post Screenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
September 15, 1956 (1956-09-15)
42 3 "Custer" Ted Post Screenplay: Gil Doud
Story: John Meston
September 22, 1956 (1956-09-22)
43 4 "The Round Up" Ted Post Screenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
September 29, 1956 (1956-09-29)
44 5 "Young Man with a Gun" Christian Nyby Screenplay: Winston Miller
Story: John Meston
October 20, 1956 (1956-10-20)
45 6 "Indian White" Ted Post Screenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little Jr.
Story: Tom Hanley Jr.
October 27, 1956 (1956-10-27)
46 7 "How to Cure a Friend" Ted Post Screenplay: Winston Miller
Story: John Meston
November 10, 1956 (1956-11-10)
47 8 "Legal Revenge" Andrew V. McLaglen Screenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
November 17, 1956 (1956-11-17)
48 9 "The Mistake" Andrew V. McLaglen Screenplay: Gil Doud
Story: John Meston
November 24, 1956 (1956-11-24)
49 10 "Greater Love" Ted Post Screenplay: Winston Miller
Story: John Meston
December 1, 1956 (1956-12-01)
50 11 "No Indians" Ted Post Screenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
December 8, 1956 (1956-12-08)
51 12 "Spring Term" Ted Post Screenplay: William F. Leicester
Story: John Meston
December 15, 1956 (1956-12-15)
52 13 "Poor Pearl" Andrew V. McLaglen Screenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
December 22, 1956 (1956-12-22)
53 14 "Cholera" Andrew V. McLaglen Screenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
December 29, 1956 (1956-12-29)
54 15 "Pucket's New Year" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston January 5, 1957 (1957-01-05)
55 16 "The Cover Up" William D. Russell Screenplay: William N. Robson
Story: John Meston
January 12, 1957 (1957-01-12)
56 17 "Sins of the Father" Andrew V. McLaglen Screenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
January 19, 1957 (1957-01-19)
57 18 "Kick Me" Andrew V. McLaglen Screenplay: Endre Bohem and Louis Vittes
Story: John Meston
January 26, 1957 (1957-01-26)
58 19 "Executioner" Andrew V. McLaglen Screenplay: Gil Doud
Story: John Meston
February 2, 1957 (1957-02-02)
59 20 "Gone Straight" Ted Post Screenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
February 9, 1957 (1957-02-09)
60 21 "Bloody Hands" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston February 16, 1957 (1957-02-16)
61 22 "Skid Row" Ted Post Screenplay: Gil Doud
Story: John Meston
February 23, 1957 (1957-02-23)
62 23 "Sweet and Sour" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston March 2, 1957 (1957-03-02)
63 24 "Cain" Ted Post John Meston March 9, 1957 (1957-03-09)
64 25 "Bureaucrat" Ted Post Story: John Meston
Teleplay: William F. Leicester
March 16, 1957 (1957-03-16)
65 26 "Last Fling" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston March 23, 1957 (1957-03-23)
66 27 "Chester's Murder" Ted Post John Meston March 30, 1957 (1957-03-30)
67 28 "The Photographer" William D. Russell John Dunkel April 6, 1957 (1957-04-06)
68 29 "Wrong Man" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston April 13, 1957 (1957-04-13)
69 30 "Big Girl Lost" Ted Post John Meston April 20, 1957 (1957-04-20)
70 31 "What the Whiskey Drummer Heard" Andrew V. McLaglen Story: John Meston
Teleplay: Gil Doud
April 27, 1957 (1957-04-27)
71 32 "Cheap Labor" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston May 4, 1957 (1957-05-04)
72 33 "Moon" William D. Russell John Meston May 11, 1957 (1957-05-11)
73 34 "Who Lives by the Sword" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston May 18, 1957 (1957-05-18)
74 35 "Uncle Oliver" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston May 25, 1957 (1957-05-25)
75 36 "Daddy-O" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston June 1, 1957 (1957-06-01)
76 37 "The Man Who Would Be Marshal" William D. Russell Screenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little Jr.
Story: John Meston
June 15, 1957 (1957-06-15)
77 38 "Liar from Blackhawk" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston June 22, 1957 (1957-06-22)
78 39 "Jealousy" Andrew V. McLaglen Screenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
June 29, 1957 (1957-06-29)


Season 3 (1957–58)[edit]

39 half-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[18]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
79 1 "Crack-Up" Ted Post John Meston September 14, 1957 (1957-09-14)
80 2 "Gun for Chester" Louis King John Meston September 21, 1957 (1957-09-21)
81 3 "Blood Money" Louis King John Meston September 28, 1957 (1957-09-28)
82 4 "Kitty's Outlaw" Andrew V. McLaglen Screenplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Meston
October 5, 1957 (1957-10-05)
83 5 "Potato Road" Ted Post John Meston October 12, 1957 (1957-10-12)
84 6 "Jesse" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston October 19, 1957 (1957-10-19)
85 7 "Mavis McCloud" Buzz Kulik Screenplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Meston
October 26, 1957 (1957-10-26)
86 8 "Born to Hang" Buzz Kulik John Meston November 2, 1957 (1957-11-02)
87 9 "Romeo" Ted Post John Meston November 9, 1957 (1957-11-09)
88 10 "Never Pester Chester" Richard Whorf John Meston November 16, 1957 (1957-11-16)
89 11 "Fingered" James Sheldon John Meston November 23, 1957 (1957-11-23)
90 12 "How to Kill a Woman" John Rich Screenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
November 30, 1957 (1957-11-30)
91 13 "Cows and Cribs" Richard Whorf Screenplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Meston
December 7, 1957 (1957-12-07)
92 14 "Doc's Reward" Richard Whorf John Meston December 14, 1957 (1957-12-14)
93 15 "Kitty Lost" Ted Post John Meston December 21, 1957 (1957-12-21)
94 16 "Twelfth Night" John Rich John Meston December 28, 1957 (1957-12-28)
95 17 "Joe Phy" Ted Post John Meston January 4, 1958 (1958-01-04)
96 18 "Buffalo Man" Ted Post Screenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
January 11, 1958 (1958-01-11)
97 19 "Kitty Caught" Richard Whorf John Meston January 18, 1958 (1958-01-18)
98 20 "Claustrophobia" Ted Post John Meston January 25, 1958 (1958-01-25)
99 21 "Ma Tennis" Buzz Kulik John Meston February 1, 1958 (1958-02-01)
100 22 "Sunday Supplement" Richard Whorf John Meston February 8, 1958 (1958-02-08)
101 23 "Wild West" Richard Whorf John Meston February 15, 1958 (1958-02-15)
102 24 "The Cabin" John Rich John Meston February 22, 1958 (1958-02-22)
103 25 "Dirt" Ted Post Screenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
March 1, 1958 (1958-03-01)
104 26 "Dooley Surrenders" John Rich John Meston March 8, 1958 (1958-03-08)
105 27 "Joke's on Us" Ted Post John Meston March 15, 1958 (1958-03-15)
106 28 "Bottleman" John Rich John Meston March 22, 1958 (1958-03-22)
107 29 "Laughing Gas" Ted Post James Fonda March 29, 1958 (1958-03-29)
108 30 "Texas Cowboys" John Rich John Meston April 5, 1958 (1958-04-05)
109 31 "Amy's Good Deed" John Rich Screenplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Meston
April 12, 1958 (1958-04-12)
110 32 "Hanging Man" John Rich John Meston April 19, 1958 (1958-04-19)
111 33 "Innocent Broad" John Rich Screenplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Meston
April 26, 1958 (1958-04-26)
112 34 "The Big Con" John Rich John Meston May 3, 1958 (1958-05-03)
113 35 "Widow's Mite" Ted Post John Meston May 10, 1958 (1958-05-10)
114 36 "Chester's Hanging" Ted Post John Meston May 17, 1958 (1958-05-17)
115 37 "Carmen" Ted Post John Meston May 24, 1958 (1958-05-24)
116 38 "Overland Express" Seymour Berns John Meston May 31, 1958 (1958-05-31)
117 39 "The Gentleman" Ted Post John Meston June 7, 1958 (1958-06-07)


Season 4 (1958–59)[edit]

