The BEST episodes directed by Mark Rydell

A Clean and Quiet Town
4 votes

#1 - A Clean and Quiet Town

The Fugitive - Season 4 - Episode 3

Kimble makes the mistake of going to Clark City, a corrupt gambling town. Fred Johnson (the one-armed man) is there as well, and has two corrupt cops beat up Kimble. When Richard survives the attack, Johnson then puts out a contract on him. Kimble eventually catches up with Johnson, beats the garbage out of him, and tries to turn him over to the police-who are working for a local mob figure. The small-town syndicate has to decide what to do with both troublemakers: dispose of them, or let them go?

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Carry Me Back to Old Tsing-Tao
5 votes

#2 - Carry Me Back to Old Tsing-Tao

I Spy - Season 1 - Episode 3

A businessman in Hong Kong owes the IRS; Robinson & Scott carry the loot.

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A Clean Escape
307 votes

#3 - A Clean Escape

Masters of Science Fiction - Season 1 - Episode 1

Set in a post-Apocalyptic future, psychiatrist Dr. Deanna Evans interrogates a confused man who is suffering from a lapse in memory.

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Danny Was a Million Laughs
4 votes

#4 - Danny Was a Million Laughs

I Spy - Season 1 - Episode 7

A bodyguard assignment for a very unpleasant sort of fellow.

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The Loser
1 votes

#5 - The Loser

I Spy - Season 1 - Episode 6

A nightclub singer is a pawn between drug smugglers (who have kidnapped Scott) and the pair.

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The Night of the Whirring Death
42 votes

#6 - The Night of the Whirring Death

The Wild Wild West - Season 1 - Episode 20

Intent on making California a kingdom for children, the evil Dr. Loveless makes his play for the state with a series of exploding toys.

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Hung High
54 votes

#7 - Hung High

Gunsmoke - Season 10 - Episode 8

As Matt takes a convicted man to Hays City for hanging, Matt and the prisoner are waylaid, the prisoner lynched, and Matt is framed for the killing, then arrested by a sergeant with a grudge against him.

Snap Decision
89 votes

#8 - Snap Decision

Gunsmoke - Season 12 - Episode 1

Matt quits his job as Marshal when he shoots Ray Gilcher, a prisoner and wartime buddy, dead in apparent self defense and it turns out Glicher was actually trying to save Matt's life.

Death Watch
44 votes

#9 - Death Watch

Gunsmoke - Season 11 - Episode 16

Two Bounty hunters bring in a wounded Mexican bandit worth $30,000 and find out the Mexican government might not pay for a man who dies a natural death, so they get the idea of shooting him dead.

Chief Joseph
41 votes

#10 - Chief Joseph

Gunsmoke - Season 10 - Episode 19

Chief Joseph has come to town suffering from pneumonia. When he and his party are refused lodging at the hotel, a stranger steps in offering his room. Local sentiment is against this and like a boiling over teapot, trouble begins to brew.

Gunfighter, R.I.P.
49 votes

#11 - Gunfighter, R.I.P.

Gunsmoke - Season 12 - Episode 6

A gunslinger hired to kill Matt, backs down from his obligation when he gets badly wounded and falls in love with a beautiful Asian woman who is caring for him, and his employers won't stand for it.

Twenty Miles from Dodge
40 votes

#12 - Twenty Miles from Dodge

Gunsmoke - Season 10 - Episode 29

On a stagecoach returning to Dodge, Kitty and her traveling companions are waylaid and held for ransom.

Ten Little Indians
46 votes

#13 - Ten Little Indians

Gunsmoke - Season 11 - Episode 4

Someone has placed a fabulous price on Matt's head, and there are many competing to earn it.

The Lady
41 votes

#14 - The Lady

Gunsmoke - Season 10 - Episode 27

A woman and her adult, attractive niece stop in Dodge to earn some money to complete their journey to San Francisco. When an offer of marriage to her aunt threatens to derail those plans, the niece takes action.

The Mission
43 votes

#15 - The Mission

Gunsmoke - Season 12 - Episode 4

Matt is in Mexico to pick up a wanted criminal. When bandits steal his credentials, they spring the criminal with the idea of forming a gang of violence.

Outlaw's Woman
47 votes

#16 - Outlaw's Woman

Gunsmoke - Season 11 - Episode 13

After a risky train robbery and with two posses on their trail, four men hurriedly ride to some fresh horses. Dillon wounds one of the gang carrying the stolen money and it turns out to be a young woman.