The Best Episodes of The Wild Wild West

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2018

The Wild Wild West told the story of two Secret Service agents: James T. West, the charming gunslinger (played by Robert Conrad), and Artemus Gordon (played by Ross Martin), the brilliant gadgeteer and master of disguise. Their unending mission was to protect President Ulysses S. Grant and the United States from all manner of dangerous threats. The agents traveled in luxury aboard their own train, the Wanderer, equipped with everything from a stable car to a laboratory. James West had served as an intelligence and cavalry officer in the US Civil War; his "cover" during the series is that he is a railroad president. After retiring from the Service by 1880 he lives on a ranch in Mexico. Gordon's past is more obscure; when he retires in 1880 he goes on the road as the head of a Shakespeare traveling players troupe.

The Night of the Puppeteer

#1 - The Night of the Puppeteer

Season 1 - Episode 21

Seeking revenge against those who sentenced him to death, Zechariah Skull, a mad puppeteer, recreates a courtroom drama using life-size puppets.

star 8.56
9 votes
Writers: Henry Sharp
The Night of the Returning Dead

#2 - The Night of the Returning Dead

Season 2 - Episode 5

Agents West and Gordon investigate a mysterious Confederate "ghost" rider.

star 8.55
11 votes
Directors: Richard Donner
Writers: John Kneubuhl
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The Night of the Flying Pie Plate

#3 - The Night of the Flying Pie Plate

Season 2 - Episode 6

West gets involved in a bizarre scheme when a green girl emerges from a fallen spaceship claiming she needs gold for fuel.

star 8.50
8 votes
Directors: Robert Sparr
Writers: Daniel Ullman
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The Night of the Sabatini Death

#4 - The Night of the Sabatini Death

Season 4 - Episode 17

Jim meets with crime czar Sabatini, who asks him to protect a lady and give a man called Swanson a key. Accompanied by government chemist Ned Brown, Jim travels to Calliope, MO, which turns out to be a ghost town.

star 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Shirl Hendryx
The Night of the Tartar

#5 - The Night of the Tartar

Season 2 - Episode 19

President Grant gives orders to West and Gordon to deliver prisoner Rimsky to Vladivostok, Russia, in a prisoner exchange for American vice-consul Millard Boyer. When Rimsky dies in an escape attempt, the agents must improvise.

star 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Earl Barret, Robert C. Dennis
The Night of the Bars of Hell

#6 - The Night of the Bars of Hell

Season 1 - Episode 22

West, posing as a prison inspector, hunts for clues to a pillaging outlaw band. When things don't go as planned, Arte's special talents are required.

star 8.40
10 votes
Directors: Richard Donner
Writers: Robert Vincent Wright
The Night of the Amnesiac

#7 - The Night of the Amnesiac

Season 3 - Episode 22

Jim is guarding a stage coach carrying the western states entire supply of smallpox vaccine when it's attacked and the drug stolen. While West, injured in the attack, struggles with amnesia, Artemus tries to find both his friend and the drug before a full-scale epidemic hits.

star 8.40
5 votes
Writers: Leigh Chapman, Robert Bloomfield
The Night the Dragon Screamed

#8 - The Night the Dragon Screamed

Season 1 - Episode 17

Jim must return a princess to the Hunan throne in China, and Artie has only one clue to track down the smugglers of opium and Chinese aliens: a fortune cookie.

star 8.33
12 votes
Writers: Kevin De Courcey
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The Night of the Grand Emir

#9 - The Night of the Grand Emir

Season 1 - Episode 18

West must protect the Grand Emir of the Ottoman Empire from the fatal charms of Ecstasy La Joie.

star 8.25
12 votes
Writers: Donn Mullally
The Night of the Sedgewick Curse

#10 - The Night of the Sedgewick Curse

Season 4 - Episode 4

When people start disappearing from the Sedgewick Hotel and Spa, Jim meets Lavinia Sedgewick who asks him to dinner at her home. But when Jim's not welcome, he and Artemus must learn the truth behind the mystery.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Marvin Chomsky
Writers: Paul Playdon
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The Night of the Sudden Plague

#11 - The Night of the Sudden Plague

Season 1 - Episode 28

West and Arte ride into the quiet town of Willow Springs, only to find it looted and all of its citizens victims of a mysterious paralysis.

star 8.14
7 votes
Writers: Ken Kolb
The Night of the Flaming Ghost

#12 - The Night of the Flaming Ghost

Season 1 - Episode 19

Jim and Arte follow the trail of stolen kerosene and sulfur to Harper's ferry, where they find an 1870's version of abolitionist John Brown.

star 8.12
8 votes
Directors: Lee H. Katzin
Writers: Robert Hamner, Preston Wood
The Night of Jack O'Diamonds