39 half-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[19]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
118 1 "Matt for Murder" Richard Whorf John Meston September 13, 1958 (1958-09-13)
119 2 "The Patsy" Richard Whorf Teleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
September 20, 1958 (1958-09-20)
120 3 "Gunsmuggler" Richard Whorf Teleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
September 27, 1958 (1958-09-27)
121 4 "Monopoly" Seymour Berns Screenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
October 4, 1958 (1958-10-04)
122 5 "Letter of the Law" Richard Whorf Teleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
October 11, 1958 (1958-10-11)
123 6 "Thoroughbreds" Richard Whorf John Meston October 18, 1958 (1958-10-18)
124 7 "Stage Hold-Up" Ted Post Teleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
October 25, 1958 (1958-10-25)
125 8 "Lost Rifle" Richard Whorf John Meston November 1, 1958 (1958-11-01)
126 9 "Land Deal" Ted Post Teleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
November 8, 1958 (1958-11-08)
127 10 "Lynching Man" Richard Whorf John Meston November 15, 1958 (1958-11-15)
128 11 "How to Kill a Friend" Richard Whorf John Meston November 22, 1958 (1958-11-22)
129 12 "Grass" Richard Whorf John Meston November 29, 1958 (1958-11-29)
130 13 "The Cast" Jesse Hibbs John Meston December 6, 1958 (1958-12-06)
131 14 "Robber Bridegroom" Richard Whorf John Meston December 13, 1958 (1958-12-13)
132 15 "Snakebite" Ted Post John Meston December 20, 1958 (1958-12-20)
133 16 "Gypsum Hills Feud" Richard Whorf Teleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
December 27, 1958 (1958-12-27)
134 17 "Young Love" Seymour Berns John Meston January 3, 1959 (1959-01-03)
135 18 "Marshal Proudfoot" Jesse Hibbs Story: Tom Hanley
Teleplay: John Meston
January 10, 1959 (1959-01-10)
136 19 "Passive Resistance" Ted Post John Meston January 17, 1959 (1959-01-17)
137 20 "Love of a Good Woman" Arthur Hiller Teleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
January 24, 1959 (1959-01-24)
138 21 "Jayhawkers" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston January 31, 1959 (1959-01-31)
139 22 "Kitty's Rebellion" Jesse Hibbs Story: Marian Clark
Teleplay: John Meston
February 7, 1959 (1959-02-07)
140 23 "Sky" Ted Post Teleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
February 14, 1959 (1959-02-14)
141 24 "Doc Quits" Edward Ludlum John Meston February 21, 1959 (1959-02-21)
142 25 "The Bear" Jesse Hibbs John Meston February 28, 1959 (1959-02-28)
143 26 "The Coward" Jesse Hibbs John Meston March 7, 1959 (1959-03-07)
144 27 "The F.U." Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston March 14, 1959 (1959-03-14)
145 28 "Wind" Arthur Hiller John Meston March 21, 1959 (1959-03-21)
146 29 "Fawn" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston April 4, 1959 (1959-04-04)
147 30 "Renegade White" Andrew V. McLaglen Teleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
April 11, 1959 (1959-04-11)
148 31 "Murder Warrant" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston April 18, 1959 (1959-04-18)
149 32 "Change of Heart" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston April 25, 1959 (1959-04-25)
150 33 "Buffalo Hunter" Ted Post John Meston May 2, 1959 (1959-05-02)
151 34 "The Choice" Ted Post John Meston May 9, 1959 (1959-05-09)
152 35 "There Never Was a Horse" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston May 16, 1959 (1959-05-16)
153 36 "Print Asper" Ted Post John Meston May 23, 1959 (1959-05-23)
154 37 "The Constable" Arthur Hiller John Meston May 30, 1959 (1959-05-30)
155 38 "Blue Horse" Andrew V. McLaglen and Ted Post Story: Marian Clark
Teleplay: John Meston
June 6, 1959 (1959-06-06)
156 39 "Cheyennes" Ted Post John Meston June 13, 1959 (1959-06-13)


Season 5 (1959–60)[edit]

39 half-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[20]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
157 1 "Target" Andrew V. McLaglen Story: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
September 5, 1959 (1959-09-05)
158 2 "Kitty's Injury" Buzz Kulik Story: Marian Clark
Teleplay: John Meston
September 19, 1959 (1959-09-19)
159 3 "Horse Deal" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston September 26, 1959 (1959-09-26)
160 4 "Johnny Red" Buzz Kulik Story: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
October 3, 1959 (1959-10-03)
161 5 "Tail to the Wind" Christian Nyby Story: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
October 10, 1959 (1959-10-10)
162 6 "Annie Oakley" Jesse Hibbs John Meston October 17, 1959 (1959-10-17)
163 7 "Kangaroo" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston October 24, 1959 (1959-10-24)
164 8 "Saludos" Andrew V. McLaglen Story: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
October 31, 1959 (1959-10-31)
165 9 "Brother Whelp" R.G. Springsteen Story: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
November 7, 1959 (1959-11-07)
166 10 "The Boots" Jesse Hibbs John Meston November 14, 1959 (1959-11-14)
167 11 "Odd Man Out" Andrew V. McLaglen Story: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
November 21, 1959 (1959-11-21)
168 12 "Miguel's Daughter" Andrew V. McLaglen Story: Marian Clark
Teleplay: John Meston
November 28, 1959 (1959-11-28)
169 13 "Box o' Rocks" R.G. Springsteen Les Crutchfield December 5, 1959 (1959-12-05)
170 14 "False Witness" Ted Post Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
December 12, 1959 (1959-12-12)
171 15 "Tag, You're It" Jesse Hibbs Les Crutchfield December 19, 1959 (1959-12-19)
172 16 "Thick 'n' Thin" Stuart Heisler Story: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
December 26, 1959 (1959-12-26)
173 17 "Groat's Grudge" Andrew V. McLaglen Story: Marian Clark
Teleplay: John Meston
January 2, 1960 (1960-01-02)
174 18 "Big Tom" Andrew V. McLaglen Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
January 9, 1960 (1960-01-09)
175 19 "Till Death Do Us" Jean Yarbrough Les Crutchfield January 16, 1960 (1960-01-16)
176 20 "The Tragedian" Arthur Hiller Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Les Crutchfield
January 23, 1960 (1960-01-23)
177 21 "Hinka Do" Andrew V. McLaglen Les Crutchfield January 30, 1960 (1960-01-30)
178 22 "Doc Judge" Arthur Hiller John Meston February 6, 1960 (1960-02-06)
179 23 "Moo Moo Raid" Andrew V. McLaglen Story: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
February 13, 1960 (1960-02-13)
180 24 "Kitty's Killing" Arthur Hiller Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
February 20, 1960 (1960-02-20)
181 25 "Jailbait Janet" Jesse Hibbs Les Crutchfield February 27, 1960 (1960-02-27)
182 26 "Unwanted Deputy" Andrew V. McLaglen Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
March 5, 1960 (1960-03-05)
183 27 "Where'd They Go" Jesse Hibbs Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Les Crutchfield
March 12, 1960 (1960-03-12)
184 28 "Crowbait Bob" Andrew V. McLaglen Les Crutchfield March 26, 1960 (1960-03-26)
185 29 "Colleen So Green" Jean Yarbrough Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Les Crutchfield
April 2, 1960 (1960-04-02)
186 30 "The Ex-Urbanites" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston April 9, 1960 (1960-04-09)
187 31 "I Thee Wed" Jesse Hibbs Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Les Crutchfield
April 16, 1960 (1960-04-16)
188 32 "The Lady Killer" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston April 23, 1960 (1960-04-23)
189 33 "Gentleman's Disagreement" Jesse Hibbs Les Crutchfield April 30, 1960 (1960-04-30)
190 34 "Speak Me Fair" Andrew V. McLaglen Les Crutchfield May 7, 1960 (1960-05-07)
191 35 "Belle's Back" Jesse Hibbs Les Crutchfield May 14, 1960 (1960-05-14)
192 36 "The Bobsy Twins" Jesse Hibbs John Meston May 21, 1960 (1960-05-21)
193 37 "Old Flame" Jesse Hibbs Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
May 28, 1960 (1960-05-28)
194 38 "The Deserter" Arthur Hiller Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
June 4, 1960 (1960-06-04)
195 39 "Cherry Red" Andrew V. McLaglen Les Crutchfield June 11, 1960 (1960-06-11)


Season 6 (1960–61)[edit]

38 half-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell; associate producer: James Arness
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[21]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
196 1 "Friend's Pay-Off" Jesse Hibbs Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
September 3, 1960 (1960-09-03)
197 2 "The Blacksmith" Andrew V. McLaglen Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Norman MacDonnell
September 17, 1960 (1960-09-17)
198 3 "Small Water" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston September 24, 1960 (1960-09-24)
199 4 "Say Uncle" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston October 1, 1960 (1960-10-01)
200 5 "Shooting Stopover" Andrew V. McLaglen Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
October 8, 1960 (1960-10-08)
201 6 "The Peace Officer" Jesse Hibbs Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Norman MacDonnell
October 15, 1960 (1960-10-15)
202 7 "Don Matteo" Jesse Hibbs Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
October 22, 1960 (1960-10-22)
203 8 "The Worm" Arthur Hiller John Meston October 29, 1960 (1960-10-29)
204 9 "The Badge" Andrew V. McLaglen Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
November 12, 1960 (1960-11-12)
205 10 "Distant Drummer" Arthur Hiller Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
November 19, 1960 (1960-11-19)
206 11 "Ben Tolliver's Stud" Andrew V. McLaglen Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Norman MacDonnell
November 26, 1960 (1960-11-26)
207 12 "No Chip" Jean Yarbrough John Meston December 3, 1960 (1960-12-03)
208 13 "The Wake" Gerald Mayer John Meston December 10, 1960 (1960-12-10)
209 14 "The Cook" Ted Post John Meston December 17, 1960 (1960-12-17)
210 15 "Old Fool" Ted Post John Meston December 24, 1960 (1960-12-24)
211 16 "Brother Love" Franklin Adreon John Meston December 31, 1960 (1960-12-31)
212 17 "Bad Sheriff" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston January 7, 1961 (1961-01-07)
213 18 "Unloaded Gun" Jesse Hibbs Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
January 14, 1961 (1961-01-14)
214 19 "Tall Trapper" Harry Harris Jr. Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
January 21, 1961 (1961-01-21)
215 20 "Love Thy Neighbor" Dennis Weaver John Meston January 28, 1961 (1961-01-28)
216 21 "Bad Seed" Harry Harris Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Norman MacDonnell
February 4, 1961 (1961-02-04)
217 22 "Kitty Shot" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston February 11, 1961 (1961-02-11)
218 23 "About Chester" Alan Crosland Jr. Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Frank Paris
February 25, 1961 (1961-02-25)
219 24 "Harriet" Gene Fowler Jr. John Meston March 4, 1961 (1961-03-04)
220 25 "Potshot" Harry Harris Jr. John Meston March 11, 1961 (1961-03-11)
221 26 "Old Faces" Harry Harris John Meston March 18, 1961 (1961-03-18)
222 27 "Big Man" Gerald Mayer John Meston March 25, 1961 (1961-03-25)
223 28 "Little Girl" Dennis Weaver Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Kathleen Hite
April 1, 1961 (1961-04-01)
224 29 "Stolen Horses" Andrew V. McLaglen Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Norman MacDonnell
April 8, 1961 (1961-04-08)
225 30 "Minnie" Harry Harris John Meston April 15, 1961 (1961-04-15)
226 31 "Bless Me Till I Die" Ted Post Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Ray Kemper
April 22, 1961 (1961-04-22)
227 32 "Long Hours, Short Pay" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston April 29, 1961 (1961-04-29)
228 33 "Hard Virtue" Dennis Weaver John Meston May 6, 1961 (1961-05-06)
229 34 "The Imposter" Byron Paul Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Kathleen Hite
May 13, 1961 (1961-05-13)
230 35 "Chester's Dilemma" Ted Post Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Vic Perrin
May 20, 1961 (1961-05-20)
231 36 "The Love of Money" Ted Post John Meston May 27, 1961 (1961-05-27)
232 37 "Melinda Miles" William D. Faralla John Meston June 3, 1961 (1961-06-03)
233 38 "Colorado Sheriff" Jesse Hibbs John Meston June 17, 1961 (1961-06-17)


