The BEST Episodes of Have Gun, Will Travel

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2021

Network: CBS

Professional gunfighter Paladin was a West Point graduate who, after the Civil War, settled into San Francisco's Hotel Carlton were he awaited responses to his business card: over the picture of a chess knight "Have Gun – Will Travel ... Wire Paladin San Francisco."

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Soledad Crossing

#1 - Soledad Crossing

Season 4 - Episode 38 - Aired Jun 10, 1961

A diptheria scare slows the return of Paladin's prisoner to justice.

star 10.00
1 votes
Writers: Don Ingalls
The Race

#2 - The Race

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 28, 1961

Paladin is offered $1000 to win a horse race called a mule kalanta. When he arrives he finds out what the bet is, and he decides to make a change.

star 10.00
1 votes
Writers: Lou Shaw, Peggy O'Shea
The Piano

#3 - The Piano

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 11, 1961

European pianist Franz Lister comes to the United States to give a concert for Mona Lansing, a former saloon hostess. When Lister's piano is stolen, Mona hires Paladin to get it back.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Richard Donner
Writers: Barry Trivers
The Fifth Bullet

#4 - The Fifth Bullet

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 29, 1962

After eight years, Paladin tries to repay a convict for the lie he was told when he arrested him. "I promise you a fair trial" is what he said.

star 10.00
1 votes
Writers: Harry Julian Fink
Memories of Monica

#5 - Memories of Monica

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 27, 1962

Repaying a debt, Paladin rides to Valley Heart. Sheriff Reagan awaits the return of a native son who has been jailed for the past six years. The sheriff's wife was once this native son's girlfriend, and he has vowed to see Reagan dead for taking her from him.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Don Ingalls
Bob Wire

#6 - Bob Wire

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 12, 1963

Bob Wire hires Paladin, C.O.D., to escort him and his wagon load of barb wire to Anderson. What he doesn't say until they arrive is a range war is brewing and Paladin is now right in the middle of it.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Jerry Hopper
Writers: Bruce Geller
Silver Convoy

#7 - Silver Convoy

Season 1 - Episode 37 - Aired May 31, 1958

Paladin is hired to find James Becker. He trails him to Monterey and discovers he has been arrested and is sentenced to work in a silver mine. Paladin finds that Becker has died in a cave-in or so he is told. The owner of the mine hires Paladin to guard a silver convoy, but first Paladin wants to find out a little more about the mine.

star 9.94
31 votes
Directors: Lamont Johnson
Writers: Ken Kolb
The Five Books of Owen Deaver

#8 - The Five Books of Owen Deaver

Season 1 - Episode 32 - Aired Apr 26, 1958

Paladin comes to the aid of a young sheriff from the East whose attempts to keep law and order are particularly unsuitable for a cowboy town in Wyoming.

star 9.88
33 votes
Directors: Lamont Johnson
Writers: Sam Rolfe
The Unforgiven

#9 - The Unforgiven

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 7, 1959

Retired and wealthy General Crommer is dying. He asks Padadin, who holds an old grudge against him, to do him a favor. He asks him to take a message of forgiveness to another man who hates Crommer. A favor which might get Paladin killed.

star 9.84
31 votes
Writers: Jay Simms
Gun Shy

#10 - Gun Shy

Season 1 - Episode 29 - Aired Mar 29, 1958

Trying to locate the thieves who stole a jade chess set, Paladin ends up in a small Montana town where he becomes involved in a romance with a landlady's daughter.

star 9.65
34 votes
Directors: Lamont Johnson
Writers: Albert Aley, Doris Hursley, Frank Hursley
The O'Hare Story

#11 - The O'Hare Story

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 1, 1958

Hired to prevent the construction of a dam that would imperil a town's water supply, Paladin finds that he sympathizes more with the Irish engineer who's trying to build it.

star 9.53
34 votes
Writers: Jack Jacobs, Malvin Wald
The Yuma Treasure

#12 - The Yuma Treasure

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 14, 1957

Accompanying a cavalry major on a mission to prevent a war by negotiating a treaty with an elusive Apache chief, Paladin must deal with soldiers who have caught gold fever.