#13 - The Night of Jack O'Diamonds

Season 3 - Episode 5

James and Artemus arrive in Mexico with a present for the Mexican president: a beautiful Arabian horse. Within minutes of their arrival, however, the horse is stolen by a group of outlaw bandits. Our heroes must battle the hot Mexican desert to get the horse back before the outlaw Mexican army beats them to it.

star 8.11
9 votes
Writers: Denne Bart Petitclerc
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The Night of the Freebooters

#14 - The Night of the Freebooters

Season 1 - Episode 25

Jim and Arte go undercover to infiltrate a renegade Army led by Thorwald Wolfe, who intends to conquer part of Mexico.

star 8.11
9 votes
Directors: Edward Dein
Writers: Gene Coon
The Night of the Two-Legged Buffalo

#15 - The Night of the Two-Legged Buffalo

Season 1 - Episode 23

Here to sign a treaty, Jim West tries to protect a pleasure-loving South Seas Prince when he insists on visiting a plush spa where assassins eagerly await his arrival.

star 8.10
10 votes
Directors: Edward Dein
Writers: John Kneubuhl
The Night of the Cossacks

#16 - The Night of the Cossacks

Season 4 - Episode 22

West and Gordon are mixed up in the affairs of the royal family of Karovnia when they come to the US fleeing from assassins in their home country. The agents find that the evil Count Balkovitch is pursuing them, looking for an icon he needs to possess to hold power in Karovnia. Of course, the Count is not acting alone and the agents must discover who is assisting him before his sinister plans are accomplished.

star 8.00
3 votes
Directors: Mike Moder
Writers: Oliver Crawford
The Night of the Hangman

#17 - The Night of the Hangman

Season 3 - Episode 7

During a stopover in a small Kansas town, the agents become involved in a murder investigation. After a man is found guilty and sentenced to hang, the agents uncover valuable information that points in an entirely different direction.

star 8.00
9 votes
Directors: James B. Clark
Writers: Peter G. Robinson, Ron Silverman
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The Night of the Gypsy Peril

#18 - The Night of the Gypsy Peril

Season 2 - Episode 18

West and Gordon are escorting the Sultan of Ramapur and his gift, a sacred white elephant, to the President. Bandits intercept the train and steal the elephant; then the Sultan demands one million dollars in recompense. West follows the the trail to a gypsy camp and discovers things aren't always what they seem.

star 8.00
3 votes
Writers: Ken Kolb
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The Night of the Druid's Blood

#19 - The Night of the Druid's Blood

Season 1 - Episode 24

West is furious: his superiors have refused him permission to investigate the murder of a close friend who was burned to death before his eyes.

star 8.00
6 votes
Writers: Henry Sharp
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The Night of the Cut-Throats

#20 - The Night of the Cut-Throats

Season 3 - Episode 11

Something is happening in the small town of New Athens. Residents are leaving in droves, scared off by a band of seedy cut-throats gathering just outside the town limits. And then there's Michael Trayne, back in town after three years in jail. Jim and Arte must figure out what's happening and save the town before everyone leaves.

star 8.00
5 votes
Writers: Edward J. Lakso
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The Night of the Pistoleros

#21 - The Night of the Pistoleros

Season 4 - Episode 19

Things aren't always what they seem, when Gordon and West head to a lonely outpost to battle a terrorist gang, who are trying to start a war with Mexico.

star 8.00
5 votes
Writers: Earl Barret, Robert C. Dennis
The Night of the Cadre

#22 - The Night of the Cadre

Season 2 - Episode 26

Agent James West goes to see Warden Primwick, who releases the condemned murderer, Ralph Kleed, in his presence. But when Kleed blows a whistle, causing the warden to attack West, Jim must discover what's behind Kleed's diabolical plan and stop him before it's too late.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Leon Benson
Writers: Digby Wolfe
The Night of the Deadly Bubble

#23 - The Night of the Deadly Bubble

Season 2 - Episode 22

On the trail of the source of mysterious tidal waves, Jim and Artie find a fanatical marine environmentalist at the heart of the mystery.

star 8.00
4 votes
Writers: Michael Edwards
The Night of the Steel Assassin

#24 - The Night of the Steel Assassin

Season 1 - Episode 16

A series of mysterious deaths of military personnel bring Jim face to face with the indestructible Colonel "Iron Man" Torres. Crippled in an explosion that he blames on the other men of his company, Torres rebuilt himself as a 19th century cyborg and is seeking revenge on those he thinks wronged him.

star 7.92
12 votes
Writers: Calvin Clements, Jr.
The Night of the Red-Eyed Madmen

#25 - The Night of the Red-Eyed Madmen

Season 1 - Episode 11

West is sent to infiltrate an army of fanatics dedicated to overthrowing the U.S. Government.

star 7.91
23 votes
Writers: Stanford Whitmore
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