One-hour black-and-white era[edit]

1961/62 through 1965/66
176 black-and-white full-hour episodes
(all two-parters counted as two individual hour-long episodes)

Season 7 (1961–62)[edit]

34 one-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell; associate producer: Frank Paris
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[22]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
234 1 "Perce" Harry Harris John Meston September 30, 1961 (1961-09-30)
235 2 "Old Yellow Boots" Ted Post John Meston October 7, 1961 (1961-10-07)
236 3 "Miss Kitty" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite October 14, 1961 (1961-10-14)
237 4 "Harper's Blood" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston October 21, 1961 (1961-10-21)
238 5 "All That" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston October 28, 1961 (1961-10-28)
239 6 "Long, Long Trail" Andrew V. McLaglen Kathleen Hite November 4, 1961 (1961-11-04)
240 7 "The Squaw" Gerald Mayer John Dunkel November 11, 1961 (1961-11-11)
241 8 "Chesterland" Ted Post Kathleen Hite November 18, 1961 (1961-11-18)
242 9 "Milly" Richard Whorf Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Hal Moffett
November 25, 1961 (1961-11-25)
243 10 "Indian Ford" Andrew V. McLaglen John Dunkel December 2, 1961 (1961-12-02)
244 11 "Apprentice Doc" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite December 9, 1961 (1961-12-09)
245 12 "Nina's Revenge" Tay Garnett John Meston December 16, 1961 (1961-12-16)
246 13 "Marry Me" Dennis Weaver Kathleen Hite December 23, 1961 (1961-12-23)
247 14 "A Man a Day" Harry Harris John Meston December 30, 1961 (1961-12-30)
248 15 "The Do-Badder" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston January 6, 1962 (1962-01-06)
249 16 "Lacey" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite January 13, 1962 (1962-01-13)
250 17 "Cody's Code" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston January 20, 1962 (1962-01-20)
251 18 "Old Dan" Andrew V. McLaglen Kathleen Hite January 27, 1962 (1962-01-27)
252 19 "Catawomper" Harry Harris Teleplay: John Meston
Story: James Favor
February 10, 1962 (1962-02-10)
253 20 "Half Straight" Ted Post John Meston February 17, 1962 (1962-02-17)
254 21 "He Learned About Women" Tay Garnett Teleplay: John Meston
Story: John Rosser
February 24, 1962 (1962-02-24)
255 22 "The Gallows" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston March 3, 1962 (1962-03-03)
256 23 "Reprisal" Harry Harris John Meston March 10, 1962 (1962-03-10)
257 24 "Coventry" Christian Nyby John Meston March 17, 1962 (1962-03-17)
258 25 "The Widow" Ted Post John Dunkel March 24, 1962 (1962-03-24)
259 26 "Durham Bull" Harry Harris Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Jack Shettlesworth
March 31, 1962 (1962-03-31)
260 27 "Wagon Girls" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston April 7, 1962 (1962-04-07)
261 28 "The Dealer" Harry Harris Television Story and Teleplay: John Dunkel
Based on a Story by: Les Crutchfield
April 14, 1962 (1962-04-14)
262 29 "The Summons" Andrew V. McLaglen Teleplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: Marian Clark
April 21, 1962 (1962-04-21)
263 30 "The Dreamers" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston April 28, 1962 (1962-04-28)
264 31 "Cale" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite May 5, 1962 (1962-05-05)
265 32 "Chester's Indian" Joseph Sargent Kathleen Hite May 12, 1962 (1962-05-12)
266 33 "The Prisoner" Andrew V. McLaglen Robert E. Thompson May 19, 1962 (1962-05-19)
267 34 "The Boys" Harry Harris John Meston May 26, 1962 (1962-05-26)


Season 8 (1962–63)[edit]

38 one-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell; associate producer: Frank Paris
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Burt Reynolds (Quint Asper)[23]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
268 1 "The Search" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite September 15, 1962 (1962-09-15)
269 2 "Call Me Dodie" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite September 22, 1962 (1962-09-22)
270 3 "Quint Asper Comes Home" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston September 29, 1962 (1962-09-29)
271 4 "Root Down" Sobey Martin Kathleen Hite October 6, 1962 (1962-10-06)
272 5 "Jenny" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston October 13, 1962 (1962-10-13)
273 6 "Collie's Free" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite October 20, 1962 (1962-10-20)
274 7 "The Ditch" Harry Harris Les Crutchfield October 27, 1962 (1962-10-27)
275 8 "The Trappers" Andrew V. McLaglen John Dunkel November 3, 1962 (1962-11-03)
276 9 "Phoebe Strunk" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston November 10, 1962 (1962-11-10)
277 10 "The Hunger" Harry Harris Jack Curtis November 17, 1962 (1962-11-17)
278 11 "Abe Blocker" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston November 24, 1962 (1962-11-24)
279 12 "The Way It Is" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite December 1, 1962 (1962-12-01)
280 13 "Us Haggens" Andrew V. McLaglen Les Crutchfield December 8, 1962 (1962-12-08)
281 14 "Uncle Sunday" Joseph Sargent John Meston December 15, 1962 (1962-12-15)
282 15 "False Front" Andrew V. McLaglen Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Hal Moffett
December 22, 1962 (1962-12-22)
283 16 "Old Comrade" Harry Harris John Dunkel December 29, 1962 (1962-12-29)
284 17 "Louis Pheeters" Harry Harris John Meston January 5, 1963 (1963-01-05)
285 18 "The Renegades" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston January 12, 1963 (1963-01-12)
286 19 "Cotter's Girl" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite January 19, 1963 (1963-01-19)
287 20 "The Bad One" Charles Martin Gwen Bagni January 26, 1963 (1963-01-26)
288 21 "The Cousin" Harry Harris Teleplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: Marian Clark
February 2, 1963 (1963-02-02)
289 22 "Shona" Ted Post John Meston February 9, 1963 (1963-02-09)
290 23 "Ash" Harry Harris John Meston February 16, 1963 (1963-02-16)
291 24 "Blind Man's Bluff" Ted Post John Meston February 23, 1963 (1963-02-23)
292 25 "Quint's Indian" Fred Jackman, Jr. Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
March 2, 1963 (1963-03-02)
293 26 "Anybody Can Kill a Marshal" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite March 9, 1963 (1963-03-09)
294 27 "Two of a Kind" Andrew V. McLaglen Merwin Gerard March 16, 1963 (1963-03-16)
295 28 "I Call Him Wonder" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite March 23, 1963 (1963-03-23)
296 29 "With a Smile" Andrew V. McLaglen Teleplay: John Meston
Based on a story by: Bud Furillo & George Main
March 30, 1963 (1963-03-30)
297 30 "The Far Places" Harry Harris John Dunkel April 6, 1963 (1963-04-06)
298 31 "Panacea Sykes" William Conrad Kathleen Hite April 13, 1963 (1963-04-13)
299 32 "Tell Chester" Joseph Sargent Frank Paris April 20, 1963 (1963-04-20)
300 33 "Quint-Cident" Andrew V. McLaglen Kathleen Hite April 27, 1963 (1963-04-27)
301 34 "Old York" Harry Harris John Meston May 4, 1963 (1963-05-04)
302 35 "Daddy Went Away" Joseph Sargent Teleplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Rosser
May 11, 1963 (1963-05-11)
303 36 "The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner" Andrew V. McLaglen Paul Savage May 18, 1963 (1963-05-18)
304 37 "Jeb" Harry Harris Paul Savage May 25, 1963 (1963-05-25)
305 38 "The Quest for Asa Janin" Andrew V. McLaglen Paul Savage June 1, 1963 (1963-06-01)


Season 9 (1963–64)[edit]

