List of Gunsmoke television episodes

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Clockwise from top: Ken Curtis (Festus), James Arness (Matt), Amanda Blake (Kitty), and Milburn Stone (Doc) in 1968

Gunsmoke is an American western television series developed by Charles Marquis Warren and based on the radio program of the same name.[1] The series ran for 20 seasons, making it the longest-running western in television history. The first episode aired in the United States on September 10, 1955, and the final episode aired on March 31, 1975.[2][3] All episodes were broadcast in the United States by CBS.[4] In the United Kingdom Gunsmoke was originally broadcast under the title Gun Law.[5]

Gunsmoke was originally a half-hour program filmed in black-and-white. The series expanded to an hour in length with its seventh season and began filming in color with the twelfth. During its run 635 episodes were broadcast, of which 233 were 30 minutes in length and 402 were 60 minutes in length. Of the hour-long episodes 176 were in black-and-white and 226 in color.[6] During its second season Gunsmoke became one of the ten most popular programs on American television and moved to number one in its third season. It remained at number one until 1961 and stayed in the top twenty until 1964. The series returned to prominence in 1967 following a shift in its programming time from Saturday to Monday night. From there Gunsmoke remained in the top twenty for the next seven years, dropping out only in its final season.[4] In May 1975 CBS cancelled the series. Alan Wagner, the network's vice president at the time, said, "It's better to get rid of a program one year too soon than one year too late."[7] Between 1987 and 1994 five television movies based on the series were aired by CBS.[8]

Gunsmoke is set in and around Dodge City, Kansas, in the post-Civil War era and centers on United States Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) as he enforces law and order in the city. In its original format the series also focuses on Dillon's friendship with three other citizens of Dodge City: Doctor Galen "Doc" Adams (Milburn Stone), the town's physician; Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake), owner of the Long Branch Saloon; and Chester Goode (Dennis Weaver), Dillon's assistant.[9] In the eighth season (1962–63) a fifth regular character was added to the cast: blacksmith Quint Asper (Burt Reynolds), who remained until the end of the tenth season (1964–65).[10] Dennis Weaver left the series during the ninth season (1963–64) and was replaced by Ken Curtis as Festus Haggen, who became deputy to Marshall Dillon.[11] Both Chester and Festus appear together in the ninth season episode entitled "The Prairie Wolfer," and Festus had initially appeared the previous season, playing the same character as a quasi-outlaw helping Dillon track a killer in "Us Haggens." In the eleventh season (1965–66), another deputy, Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood (Roger Ewing), was added to the cast.[12] Ewing's character was replaced in the thirteenth season (1967–68) by Newly O'Brien (Buck Taylor).[13] Amanda Blake left the series at the end of the nineteenth season (1973–74) and was replaced in the final season by a new character, Miss Hannah, portrayed by Fran Ryan.[14]

As of December 2nd, 2014, all of the black and white episodes from the first eleven seasons of Gunsmoke have been released on DVD while two other collections contain selected episodes from all twenty seasons. Three of the five television movies have been released on DVD as well. Season 10 ,Vol. 1 & 2) were released on DVD, August 12, 2014. [15]

Episodes[edit]

Half-hour era[edit]

1955/56 through 1960/61
233 half-hour episodes (all black-and-white)
39 episodes for each of the first five seasons, with 38 episodes for the 6th season

Season 1 (1955-56)[edit]

