The Best Episodes Directed by Gunnar Hellstrom

Ellie Saves the Day

#1 - Ellie Saves the Day

Dallas Season 3 - Episode 12

The drilling in Asia run into serious trouble because of a typhoon and the banks demand their loan back. The Ewings are shocked to learn J.R. has mortgaged Southfork. However, the ranch has substantial oil reserves below. Will Miss Ellie allow drilling on Southfork to save Ewing Oil?

star 8.14
40 votes
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Return Engagements

#2 - Return Engagements

Dallas Season 3 - Episode 14

It's Gary's birthday, and Miss Ellie is missing him terribly. She begs Lucy to find Gary through Valene. J.R. takes Kristin off for another "business trip", which doesn't go quite as planned. Meanwhile Gary shows up in Bobby's office and agrees to meet Miss Ellie, who is overjoyed.

star 8.05
39 votes
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The Iron Men

#3 - The Iron Men

Gunsmoke Season 20 - Episode 7

Matt and former lawman now turned alcoholic, Chauncey Demon go up against land baron Carl Ryker.

star 8.04
45 votes
Cattle Barons

#4 - Cattle Barons

Gunsmoke Season 13 - Episode 2

Feuding cattle barons are headed to Dodge City from opposite directions for a showdown.

star 7.96
45 votes
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The Iron Blood of Courage

#5 - The Iron Blood of Courage

Gunsmoke Season 19 - Episode 19

William Talley, a gunfighter is hired by a farmer's collition in Dodge to kill rancher Shaw Anderson, their main obstickle in taking over the land.

star 7.91
11 votes
Mr. Sam'l

#6 - Mr. Sam'l

Gunsmoke Season 13 - Episode 24

Durning a drought, a watch witch (someone who can find water), comes to town. Meanwhile, a businessman attempts to buy up farms during this time, no matter the method.

star 7.90
41 votes

#7 - Homecoming

Gunsmoke Season 18 - Episode 16

Two outlaws head back to Dodge City to visit their mother who doesn't trust her son's. Who claim to want to work the farm and take care of their mother. They intend to take their mother's money along with Doc.

star 7.89
9 votes
Royal Marriage

#8 - Royal Marriage

Dallas Season 2 - Episode 21

J.R is thrilled when Lucy becomes engaged to Kit Mainwaring. It will mean a potential business merger with Mainwaring Oil, which would be beneficial to Ewing Oil, and J.R. Unfortunately, Kit Mainwaring is gay. He eventually confesses this to Bobby, and then to Lucy. Lucy is heartbroken, but stands by Kit, and holds the secret. Only she and Bobby know the truth. But, of course, J.R. knew all along.

star 7.88
23 votes
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#9 - Sarah

Gunsmoke Season 18 - Episode 6

While trying to catch an outlaw (by riding to the outlaw's hideout) Matt runs into Sarah where she wonders if Matt ever wed. We find that Matt was a deputy in San Antonio. Sarah later tells the group she married Charlie Jackson (Matt) days ago. Charlie Jackson was somebody Sarah knew. Charlie tries to get the outlaws to stop hurting Sarah, Charlie begins to find out of plan that may cause trouble. Sarah later tells Matt that she loves him, but learns that those feelings are not going to return. We find out Matt is after someone who gave him four days in jail. Sarah is forced to Vesco why Charlie Jackson is back in Mexico, because one of Vesco's men knows Charlie Jackson is dead. Sarah tells Matt to leave, but Matt tries to protect Sarah.

star 7.71
14 votes
The  Disciple

#10 - The Disciple

Gunsmoke Season 19 - Episode 24

When a lawman's gun arm is shot up, he's essentially a sitting duck. That's what Matt figures when his ability to shoot again is in doubt. So, he leaves the badge and Dodge behind as well as Kitty, Festus, Doc, and Newly. Like vultures circling, outlaws start coming in to gun Dillon down. But, Dillon is out and about and a new marshal is in town. He meets a young man who is handy with a gun but refuses to shoot any living creature even if it were for his own life. Circumstances prove to both men that sometimes responsibility to duty requires more than just the ability to shoot.