36 one-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell; associate producer: Frank Paris
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Ken Curtis (Festus), Burt Reynolds (Quint Asper)[24]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
306 1 "Kate Heller" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite September 28, 1963 (1963-09-28)
307 2 "Lover Boy" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston October 5, 1963 (1963-10-05)
308 3 "Legends Don't Sleep" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite October 12, 1963 (1963-10-12)
309 4 "Tobe" John English Paul Savage October 19, 1963 (1963-10-19)
310 5 "Easy Come" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston October 26, 1963 (1963-10-26)
311 6 "My Sister's Keeper" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite November 2, 1963 (1963-11-02)
312 7 "Quint's Trail" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite November 9, 1963 (1963-11-09)
313 8 "Carter Caper" Jerry Hopper John Meston November 16, 1963 (1963-11-16)
314 9 "Ex-Con" Thomas Carr John Meston November 30, 1963 (1963-11-30)
315 10 "Extradition: Part 1" John English Antony Ellis December 7, 1963 (1963-12-07)
316 11 "Extradition: Part 2" John English Antony Ellis December 14, 1963 (1963-12-14)
317 12 "The Magician" Harry Harris John Kneubuhl December 21, 1963 (1963-12-21)
318 13 "Pa Hack's Brood" Jerry Hopper Paul Savage December 28, 1963 (1963-12-28)
319 14 "The Glory and the Mud" Jerry Hopper Gwen Bagni January 4, 1964 (1964-01-04)
320 15 "Dry Well" Harry Harris John Meston January 11, 1964 (1964-01-11)
321 16 "Prairie Wolfer" Andrew V. McLaglen John Dunkel January 18, 1964 (1964-01-18)
322 17 "Friend" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite January 25, 1964 (1964-01-25)
323 18 "Once a Haggen" Andrew V. McLaglen Les Crutchfield February 1, 1964 (1964-02-01)
324 19 "No Hands" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston February 8, 1964 (1964-02-08)
325 20 "May Blossoms" Andrew V. McLaglen Kathleen Hite February 15, 1964 (1964-02-15)
326 21 "The Bassops" Andrew V. McLaglen Tom Hanley February 22, 1964 (1964-02-22)
327 22 "The Kite" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston February 29, 1964 (1964-02-29)
328 23 "Comanches Is Soft" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite March 7, 1964 (1964-03-07)
329 24 "Father's Love" Harry Harris John Meston March 14, 1964 (1964-03-14)
330 25 "Now That April's Here" Andrew V. McLaglen Les Crutchfield March 21, 1964 (1964-03-21)
331 26 "Caleb" Harry Harris Paul Savage March 28, 1964 (1964-03-28)
332 27 "Owney Tupper Had a Daughter" Jerry Hopper Paul Savage April 4, 1964 (1964-04-04)
333 28 "Bently" Harry Harris John Kneubuhl April 11, 1964 (1964-04-11)
334 29 "Kitty Cornered" John Brahm Kathleen Hite April 18, 1964 (1964-04-18)
335 30 "The Promoter" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston April 25, 1964 (1964-04-25)
336 31 "Trip West" Harry Harris John Dunkel May 2, 1964 (1964-05-02)
337 32 "Scot Free" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite May 9, 1964 (1964-05-09)
338 33 "The Warden" Andrew V. McLaglen Les Crutchfield May 16, 1964 (1964-05-16)
339 34 "Homecoming" Harry Harris Shimon Wincelberg May 23, 1964 (1964-05-23)
340 35 "The Other Half" Andrew V. McLaglen John Dunkel May 30, 1964 (1964-05-30)
341 36 "Journey for Three" Harry Harris Frank Paris June 6, 1964 (1964-06-06)


Season 10 (1964–65)[edit]

36 one-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell (episodes 342–348, 350, 352, 361, 367), Philip Leacock (episodes 349, 351, 353–360, 362–366, 368–377); associate producer: Frank Paris
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Milburn Stone (Doc), Ken Curtis (Festus), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Burt Reynolds (Quint Asper)[25]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
342 1 "Blue Heaven" Michael O'Herlihy Les Crutchfield September 26, 1964 (1964-09-26)
343 2 "Crooked Mile" Andrew V. McLaglen Les Crutchfield October 3, 1964 (1964-10-03)
344 3 "Old Man" Harry Harris John Meston October 10, 1964 (1964-10-10)
345 4 "The Violators" Harry Harris John Dunkel October 17, 1964 (1964-10-17)
346 5 "Doctor's Wife" Harry Harris George Eckstein October 24, 1964 (1964-10-24)
347 6 "Take Her, She's Cheap" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite October 31, 1964 (1964-10-31)
348 7 "Help Me, Kitty" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite November 7, 1964 (1964-11-07)
349 8 "Hung High" Mark Rydell John Meston November 14, 1964 (1964-11-14)
350 9 "Jonah Hutchinson" Harry Harris Calvin Clements, Sr. November 21, 1964 (1964-11-21)
351 10 "Big Man, Big Target" Michael O'Herlihy John Mantley November 28, 1964 (1964-11-28)
352 11 "Chicken" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston December 5, 1964 (1964-12-05)
353 12 "Innocence" Harry Harris John Meston December 12, 1964 (1964-12-12)
354 13 "Aunt Thede" Sutton Roley Kathleen Hite December 19, 1964 (1964-12-19)
355 14 "Hammerhead" Christian Nyby Antony Ellis December 26, 1964 (1964-12-26)
356 15 "Double Entry" Joseph Sargent Les Crutchfield January 2, 1965 (1965-01-02)
357 16 "Run, Sheep, Run" Harry Harris John Meston January 9, 1965 (1965-01-09)
358 17 "Deputy Festus" Harry Harris Calvin Clements, Sr. January 16, 1965 (1965-01-16)
359 18 "One Killer on Ice" Joseph H. Lewis Richard Carr January 23, 1965 (1965-01-23)
360 19 "Chief Joseph" Mark Rydell Teleplay: Clyde Ware
Story: Thomas Warner
January 30, 1965 (1965-01-30)
361 20 "Circus Trick" William F. Claxton Les Crutchfield February 6, 1965 (1965-02-06)
362 21 "Song for Dying" Allen Reisner Harry Kronman February 13, 1965 (1965-02-13)
363 22 "Winner Take All" Vincent McEveety Les Crutchfield February 20, 1965 (1965-02-20)
364 23 "Eliab's Aim" Richard C. Sarafian Will Corry February 27, 1965 (1965-02-27)
365 24 "Thursday's Child" Joseph H. Lewis Robert Lewin March 6, 1965 (1965-03-06)
366 25 "Breckinridge" Vincent McEveety Les Crutchfield March 13, 1965 (1965-03-13)
367 26 "Bank Baby" Andrew V. McLaglen John Meston March 20, 1965 (1965-03-20)
368 27 "The Lady" Mark Rydell John Mantley March 27, 1965 (1965-03-27)
369 28 "Dry Road to Nowhere" Vincent McEveety Harry Kronman April 3, 1965 (1965-04-03)
370 29 "Twenty Miles from Dodge" Mark Rydell Clyde Ware April 10, 1965 (1965-04-10)
371 30 "The Pariah" Harry Harris Calvin Clements, Sr. April 17, 1965 (1965-04-17)
372 31 "Gilt Guilt" Harry Harris Kathleen Hite April 24, 1965 (1965-04-24)
373 32 "Bad Lady from Brookline" Michael O'Herlihy Gustave Field May 1, 1965 (1965-05-01)
374 33 "Two Tall Men" Vincent McEveety Frank Q. Dobbs & Robert Stewart, Jr. May 8, 1965 (1965-05-08)
375 34 "Honey Pot" Harry Harris John Meston May 15, 1965 (1965-05-15)
376 35 "The New Society" Joseph Sargent Calvin Clements, Sr. May 22, 1965 (1965-05-22)
377 36 "He Who Steals" Harry Harris John Meston May 29, 1965 (1965-05-29)


Season 11 (1965–66)[edit]

32 one-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Philip Leacock; associate producer: John Mantley
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Roger Ewing (Thad)[26]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
378 1 "Seven Hours to Dawn" Vincent McEveety Clyde Ware September 18, 1965 (1965-09-18)
379 2 "The Storm" Joseph Sargent Paul Savage September 25, 1965 (1965-09-25)
380 3 "Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood" Joseph Sargent Calvin Clements, Sr. October 2, 1965 (1965-10-02)
381 4 "Ten Little Indians" Mark Rydell George Eckstein October 9, 1965 (1965-10-09)
382 5 "Taps for Old Jeb" James Sheldon Les Crutchfield October 16, 1965 (1965-10-16)
383 6 "Kioga" Harry Harris Robert Lewin October 23, 1965 (1965-10-23)
384 7 "The Bounty Hunter" Harry Harris Paul Savage October 30, 1965 (1965-10-30)
385 8 "The Reward" Marc Daniels Gilbert Ralston, Scott Hunt & Beth Keele November 6, 1965 (1965-11-06)
386 9 "Malachi" Gary Nelson William Putman November 13, 1965 (1965-11-13)
387 10 "The Pretender" Vincent McEveety Calvin Clements, Sr. November 20, 1965 (1965-11-20)
388 11 "South Wind" Allen Reisner Jack Bartlett November 27, 1965 (1965-11-27)
389 12 "The Hostage" Vincent McEveety Teleplay: Clyde Ware
Story: Jo Ann Johnson
December 4, 1965 (1965-12-04)
390 13 "Outlaw's Woman" Mark Rydell Clyde Ware December 11, 1965 (1965-12-11)
391 14 "The Avengers" Vincent McEveety Donn Mullally December 18, 1965 (1965-12-18)
392 15 "Gold Mine" Abner Biberman Scott Hunt & Beth Keele December 25, 1965 (1965-12-25)
393 16 "Death Watch" Mark Rydell Calvin Clements, Sr. January 8, 1966 (1966-01-08)
394 17 "Sweet Billy, Singer of Songs" Alvin Ganzer Gustave Field January 15, 1966 (1966-01-15)
395 18 "The Raid: Part 1" Vincent McEveety Clyde Ware January 22, 1966 (1966-01-22)
396 19 "The Raid: Part 2" Vincent McEveety Clyde Ware January 29, 1966 (1966-01-29)
397 20 "Killer at Large" Marc Daniels Calvin Clements, Sr. February 5, 1966 (1966-02-05)
398 21 "My Father's Guitar" Robert Totten Hal Sitowitz February 12, 1966 (1966-02-12)
399 22 "Wishbone" Marc Daniels Paul Savage February 19, 1966 (1966-02-19)
400 23 "Sanctuary" Harry Harris Calvin Clements, Sr. February 26, 1966 (1966-02-26)
401 24 "Honor Before Justice" Harry Harris Teleplay: Frank Q. Dobbs
Story: Frank Q. Dobbs & Robert Stewart, Jr.
March 5, 1966 (1966-03-05)
402 25 "The Brothers" Tay Garnett Tom Hanley March 12, 1966 (1966-03-12)
403 26 "Which Dr." Peter Graves Les Crutchfield March 19, 1966 (1966-03-19)
404 27 "Harvest" Harry Harris Les Crutchfield March 26, 1966 (1966-03-26)
405 28 "By Line" Allen Reisner Les Crutchfield April 9, 1966 (1966-04-09)
406 29 "Treasure of John Walking Fox" Marc Daniels Teleplay: Clyde Ware
Story: Leo Bagby
April 16, 1966 (1966-04-16)
407 30 "My Father, My Son" Robert Totten Hal Sitowitz April 23, 1966 (1966-04-23)
408 31 "Parson Comes to Town" Marc Daniels Verne Jay April 30, 1966 (1966-04-30)
409 32 "Prime of Life" Robert Totten Daniel B. Ullman May 7, 1966 (1966-05-07)