39 half-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Charles Marquis Warren; associate producer: Norman Macdonnell
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)
Note: The premiere episode was introduced by John Wayne.[16]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Matt Gets It"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: Charles Marquis Warren
Story: John Meston
September 10, 1955 (1955-09-10)
United States Marshal Matt Dillon of Dodge City must deal with fast trigger-happy outlaw Dan Grat (Paul Richards) who wants his way with the town.
22"Hot Spell"Charles Marquis WarrenE. Jack NeumanSeptember 17, 1955 (1955-09-17)
Matt must defend a gunman he despises from townspeople who want to lynch him for a crime he didn't commit.
33"Word of Honor"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: Charles Marquis Warren
Story: John Meston
October 1, 1955 (1955-10-01)
To save his own life, murder witness Doc gives his word of honor to the killers that he won't expose them.
44"Home Surgery"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn MestonOctober 8, 1955 (1955-10-08)
Matt tries to save the life of a man dying of gangrene.
55"Obie Tater"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: Charles Marquis Warren
Story: John Meston
October 15, 1955 (1955-10-15)
A group of outlaws try to force an old prospector to give up his gold.
66"Night Incident"Charles Marquis WarrenCharles Marquis WarrenOctober 29, 1955 (1955-10-29)
No one believes a boy's claims that he overheard an outlaw planning a robbery.
77"Smoking Out the Nolans"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: Charles Marquis Warren
Story: John Meston
November 5, 1955 (1955-11-05)
A landowner asks Matt to remove a couple from a home on part of his land, which the couple insists they bought and paid for, and which they refuse to vacate.
88"Kite's Reward"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn MestonNovember 12, 1955 (1955-11-12)
An ex-outlaw's attempt to hang up his gun proves difficult.
99"The Hunter"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn DunkelNovember 26, 1955 (1955-11-26)
A legendary buffalo hunter invites the wrath of Indians when he sets out to cross their sacred hunting grounds.
1010"The Queue"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
December 3, 1955 (1955-12-03)
Two men try to force a Chinese man out of Dodge.
1111"General Parsley Smith"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
December 10, 1955 (1955-12-10)
Parsley Smith, a teller of tall tales, claims the new town banker is plotting to make off with the depositors' money.
1212"Magnus"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn MestonDecember 24, 1955 (1955-12-24)
It's Christmas in Dodge and Chester isn't pleased when his brother Magnus arrives for a visit.
1313"Reed Survives"Charles Marquis WarrenLes CrutchfieldDecember 31, 1955 (1955-12-31)
A beautiful young wife manipulates a young hired hand into killing her older husband.
1414"Professor Lute Bone"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
January 7, 1956 (1956-01-07)
A peddler's miracle curative contains opium and proves fatal.
1515"No Handcuffs"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
January 21, 1956 (1956-01-21)
A man who claims he's innocent of a murder in a corrupt town breaks out of Matt's jail, and his trail leads Matt to the corrupt sheriff.
1616"Reward for Matt"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
January 28, 1956 (1956-01-28)
A woman offers a $1,000 reward to the man who kills Matt Dillon.
1717"Robin Hood"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: Daniel B. Ullman
Story: John Meston
February 4, 1956 (1956-02-04)
Witnesses are refusing to testify against an infamous outlaw.
1818"Yorky"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
February 18, 1956 (1956-02-18)
Matt saves the life of a white boy raised by Indians who was shot trying to retrieve horses stolen from his tribe.
1919"20-20"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
February 25, 1956 (1956-02-25)
An ex-lawman and old friend of Matt's arrives in Dodge with failing eyesight, and a man who wants to kill him.
2020"Reunion '78"Charles Marquis WarrenHarold SwantonMarch 3, 1956 (1956-03-03)
A well-liked hardware drummer is actually a man wanted for multiple murders.
2121"Helping Hand"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
March 17, 1956 (1956-03-17)
Matt attempts to reform a young troublemaker.
2222"Tap Day for Kitty"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
March 24, 1956 (1956-03-24)
An old rancher decides he's going to marry Kitty, and that's that.
2323"Indian Scout"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn DunkelMarch 31, 1956 (1956-03-31)
When an old Indian scout murders a man, Matt pursues him into Commanche territory.
2424"The Pest Hole"Charles Marquis WarrenDavid Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.April 14, 1956 (1956-04-14)
Doc must find a way to thwart a typhoid epidemic in Dodge.
2525"The Big Broad"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
April 28, 1956 (1956-04-28)
Matt has to figure a way around a six-foot-tall, 200-pound woman with a six-gun.
2626"Hack Prine"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn MestonMay 12, 1956 (1956-05-12)
An old friend of Matt's is now a gun-for-hire, in town to kill him.
2727"Cooter"Robert StevensonScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
May 19, 1956 (1956-05-19)
A dishonest gambler uses a mentally challenged man in a plot against Matt.
2828"The Killer"Robert StevensonScreenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
May 26, 1956 (1956-05-26)
Matt has to stop a cold-blooded killer (Charles Bronson) who preys on over-matched opponents.
2929"Doc's Revenge"Ted PostJohn DunkelJune 9, 1956 (1956-06-09)
Doc has a change of heart about a man he hates and wants to kill face to face when the man is later shot in the back.
3030"The Preacher"Robert StevensonScreenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
June 16, 1956 (1956-06-16)
A preacher disgusted by violence is harassed by bully Sam Keeler (Chuck Connors) who despises his timid nature.
3131"How to Die for Nothing"Ted PostScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
June 23, 1956 (1956-06-23)
The brother of a man Matt was forced to kill vows to kill Matt by any means necessary.
3232"Dutch George"Robert StevensonJohn DunkelJune 30, 1956 (1956-06-30)
Matt is forced to arrest his childhood hero, who is now the leader of a gang of horse thieves.
3333"Prairie Happy"Ted PostScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
July 7, 1956 (1956-07-07)
A bitter old man tells fibs about Indians preparing to strike Dodge.
3434"Chester's Mail Order Bride"Robert StevensonDavid Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.July 14, 1956 (1956-07-14)
When Chester's mail-order bride arrives, neither she nor Chester are what the other are expecting.
3535"The Guitar"Harry HornerScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
July 21, 1956 (1956-07-21)
An ex-Union soldier is forced to use violence against a pair of diehard Rebels.
3636"Cara"Robert StevensonScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
July 28, 1956 (1956-07-28)
Matt discovers that an old girlfriend is working on the opposite side of the law.
3737"Mr. and Mrs. Amber"Ted PostScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
August 4, 1956 (1956-08-04)
A self-described religious prophet makes life miserable for his daughter and her new husband.
3838"Unmarked Grave"Ted PostDavid Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.August 18, 1956 (1956-08-18)
An old woman grieving over the loss of her outlaw son tries to help another young outlaw escape justice.
3939"Alarm at Pleasant Valley"Ted PostJohn DunkelAugust 25, 1956 (1956-08-25)
A homesteader is ambushed on the way to Dodge.

Season 2 (1956-57)[edit]