star 7.58
12 votes

#11 - Tatum

Gunsmoke Season 18 - Episode 10

An ex-gunfighter is dying. He must reconcile with the daughters he abandoned, and wants to be buried next to his wife, who is buried in a town that hates him

star 7.45
11 votes
Things Ain't Goin' Too Good at Southfork

#12 - Things Ain't Goin' Too Good at Southfork

Dallas Season 6 - Episode 26

Sue Ellen starts drinking again and Clayton finds her in his bed. Pamela comes back from France and questions Bobby about him and Katherine. Walt Driscoll disappears. Ellie finds Clayton with Sue Ellen. Katherine tells Pam there's nothing going on between her and Bobby. Cliff tells J.R. he will not let Bobby have the drill bit. Clayton tries to persuade Sue Ellen to talk to J.R. about the incident with Holly. A drunk Sue Ellen tells Ellie that Clayton is the only man that she ever loved. Cliff asks Pam to side with him on the drill bit. Sue Ellen angrily confronts J.R. about Holly. Mickey and Sue Ellen are involved in a car accident.

star 7.37
50 votes
The Quest

#13 - The Quest

Dallas Season 4 - Episode 15

J.R. uses his influence to make sure that Cliff Barnes does not get chosen for public office. Lucy is onto Afton's gold-digging. Pam makes her choice between Alex and Bobby. Donna and the officials approach Bobby about the Senate position, but Cliff is furious. Donna finishes with Cliff. Sue Ellen can't get anyone to believe that she is being followed, and J.R. couldn't care less, so she takes matters in her own hands.

star 7.30
54 votes
A Family of Killers

#14 - A Family of Killers

Gunsmoke Season 19 - Episode 15

Matt and a fellow lawman go after a vicious family of robbers and killers.

star 7.29
17 votes
Making of a President

#15 - Making of a President

Dallas Season 4 - Episode 13

Bobby gets J.R. to give him control of Ewing 23 in return for his resignation and J.R. hires a high-pressure public relations woman named Leslie Stewart to improve his tarnished image. Pam is still getting little attention from Bobby and sees Alex Ward again. J.R. gets Afton a singing job. Sue Ellen discovers Pam having a rendezvous with Alex.

star 7.25
87 votes
The Night of the Running Death

#16 - The Night of the Running Death

The Wild Wild West Season 3 - Episode 15

Agent James West attempts to rescue a man called Mr. Markham from a masked assailant who flees the scene of the crime. As Markham lays dying, he utters two words: "enzo" and "silver."

star 7.09
33 votes
The Night of the Fugitives

#17 - The Night of the Fugitives

The Wild Wild West Season 4 - Episode 7

In the town of Epitaph, owned by Epitaph Mines, agents James West and Artemus Gordon arrest Norbert Plank, chief bookkeeper for the powerful syndicate that owns the mining company. Through Plank, the agents hope to get their hands on records that could build a case against the organization.

star 7.00
34 votes
The Night of the Samurai

#18 - The Night of the Samurai

The Wild Wild West Season 3 - Episode 6

The U.S. State department is about to return a valuable samurai sword to its rightful owner, a Japanese prince, when it is stolen by an group of sword-wieding assailants. Jim and Artemus must locate the sword and return it to the prince before he leaves the next afternoon or risk damaging U.S.-Japan relations.

star 6.89
36 votes

#19 - Hostage!

