The BEST Episodes of Gunsmoke

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 11, 2020

Network: CBS

Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City.

Minnie

#1 - Minnie

Season 6 - Episode 30 - Aired Apr 15, 1961

Rough and rowdy Minnie comes to Dodge Cith and sets her designs on Doc Adams much to the delight of Matt, Chester and Kitty. Trouble comes though when Minnie's husband comes to Dodge and finds out that his Minnie is sweet on Doc.

star 9.18
44 votes
Directors: Harry Harris
Writers: John Meston
With a Smile

#2 - With a Smile

Season 8 - Episode 29 - Aired Mar 30, 1963

A rancher's spoiled son believes even after he is convicted of murder that his father's wealth and influence will save him from the hangman.

star 8.08
13 votes
Writers: Bud Furillo, George Main, John Meston
Sins of the Father

#3 - Sins of the Father

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 19, 1957

A white man and his Indian wife, passing through Dodge, become targets of violence after it is learned that the wife's father led deadly raids against white settlers.

star 8.00
57 votes
Writers: John Dunkel, John Meston
Old Yellow Boots

#4 - Old Yellow Boots

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 7, 1961

Matt becomes suspicious when drifter Frank Cassidy publicly announces his engagement to spinsterish Beulah Parker immediately after the seemingly unrelated murders of an old prospector and her abusive brother Leroy.

star 8.00
27 votes
Directors: Ted Post
Writers: John Meston
Chesterland

#5 - Chesterland

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 18, 1961

Chester becomes engaged more or less accidentally, but he takes to heart his obligation to his betrothed, leaving his job with Mr. Dillon to devote himself to homesteading a barren quarter section.

star 8.00
49 votes
Directors: Ted Post
Writers: Kathleen Hite
Us Haggens

#6 - Us Haggens

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 8, 1962

When a boy witnesses his grandfather's murder, it sends Matt looking for a new found companion's uncle. Festus Haggen is tracking his uncle for killing his twin brother Fergus. Matt is wary but learns to trust Festus when he's shot and in bad shape.

star 8.00
17 votes
Writers: Les Crutchfield
Quint-Cident

#7 - Quint-Cident

Season 8 - Episode 33 - Aired Apr 27, 1963

A woman newly widowed is powerfully attracted to Quint, but when he gently turns her down, she vows to make him pay for scorning a white woman.

star 8.00
12 votes
Writers: Kathleen Hite
Stolen Horses

#8 - Stolen Horses

Season 6 - Episode 29 - Aired Apr 8, 1961

Horse thieves murder a man to get his animals. Matt tracks the criminals to a Kiowa camp.

star 7.93
45 votes
Writers: John Meston, Norman MacDonnell
Abe Blocker

#9 - Abe Blocker

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 24, 1962

Abe Blocker, an aging mountain man, tells Bud and Mary Groves to get off their homestead or die. Bud tells Matt. He goes looking. Abe shoots at Buck's hooves. Abe's wife and child died in childbirth. Matt tells Bud he talked to Abe to no avail. Joe tell Matt the Groves have been scalped. Matt finds big moccasin prints, and start trailing Abe. He sees him thrice but he disappears. Matt gives up and returns to Dodge. Quint says he's killed again, Jim Kelly and Pete Brice. Emmet's forming a posse. Gant says Joe Clark has been killed. Abe appears to the posse, and starts picking them off. Gant hits Abe. Matt tells Quint if he 's hit that bad no need to track him. Matt finds Abe in the cave near where his wife and child is buried. He dies trying to kill Matt.

star 7.93
15 votes
Writers: John Meston
I Call Him Wonder

#10 - I Call Him Wonder

Season 8 - Episode 28 - Aired Mar 23, 1963

An orphaned Indian boy latches on to a cowboy in need of work and the two of them find all doors closed to them in Dodge.

star 7.93
14 votes
Directors: Harry Harris
Writers: Kathleen Hite
Tell Chester

#11 - Tell Chester

Season 8 - Episode 32 - Aired Apr 20, 1963

Chester is smitten with Polly, but she has eyes only for Wade, a man new in town and newly her father's employee. Knowing little about Wade, Polly agrees quickly to marry him, but Chester discovers that Wade already has a wife.

star 7.93
14 votes
Directors: Joseph Sargent
Writers: Frank Paris
Perce

#12 - Perce

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 30, 1961

Ex-con Perce McCall helps to save Matt's life in a shootout, and then falls for a beautiful, but greedy saloon girl who puts him under great pressure to start stealing again.