39 half-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Charles Marquis Warren (episodes 40–49, 51–52, 57), Norman Macdonnell (episodes 50, 53–56, 58–78)
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[17]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
401"Cow Doctor"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
September 8, 1956 (1956-09-08)
Matt is forced to release a killer due to insufficient evidence.
412"Brush at Elkader"Ted PostScreenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
September 15, 1956 (1956-09-15)
Matt tracks a murderer to a strange town where the people are unwilling to cooperate.
423"Custer"Ted PostScreenplay: Gil Doud
Story: John Meston
September 22, 1956 (1956-09-22)
Matt refuses to turn in a rustler for a court-martial.
434"The Round Up"Ted PostScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
September 29, 1956 (1956-09-29)
Dodge City merchants celebrate the end of a round-up and unite against any acts of violence.
445"Young Man with a Gun"Christian NybyScreenplay: Winston Miller
Story: John Meston
October 20, 1956 (1956-10-20)
The brother of an outlaw Matt killed swears revenge.
456"Indian White"Ted PostScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: Tom Hanley
October 27, 1956 (1956-10-27)
A white boy who's been raised by Indians learns to live with his own race.
467"How to Cure a Friend"Ted PostScreenplay: Winston Miller
Story: John Meston
November 10, 1956 (1956-11-10)
Matt is used by an old friend in a con game.
478"Legal Revenge"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
November 17, 1956 (1956-11-17)
Doc comes upon a homesteader with a busted leg and a gun to protect himself from his wife.
489"The Mistake"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: Gil Doud
Story: John Meston
November 24, 1956 (1956-11-24)
Matt leaves Dodge City unprotected when he sets out to find a killer.
4910"Greater Love"Ted PostScreenplay: Winston Miller
Story: John Meston
December 1, 1956 (1956-12-01)
An outlaw threatens to kill Doc if he doesn't help his wounded buddy.
5011"No Indians"Ted PostScreenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
December 8, 1956 (1956-12-08)
Matt and Chester act as decoys to ambush renegade outlaws.
5112"Spring Term"Ted PostScreenplay: William F. Leicester
Story: John Meston
December 15, 1956 (1956-12-15)
Matt discovers that he was the intended victim of a murder he's investigating.
5213"Poor Pearl"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
December 22, 1956 (1956-12-22)
Matt helps a woman whose suitors are about to duel for her affections.
5314"Cholera"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
December 29, 1956 (1956-12-29)
A landowner tries to get a homesteader and his family kicked out.
5415"Pucket's New Year"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 5, 1957 (1957-01-05)
An old buffalo hunter's partner leaves him to die.
5516"The Cover Up"William D. RussellScreenplay: William N. Robson
Story: John Meston
January 12, 1957 (1957-01-12)
Matt trails a gunman who shot a homesteader.
5617"Sins of the Father"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
January 19, 1957 (1957-01-19)
An Indian woman faces prejudice for her father's raid on Dodge City.
5718"Kick Me"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: Endre Bohem and Louis Vittes
Story: John Meston
January 26, 1957 (1957-01-26)
A thief hatches a scheme to con a banker.
5819"Executioner"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: Gil Doud
Story: John Meston
February 2, 1957 (1957-02-02)
After a young gunfighter brazenly kills an over-matched rancher, the rancher's brother wants Matt to settle the score.
5920"Gone Straight"Ted PostScreenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
February 9, 1957 (1957-02-09)
Townspeople protect an outlaw they believe has reformed.
6021"Bloody Hands"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonFebruary 16, 1957 (1957-02-16)
Matt decides to quit being a marshal after he shoots an unarmed man.
6122"Skid Row"Ted PostScreenplay: Gil Doud
Story: John Meston
February 23, 1957 (1957-02-23)
A woman comes a long way from the east to Dodge, only to realize that her fiancé has lost all his money and does not wish to marry her.
6223"Sweet and Sour"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMarch 2, 1957 (1957-03-02)
A dance-hall girl manipulates her admirers into facing each other in gunfights.
6324"Cain"Ted PostJohn MestonMarch 9, 1957 (1957-03-09)
A former gunslinger's past catches up to him.
6425"Bureaucrat"Ted PostStory: John Meston
Teleplay: William F. Leicester
March 16, 1957 (1957-03-16)
An official from Washington sets out to tame Dodge City.
6526"Last Fling"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMarch 23, 1957 (1957-03-23)
Kitty gets annoyed by a pair of old farmers who are each trying to have a fling with her.
6627"Chester's Murder"Ted PostJohn MestonMarch 30, 1957 (1957-03-30)
Matt reluctantly arrests Chester for murder.
6728"The Photographer"William D. RussellJohn DunkelApril 6, 1957 (1957-04-06)
A photographer from the east attempts to cross hostile Indian territory on his own.
6829"Wrong Man"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 13, 1957 (1957-04-13)
A cowboy vows revenge for the shooting of his friend, who was mistaken for a criminal.
6930"Big Girl Lost"Ted PostJohn MestonApril 20, 1957 (1957-04-20)
A saloon girl doesn't want her ex-fiancé to know about her job.
7031"What the Whiskey Drummer Heard"Andrew V. McLaglenStory: John Meston
Teleplay: Gil Doud
April 27, 1957 (1957-04-27)
Matt fakes his death to lure a gunman out in the open.
7132"Cheap Labor"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMay 4, 1957 (1957-05-04)
A former gunslinger is goaded into a duel by his fiancee's brother.
7233"Moon"William D. RussellJohn MestonMay 11, 1957 (1957-05-11)
Matt seeks evidence to convict a poker dealer of murdering a gambler.
7334"Who Lives by the Sword"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMay 18, 1957 (1957-05-18)
A gunman manipulates two boys into facing him in a duel.
7435"Uncle Oliver"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMay 25, 1957 (1957-05-25)
Matt goes after an outlaw who shot Chester.
7536"Daddy-O"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJune 1, 1957 (1957-06-01)
Kitty's father arrives in Dodge to try and take her back to New Orleans.
7637"The Man Who Would Be Marshal"William D. RussellScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
June 15, 1957 (1957-06-15)
A retired Army officer asks Matt to appoint him deputy.
7738"Liar from Blackhawk"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJune 22, 1957 (1957-06-22)
A braggart attempts to start a gunfight with a harmless drunk.
7839"Jealousy"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
June 29, 1957 (1957-06-29)
A hot-tempered man thinks Matt is pursuing his wife.

Season 3 (1957-58)[edit]