One-hour color era[edit]

1966/67 through 1974/75
226 color episodes (all full-hour)
(all two- or three-parters counted as two or three individual hour-long episodes)

Season 12 (1966–67)[edit]

29 one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: Philip Leacock; producer: John Mantley
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Roger Ewing (Thad)
CBS cancelled the series due to low ratings. However, letters of protest and pressure from his wife persuaded William S. Paley, the network's chief executive, to re-instate Gunsmoke for a thirteenth season.[27][28]
Note: In 1997 TV Guide ranked "The Jailer" as episode number 28 on its "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time" list.[29]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
410 1 "Snap Decision" Mark Rydell Richard Carr September 17, 1966 (1966-09-17)
411 2 "The Goldtakers" Vincent McEveety Clyde Ware September 24, 1966 (1966-09-24)
412 3 "The Jailer" Vincent McEveety Hal Sitowitz October 1, 1966 (1966-10-01)
413 4 "The Mission" Mark Rydell Richard Carr October 8, 1966 (1966-10-08)
414 5 "The Good People" Robert Totten James Landis October 15, 1966 (1966-10-15)
415 6 "Gunfighter, R.I.P." Mark Rydell Story: Michael Fisher
Teleplay: Hal Sitowitz
October 22, 1966 (1966-10-22)
416 7 "The Wrong Man" Robert Totten Teleplay: Clyde Ware
Story: Robert Lewin
October 29, 1966 (1966-10-29)
417 8 "The Whispering Tree" Vincent McEveety Calvin Clements, Sr. November 12, 1966 (1966-11-12)
418 9 "The Well" Marc Daniels Francis M. Cockrell November 19, 1966 (1966-11-19)
419 10 "Stage Stop" Irving J. Moore Hal Sitowitz November 26, 1966 (1966-11-26)
420 11 "The Newcomers" Robert Totten Calvin Clements, Sr. December 3, 1966 (1966-12-03)
421 12 "Quaker Girl" Bernard L. Kowalski Preston Wood December 10, 1966 (1966-12-10)
422 13 "The Moonstone" Richard A. Colla Paul Savage December 17, 1966 (1966-12-17)
423 14 "Champion of the World" Marc Daniels Les Crutchfield December 24, 1966 (1966-12-24)
424 15 "The Hanging" Bernard L. Kowalski Teleplay: Calvin Clements, Sr.
Story: Calvin Clements, Jr.
December 31, 1966 (1966-12-31)
425 16 "Saturday Night" Robert Totten Clyde Ware January 7, 1967 (1967-01-07)
426 17 "Mad Dog" Charles R. Rondeau Jay Simms January 14, 1967 (1967-01-14)
427 18 "Muley" Allen Reisner Les Crutchfield January 21, 1967 (1967-01-21)
428 19 "Mail Drop" Robert Totten Calvin Clements, Sr. January 28, 1967 (1967-01-28)
429 20 "Old Friend" Allen Reisner Clyde Ware February 4, 1967 (1967-02-04)
430 21 "Fandango" James Landis Don Ingalls February 11, 1967 (1967-02-11)
431 22 "The Returning" Marc Daniels James Landis February 18, 1967 (1967-02-18)
432 23 "The Lure" Marc Daniels Clyde Ware February 25, 1967 (1967-02-25)
433 24 "Noose of Gold" Irving J. Moore Clyde Ware March 4, 1967 (1967-03-04)
434 25 "The Favor" Marc Daniels Don Ingalls March 11, 1967 (1967-03-11)
435 26 "Mistaken Identity" Robert Totten Paul Savage and Les Crutchfield March 18, 1967 (1967-03-18)
436 27 "Ladies from St. Louis" Irving J. Moore Clyde Ware March 25, 1967 (1967-03-25)
437 28 "Nitro: Part 1" Robert Totten Preston Wood April 8, 1967 (1967-04-08)
438 29 "Nitro: Part 2" Robert Totten Preston Wood April 15, 1967 (1967-04-15)


Season 13 (1967–68)[edit]

25 one-hour episodes, color
Producer: John Mantley; associate producer: Joseph Dackow
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)
Gunsmoke began its thirteenth season in a new time-slot (Monday nights at 7:30 PM). With this the series returned to being among the top ten highest rated programs, where it remained for the next six seasons.[30]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
439 1 "The Wreckers" Robert Totten Hal Sitowitz September 11, 1967 (1967-09-11)
440 2 "Cattle Barons" Gunnar Hellström Clyde Ware September 18, 1967 (1967-09-18)
441 3 "The Prodigal" Bernard McEveety Calvin Clements, Sr. September 25, 1967 (1967-09-25)
442 4 "Vengeance: Part 1" Richard C. Sarafian Calvin Clements, Sr. October 2, 1967 (1967-10-02)
443 5 "Vengeance: Part 2" Richard C. Sarafian Calvin Clements, Sr. October 9, 1967 (1967-10-09)
444 6 "A Hat" Robert Totten Ron Bishop October 16, 1967 (1967-10-16)
445 7 "Hard Luck Henry" John Rich Warren Douglas October 23, 1967 (1967-10-23)
446 8 "Major Glory" Robert Totten Teleplay: Richard Carr
Story: Clyde Ware and Richard Carr
October 30, 1967 (1967-10-30)
447 9 "The Pillagers" Vincent McEveety Calvin Clements, Sr. November 6, 1967 (1967-11-06)
448 10 "Prairie Wolfer" Robert Butler Calvin Clements, Sr. November 13, 1967 (1967-11-13)
449 11 "Stranger in Town" E. Darrell Hallenbeck Teleplay: John Dunkel
Story: Emily Mosher and John Dunkel
November 20, 1967 (1967-11-20)
450 12 "Death Train" Gunnar Hellström Ken Trevey November 27, 1967 (1967-11-27)
451 13 "Rope Fever" David Alexander Chris Rellas December 4, 1967 (1967-12-04)
452 14 "Wonder" Irving J. Moore Teleplay: William Blinn
Story: Mary Worrell and William Blinn
December 18, 1967 (1967-12-18)
453 15 "Baker's Dozen" Irving J. Moore Charles Joseph Stone December 25, 1967 (1967-12-25)
454 16 "The Victim" Vincent McEveety Teleplay: Arthur Rowe
Story: Hal Sitowitz
January 1, 1968 (1968-01-01)
455 17 "Deadman's Law" John Rich Calvin Clements, Jr. January 8, 1968 (1968-01-08)
456 18 "Nowhere to Run" Vincent McEveety Teleplay: Ron Honthaner
Story: Robert Totten
January 15, 1968 (1968-01-15)
457 19 "Blood Money" Robert Totten Hal Sitowitz January 22, 1968 (1968-01-22)
458 20 "Hill Girl" Robert Totten Calvin Clements, Sr. January 29, 1968 (1968-01-29)
459 21 "The Gunrunners"
"Buffalo Man"
Irving J. Moore Hal Sitowitz February 5, 1968 (1968-02-05)
460 22 "The Jackals" Alvin Ganzer Calvin Clements, Jr. February 12, 1968 (1968-02-12)
4614 23 "The First People" Robert Totten Calvin Clements, Sr. February 19, 1968 (1968-02-19)
462 24 "Mr. Sam'l" Gunnar Hellström Harry Kronman February 26, 1968 (1968-02-26)
463 25 "A Noose for Dobie Price" Richard C. Sarafian Antony Ellis March 4, 1968 (1968-03-04)


Season 14 (1968–69)[edit]

