The BEST episodes of Gunsmoke

Every episode of Gunsmoke ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Gunsmoke!

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

Last Updated: 1/22/2023Network:CBS
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Hammerhead
star
8.96
45 votes

#1 - Hammerhead

Season 10 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/26/1964

Festus takes part in a horse race in which big money is at stake, tempting some to sabotage the race in order to make sure of the outcome.

Directors: Christian Nyby
Writer: Antony Ellis
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Minnie
star
8.90
48 votes

#2 - Minnie

Season 6 - Episode 30 - Aired 4/15/1961

Rough and rowdy Minnie comes to Dodge City 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.

Directors: Harry Harris
Writer: John Meston
The Way It Is
star
8.33
18 votes

#3 - The Way It Is

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/1/1962

While Matt is out of town, putting lawman's business ahead of Kitty yet again, a new man in her life has plenty of time and attention to give--perhaps too much attention.

Directors: Harry Harris
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Seven Hours to Dawn
star
8.25
28 votes

#4 - Seven Hours to Dawn

Season 11 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/18/1965

Matt has to get Dodge City back from outlaws.

Directors: Vincent McEveety
Writer: Clyde Ware
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Chicken
star
8.19
48 votes

#5 - Chicken

Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/5/1964

Mistakenly hailed as a hero who downed four robbers, a man rethinks his decision to let folks regard him as a gunfighter when protecting the woman he wants calls for a gunman's skill.

Writer: John Meston
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Gold Mine
star
8.11
44 votes

#6 - Gold Mine

Season 11 - Episode 15 - Aired 12/25/1965

When Matt is too busy to escort Kitty to a gold mine she inherited, she travels there alone and meets with claim jumpers and other difficulties.

Directors: Abner Biberman
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Carter Caper
star
8.11
18 votes

#7 - Carter Caper

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/16/1963

A man with a grudge hits upon the perfect revenge when he spreads the word in Dodge that short-tempered Billy is so good with a gun that he shot down the famous gunfighter, Beau Carter.

Directors: Jerry Hopper
Writer: John Meston
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The Pillagers
star
8.08
12 votes

#8 - The Pillagers

Season 13 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/6/1967

Kitty and fellow traveling passenger Newly O'Brien are captured by Mexican outlaw Manez and his gang.

Directors: Vincent McEveety
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Honey Pot
star
8.07
41 votes

#9 - Honey Pot

Season 10 - Episode 34 - Aired 5/15/1965

A man comes to town and tells Sam he's going to shoot Matt. It's soon understood he is an old friend. Involved in shooting and killing a man, their friendship is stretched as he claims self defense even though he was the only one armed.

Directors: Harry Harris
Writer: John Meston
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The Foundling
star
8.07
41 votes

#10 - The Foundling

Season 19 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/11/1974

When the parents of a daughter who was raped refuse to accept the girl's baby, Marshal Dillon must find a home for the child.

Directors: Bernard McEveety
Writer: Jim Byrnes
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The Bounty Hunter
star
8.07
14 votes

#11 - The Bounty Hunter

Season 11 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/30/1965

Lured out of retirement with the promise of land, a bounty hunter is aimed by his boss at the man who killed his son. He just doesn't tell him the reward and charges had been dropped.

Directors: Harry Harris
Writer: Paul Savage
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With a Smile
star
8.06
16 votes

#12 - With a Smile

Season 8 - Episode 29 - Aired 3/30/1963

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.

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Prairie Wolfer
star
8.06
17 votes

#13 - Prairie Wolfer

Season 9 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/18/1964

Festus returns to Dodge from wolfing and is hired by the Cattleman's Association to hunt down the wolves killing everyone's cattle. What he finds is that what's been doing the preying may wind him up in prison if he doesn't get Matt's help.

Writer: John Dunkel
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Chesterland
star
8.04
54 votes

#14 - Chesterland

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/18/1961

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.

Directors: Ted Post
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Sins of the Father
star
8.00
63 votes

#15 - Sins of the Father

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/19/1957

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.

The Judas Gun
star
8.00
7 votes

#16 - The Judas Gun

Season 15 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/19/1970

The feund between Noah Haimes and Clete Bloden gets very bad as romance begins between Haime's son & Bloden's daughter.

Directors: Vincent McEveety
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Roots of Fear
star
8.00
11 votes

#17 - Roots of Fear

Season 15 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/15/1969

Amos Sadler, a dirt farmer faces the loss of his home when a panic closes down the Dodge City bank. To save it he and his wife plan to break into it and steal some money.

Directors: Philip Leacock
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The Twisted Heritage
star
8.00
45 votes

#18 - The Twisted Heritage

Season 14 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/6/1968

Kitty saves the life of a man during a stage hold-up, taking him back to his ranch she finds his mother a ruthless matron and his daughter alienated from her father.

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Bently
star
8.00
10 votes

#19 - Bently

Season 9 - Episode 28 - Aired 4/11/1964

A dying man confesses to a murder of which he was acquitted, but Chester suspects the man was lying.

Directors: Harry Harris
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Daddy Went Away
star
8.00
17 votes

#20 - Daddy Went Away

Season 8 - Episode 35 - Aired 5/11/1963

Chester is sweet on a widow dressmaker. When the widow is not only intent on marriage but eager to make changes in Chester as well, he has second thoughts--especially after a talk with her child suggests that the widow may still be a wife.

Directors: Joseph Sargent
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I Call Him Wonder
star
8.00
14 votes

#21 - I Call Him Wonder

Season 8 - Episode 28 - Aired 3/23/1963

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.

Directors: Harry Harris
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Exodus 21.22
star
7.98
43 votes

#22 - Exodus 21.22

Season 14 - Episode 26 - Aired 3/24/1969

A friend of Matt's, a former lawman arrives in Dodge to kill the men responsible for his wife's death.

Writer: Arthur Rowe
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The Iron Men
star
7.98
41 votes

#23 - The Iron Men

Season 20 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/21/1974

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

Writer: John Mantley
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Crack-Up
star
7.96
80 votes

#24 - Crack-Up

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/14/1957

Gunman Nate Springer arrives in Dodge with the obvious intention of committing murder, but his nervousness and unpredictability make Matt determined to find out who hired him and why he seems so different from his steel-nerved reputation.

Directors: Ted Post
Writer: John Meston
Sanctuary
star
7.94
36 votes

#25 - Sanctuary

Season 11 - Episode 23 - Aired 2/26/1966

An outlaw gang shoots it out fleeing Dodge City. When one of them is injured real bad, he hides out in the church where the reverend is fearful but not for himself.

Directors: Harry Harris
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