Gunsmoke Season 18 - Episode 13

The greatest bad-guy character actor of our time, William Smith, plays Jude Bonner, a bad guy who kidnaps, brutalizes, and shoots Miss Kitty in retaliation for his brother having been caught by Matt Dillon and hung for his crimes. Probably for the first time in seventeen years of Gunsmoke, Dillon takes off his marshal's badge before going after Bonner, with the intent of killing him.

star 6.88
49 votes
Matt's Love Story

#20 - Matt's Love Story

Gunsmoke Season 19 - Episode 3

A wounded Matt Dillon suffers amnesia then falls in love with a widow. Matt's first TV kiss, not to Miss Kitty, but to guest star Michael Learned.

star 6.71
51 votes
A Game of Death ... An Act of Love (2)

#21 - A Game of Death ... An Act of Love (2)

Gunsmoke Season 19 - Episode 9

Mr. Wolfe has taken the case and said it was sham, Matt offers to protect the lawyer. Cora feels lied to because she didn't know Mr. Wolfe was an indian. Cicero wolfe continues his after defense lawyer objects to the facts proving nothing. Cora feels that the case could hurt her dad no matter how the case ends. Cora feels her dad drove his wife to her death.Mr. Wolfe rests his case. Bear realizes that what Cora said was right and still loves her. Mr. Wolfe asks for a friend and says he always loved her.

star 6.69
42 votes

#22 - Lynott

Gunsmoke Season 17 - Episode 8

A former Marshall helps Matt by filling in for Matt, after he is wounded and sent to bed so he can rest.

star 6.61
41 votes
The Guns of Cibola Blanca (1)

#23 - The Guns of Cibola Blanca (1)

Gunsmoke Season 20 - Episode 3

Doc and fellow stage passenger, Lyla are captured by renegade comancheros.

star 6.57
47 votes
The Town Tamers

#24 - The Town Tamers

Gunsmoke Season 19 - Episode 17

Matt and Luke come to restore order to a town and hide their badge as walk in a bar. They find out that it will be hard work. Luke runs into a woman that he once loved Caleb wants Luke as his dad. Luke is told to go after the woman he loves and take her back. Luke wonders if being a Marshal is a good idea, he marries Caleb's mom and is told men are coming to the café to keep the town from dying. Matt returns with Festus and Newly to help out. Luke is leaving his job as Marshal.

star 6.57
42 votes
Cowtown Hustler

#25 - Cowtown Hustler

Gunsmoke Season 19 - Episode 22

Jack Albertson plays a former pool player who tries to get some respect back. The men playing with him punch him because they realize he still has the touch to win. Sally's husband wants to use Moses to get money from him for him & Sally. Sally doesn't want her husband to gamble anymore. Sally wants Dave to take her somewhere, Moses uses Dave to get some respect back. Kitty asks some to leave the bar because she feels Moses might get hurt. Sally learns from Dave that he bet their money on another man so Dave can win. Moses hasn't lost his touch and plays for love.

star 6.56
41 votes

#26 - Kimbro

Gunsmoke Season 18 - Episode 21

Matt runs into his former mentor Adam Kimbro and decides to build his self-confidence by deputizing him as a Deputy Marshal.

star 6.56
43 votes
The Brothers

#27 - The Brothers

Gunsmoke Season 18 - Episode 12

One psychotic brother is after Kitty to avenge his brother's death.

star 6.55
44 votes
A Game of Death ... An Act of Love (1)

#28 - A Game of Death ... An Act of Love (1)

Gunsmoke Season 19 - Episode 8

Bear Sanderson tells his wife Cora is coming home but Mrs. Sanderson is unhappy because she hates her marriage Bear whishes his wife dead He soon finds his wish true. Festus is getting deputies to help with the renegades, Doc Adams tells Cora that her home is gone and her mom has died. Cora asks how her mom died, Newly continues to track the renegades, Matt tells Bear he is sorry for what happened. Matt warns Bear not take the into his own hands because he wants the Indians dead for killing his wife. Cora wants her dad to let the law handle the raids. Matt hires a lawyer to defend the Indians in jail but doesn't want to take the case, Cora talks to Cicero Wolfe to take the case but he still won't take it. Matt feels that Bear let him down. Baer brings up the time when Kitty was shot and took off his badge and went to find Kitty's attackers alone with hurting Dodge. Mr. Wolfe takes the case only to tell Matt that he is an Indian and says the case is a sham.