26 one-hour episodes, color
Producer / executive producer: John Mantley; associate producer: Joseph Dackow
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)[31]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
464 1 "Lyle's Kid" Bernard McEveety Calvin Clements, Sr. September 23, 1968 (1968-09-23)
465 2 "The Hide Cutters" Bernard McEveety Jack Turley September 30, 1968 (1968-09-30)
466 3 "Zavala" Vincent McEveety Paul Savage October 7, 1968 (1968-10-07)
467 4 "Uncle Finney" Bernard McEveety Calvin Clements, Sr. October 14, 1968 (1968-10-14)
468 5 "Slocum" Leo Penn Ron Bishop October 21, 1968 (1968-10-21)
469 6 "O'Quillian" John Rich Ron Bishop October 28, 1968 (1968-10-28)
470 7 "9:12 to Dodge" Marvin J. Chomsky Preston Wood November 11, 1968 (1968-11-11)
471 8 "Abelia" Vincent McEveety Calvin Clements, Sr. November 18, 1968 (1968-11-18)
472 9 "Railroad!" Marvin J. Chomsky Arthur Rowe November 25, 1968 (1968-11-25)
473 10 "The Miracle Man" Bernard McEveety Calvin Clements, Sr. December 2, 1968 (1968-12-02)
474 11 "Waco" Robert Totten Ron Bishop December 9, 1968 (1968-12-09)
475 12 "Lobo" Bernard McEveety Jim Byrnes December 16, 1968 (1968-12-16)
476 13 "Johnny Cross" Herschel Daugherty Calvin Clements, Sr. December 23, 1968 (1968-12-23)
477 14 "The Money Store" Vincent McEveety William Blinn December 30, 1968 (1968-12-30)
478 15 "The Twisted Heritage" Bernard McEveety Teleplay: Paul Savage and Arthur Rowe
Story: Robert Heverly and Jack Turley
January 6, 1969 (1969-01-06)
479 16 "Time of the Jackals" Vincent McEveety Teleplay: Paul Savage and Richard Fielder
Story: Paul Savage
January 13, 1969 (1969-01-13)
480 17 "Mannon" Robert Butler Ron Bishop January 20, 1969 (1969-01-20)
481 18 "Gold Town" Gunnar Hellström Calvin Clements, Sr. January 27, 1969 (1969-01-27)
482 19 "The Mark of Cain" Vincent McEveety Ron Bishop February 3, 1969 (1969-02-03)
483 20 "Reprisal" Bernard McEveety Teleplay: Jack Hawn and Paul Savage
Story: Jack Hawn
February 10, 1969 (1969-02-10)
484 21 "The Long Night" John Rich Teleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Richard Carr
February 17, 1969 (1969-02-17)
485 22 "The Night Riders" Irving J. Moore Calvin Clements, Sr. February 24, 1969 (1969-02-24)
486 23 "The Intruder" Vincent McEveety Jim Byrnes March 3, 1969 (1969-03-03)
487 24 "The Good Samaritans" Bernard McEveety Paul Savage March 10, 1969 (1969-03-10)
488 25 "The Prisoner" Leo Penn Calvin Clements, Sr. March 17, 1969 (1969-03-17)
489 26 "Exodus 21:22" Herschel Daugherty Arthur Rowe March 24, 1969 (1969-03-24)


Season 15 (1969–70)[edit]

26 one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: John Mantley; producer: Joseph Dackow
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)[32]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
490 1 "The Devil's Outpost" Philip Leacock Teleplay: Bob Barbash and Jim Byrnes
Story: Bob Barbash
September 22, 1969 (1969-09-22)
491 2 "Stryker" Robert Totten Herman Groves September 29, 1969 (1969-09-29)
492 3 "Coreyville" Bernard McEveety Herman Groves October 6, 1969 (1969-10-06)
493 4 "Danny" Bernard McEveety Preston Wood October 13, 1969 (1969-10-13)
494 5 "Hawk" Gunnar Hellström Kay Lenard & Jess Carneol October 20, 1969 (1969-10-20)
495 6 "A Man Called Smith" Vincent McEveety Calvin Clements, Sr. October 27, 1969 (1969-10-27)
496 7 "Charlie Noon" Vincent McEveety Jim Byrnes November 3, 1969 (1969-11-03)
497 8 "The Still" Gunnar Hellström Calvin Clements, Sr. November 10, 1969 (1969-11-10)
498 9 "A Matter of Honor" Robert Totten Joy Dexter November 17, 1969 (1969-11-17)
499 10 "The Innocent" Marvin J. Chomsky Walter Black November 24, 1969 (1969-11-24)
500 11 "Ring of Darkness" Bernard McEveety Howard Dimsdale December 1, 1969 (1969-12-01)
501 12 "MacGraw" Philip Leacock Kay Lenard & Jess Carneol December 8, 1969 (1969-12-08)
502 13 "Roots of Fear" Philip Leacock Arthur Browne, Jr. December 15, 1969 (1969-12-15)
503 14 "The Sisters" Philip Leacock William Kelley December 29, 1969 (1969-12-29)
504 15 "The War Priest" Bernard McEveety William Kelley January 5, 1970 (1970-01-05)
505 16 "The Pack Rat" Philip Leacock Teleplay: Arthur Browne, Jr. and Jim Byrnes
Story: Arthur Browne, Jr.
January 12, 1970 (1970-01-12)
506 17 "The Judas Gun" Vincent McEveety Harry Kronman January 19, 1970 (1970-01-19)
507 18 "Doctor Herman Schultz, M.D." Bernard McEveety Teleplay: Calvin Clements, Sr.
Story: Benny Rubin
January 26, 1970 (1970-01-26)
508 19 "The Badge" Vincent McEveety Jim Byrnes February 2, 1970 (1970-02-02)
509 20 "Albert" Vincent McEveety Jim Byrnes February 9, 1970 (1970-02-09)
510 21 "Kiowa" Bernard McEveety Ron Bishop February 16, 1970 (1970-02-16)
511 22 "Celia" Philip Leacock Harry Kronman February 23, 1970 (1970-02-23)
512 23 "Morgan" Bernard McEveety Kay Lenard & Jess Carneol March 2, 1970 (1970-03-02)
513 24 "The Thieves" Philip Leacock Thomas Thompson March 9, 1970 (1970-03-09)
514 25 "Hackett" Vincent McEveety William Kelley March 16, 1970 (1970-03-16)
515 26 "The Cage" Bernard McEveety Calvin Clements, Sr. March 23, 1970 (1970-03-23)


Season 16 (1970–71)[edit]

24 one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: John Mantley; producer: Joseph Dackow (episodes 516–528), Leonard Katzman (episodes 529–539)
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)
Note: "Pike", the two-part episode that ended the season, was later developed into a spin-off series entitled Dirty Sally.[33][34]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
516 1 "Chato" Vincent McEveety Paul F. Edwards September 14, 1970 (1970-09-14)
517 2 "The Noose" Vincent McEveety Arthur Browne, Jr. September 21, 1970 (1970-09-21)
518 3 "Stark" Robert Totten Donald S. Sanford September 28, 1970 (1970-09-28)
519 4 "Sam McTavish, M.D." Bernard McEveety Bethel Leslie & Gerry Day October 5, 1970 (1970-10-05)
520 5 "Gentry's Law" Vincent McEveety Jack Miller October 12, 1970 (1970-10-12)
521 6 "Snow Train: Part 1" Gunnar Hellström Preston Wood October 19, 1970 (1970-10-19)
522 7 "Snow Train: Part 2" Gunnar Hellström Preston Wood October 26, 1970 (1970-10-26)
523 8 "Luke" Bernard McEveety Jack Miller November 2, 1970 (1970-11-02)
524 9 "The Gun" Bernard McEveety Donald S. Sanford November 9, 1970 (1970-11-09)
525 10 "The Scavengers" Robert Totten Jim Byrnes November 16, 1970 (1970-11-16)
526 11 "The Witness" Philip Leacock Shimon Wincelberg November 23, 1970 (1970-11-23)
527 12 "McCabe" Bernard McEveety Jim Byrnes November 30, 1970 (1970-11-30)
528 13 "The Noon Day Devil" Philip Leacock William Kelley December 7, 1970 (1970-12-07)
529 14 "Sergeant Holly" Bernard McEveety William Kelley December 14, 1970 (1970-12-14)
530 15 "Jenny" Robert Totten Jack Miller December 28, 1970 (1970-12-28)
531 16 "Captain Sligo" William Conrad William Kelley January 4, 1971 (1971-01-04)
532 17 "Mirage" Vincent McEveety Jack Miller January 11, 1971 (1971-01-11)
533 18 "The Tycoon" Bernard McEveety Robert Vincent Wright January 25, 1971 (1971-01-25)
534 19 "Jaekel" Bernard McEveety Teleplay: Calvin Clements, Sr.
Story: True Boardman & Thelma Boardman
February 1, 1971 (1971-02-01)
535 20 "Murdoch" Robert Totten Jack Miller February 8, 1971 (1971-02-08)
536 21 "Cleavus" Vincent McEveety Richard Scott February 15, 1971 (1971-02-15)
537 22 "Lavery" Vincent McEveety Donald S. Sanford February 22, 1971 (1971-02-22)
538 23 "Pike: Part 1" Bernard McEveety Jack Miller March 1, 1971 (1971-03-01)
539 24 "Pike: Part 2" Bernard McEveety Jack Miller March 8, 1971 (1971-03-08)


Season 17 (1971–72)[edit]