star 7.93
94 votes
Directors: Harry Harris
Writers: John Meston
Amy's Good Deed

#13 - Amy's Good Deed

Season 3 - Episode 31 - Aired Apr 12, 1958

Amy Slater gets to Dodge and tells Matt she came to die. He suggests seeing Doc Adams, she says she's not sick but that Matt could help. When asked how, she says "you're going to kill me." Learning the truth, he decides how to handle it.

star 7.92
24 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: John Meston, Kathleen Hite
Cows and Cribs

#14 - Cows and Cribs

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 7, 1957

An impoverished but hardworking woman's plans to adopt an orphan baby are jeopardized when Matt discovers that her improvident husband is involved in cattle rustling.

star 7.89
47 votes
Directors: Richard Whorf
Writers: John Meston, Kathleen Hite
Laughing Gas

#15 - Laughing Gas

Season 3 - Episode 29 - Aired Mar 29, 1958

When town bully Cloud Marsh experiences public humiliation during a laughing gas show, he and his surly brothers assault proprietor Earle Stafford and attempt to molest his kind-hearted wife.

star 7.89
53 votes
Directors: Ted Post
Writers: James Fonda
Gone Straight

#16 - Gone Straight

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 9, 1957

When Matt serves a warrant in another town for a wanted man, there are two men answering the possible suspect's description, and they both have gone totally straight.

star 7.89
61 votes
Directors: Ted Post
Writers: John Meston, Les Crutchfield
The Big Con

#17 - The Big Con

Season 3 - Episode 34 - Aired May 3, 1958

Mr Shaneways wants Mr Papp at the bank to loan him $20,000 for a poker bet. Doc gets kidnapped.

star 7.87
56 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: John Meston
Daddy-O

#18 - Daddy-O

Season 2 - Episode 36 - Aired Jun 1, 1957

Kitty's long-lost father, who abandoned her when she was a baby, shows up in Dodge, eager to take her back to New Orleans with him.

star 7.87
55 votes
Writers: John Meston
Bless Me Till I Die

#19 - Bless Me Till I Die

Season 6 - Episode 31 - Aired Apr 22, 1961

Vengeful former convict Nate Bush sets off a tragic series of events when he informs Matt that well-liked new arrival Cole Treadwell is actually Cole Trankin, an escapee from the Arizona Territorial Prison.

star 7.87
15 votes
Directors: Ted Post
Writers: John Meston, Ray Kemper
Anybody Can Kill a Marshal

#20 - Anybody Can Kill a Marshal

Season 8 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 8, 1963

Two men want to rob the bank in Dodge, but are unwilling to try it while Matt lives. A man agrees to accept the job of killing the marshal, attaching some rather peculiar conditions to his acceptance.

star 7.87
15 votes
Directors: Harry Harris
Writers: Kathleen Hite
Jesse

#21 - Jesse

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 19, 1957

Young and likable Jesse Pruett teams up with an unlikely "partner" in the person of Bill Stapp, a murderous former Quantrill raider. Stapp has promised to lead Jesse to the man who killed his father so he can avenge his death, but the young man is tragically unaware of Stapp's true intentions

star 7.86
35 votes
Writers: John Meston
Bloody Hands

#22 - Bloody Hands

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 16, 1957

The shooting of several members of an outlaw gang, though in self defense, triggers an emotional crisis in Matt, haunted by memories of all the men he has killed.

star 7.86
28 votes
Writers: John Meston
Tall Trapper

#23 - Tall Trapper

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 21, 1961

A man and his wife come across a lone trapper and make camp with him. Next day, the husband comes to Dodge to report to Doc that his wife is sick, but Doc finds the woman beaten to death, and the husband accuses the trapper.

star 7.85
47 votes
Directors: Harry Harris
Writers: John Meston, Marian Clark
Old Fool

#24 - Old Fool

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 24, 1960

A scheming woman (Else Hedgepath), who is after the money and wealth of Hannibal Bass, makes a play for Hannibal, but runs into some serious, SERIOUS trouble though when she tangles with *MRS* Bass!

star 7.85
20 votes
Directors: Ted Post
Writers: John Meston
Never Pester Chester

#25 - Never Pester Chester

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 16, 1957

Matt sets out with a vengeance to capture two trouble-making Texas cowhands who dragged Chester and left him near death.

star 7.85
33 votes
Directors: Richard Whorf
Writers: John Meston