The BEST episodes written by Ron Bishop

5 votes

#1 - Vendetta

Combat! - Season 3 - Episode 2

Lt. Hanley and his men are rescued by Greek Colonel Kapsalis and his squadron of fast moving jeeps with mounted machine guns. Kapsalis is a gung-ho, no-holds-barred soldier fighting a personal vendetta against the Germans. He orders Lt. Hanley and his men to join him in an attack. Between actions, he shares his gonzo life philosophy with Hanley.

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A Flock of Trouble
4 votes

#2 - A Flock of Trouble

Maverick - Season 3 - Episode 22

Bret wins a sheep ranch located in the midst of cattle ranchers whose sole aim is to wipe out the sheep and their new owner.

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The Hard Breed
11 votes

#3 - The Hard Breed

The Streets of San Francisco - Season 2 - Episode 21

Two "Gunsmoke" writers teamed on this modern-day Western set at a rodeo in San Francisco's Cow Palace. A bronc rider dies in what appears to be an accident. A rodeo clown looks around the scene after the police leave and discovers the rider's rope -- which was cut almost halfway through before it broke, leaving the bronc free to throw him. The police come back to investigate the scene, and before long the chief suspect is also murdered in another "accident."

12 votes

#4 - Milligan

Gunsmoke - Season 18 - Episode 9

When a family man lawfully kills a murderous outlaw by shooting him in the back, some people in town start to physically abuse him.

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The Iron Blood of Courage
12 votes

#5 - The Iron Blood of Courage

Gunsmoke - Season 19 - Episode 19

William Talley, a gunfighter is hired by a farmer's collition in Dodge to kill rancher Shaw Anderson, their main obstickle in taking over the land.

11 votes

#6 - Trafton

Gunsmoke - Season 17 - Episode 7

Matt is out to find a gunfigther who killed two people.

The Soul Is the Warrior
105 votes

#7 - The Soul Is the Warrior

Kung Fu - Season 1 - Episode 6

Caine's quest to meet his half-brother Danny leads him to a ranch where his sibling once worked, and plunges the priest into a confrontation where he proves his mettle by walking trough a pit of rattlesnakes.

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The Maverick Line
4 votes

#8 - The Maverick Line

Maverick - Season 4 - Episode 10

Inheriting a stagecoach line from Uncle Micah is only the beginning of financial problems for the Maverick brothers.

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The Cats of Paradise
7 votes

#9 - The Cats of Paradise

Maverick - Season 3 - Episode 5

Bret Maverick falls for a soft-spoken girl, Modesty Blaine (Mona Freeman). They enter into a partnership to sell cats to a mining camp overrun by rats. But rumor has it that most men lose either their lives or their money when dealing with this young beauty. However, Bret stands to lose both his life and his money, so he plots to save both.

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The Enemy
9 votes

#10 - The Enemy

How the West Was Won - Season 3 - Episode 3

A by-the-book Army lieutenant clashes with the Macahans when he hunts for an Indian chief suspected of raiding wagon trains.

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Luck with Rainbows
4 votes

#11 - Luck with Rainbows

Combat! - Season 4 - Episode 13

Hanley, Little John, and Kirby attempt to salvage film from a crashed reconnaissance plane. They are interrupted by a swaggering British Major who commandeers the film and abandons the squad as Germans approach.

Matt's Love Story
49 votes

#12 - Matt's Love Story

Gunsmoke - Season 19 - Episode 3

A wounded Matt Dillon suffers amnesia then falls in love with a widow. Matt's first TV kiss, not to Miss Kitty, but to guest star Michael Learned.

41 votes

#13 - Lynott

Gunsmoke - Season 17 - Episode 8

A former Marshall helps Matt by filling in for Matt, after he is wounded and sent to bed so he can rest.

Whelan's Men
48 votes

#14 - Whelan's Men

Gunsmoke - Season 18 - Episode 20

A former lawman that Dillon put out of business years earlier comes back with a group of men to gun him down. Since Dillon is out of town, they settle in at the Long Branch to play poker and wait. Kitty does the only thing she can do. She bets the entire town's wealth and Matt's life against the outlaw's hand.

Town in Chains
48 votes

#15 - Town in Chains

Gunsmoke - Season 20 - Episode 2

A group of bandits attempt to rob a town while masquerading as soldiers.

The Sodbusters
41 votes

#16 - The Sodbusters

Gunsmoke - Season 18 - Episode 11

Farm owner Clarabelle Callahan has absolute rights to the water supply in her area. Rather than negotiate with Clarabelle, rancher Lamoor Underwood turns to hatred and violence by bringing in a gunslinger, Dick Shaw. Unknown to either side, farm hand Pete Brown is the noted gunfighter John Jobson and represents a deadly equalizer for Clarabelle.

The Mark of Cain
42 votes

#17 - The Mark of Cain

Gunsmoke - Season 14 - Episode 19

A scholarly man in Dodge is actually a former commandant of a Civil War prison camp.

A Hat
47 votes

#18 - A Hat

Gunsmoke - Season 13 - Episode 6

Tough Texas cattleman Red Conniston is headed to Dodge to kill Clint Sorils, who killed Conniston's son Ben in a gunfight.

40 votes

#19 - Kiowa

Gunsmoke - Season 15 - Episode 21

Matt must rescue a teenage girl from indians and bring her back to her family.

43 votes

#20 - Mannon

Gunsmoke - Season 14 - Episode 17

Gunman Will Mannon comes to Dodge, after shooting Festus and taking his mule, to face Matt in a gunfight.

46 votes

#21 - Slocum

Gunsmoke - Season 14 - Episode 5

Grizzily mountain man, Slocum tracks the sons of a man who tried to bushwhack his good friend, Matt Dillon.

The Bundle from Britain
5 votes

#22 - The Bundle from Britain

Maverick - Season 4 - Episode 1

Returning to America after an extended stay in England, Cousin Beau Maverick (Roger Moore) is hired to take the place of a young English nobleman. However, he soon finds himself the victim of a kidnap and ransom plot due to his assumed identity.

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3 votes

#23 - Jump-Up

The Virginian - Season 9 - Episode 24

After stopping in the town of Jump-Up to see an old girlfriend, Tate is cheated in a card game by a gambler, and then framed by town boss John Timothy Driscoll and his son for killing the man, and forced into a hard labor camp.

40 votes

#24 - O'Quillian

Gunsmoke - Season 14 - Episode 6

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

0 votes

#25 - Spokes

The High Chaparral - Season 4 - Episode 2

Needing to get away temporarily from the rigors of ranch life, Buck chooses the raucous Fourth of July holiday for the time and the roughest town in the territory for the place Soon after his arrival in Spokes, a lawless community run by tough China Pierce, Buck witnesses a saloon shootout in which Pierce's son Bud is killed by Jones, an old friendless trapper who is seriously wounded. Although it was a fair fight, cowering townspeople refuse to help Jones, so Buck goes to the man's aid and then mounts a vigil to await the inevitable explosive confrontation with Pierce.