39 half-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[18]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
791"Crack-Up"Ted PostJohn MestonSeptember 14, 1957 (1957-09-14)
Matt must find out who sent a supposed professional killer to Dodge and why.
802"Gun for Chester"Louis KingJohn MestonSeptember 21, 1957 (1957-09-21)
The man who threatened to kill Chester arrives in town.
813"Blood Money"Louis KingJohn MestonSeptember 28, 1957 (1957-09-28)
The friendship between Harry Spener and Joe Harpe is jeopardized by the fact that there's a price on the latter's head.
824"Kitty's Outlaw"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Meston
October 5, 1957 (1957-10-05)
Kitty's old boyfriend sets her up in a bank robbery.
835"Potato Road"Ted PostJohn MestonOctober 12, 1957 (1957-10-12)
A young man claims that his father committed a murder.
846"Jesse"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 19, 1957 (1957-10-19)
Matt tries to help a young man find his father's killer.
857"Mavis McCloud"Buzz KulikScreenplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Meston
October 26, 1957 (1957-10-26)
A girl from the east comes to Dodge to experience life in the west.
868"Born to Hang"Buzz KulikJohn MestonNovember 2, 1957 (1957-11-02)
After he's saved from a hanging, a drifer plots revenge against those who tried to lynch him.
879"Romeo"Ted PostJohn MestonNovember 9, 1957 (1957-11-09)
Inspired by the play Romeo & Juliet, the children of feuding families fall in love.
8810"Never Pester Chester"Richard WhorfJohn MestonNovember 16, 1957 (1957-11-16)
Matt hunts down two drifters who dragged Chester and left him for dead.
8911"Fingered"James SheldonJohn MestonNovember 23, 1957 (1957-11-23)
The people of Dodge gets suspicious of Jim Cobbett when his second wife vanishes just like his first.
9012"How to Kill a Woman"John RichScreenplay: David S. Peckinpah[A]
Story: John Meston
November 30, 1957 (1957-11-30)
Matt tracks down a gunman who robbed a stagecoach.
9113"Cows and Cribs"Richard WhorfScreenplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Meston
December 7, 1957 (1957-12-07)
The residents of Dodge are wondering where Joe Nadler gets all his money - and where he goes to spend it.
9214"Doc's Reward"Richard WhorfJohn MestonDecember 14, 1957 (1957-12-14)
Even though Doc has confessed to murder, Matt is unwilling to arrest him.
9315"Kitty Lost"Ted PostJohn MestonDecember 21, 1957 (1957-12-21)
Kitty gets deserted in a desolate plain by a suitor she rejected.
9416"Twelfth Night"John RichJohn MestonDecember 28, 1957 (1957-12-28)
The remaining survivors of two feuding Ozark families face each other in Dodge.
9517"Joe Phy"Ted PostJohn MestonJanuary 4, 1958 (1958-01-04)
Marshal Joe Phy uses his reputation as a gunman to maintain order.
9618"Buffalo Man"Ted PostScreenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
January 11, 1958 (1958-01-11)
Matt and Chester get caught in the middle of a feud between Indians and buffalo hunters.
9719"Kitty Caught"Richard WhorfJohn MestonJanuary 18, 1958 (1958-01-18)
Bank robbers take Kitty hostage.
9820"Claustrophobia"Ted PostJohn MestonJanuary 25, 1958 (1958-01-25)
A pair of landgrabbers kill a homesteader's cattle to get his ranch.
9921"Ma Tennis"Buzz KulikJohn MestonFebruary 1, 1958 (1958-02-01)
A woman claims to have killed her outlaw son to prevent him from turning himself in.
10022"Sunday Supplement"Richard WhorfJohn MestonFebruary 8, 1958 (1958-02-08)
A pair of journalists from the east cause trouble.
10123"Wild West"Richard WhorfJohn MestonFebruary 15, 1958 (1958-02-15)
Matt attempts to rescue a child's father from kidnappers.
10224"The Cabin"John RichJohn MestonFebruary 22, 1958 (1958-02-22)
Matt finds a cabin to shelter himself from a blizzard, only to learn it's occupied by a pair of bank robbers.
10325"Dirt"Ted PostScreenplay: David S. Peckinpah[A]
Story: John Meston
March 1, 1958 (1958-03-01)
A newlywed man is murdered moments after his wedding.
10426"Dooley Surrenders"John RichJohn MestonMarch 8, 1958 (1958-03-08)
Matt sets out to clear Emmett Dooley, who's been accused of murdering one of his hunting companions.
10527"Joke's on Us"Ted PostJohn MestonMarch 15, 1958 (1958-03-15)
The widow and son of a man Jake Kaiser lynched are out to get him.
10628"Bottleman"John RichJohn MestonMarch 22, 1958 (1958-03-22)
Tom Cassidy, the town drunk, tries to pick a fight with Dan Clell, who's just arrived in Dodge.
10729"Laughing Gas"Ted PostJames FondaMarch 29, 1958 (1958-03-29)
A former gunslinger is being bothered by bullies.
10830"Texas Cowboys"John RichJohn MestonApril 5, 1958 (1958-04-05)
Cowboys from Texas set out to avenge their murdered friend.
10931"Amy's Good Deed"John RichScreenplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Meston
April 12, 1958 (1958-04-12)
A bitter old woman plots to kill Matt as revenge for the death of her brother.
11032"Hanging Man"John RichJohn MestonApril 19, 1958 (1958-04-19)
Matt suspects murder when a merchant is found hanged in his office.
11133"Innocent Broad"John RichScreenplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Meston
April 26, 1958 (1958-04-26)
A woman's boyfriend causes trouble for Matt with his constant fits of jealousy.
11234"The Big Con"John RichJohn MestonMay 3, 1958 (1958-05-03)
Doc is taken hostage by three con artists.
11335"Widow's Mite"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 10, 1958 (1958-05-10)
A gambler marries an outlaw's widow for her husband's stolen money.
11436"Chester's Hanging"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 17, 1958 (1958-05-17)
An outlaw Matt arrests for robbery and murder, orders his partner to break him out, or else.
11537"Carmen"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 24, 1958 (1958-05-24)
An Army major threatens to put Dodge under martial law after soldiers are killed in a robbery.
11638"Overland Express"Seymour BernsJohn MestonMay 31, 1958 (1958-05-31)
An outlaw holds up a stagecoach carrying a murderer to trial.
11739"The Gentleman"Ted PostJohn MestonJune 7, 1958 (1958-06-07)
One of Kitty's hostesses has fallen in love with a gambler, but one of the girl's old boyfriends has his suspicions.

Season 4 (1958-59)[edit]

39 half-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[19]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1181"Matt for Murder"Richard WhorfJohn MestonSeptember 13, 1958 (1958-09-13)
A witness claims to have seen Matt kill Red Samples' partner.
1192"The Patsy"Richard WhorfTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
September 20, 1958 (1958-09-20)
One of the dance-hall girls accuses a man of murder.
1203"Gunsmuggler"Richard WhorfTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
September 27, 1958 (1958-09-27)
Matt investigates an alleged Indian raid that seems to have wiped out a family.
1214"Monopoly"Seymour BernsScreenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
October 4, 1958 (1958-10-04)
A stranger is purchasing all the local freight lines.
1225"Letter of the Law"Richard WhorfTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
October 11, 1958 (1958-10-11)
Matt attempts to get a man and his expectant wife evicted from their home.
1236"Thoroughbreds"Richard WhorfJohn MestonOctober 18, 1958 (1958-10-18)
Matt and Chester meet a man with two horses on the way back to Dodge who isn't very friendly - until they see him spending money freely.
1247"Stage Hold-Up"Ted PostTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
October 25, 1958 (1958-10-25)
A robber holds up a stagecoach carrying Matt, then turns up in Dodge.
1258"Lost Rifle"Richard WhorfJohn MestonNovember 1, 1958 (1958-11-01)
A man who's had every motive to commit a murder swears he's innocent.
1269"Land Deal"Ted PostTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
November 8, 1958 (1958-11-08)
Matt thwarts a crooked land agent's plan to swindle land buyers.
12710"Lynching Man"Richard WhorfJohn MestonNovember 15, 1958 (1958-11-15)
The townspeople prepare for a lynching when a pair of saddle tramps kill a homesteader and steal his horse.
12811"How to Kill a Friend"Richard WhorfJohn MestonNovember 22, 1958 (1958-11-22)
Matt tells a pair of gamblers to get out of Dodge, but they hire a gunman to kill him.
12912"Grass"Richard WhorfJohn MestonNovember 29, 1958 (1958-11-29)
A rancher takes Matt's advice and arms himself against Indians, then shoots a cowboy dressed as an Indian.
13013"The Cast"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonDecember 6, 1958 (1958-12-06)
A rancher blames Doc for the death of his wife.
13114"Robber Bridegroom"Richard WhorfJohn MestonDecember 13, 1958 (1958-12-13)
A girl refuses to testify against the robbers who kidnapped her.
13215"Snakebite"Ted PostJohn MestonDecember 20, 1958 (1958-12-20)
One of the drifters who killed a man's dog is found dead.
13316"Gypsum Hills Feud"Richard WhorfTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
December 27, 1958 (1958-12-27)
Matt and Chester get caught in the middle of a bloody mountain feud between the Peavys and the Cades.
13417"Young Love"Seymour BernsJohn MestonJanuary 3, 1959 (1959-01-03)
The widow of a cattleman falls in love with the man who supposedly killed her husband.
13518"Marshal Proudfoot"Jesse HibbsStory: Tom Hanley
Teleplay: John Meston
January 10, 1959 (1959-01-10)
Chester's uncle thinks he's the mashal of Dodge City.
13619"Passive Resistance"Ted PostJohn MestonJanuary 17, 1959 (1959-01-17)
An elderly sheepherder who's against violence refuses to tell Matt the identity of the two cattleman who killed his sheep, burned his house, and left him for dead.
13720"Love of a Good Woman"Arthur HillerTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
January 24, 1959 (1959-01-24)
A recently released convict jeopardizes his parole when he sets out to kill Matt.
13821"Jayhawkers"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 31, 1959 (1959-01-31)
A drover asks Matt and Chester to help him protect his boss's herd from a renegade raid.
13922"Kitty's Rebellion"Jesse HibbsStory: Marian Clark
Teleplay: John Meston
February 7, 1959 (1959-02-07)
An old friend's brother attempts to 'save' Kitty from life as a saloonkeeper.
14023"Sky"Ted PostTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
February 14, 1959 (1959-02-14)
A young man steals a horse when he's accused of murder.
14124"Doc Quits"Edward LudlumJohn MestonFebruary 21, 1959 (1959-02-21)
Doc suspects the new town doctor of being a charlatan.
14225"The Bear"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonFebruary 28, 1959 (1959-02-28)
A former saloon girl's upcoming marriage is jeopardized by her old boyfriend.
14326"The Coward"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonMarch 7, 1959 (1959-03-07)
Matt's double is murdered, leaving the residents of Dodge very confused.
14427"The F.U."Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMarch 14, 1959 (1959-03-14)
Onie Baker is found dead after a quarrel with Al Clovis, who's gone missing.
14528"Wind"Arthur HillerJohn MestonMarch 21, 1959 (1959-03-21)
Matt suspects the new saloon girl of being affiliated with a crooked gambler.
14629"Fawn"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 4, 1959 (1959-04-04)
Matt frees a white woman and her daughter from slavery by the Indians.
14730"Renegade White"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
April 11, 1959 (1959-04-11)
After getting out of jail, Ord Spicer begins selling rifles to Indians.
14831"Murder Warrant"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 18, 1959 (1959-04-18)
Matt protects a suspected killer from a trigger-happy deputy.
14932"Change of Heart"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 25, 1959 (1959-04-25)
Brisco Casis tries to stop his brother from marrying a saloon girl.
15033"Buffalo Hunter"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 2, 1959 (1959-05-02)
The head of a buffalo-hunting party is unwilling to tell Matt what he knows about the murders of two of his skinners.
15134"The Choice"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 9, 1959 (1959-05-09)
A pair of strangers are on Matt's 'wanted list'.
15235"There Never Was a Horse"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMay 16, 1959 (1959-05-16)
A nasty gunfighter kills a drunk to force Matt into a showdown.
15336"Print Asper"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 23, 1959 (1959-05-23)
A plainsman asks Matt for help in tracking down his son, who's killed his brother and another man.
15437"The Constable"Arthur HillerJohn MestonMay 30, 1959 (1959-05-30)
A ranch foreman threatens to boycott Dodge City commerce if his cowboys aren't left alone.
15538"Blue Horse"Andrew V. McLaglen and Ted PostStory: Marian Clark
Teleplay: John Meston
June 6, 1959 (1959-06-06)
Print Asper wishes to leave his ranch to his sons, but his attorney has other plans.
15639"Cheyennes"Ted PostJohn MestonJune 13, 1959 (1959-06-13)
Matt hunts down the Indians who are killing settlers.

