The WORST Episodes of Have Gun, Will Travel

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2022

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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Bear Bait

#1 - Bear Bait

Season 4 - Episode 34 - Aired May 13, 1961

Paladin becomes involved when a timid sheriff refuses to do anything about three young hooligans who are terrorizing a town.

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Writers: Robert E. Thompson
The Uneasy Grave

#2 - The Uneasy Grave

Season 4 - Episode 37 - Aired Jun 3, 1961

After encountering a woman burying her fiancee in an unmarked grave, Paladin is persuaded to go after the deceased's killer.

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Writers: Jack Curtis
The Gospel Singer

#3 - The Gospel Singer

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 21, 1961

Bugbear wants to change its image. When Paladin is hired, his idea of disarmament is working fine. Until a missionary rides to town with her own methods for doing the same thing.

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Directors: Byron Paul
Writers: Robert E. Thompson
The Brothers

#4 - The Brothers

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 25, 1961

Edna Raleigh hires Paladin to return Bram Holden for the murder of her husband. When Paladin crosses paths with a deranged prospector in the desert, he must deal with the notion he has his long lost brother who stole his wife.

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Writers: Robert E. Thompson
The Exiles

#5 - The Exiles

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Jan 27, 1962

General Ortega hires Paladin to recover $16 million in French bonds. Where they are and who has them is already known. The aristocrats who have them will not give them to one they consider a tyrant and Paladin must intervene if he hopes to save their lives.

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Directors: Sutton Roley
Writers: Robert E. Thompson
The Waiting Room

#6 - The Waiting Room

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired Feb 24, 1962

After a 4 state murder/rape spree, the Wilder Brothers head back to Texas for trial, under Paladin's gun. The slimy pair assure Paladin they have plenty of relatives stationed along the way from Dakota Territory, who'll be delighted to pick off the man in black, because he kills for money, Wilders just kill for fun.

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Directors: Dick Moder
Writers: Harry Julian Fink
Don't Shoot the Piano Player

#7 - Don't Shoot the Piano Player

Season 5 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 10, 1962

With no help from local law enforcement, a writer hires Paladin to find her fiancé; in the roughest gutter on the Barbary coast. When they find him, the bet to win him back may be more than the writer can afford to lose or win.

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Directors: William Conrad
Writers: Shimon Wincelberg
Hobson's Choice

#8 - Hobson's Choice

Season 5 - Episode 30 - Aired Apr 7, 1962

Alfred Nobel, staying at the Carlton, enlists the aid of resident Paladin to recover a mixed up shipment of mineral oil with his more potent nitroglycerin. He has little time as his stable mixture has been made unstable and highly explosive - and time is running out.

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Writers: Robert E. Thompson
The Coming of the Tiger

#9 - The Coming of the Tiger

Season 5 - Episode 31 - Aired Apr 14, 1962

Paladin must stop a Samurai Warrior and a Priest from Japan who are on a mission to "radicalize" Japanese Americans.

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Writers: Anthony Wilson
Cream of the Jest

#10 - Cream of the Jest

Season 5 - Episode 34 - Aired May 5, 1962

Paladin travels to Santa Fe on a personal errand - to purchase one of the last authentic pieces of early Santa Clara pottery. On his return, he rides into a town that has a resident practical joker whose wife enlists/hires him to stop her husband from playing one too many jokes on a local gambler.

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Directors: Richard Donner
Writers: Shimon Wincelberg
Bandit

#11 - Bandit

Season 5 - Episode 35 - Aired May 12, 1962

A girl bandit robs and kills a stagecoach driver for $50,000. When Paladin catches up to her he finds out she is no lady but with his help is willing to learn.

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Directors: Richard Boone
Writers: Albert Ruben, Joan Scott
Pandora's Box

#12 - Pandora's Box

Season 5 - Episode 36 - Aired May 19, 1962

Protecting the current administration from low gossip and sensationalism, Paladin is asked to discreetly bring the Secretary's son to justice for murder. Some old friends try to prevent this but soon learn where Billy's loyalties truly lie.

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Writers: Archie L. Tegland
Jonah

#13 - Jonah

Season 5 - Episode 37 - Aired May 26, 1962

$20,000 in gold bullion is stolen and dropped into a lake. Paladin decides to try to retrieve it but Jonah, a fisherman, has the spot staked out. He's after a huge trout and doesn't want anyone getting in his way. There's also the three thieves watching and waiting to ambush Paladin once he gets the gold.