star 9.50
38 votes
Writers: Gene Roddenberry
The Great Mojave Chase

#13 - The Great Mojave Chase

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 28, 1957

A sportsman sponsors a contest, betting that no one can elude his posse in the Mojave Desert. When Paladin shows up riding a camel, the man decides that the only way he can still win is to get rid of Paladin.

star 9.22
49 votes
Writers: Gene Roddenberry
The Savages

#14 - The Savages

Season 6 - Episode 27 - Aired Mar 16, 1963

An art collector hires Paladin to guide him, and his strangely childlike daughter, to the camp of a reclusive sculptor. But the collector does not tell Paladin his real reason for wanting to find the artist.

star 9.03
30 votes
Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Gene Roddenberry
Ransom

#15 - Ransom

Season 3 - Episode 37 - Aired Jun 4, 1960

Paladin is hired to find Colonel Celine in order to get him to sign an important document.

star 9.00
31 votes
Directors: Richard Boone
Writers: Robert E. Thompson
Out at the Old Ballpark

#16 - Out at the Old Ballpark

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 1, 1960

Paladin serves as umpire for a Wild West baseball game.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Richard Boone
Writers: Frank Pierson
A Quiet Night in Town (2)

#17 - A Quiet Night in Town (2)

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 14, 1961

When a group of men kill Paladin's prisoner, Paladin must bring the group of murders to justice. (Part 2 of 2)

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Buzz Kulik
Writers: Harry Julian Fink
Taxgatherer

#18 - Taxgatherer

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 11, 1961

Have gun - will collect taxes. Paladin teams up with a powerful rancher to collect taxes from some of the roughest cattle-rustlers in the West. But how will he get the money when the man he's riding with has vowed never to pay a cent?

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Richard Boone
Writers: Robert E. Thompson
Everyman

#19 - Everyman

Season 4 - Episode 27 - Aired Mar 25, 1961

A fortune teller predicts trouble for Paladin in the extremely near future.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Byron Paul
Writers: Richard Adams
Hanging of Aaron Gibbs

#20 - Hanging of Aaron Gibbs

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 4, 1961

Paladin crosses paths with Sarah Gibbs on her way to see her husband's hanging for a crime he did commit. A proper burial is all she is seeking but she has a paper that says she can't even visit him. When one deputy wants to just drop the bodies in the mine, there is a tug of conscience between the relatives, Sarah and Paladin.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Richard Boone
Writers: Robert E. Thompson
Ben Jalisco

#21 - Ben Jalisco

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 18, 1961

Escaped killer, Ben Jalisco, is a ruthless hunter who has murdered more than 30 men. Now he is after his wife, Lucy, who informed on him and Paladin, who brought him in.

star 9.00
1 votes
Writers: Harry Julian Fink
The Kid

#22 - The Kid

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 23, 1961

Paladin is sent a $100 bill and told there are 9 more like it. When he arrives in the town, the sender is dead, and Paladin finds himself in a high-stakes poker game for a "silver strike" with the man who killed him.

star 9.00
1 votes
Writers: Joanne Court
Invasion

#23 - Invasion

Season 5 - Episode 33 - Aired Apr 28, 1962

Gavin O'Shea, revered in his homeland, appeals to any Irishman listening to help by providing money for his cause. When two brothers help him out by breaking the law Paladin must think fast to prevent one of them from swinging from a rope.

star 9.00
1 votes
Writers: Lou Shaw, Peggy O'Shea
Genesis

#24 - Genesis

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 15, 1962

After an unsuccessful attempt on his life by young Roderick Jefferson, Paladin is prompted into remembering a similar incident from his past. Once, as a youth, he agreed to pay off a gambling debt by shooting it out with a professional gunfighter.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: William Conrad
Writers: Sam Rolfe
Unforgiving Minute

#25 - Unforgiving Minute

Season 6 - Episode 20 - Aired Jan 26, 1963

Fleeing banditos, Paladin seeks shelter from a peasant and his beautiful, scheming wife, their marriage at the breaking point. After being driven from their rural home, the husband hopes to appease his high-maintenance wife by returning to a city. However she eyes the urbane Paladin as the means to her own ends.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Jerry Hopper
Writers: Shimon Wincelberg