Season 5 (1959-60)[edit]

39 half-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[20]

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1571"Target"Andrew V. McLaglenStory: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
September 5, 1959 (1959-09-05)
A gypsy girl's father disapproves of a young man's romance with her.
1582"Kitty's Injury"Buzz KulikStory: Marian Clark
Teleplay: John Meston
September 19, 1959 (1959-09-19)
Kitty sustains injury from falling off a horse.
1593"Horse Deal"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonSeptember 26, 1959 (1959-09-26)
Matt seems to be too lazy to catch horse thieves when ranchers are being sold stolen horses.
1604"Johnny Red"Buzz KulikStory: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
October 3, 1959 (1959-10-03)
Matt suspects a new arrival of being a ruthless criminal.
1615"Tail to the Wind"Christian NybyStory: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
October 10, 1959 (1959-10-10)
A rancher who's been threatened refuses Matt's help.
1626"Annie Oakley"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonOctober 17, 1959 (1959-10-17)
A woman who's been feeling neglected by her husband manipulates him into fighting a neighbor.
1637"Kangaroo"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 24, 1959 (1959-10-24)
A family of psychopaths takes Chester hostage.
1648"Saludos"Andrew V. McLaglenStory: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
October 31, 1959 (1959-10-31)
Three cowboys are suspected of shooting a woman who's half Native American.
1659"Brother Whelp"R.G. SpringsteenStory: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
November 7, 1959 (1959-11-07)
A man returns to Dodge to kill his brother as revenge for marrying his fiancée.
16610"The Boots"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonNovember 14, 1959 (1959-11-14)
A young man is unaware that his hero was once a gunslinger.
16711"Odd Man Out"Andrew V. McLaglenStory: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
November 21, 1959 (1959-11-21)
Matt suspects foul play when an old farmer claims his wife left him.
16812"Miguel's Daughter"Andrew V. McLaglenStory: Marian Clark
Teleplay: John Meston
November 28, 1959 (1959-11-28)
Although Kitty has prevented two men from molesting Chavela Ramirez, the girl's father wants revenge.
16913"Box o' Rocks"R.G. SpringsteenLes CrutchfieldDecember 5, 1959 (1959-12-05)
A coffin at a funeral is found to be filled with rocks.
17014"False Witness"Ted PostTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
December 12, 1959 (1959-12-12)
A man claims he can identify a murderer just to get attention.
17115"Tag, You're It"Jesse HibbsLes CrutchfieldDecember 19, 1959 (1959-12-19)
A notorious gunfighter comes to Dodge, making the townspeople curious as to who he's after.
17216"Thick 'n' Thin"Stuart HeislerStory: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
December 26, 1959 (1959-12-26)
Two old ranch partners have a falling out.
17317"Groat's Grudge"Andrew V. McLaglenStory: Marian Clark
Teleplay: John Meston
January 2, 1960 (1960-01-02)
A former Rebel sets out to settle the score with a cowboy he thinks killed his wife during Sherman's march through Georgia.
17418"Big Tom"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
January 9, 1960 (1960-01-09)
A scheming fighting manager sets up a dangerous boxing match.
17519"Till Death Do Us"Jean YarbroughLes CrutchfieldJanuary 16, 1960 (1960-01-16)
A killer targets an eccentric old man and his wife.
17620"The Tragedian"Arthur HillerTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Les Crutchfield
January 23, 1960 (1960-01-23)
An out-of-work actor gets in trouble for playing marked cards.
17721"Hinka Do"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldJanuary 30, 1960 (1960-01-30)
The new saloonkeeper in Dodge is a woman who knows how to handle a six-shooter.
17822"Doc Judge"Arthur HillerJohn MestonFebruary 6, 1960 (1960-02-06)
With Matt out of town, Doc only has Chester to protect him when his life is threatened.
17923"Moo Moo Raid"Andrew V. McLaglenStory: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
February 13, 1960 (1960-02-13)
Two trail bosses argue over how to get across a swollen river.
18024"Kitty's Killing"Arthur HillerTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
February 20, 1960 (1960-02-20)
Kitty risks herself to stop an attempted murder.
18125"Jailbait Janet"Jesse HibbsLes CrutchfieldFebruary 27, 1960 (1960-02-27)
One of a bandit's children kills a man during a robbery.
18226"Unwanted Deputy"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
March 5, 1960 (1960-03-05)
A convicted murderer's brother runs against Matt for marshal.
18327"Where'd They Go"Jesse HibbsTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Les Crutchfield
March 12, 1960 (1960-03-12)
A storekeeper accuses a farmer of robbing him, but has no proof.
18428"Crowbait Bob"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldMarch 26, 1960 (1960-03-26)
Kitty is named the sole heir in Crowbait Bob's will.
18529"Colleen So Green"Jean YarbroughTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Les Crutchfield
April 2, 1960 (1960-04-02)
A Southern belle uses her charm to take over Dodge.
18630"The Ex-Urbanites"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 9, 1960 (1960-04-09)
Chester takes care of Doc when they're ambushed by a pair of outlaws.
18731"I Thee Wed"Jesse HibbsTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Les Crutchfield
April 16, 1960 (1960-04-16)
A man keeps beating his wife after she pays the fine for his jail time.
18832"The Lady Killer"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 23, 1960 (1960-04-23)
Matt suspects Kitty's new saloon girl is a hired killer.
18933"Gentleman's Disagreement"Jesse HibbsLes CrutchfieldApril 30, 1960 (1960-04-30)
A showdown is set to take place between the blacksmith and a gunman who used to court his wife.
19034"Speak Me Fair"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldMay 7, 1960 (1960-05-07)
On a hunting trip, Matt, Doc and Chester find a savagely beaten Indian boy.
19135"Belle's Back"Jesse HibbsLes CrutchfieldMay 14, 1960 (1960-05-14)
Belle Ainsley returns to Dodge, but doesn't receive a warm welcome.
19236"The Bobsy Twins"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonMay 21, 1960 (1960-05-21)
Twin brothers try to kill all Indians.
19337"Old Flame"Jesse HibbsTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
May 28, 1960 (1960-05-28)
An old girlfriend asks Matt to protect her from her husband.
19438"The Deserter"Arthur HillerTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
June 4, 1960 (1960-06-04)
A soldier and a civilian conspire to steal an Army payroll.
19539"Cherry Red"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldJune 11, 1960 (1960-06-11)
Matt is reluctant to tell Cherry O'Dell that her husband's been killed.

