Gunsmoke

The WORST episodes of Gunsmoke

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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

Last Updated: 5/10/2022Network: CBS
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Kitty's Love Affair
star
5.54
50 votes

#1 - Kitty's Love Affair

Season 19 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/22/1973

Kitty and Matt are off for St. Louis, until Matt is summoned back on business. Upset with him, Kitty sets off for herself meeting a gunslinger on the stage who ends up saving her life. He goes back to Dodge with her and proceeds to court her. Kitty has a hard decision. Leave Matt after 18 years of a relationship or stay with Stambridge.

The Deserter
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6.00
50 votes

#2 - The Deserter

Season 5 - Episode 38 - Aired 6/4/1960

Matt is on the trail of a badly wounded corporal for robbing the army payroll and falls into a trap when the father of the corporal gets the drop on him and wounds Chester.

Directors: Arthur Hiller
The Hiders
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6.14
42 votes

#3 - The Hiders

Season 20 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/13/1975

When a young teenager from a group of squatters decides he can do better than stealing, he changes his ways. But the leader of the squatters will try to manipulate the young man with the people that has treated him the best.

Directors: Victor French
Honor Before Justice
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6.16
38 votes

#4 - Honor Before Justice

Season 11 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/5/1966

The Osage Council has found Two Bears guilty of murder. His daughter rides into Dodge seeking Matt's help but he's out of town chasing horse thieves so Thad tries to help. He finds out that he and Matt are really riding the same trail.

Directors: Harry Harris
The Gun
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6.17
40 votes

#5 - The Gun

Season 16 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/9/1970

After a young man kills a gunfighter he becomes the victim of publicity.

Directors: Bernard McEveety
Tara
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6.18
38 votes

#6 - Tara

Season 17 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/17/1972

Newly falls in love with a woman who could put him in danger, once her past is known.

Directors: Bernard McEveety
Jubilee
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6.20
41 votes

#7 - Jubilee

Season 18 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/18/1972

A man neglects his family in favor of raising his prize possession: a race horse

Tag, You're It
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6.23
53 votes

#8 - Tag, You're It

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 12/19/1959

When hired gunman Killion comes to Dodge, many of the men get scared thinking he is after them, but it turns out his paid target is a woman.

Directors: Jesse Hibbs
Jenny
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6.24
51 votes

#9 - Jenny

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/13/1962

A bank robber hides out in Dodge, bringing along his girl. While he's gambling away his loot, his girl casts her eye on Matt.

Mail Drop
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6.24
38 votes

#10 - Mail Drop

Season 12 - Episode 19 - Aired 1/28/1967

A young boy comes to Dodge looking for his father. What he finds is that his father is a wanted outlaw on the run.

Directors: Robert Totten
Bad Seed
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6.25
48 votes

#11 - Bad Seed

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/4/1961

Matt rescues teen-aged Trudy Trent from a life of isolated poverty with her incestuous and alcoholic father, but he subsequently learns that "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" when he rejects her misguided romantic overtures toward him.

Directors: Harry Harris
The Wreckers
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6.26
47 votes

#12 - The Wreckers

Season 13 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/11/1967

With a well earned vacation disturbed by the arrest of a hardened criminal, Matt and Kitty head back to Dodge. The stage they are on is sabotaged and end up wrecking. Kitty is quick witted enough to switch identities between Matt and the prisoner before the outlaws get to them. Thinking Dillon is dying and Matt is really Monk Wiley, they go on planning to extort money from Dodge to get Dillon back alive.

Directors: Robert Totten
O'Quillian
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6.26
43 votes

#13 - O'Quillian

Season 14 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/28/1968

Leary O'Quillan kills a card cheat in self defense and is pursued to Dodge by the man's brother, Clay Tynan.

Directors: John Rich
The War Priest
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6.27
37 votes

#14 - The War Priest

Season 15 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/5/1970

Sergeant Holly, a alcoholic loving veteran is getting ready to retire. Just hours before it, a Apache prisoner in his custody escapes with Kitty as a hostage, forcing the Sergeant to go AWOL to get the prisoner back.

Directors: Vincent McEveety
My Father, My Son
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6.28
36 votes

#15 - My Father, My Son

Season 11 - Episode 30 - Aired 4/23/1966

Fast gunman Jim Barrett kills a man in self defense. Now the man's father and brothers are gunning for him, in addition to a young man who wants Barrett dead for a different reason.

Directors: Robert Totten
The Cook
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6.28
50 votes

#16 - The Cook

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/17/1960

A young drifter takes a job as cook at Delmonico's but accidentally kills a crazy buffalo hunter who complains about his cooking.

Directors: Ted Post
A Noose for Dobie Price
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6.29
42 votes

#17 - A Noose for Dobie Price

Season 13 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/4/1968

Matt and former outlaw Elihu Gorman go after Dobie Price who has just broken jail.

Island in the Desert (1)
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6.29
41 votes

#18 - Island in the Desert (1)

Season 20 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/2/1974

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.

The Reward
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6.30
40 votes

#19 - The Reward

Season 11 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/6/1965

A man who persuaded the good folks of Dodge to invest their money in a mine is out of prison and back to prove that there really is gold in the mine.

Directors: Marc Daniels
Phoenix
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6.31
45 votes

#20 - Phoenix

Season 17 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/20/1971

After convict wants to kill a man he has never seen before after he gets out of prison.

Outlaw's Woman
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6.32
47 votes

#21 - Outlaw's Woman

Season 11 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/11/1965

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.

Directors: Mark Rydell
The Pack Rat
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6.32
37 votes

#22 - The Pack Rat

Season 15 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/12/1970

An orphan steals from Matt but could risk his own life when he tries to help out in an ambush.

Directors: Philip Leacock
The Guns of Cibola Blanca (2)
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6.33
43 votes

#23 - The Guns of Cibola Blanca (2)

Season 20 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/30/1974

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

The Mission
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6.33
42 votes

#24 - The Mission

Season 12 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/8/1966

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.

Directors: Mark Rydell
The Raid (1)
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6.33
39 votes

#25 - The Raid (1)

Season 11 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/22/1966

A band of robbers have hit numerous banks with uncanny precision, planning and ease. They have their sights on Dodge now but they must remove a big obstacle before they can proceed - Marshal Dillon.

Directors: Vincent McEveety