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Writers: Lou Shaw, Peggy Shaw
The Knight

#14 - The Knight

Season 5 - Episode 38 - Aired Jun 2, 1962

Paladin is hired to find a killer. His usual fee is paid for instead with a ring. A ring that may tie his employer to his quarry with him in the middle.

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Writers: John D.F. Black
Taylor's Woman

#15 - Taylor's Woman

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 22, 1962

A hen-pecked rancher, in San Francisco to marry his housekeeper, hires Paladin to help him get out of doing so.

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Directors: Richard Boone
Writers: Gene Roddenberry
A Place For Abel Hix

#16 - A Place For Abel Hix

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 6, 1962

Hix sends for Paladin. When he arrives in town, he finds that Hix was killed in a gunfight even though he's the fastest man with gun who ever lived.

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Writers: Don Ingalls, John Kneubuhl
Bird of Time

#17 - Bird of Time

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 20, 1962

Paladin rides upon a man named Stryker hanging from a tree. When he learns Paladin is after the same man but with a warrant, he says he has stronger reasons and hopes he won't get in his way. Later Paladin helps the man, now wounded and in his custody, get to what he remembers as a friendly place called Sky Blue.

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Writers: Don Ingalls
Marshal of Sweetwater

#18 - Marshal of Sweetwater

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 24, 1962

Sweetwater was a wild town before Thomas Carey, a retired Army scout and old friend of Paladin, became marshal. But Carey has taken over complete control and turned into a killer. Paladin has to stop him and Carey has always seemed the faster of the two.

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Directors: Jerry Hopper
Writers: Gene Roddenberry
Man in an Hourglass

#19 - Man in an Hourglass

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 1, 1962

A doctor who once saved Paladin's life calls upon him to find and safely bring back the son of a one-time sweetheart.The young man has "taken to the hills" to track down his father's killer.Paladin locates the headstrong youth and his prey but finds the return trip will not be easy-the wanted man has four trailing confederates.

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Directors: Jerry Hopper
Writers: Anthony Lawrence, Gustave Field
Penelope

#20 - Penelope

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 8, 1962

Paladin meets a drunken Col Lacey at the Carlton. He is there fearful of going home to his lovely wife after being away for some time seeking his fortune. Will she be as loving and faithful as he has been? Paladin decides to help him find out, regardless of the consequences.

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Writers: Shimon Wincelberg
Trial at Tablerock

#21 - Trial at Tablerock

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 15, 1962

Adams, the prosecutor, wants to hire Paladin to rid the town of someone he says is getting away with murder. When this person is tried for a killing Paladin witnesses, he offers his services as defense when no one else wants the job.

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Directors: Jerry Hopper
Writers: Gene Roddenberry
The Treasure

#22 - The Treasure

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Dec 29, 1962

Jess Harden, about to be released from prison for an $80K robbery he says he didn't commit, returns to the same town not knowing that it's a ghost town. He plans to meet his wife there. She wants Paladin there as well to ward off anyone who believes he does have the money after all.

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Writers: Herb Meadow, Robert E. Thompson
American Primitive

#23 - American Primitive

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 2, 1963

Paladin is joined by his friend Ernie Backwater, an aging sheriff who is out to capture Will Tybee, a wanted fugitive who has spent his life searching for the man who murdered his son. Unfortunately, he's killed five innocent men while doing so, and is more than willing to kill Paladin and the sheriff if they get in his way.

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Directors: Jerry Hopper
Writers: Harry Julian Fink
The Burning Tree

#24 - The Burning Tree

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 9, 1963

Paladin is escorting a unique prisoner to a trial and certain conviction. A man who has been married seven times and murdered all of them. Stopping for a night of rest, Paladin finds the man is wanted by the townsfolk as a "sacrifice" to appease the local Indians. A spinsterish young girl has other plans for the "charmer".

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Writers: Bob Duncan, Wanda Duncan
Cage at McNaab

#25 - Cage at McNaab

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired Feb 16, 1963

Paladin is asked by the wife of a man who is condemned to die to visit him in prison and see if new evidence can be found to clear her husband. Not sure if he wants the job, Paladin agrees to the visit and it leads to quite an unexpected result. Paladin literally finds he now walks in another man's footsteps.

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Directors: Gary Nelson
Writers: Gene Roddenberry