Season 6 (1960-61)[edit]

38 half-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell; associate producer: James Arness
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[21]

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1961"Friend's Pay-Off"Jesse HibbsTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
September 3, 1960 (1960-09-03)
A dying man claims that a friend of Matt's is a bank robber.
1972"The Blacksmith"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Norman MacDonnell
September 17, 1960 (1960-09-17)
Dodge's blacksmith plans his wedding to his mail-order bride.
1983"Small Water"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonSeptember 24, 1960 (1960-09-24)
Matt is forced to kill a man for resisting arrest, only to incur the wrath of the man's family.
1994"Say Uncle"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 1, 1960 (1960-10-01)
A young man suspects his uncle of murdering his father.
2005"Shooting Stopover"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
October 8, 1960 (1960-10-08)
Matt tries to bring a killer to Wichita on a stagecoach carrying a stagecoach, a preacher and a huge shipment of gold.
2016"The Peace Officer"Jesse HibbsTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Norman MacDonnell
October 15, 1960 (1960-10-15)
A former sheriff plans his revenge on Matt for firing him.
2027"Don Matteo"Jesse HibbsTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
October 22, 1960 (1960-10-22)
Esteban Garcia arrives in Dodge to kill Grave Tabor, who's already been kicked out.
2038"The Worm"Arthur HillerJohn MestonOctober 29, 1960 (1960-10-29)
A buffalo hunter comes to Dodge not only to sell his hides, but also to pick a fight.
2049"The Badge"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
November 12, 1960 (1960-11-12)
Matt is wounded and taken hostage by a pair of outlaws.
20510"Distant Drummer"Arthur HillerTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
November 19, 1960 (1960-11-19)
Matt has trouble with a couple of troublesom mule skinners.
20611"Ben Tolliver's Stud"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Norman MacDonnell
November 26, 1960 (1960-11-26)
A ranch hand is accused of stealing a horse by his former boss.
20712"No Chip"Jean YarbroughJohn MestonDecember 3, 1960 (1960-12-03)
A feud ensues when the Dolans' cattle stray onto the Mossmans' land.
20813"The Wake"Gerald MayerJohn MestonDecember 10, 1960 (1960-12-10)
A drifter tries to give his friend a proper burial.
20914"The Cook"Ted PostJohn MestonDecember 17, 1960 (1960-12-17)
A drifter's cooking is preferred over the food at a local café.
21015"Old Fool"Ted PostJohn MestonDecember 24, 1960 (1960-12-24)
A widow pursues a married man.
21116"Brother Love"Franklin AdreonJohn MestonDecember 31, 1960 (1960-12-31)
A dying storekeeper's last word is Matt's only clue to finding the man who killed him.
21217"Bad Sheriff"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 7, 1961 (1961-01-07)
A desperado impersonates a sheriff and turns in a fellow outlaw.
21318"Unloaded Gun"Jesse HibbsTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
January 14, 1961 (1961-01-14)
Matt catches a fever while tracking down outlaws.
21419"Tall Trapper"Harry Harris Jr.Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
January 21, 1961 (1961-01-21)
The morning after a couple take shelter with a trapper, the woman is found beaten to death.
21520"Love Thy Neighbor"Dennis WeaverJohn MestonJanuary 28, 1961 (1961-01-28)
Peter Scooper starts a feud between his family and the Galloways when he takes potatoes from the Galloway farm.
21621"Bad Seed"Harry HarrisTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Norman MacDonnell
February 4, 1961 (1961-02-04)
A girl asks Matt to save her from her alcoholic father.
21722"Kitty Shot"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonFebruary 11, 1961 (1961-02-11)
Kitty gets shot trying to stop a fight in her saloon.
21823"About Chester"Alan Crosland Jr.Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Frank Paris
February 25, 1961 (1961-02-25)
Doc has gone missing and it's up to Chester to find him.
21924"Harriet"Gene Fowler Jr.John MestonMarch 4, 1961 (1961-03-04)
A girl comes to Dodge on foot after she witnesses her father' murder.
22025"Potshot"Harry Harris Jr.John MestonMarch 11, 1961 (1961-03-11)
Bank robbers bushwhack Chester on their way to Dodge.
22126"Old Faces"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMarch 18, 1961 (1961-03-18)
There's something familiar about Tom Cook's new bride.
22227"Big Man"Gerald MayerJohn MestonMarch 25, 1961 (1961-03-25)
Matt must prove his innocence when he's accused of beating a man to death.
22328"Little Girl"Dennis WeaverTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Kathleen Hite
April 1, 1961 (1961-04-01)
Matt and Chester find a burnt-down shack and a girl who claims her father died in the blaze.
22429"Stolen Horses"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Norman MacDonnell
April 8, 1961 (1961-04-08)
Matt and Chester track down a horse thief.
22530"Minnie"Harry HarrisJohn MestonApril 15, 1961 (1961-04-15)
A woman named Minnie Higgins falls in love with Doc.
22631"Bless Me Till I Die"Ted PostTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Ray Kemper
April 22, 1961 (1961-04-22)
A man nearly kills a couple on their way to Dodge.
22732"Long Hours, Short Pay"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 29, 1961 (1961-04-29)
A gunrunner gets the Pawnees mad in order to sell his weapons.
22833"Hard Virtue"Dennis WeaverJohn MestonMay 6, 1961 (1961-05-06)
A man gets a job, unaware that his boss is trying to make a move on his wife.
22934"The Imposter"Byron PaulTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Kathleen Hite
May 13, 1961 (1961-05-13)
A man claims to be a sheriff from Texas, but a murder gets everyone suspicious about him.
23035"Chester's Dilemma"Ted PostTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Vic Perrin
May 20, 1961 (1961-05-20)
Chester learns a terrible secret about a girl who's sweet on him.
23136"The Love of Money"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 27, 1961 (1961-05-27)
A retired lawman falls for a saloon hostess on his way to a new life.
23237"Melinda Miles"William D. FarallaJohn MestonJune 3, 1961 (1961-06-03)
A woman is torn between the man she loves and the one her father picked for her.
23338"Colorado Sheriff"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonJune 17, 1961 (1961-06-17)
Matt and Chester must find out who shot two strangers from Colorado.