24 one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: John Mantley; producer: Leonard Katzman; associate producer: Ron Honthaner
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)[35]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
540 1 "The Lost" Robert Totten Teleplay: Jack Miller
Story: Warren Vanders
September 13, 1971 (1971-09-13)
541 2 "Phoenix" Paul Stanley Anthony Lawrence September 20, 1971 (1971-09-20)
542 3 "Waste: Part 1" Vincent McEveety Jim Byrnes September 27, 1971 (1971-09-27)
543 4 "Waste: Part 2" Vincent McEveety Jim Byrnes October 4, 1971 (1971-10-04)
544 5 "New Doctor in Town" Philip Leacock Jack Miller October 11, 1971 (1971-10-11)
545 6 "The Legend" Philip Leacock Calvin Clements, Jr. October 18, 1971 (1971-10-18)
546 7 "Trafton" Bernard McEveety Ron Bishop October 25, 1971 (1971-10-25)
547 8 "Lynott" Gunnar Hellström Ron Bishop November 1, 1971 (1971-11-01)
548 9 "Lijah" Irving J. Moore William Blinn November 8, 1971 (1971-11-08)
549 10 "My Brother's Keeper" Paul Stanley Howard Dimsdale November 15, 1971 (1971-11-15)
550 11 "Drago" Paul Stanley Jim Byrnes November 22, 1971 (1971-11-22)
551 12 "Gold Train: The Bullet - Part 1" Bernard McEveety Jim Byrnes November 29, 1971 (1971-11-29)
552 13 "Gold Train: The Bullet - Part 2" Bernard McEveety Jim Byrnes December 6, 1971 (1971-12-06)
553 14 "Gold Train: The Bullet - Part 3" Bernard McEveety Jim Byrnes December 13, 1971 (1971-12-13)
554 15 "P.S. Murry Christmas" Herb Wallerstein William Kelley December 27, 1971 (1971-12-27)
555 16 "No Tomorrow" Irving J. Moore Richard Fielder January 3, 1972 (1972-01-03)
556 17 "Hidalgo" Paul Stanley Colley Cibber January 10, 1972 (1972-01-10)
557 18 "Tara" Bernard McEveety William Kelley January 17, 1972 (1972-01-17)
558 19 "One for the Road" Bernard McEveety Jack Miller January 24, 1972 (1972-01-24)
559 20 "The Predators" Bernard McEveety Calvin Clements, Sr. January 31, 1972 (1972-01-31)
560 21 "Yankton" Vincent McEveety Jim Byrnes February 7, 1972 (1972-02-07)
561 22 "Blind Man's Buff" Herb Wallerstein Ron Honthaner February 21, 1972 (1972-02-21)
562 23 "Alias Festus Haggin" Vincent McEveety Calvin Clements, Sr. March 6, 1972 (1972-03-06)
563 24 "The Wedding" Bernard McEveety Harry Kronman March 13, 1972 (1972-03-13)


Season 18 (1972–73)[edit]

24 one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: John Mantley; producer: Leonard Katzman; associate producer: Ron Honthaner.
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Ken Curtis (Festus), Buck Taylor (Newly)[36]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
564 1 "The River: Part 1" Herb Wallerstein Jack Miller September 11, 1972 (1972-09-11)
565 2 "The River: Part 2" Herb Wallerstein Jack Miller September 18, 1972 (1972-09-18)
566 3 "Bohannan" Alf Kjellin William Kelley September 25, 1972 (1972-09-25)
567 4 "The Judgement" Philip Leacock Shimon Wincelberg October 2, 1972 (1972-10-02)
568 5 "The Drummer" Bernard McEveety Richard Fielder October 9, 1972 (1972-10-09)
569 6 "Sarah" Gunnar Hellström Calvin Clements, Sr. October 16, 1972 (1972-10-16)
570 7 "The Fugitives" Irving J. Moore Charles Joseph Stone October 23, 1972 (1972-10-23)
571 8 "Eleven Dollars" Irving J. Moore Paul Savage October 30, 1972 (1972-10-30)
572 9 "Milligan" Bernard McEveety Ron Bishop November 6, 1972 (1972-11-06)
573 10 "Tatum" Gunnar Hellström Jim Byrnes November 13, 1972 (1972-11-13)
574 11 "The Sodbusters" Robert Butler Ron Bishop November 20, 1972 (1972-11-20)
575 12 "The Brothers" Gunnar Hellström Calvin Clements, Sr. November 27, 1972 (1972-11-27)
576 13 "Hostage!" Gunnar Hellström Paul F. Edwards December 11, 1972 (1972-12-11)
577 14 "Jubilee" Herb Wallerstein Teleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Jack Freeman
December 18, 1972 (1972-12-18)
578 15 "Arizona Midnight" Irving J. Moore Dudley Bromley January 1, 1973 (1973-01-01)
579 16 "Homecoming" Gunnar Hellström Calvin Clements, Sr. January 8, 1973 (1973-01-08)
580 17 "Shadler" Arnold Laven Jim Byrnes January 15, 1973 (1973-01-15)
581 18 "Patricia" Alf Kjellin Calvin Clements, Sr. January 22, 1973 (1973-01-22)
582 19 "A Quiet Day in Dodge" Alf Kjellin Jack Miller January 29, 1973 (1973-01-29)
583 20 "Whelan's Men" Paul F. Edwards Ron Bishop February 5, 1973 (1973-02-05)
584 21 "Kimbro" Gunnar Hellström Jim Byrnes February 12, 1973 (1973-02-12)
585 22 "Jesse" Bernard McEveety Jim Byrnes February 19, 1973 (1973-02-19)
586 23 "Talbot" Vincent McEveety Jim Byrnes February 26, 1973 (1973-02-26)
587 24 "This Golden Land" Gunnar Hellström Hal Sitowitz March 5, 1973 (1973-03-05)


Season 19 (1973–74)[edit]

24 one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: John Mantley; producer: Leonard Katzman; associate producer: Ron Honthaner
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)[37]

Series # Season # Title Director Writer(s) Airdate
588 1 "Women for Sale" – Part 1 McEveety, VincentVincent McEveety Byrnes, JimJim Byrnes September 10, 1973
589 2 "Women for Sale" – Part 2 McEveety, VincentVincent McEveety Byrnes, JimJim Byrnes September 17, 1973
590 3 "Matt's Love Story" Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Bishop, RonRon Bishop September 24, 1973
591 4 "The Boy and the Sinner" McEveety, BernardBernard McEveety Sitowitz, HalHal Sitowitz October 1, 1973
592 5 "The Widow-Maker" McEveety, BernardBernard McEveety Edwards, Paul F.Paul F. Edwards October 8, 1973
593 6 "Kitty's Love Affair" McEveety, VincentVincent McEveety Kotar, S.L.S.L. Kotar, Gessler, J.E.J.E. Gessler, Savage, PaulPaul Savage October 22, 1973
594 7 "The Widow and the Rogue" McEveety, BernardBernard McEveety Marlowe, HarveyHarvey Marlowe, Savage, PaulPaul Savage October 29, 1973
595 8 "A Game of Death ... An Act of Love" – Part 1 Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Edwards, Paul F.Paul F. Edwards November 5, 1973
596 9 "A Game of Death … An Act of Love" – Part 2 Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Edwards, Paul F.Paul F. Edwards November 12, 1973
597 10 "Lynch Town" McEveety, BernardBernard McEveety Clements, Sr., CalvinCalvin Clements, Sr., Snyder, AnneAnne Snyder, Carlino, JoannJoann Carlino November 19, 1973
598 11 "The Hanging of Newly O'Brien" Kjellin, AlfAlf Kjellin Clements, Sr., CalvinCalvin Clements, Sr. November 26, 1973
599 12 "Susan Was Evil" McEveety, BernardBernard McEveety Keys, WilliamWilliam Keys December 3, 1973
600 13 "The Deadly Innocent" McEveety, BernardBernard McEveety Clements, Sr., CalvinCalvin Clements, Sr. December 17, 1973
601 14 "The Child Between" Moore, Irving J.Irving J. Moore Kronman, HarryHarry Kronman December 24, 1973
602 15 "A Family of Killers" Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Keys, WilliamWilliam Keys January 14, 1974
603 16 "Like Old Times" Moore, Irving J.Irving J. Moore Fielder, RichardRichard Fielder January 21, 1974
604 17 "The Town Tamers" Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Savage, PaulPaul Savage January 28, 1974
605 18 "The Foundling" McEveety, BernardBernard McEveety Byrnes, JimJim Byrnes February 11, 1974
606 19 "The Iron Blood of Courage" Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Bishop, RonRon Bishop February 18, 1974
607 20 "The Schoolmarm" McEveety, BernardBernard McEveety Nelson, DickDick Nelson February 25, 1974
608 21 "Trail of Bloodshed" McEveety, BernardBernard McEveety Wallace, Earl W.Earl W. Wallace March 1, 1974
609 22 "Cowtown Hustler" Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Byrnes, JimJim Byrnes March 11, 1974
610 23 "To Ride a Yeller Horse" McEveety, VincentVincent McEveety Clements, Sr., CalvinCalvin Clements, Sr. March 18, 1974
611 24 "The Disciple" Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Wincelberg, ShimonShimon Wincelberg April 1, 1974

Season 20 (1974–75)[edit]

24 one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: John Mantley; producer: Leonard Katzman; associate producer: Ron Honthaner
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Buck Taylor (Newly), Fran Ryan (Hannah)[38]