star 6.55
44 votes

#29 - Hawk

Gunsmoke Season 15 - Episode 5

A white woman refuses to accept her half-breed son, who Festus brings to her home wounded and needing help.

star 6.54
46 votes
The Squaw

#30 - The Squaw

Gunsmoke Season 20 - Episode 14

Fleeing from both Matt Dillon and his double-crossed partners, outlaw Gristy Calhoun discovers that his survival in the badlands depends on an Indian woman.

star 6.52
40 votes

#31 - Manolo

Gunsmoke Season 20 - Episode 23

Manolo (Robert Urich)is a Basque youth who is not recognized as a man in the eyes of his people because he refuses to fight his father Alejo (Nehemiah Persoff), a traditional Basque custom to prove one's manhood.

star 6.51
47 votes
The Still

#32 - The Still

Gunsmoke Season 15 - Episode 8

Festus gets mixed up with Merry Florene and her hillbilly clan again as they try to hide a moonshining still and a stolen prize bull in the cellar of the local school.

star 6.48
42 votes
In Performance of Duty

#33 - In Performance of Duty

Gunsmoke Season 20 - Episode 10

Matt is frustrated by Judge Kendall's insistence that the letter of the law be maintained, which could result in Emmett Kaysinger and his boys, all known outlaws, be set free unless there is solid evidence to hold them for a double murder and robbery they committed.

star 6.48
42 votes
Death Train

#34 - Death Train

Gunsmoke Season 13 - Episode 12

A group of wealthy passengers on a private railroad car are quarantined in Dodge.

star 6.47
43 votes

#35 - Larkin

Gunsmoke Season 20 - Episode 16

Newly finds himself in a strange alliance with a professional killer as he tries to return to Dodge City with his prisoner (Jaeckel) before they are both killed by a trio of bounty hunters.

star 6.46
39 votes
This Golden Land

#36 - This Golden Land

Gunsmoke Season 18 - Episode 24

Matt asks a Russian family to identify three men who dragged their son away. Matt tries to convince Moshe Gorofsky to give his testimony as to how his son died, he isn't sure American laws will protect him. According to Russian law Mr. Gorfsky can't testify in court as to how his son died. He isn't sure if the evidence is strong enough to convict those who killed his son. Gearshon tries to convince his father to let the American judicial system do the job of figuring out who killed his brother.

star 6.44
41 votes
Snow Train (1)

#37 - Snow Train (1)

Gunsmoke Season 16 - Episode 6

Matt is trapped with passengers on a train.

star 6.42
38 votes
Snow Train (2)

#38 - Snow Train (2)

Gunsmoke Season 16 - Episode 7

Matt is trapped with passengers on a train.

star 6.39
38 votes
Gold Town

#39 - Gold Town

Gunsmoke Season 14 - Episode 18

Edward Moses & Cousin Smiley get caught cheating at "hide the pea" by Matt & told to get out of town.

star 6.39
36 votes
Island in the Desert (2)

#40 - Island in the Desert (2)

Gunsmoke Season 20 - Episode 12

While Matt and Newly hunt for Festus, Ben Snow and Festus attempt to haul his gold out of the desert.

star 6.38
39 votes
The Guns of Cibola Blanca (2)

#41 - The Guns of Cibola Blanca (2)

Gunsmoke Season 20 - Episode 4

Matt, Festus and Newly attempt to rescue Doc and Lyla from Shindrow's camp.

star 6.33
42 votes
Island in the Desert (1)

#42 - Island in the Desert (1)

Gunsmoke Season 20 - Episode 11

Festus, in the desert hunting escaped killer Gard Dixon is wounded by the outlaw. He is found by Ben Snow, a half-crazy hermit who has been living in the desert with his gold for many years.

star 6.30
40 votes