One-hour black-and-white era[edit]

1961/62 through 1965/66
176 black-and-white full-hour episodes
(all two-parters counted as two individual hour-long episodes)

Season 7 (1961-62)[edit]

34 one-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell; associate producer: Frank Paris
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty)[22]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
2341"Perce"Harry HarrisJohn MestonSeptember 30, 1961 (1961-09-30)
An outlaw named Perce McCall helps Matt fend off three gunmen, much to everyone's surprise.
2352"Old Yellow Boots"Ted PostJohn MestonOctober 7, 1961 (1961-10-07)
Since a fortune-hunting cowboy is engaged to a wealthy woman, he's suspected of murdering her brother, who objected to their union.
2363"Miss Kitty"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteOctober 14, 1961 (1961-10-14)
When Kitty takes a young boy off the stagecoach one night, Matt attempts to figure out his identity.
2374"Harper's Blood"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 21, 1961 (1961-10-21)
A man tries to balance the "bad blood" between his sons upon learning that his wife's grandfather was a murderer.
2385"All That"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 28, 1961 (1961-10-28)
A rancher tries to save his property from foreclosure.
2396"Long, Long Trail"Andrew V. McLaglenKathleen HiteNovember 4, 1961 (1961-11-04)
Matt accompanies a young woman on a treacherous journey across the desert where they face sandstorms, thirst and Indians.
2407"The Squaw"Gerald MayerJohn DunkelNovember 11, 1961 (1961-11-11)
A fun-loving man tries to make up for lost time after his wife dies.
2418"Chesterland"Ted PostKathleen HiteNovember 18, 1961 (1961-11-18)
Chester purchases a piece of land when he gets engaged.
2429"Milly"Richard WhorfTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Hal Moffett
November 25, 1961 (1961-11-25)
Milly Glover decides to marry the first available in order to support herself and her brother.
24310"Indian Ford"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn DunkelDecember 2, 1961 (1961-12-02)
Matt helps an Indian-hating officer find a white girl, hoping the search will not end in violence.
24411"Apprentice Doc"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteDecember 9, 1961 (1961-12-09)
Doc is kidnapped by a gang of outlaws to treat one who's been injured and another turns out to be an expert in medicine.
24512"Nina's Revenge"Tay GarnettJohn MestonDecember 16, 1961 (1961-12-16)
Nina Sharky hatches a plan to get away from her tight-fisted father and fortune-hunting husband.
24613"Marry Me"Dennis WeaverKathleen HiteDecember 23, 1961 (1961-12-23)
Sweet Billy Cathcart tries to find a woman for his big brother since family custom dictates that the oldest get married first.
24714"A Man a Day"Harry HarrisJohn MestonDecember 30, 1961 (1961-12-30)
Outlaws threaten to kill someone every day unless Matt gets out of town.
24815"The Do-Badder"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 6, 1962 (1962-01-06)
A pair of drifters plot to ambush a prospector who's on his way to Dodge after striking big.
24916"Lacey"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteJanuary 13, 1962 (1962-01-13)
A man is suspected of murdering his fiancée's father.
25017"Cody's Code"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 20, 1962 (1962-01-20)
A wounded outlaw jeopardizes Cody Durham's courtship with Rose Loring.
25118"Old Dan"Andrew V. McLaglenKathleen HiteJanuary 27, 1962 (1962-01-27)
Doc tries to keep an alcoholic off the bottle.
25219"Catawomper"Harry HarrisTeleplay: John Meston
Story: James Favor
February 10, 1962 (1962-02-10)
A woman tries to make her boyfriend jealous when she's had enough of his attitude.
25320"Half Straight"Ted PostJohn MestonFebruary 17, 1962 (1962-02-17)
Matt is stalked by a hired killer.
25421"He Learned About Women"Tay GarnettTeleplay: John Meston
Story: John Rosser
February 24, 1962 (1962-02-24)
Matt goes after a band of comancheros who raided a camp and kidnapped a girl.
25522"The Gallows"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMarch 3, 1962 (1962-03-03)
Matt is certain that the convicted murderer he's taking to the gallows is innocent.
25623"Reprisal"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMarch 10, 1962 (1962-03-10)
A woman plots her revenge on Matt for killing her husband in a gunfight.
25724"Coventry"Christian NybyJohn MestonMarch 17, 1962 (1962-03-17)
A man and his expectant wife are stranded on the prairie and Dean Beard is unwilling to help them, especially since he's been ostracized after being acquitted of murder.
25825"The Widow"Ted PostJohn DunkelMarch 24, 1962 (1962-03-24)
A widow arrives in Dodge to witness the shenanigans of town drunk Emil Peck.
25926"Durham Bull"Harry HarrisTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Jack Shettlesworth
March 31, 1962 (1962-03-31)
A gang's luck turns around when they come to Dodge.
26027"Wagon Girls"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 7, 1962 (1962-04-07)
Matt meets a mail-order bride on the prairie who claims she's trying to run away from a ruthless wagon master.
26128"The Dealer"Harry HarrisTelevision Story and Teleplay: John Dunkel
Based on a Story by: Les Crutchfield
April 14, 1962 (1962-04-14)
A woman resents her suitor more than ever when he kills her father in self-defense.
26229"The Summons"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: Marian Clark
April 21, 1962 (1962-04-21)
An outlaw kills his partner for a huge reward, except there was never a price in the first place.
26330"The Dreamers"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 28, 1962 (1962-04-28)
A miner tries to use his new-found wealth to win over Kitty.
26431"Cale"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteMay 5, 1962 (1962-05-05)
A young rider is wounded when he's suspected of being a horse thief's accomplice.
26532"Chester's Indian"Joseph SargentKathleen HiteMay 12, 1962 (1962-05-12)
While on a fishing trip, Chester shoots an Indian who was courting a white teenage girl, whom Matt tries to save from her ruthless father.
26633"The Prisoner"Andrew V. McLaglenRobert E. ThompsonMay 19, 1962 (1962-05-19)
A military prison escapee shows up in Dodge.
26734"The Boys"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMay 26, 1962 (1962-05-26)
A snake-oil pitchman hatches a scheme to swindle the citizens of Dodge.