Series # Season # Title Director Writer(s) Airdate
612 1 "Matt Dillon Must Die!" French, VictorVictor French Goldrup, RayRay Goldrup September 9, 1974
613 2 "A Town in Chains" McEveety, BernardBernard McEveety Bishop, RonRon Bishop September 16, 1974
614 3 "The Guns of Cibola Blanca" – Part 1 Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Savage, PaulPaul Savage September 23, 1974
615 4 "The Guns of Cibola Blanca" – Part 2 Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Savage, PaulPaul Savage September 30, 1974
616 5 "Thirty a Month and Found" McEveety, BernardBernard McEveety Byrnes, JimJim Byrnes October 7, 1974
617 6 "The Wiving" French, VictorVictor French Wallace, Earl W.Earl W. Wallace October 14, 1974
618 7 "The Iron Men" Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Mantley, JohnJohn Mantley October 21, 1974
619 8 "The Fourth Victim" McEveety, BernardBernard McEveety Byrnes, JimJim Byrnes November 4, 1974
620 9 "The Tarnished Badge" O'Herlihy, MichaelMichael O'Herlihy Vincent, RobertRobert Vincent November 11, 1974
621 10 "In Performance of Duty" Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Keys, WilliamWilliam Keys November 18, 1974
622 11 "Island in the Desert" – Part 1 Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Byrnes, JimJim Byrnes December 2, 1974
623 12 "Island in the Desert" – Part 2 Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Byrnes, JimJim Byrnes December 9, 1974
624 13 "The Colonel" McEveety, BernardBernard McEveety Dales, ArthurArthur Dales December 16, 1974
625 14 "The Squaw" Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Byrnes, JimJim Byrnes January 6, 1975
626 15 "The Hiders" French, VictorVictor French Savage, PaulPaul Savage January 13, 1975
627 16 "Larkin" Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Byrnes, JimJim Byrnes January 20, 1975
628 17 "The Fires of Ignorance" French, VictorVictor French Byrnes, JimJim Byrnes January 27, 1975
629 18 "The Angry Land" McEveety, BernardBernard McEveety Groves, HermanHerman Groves February 3, 1975
630 19 "Brides and Grooms" French, VictorVictor French Wallace, Earl W.Earl W. Wallace February 10, 1975
631 20 "Hard Labor" McEveety, BernardBernard McEveety Sitowitz, HalHal Sitowitz February 24, 1975
632 21 "I Have Promises to Keep" Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Byrnes, JimJim Byrnes March 3, 1975
633 22 "The Busters" McEveety, BernardBernard McEveety Byrnes, JimJim Byrnes March 10, 1975
634 23 "Manolo" Hellstrom, GunnarGunnar Hellstrom Charles, HarrietHarriet Charles, Wallace, Earl W.Earl W. Wallace March 17, 1975
635 24 "The Sharecroppers" Katzman, LeonardLeonard Katzman Wallace, Earl W.Earl W. Wallace March 31, 1975

Television movies[edit]

# Title Director Writer(s) Airdate[39]
1 Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge McEveety, VincentVincent McEveety Bynes, JimJim Bynes September 26, 1987
2 Gunsmoke: The Last Apache Correll, CharlesCharles Correll Wallace, Earl W.Earl W. Wallace March 18, 1990
3 Gunsmoke: To the Last Man Jameson, JerryJerry Jameson Wallace, Earl W.Earl W. Wallace January 10, 1992
4 Gunsmoke: The Long Ride Jameson, JerryJerry Jameson Stratton, BillBill Stratton May 8, 1993
5 Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice Jameson, JerryJerry Jameson Longstreet, Harry and ReneeHarry and Renee Longstreet February 10, 1994

Nielsen ratings[edit]

Season Season premiere Season finale Timeslot Nielsen rating[40] Programs airing opposite Gunsmoke[40]
NBC ABC
1 September 10, 1955 August 25, 1956 Saturday, 10–10:30 The George Gobel Show Tomorrow's Careers
2 September 8, 1956 July 6, 1957 Saturday, 10–10:30 8 The George Gobel Show Masquerade Party
3 September 14, 1957 June 7, 1958 Saturday, 10–10:30 1 What's It For Mike Wallace Interviews
4 September 13, 1958 June 13, 1959 Saturday, 10–10:30 1 Cimarron City Sammy Kaye's Music
5 September 5, 1959 June 11, 1960 Saturday, 10–10:30 1 Five Fingers Jubilee USA
6 September 3, 1960 June 17, 1961 Saturday, 10–10:30 1 The Nation's Future Fight of the Week
7 September 30, 1961 May 26, 1962 Saturday, 10–11:00 3 NBC Saturday Night at the Movies Fight of the Week
8 September 15, 1962 June 1, 1963 Saturday, 10–11:00 10 NBC Saturday Night at the Movies Fight of the Week
9 September 28, 1963 May 6, 1964 Saturday, 10–11:00 20 NBC Saturday Night at the Movies The Jerry Lewis Show
10 September 26, 1964 May 29, 1965 Saturday, 10–11:00 27 NBC Saturday Night at the Movies Hollywood Palace
11 September 18, 1965 May 7, 1966 Saturday, 10–11:00 30 NBC Saturday Night at the Movies Hollywood Palace
12 September 24, 1966 April 15, 1967 Saturday, 10–11:00 34 NBC Saturday Night at the Movies Hollywood Palace
13 September 11, 1967 March 4, 1968 Monday, 7:30–8:30 4 The Monkees
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Cowboy in Africa
14 September 23, 1968 March 24, 1969 Monday, 7:30–8:30 6 I Dream of Jeannie
Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
The Avengers
15 September 22, 1969 March 23, 1970 Monday, 7:30–8:30 2 My World and Welcome to It
Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
The Music Scene
The New People
16 September 14, 1970 March 8, 1971 Monday, 7:30–8:30 5 The Red Skelton Show
Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
The Young Lawyers
17 September 20, 1971 March 13, 1972 Monday, 8–9:00 4 Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In Nanny and the Professor
18 September 11, 1972 March 5, 1973 Monday, 8–9:00 8 Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In The Rookies
19 September 10, 1973 April 1, 1974 Monday, 8–9:00 15 Lotsa Luck
Diana
The Rookies
20 September 9, 1974 March 31, 1975 Monday, 8–9:00 28 Born Free The Rookies

Home media release[edit]

The first nine seasons of Gunsmoke and the first three reunion films are available on DVD in Region 1. Two box sets—The 50th Anniversary Collection and The Director's Collection—have been released on DVD in Region 1.

Gunsmoke season DVD releases
Season Episodes Discs Release date Ref
1 39 6 July 17, 2007 [41]
2 Volume 1: 20 3 January 8, 2008 [42]
Volume 2: 19 3 May 27, 2008 [43]
3 Volume 1: 20 3 December 9, 2008 [44]
Volume 2: 19 3 May 26, 2009 [45]
4 Volume 1: 20 3 October 5, 2010 [46]
Volume 2: 19 3 December 14, 2010 [47]
5 Volume 1: 20 3 October 11, 2011 [48]
Volume 2: 19 3 December 13, 2011 [49]
6 Volume 1: 19 3 August 7, 2012 [50]
Volume 2: 19 3 October 16, 2012 [51]
7 Volume 1: 17 5 December 11, 2012 [52]
Volume 2: 17 5 February 5, 2013 [53]
8 Volume 1: 19 5 May 7, 2013 [54]
Volume 2: 19 5 May 7, 2013 [55]
9 Volume 1: 18 5 August 6, 2013 [56]
Volume 2: 18 5 August 6, 2013 [57]
Gunsmoke – 50th Anniversary DVD releases
Volume Episodes Discs Release date Ref
1 17 3 January 3, 2006 [58]
2 12 3 January 3, 2006 [59]
1 & 2 29 6 January 3, 2006 [60]
Gunsmoke – The Director's Collection DVD releases
Volume Episodes Discs Release date Ref
15 3 November 14, 2006 [61]
Gunsmoke TV-movie DVD releases
Title Discs Release date Ref
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge 1 May 11, 2004 [62]
Gunsmoke: The Last Apache 1 May 11, 2004 [63]
Gunsmoke: To the Last Man 1 May 11, 2004 [64]
The Gunsmoke Movie Collection 3 May 11, 2004 [65]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Barbaras 1990, pp. 74–75
  2. ^ Barbaras 1990, pp. 444, 742
  3. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 255, 539
  4. ^ a b Newcomb, Horace (2010). "Gunsmoke". The Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ Barbaras 1990, p. 5
  6. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 255–539
  7. ^ Barbaras 1990, p. 154
  8. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 541–557
  9. ^ Barbaras 1990, pp. 87–102
  10. ^ Barbaras 1990, pp. 114–116
  11. ^ Barbaras 1990, pp. 116–118
  12. ^ Barbaras 1990, pp. 126–127
  13. ^ Barbaras 1990, pp. 147–148
  14. ^ Barbaras 1990, p. 101
  15. ^ "Gunsmoke". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  16. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 255–270
  17. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 270–285
  18. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 285–299
  19. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 300–312
  20. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 312–324
  21. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 325–337
  22. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 337–353
  23. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 353–370
  24. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 370–384
  25. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 384–400
  26. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 400–416
  27. ^ Barbaras 1990, pp. 123–125
  28. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 416–429
  29. ^ TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 186. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9. 
  30. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 76; 429–442
  31. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 442–457
  32. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 458–470
  33. ^ Barbaras 1990, p. 669
  34. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 470–484
  35. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 484–496
  36. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 496–508
  37. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 508–522
  38. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 522–539
  39. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 546–557
  40. ^ a b Barbaras 1990, p. 152
  41. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season One". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  42. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Two (Volume 1)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  43. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Two (Volume 2)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  44. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Three (Volume 1)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  45. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Three (Volume 2)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  46. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Four". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  47. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Four, Volume 2". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  48. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Five, Volume 1". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  49. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Five, Volume 2". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  50. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Six, Volume 1". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  51. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Six, Volume 2". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  52. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Seven, Volume 1". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  53. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Seven, Volume 2". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  54. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Eight". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  55. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Eight". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  56. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Nine". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  57. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Nine". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  58. ^ "Gunsmoke: 50th Anniversary Collection (Volume 1)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  59. ^ "Gunsmoke: 50th Anniversary Collection (Volume 2)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  60. ^ "Gunsmoke: 50th Anniversary Collection (Volumes 1 & 2)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  61. ^ "Gunsmoke: The Director's Collection". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  62. ^ "Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  63. ^ "Gunsmoke: The Last Apache". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  64. ^ "Gunsmoke: To the Last Man". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  65. ^ "The Gunsmoke Movie Collection". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 

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