Season 8 (1962-63)[edit]

38 one-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell; associate producer: Frank Paris
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Burt Reynolds (Quint Asper)[23]

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2681"The Search"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteSeptember 15, 1962 (1962-09-15)
A suspected horse thief tries to survive in the wilderness when he gets hurt fleeing from his pursuers.
2692"Call Me Dodie"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteSeptember 22, 1962 (1962-09-22)
Matt meets a girl who ran away from an orphanage that functions like a prison.
2703"Quint Asper Comes Home"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonSeptember 29, 1962 (1962-09-29)
A half-Indian named Quint Asper vows revenge on all white men when a pair of drifters kill his father and threaten his mother.
2714"Root Down"Sobey MartinKathleen HiteOctober 6, 1962 (1962-10-06)
A woman attempts to lure Chester into marriage.
2725"Jenny"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 13, 1962 (1962-10-13)
An outlaw's girl takes a shine to Matt.
2736"Collie's Free"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteOctober 20, 1962 (1962-10-20)
After spending eight years in prison, Collie Patten plots his revenge on Matt.
2747"The Ditch"Harry HarrisLes CrutchfieldOctober 27, 1962 (1962-10-27)
Matt tries to prevent a range war as a rancher takes steps to cut off the homesteaders' water supply.
2758"The Trappers"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn DunkelNovember 3, 1962 (1962-11-03)
The friendship between two trappers is ruined when one leaves the other to die during an Indian attack.
2769"Phoebe Strunk"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonNovember 10, 1962 (1962-11-10)
Phoebe Strunk and her murderous clan terrorize Dodge.
27710"The Hunger"Harry HarrisJack CurtisNovember 17, 1962 (1962-11-17)
Matt comes to the rescue when a father and son abuse the mother and daughter.
27811"Abe Blocker"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonNovember 24, 1962 (1962-11-24)
Matt pursues a frontiersman who's using force to take homesteaders' land.
27912"The Way It Is"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteDecember 1, 1962 (1962-12-01)
Kitty meets an injured traveler after Matt breaks a date with her.
28013"Us Haggens"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldDecember 8, 1962 (1962-12-08)
Matt hunts down outlaw Black Jack Haggen and is assisted by the killer's nephew Festus, who has his own reasons for wanting to find his uncle.
28114"Uncle Sunday"Joseph SargentJohn MestonDecember 15, 1962 (1962-12-15)
Chester's uncle Sunday comes to visit, and Chester's plan to shorten that visit doesn't exactly work out.
28215"False Front"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Hal Moffett
December 22, 1962 (1962-12-22)
A gambler makes a bet that a man who's never used a gun can pass as a gunslinger.
28316"Old Comrade"Harry HarrisJohn DunkelDecember 29, 1962 (1962-12-29)
A fall guy learns that his father, a general, is dying.
28417"Louis Pheeters"Harry HarrisJohn MestonJanuary 5, 1963 (1963-01-05)
The town drunk witnesses a man killing his wife's alleged lover.
28518"The Renegades"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 12, 1963 (1963-01-12)
Quint tries to convince an Army officer that white renegades are responsible for starting the latest Indian uprising.
28619"Cotter's Girl"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteJanuary 19, 1963 (1963-01-19)
Matt attempts to civilize a teenage mountain girl.
28720"The Bad One"Charles MartinGwen BagniJanuary 26, 1963 (1963-01-26)
Matt must find out why a woman is refusing to identify a stagecoach robber.
28821"The Cousin"Harry HarrisTeleplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: Marian Clark
February 2, 1963 (1963-02-02)
Matt's foster brother forces him into a showdown.
28922"Shona"Ted PostJohn MestonFebruary 9, 1963 (1963-02-09)
As the citizens of Dodge deal with the strain of Indian raids, a farmer brings his ailing Indian wife into town for treatment.
29023"Ash"Harry HarrisJohn MestonFebruary 16, 1963 (1963-02-16)
The friendship between business partners is jeopardized when one of them sustains a head injury, changing his personality.
29124"Blind Man's Bluff"Ted PostJohn MestonFebruary 23, 1963 (1963-02-23)
Matt must rely on his wits and instincts when he goes blind while on the prairie.
29225"Quint's Indian"Fred Jackman, Jr.Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
March 2, 1963 (1963-03-02)
Quint is accused of horse theft and beaten by a group of vigilantes.
29326"Anybody Can Kill a Marshal"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteMarch 9, 1963 (1963-03-09)
A pair of outlaws hire a drifter to do what they couldn't: kill Matt Dillon.
29427"Two of a Kind"Andrew V. McLaglenMerwin GerardMarch 16, 1963 (1963-03-16)
Matt gets caught in the middle of a feud between two immigrants.
29528"I Call Him Wonder"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteMarch 23, 1963 (1963-03-23)
The bigoted citizens of Dodge refuse to hire a drifter just because he's picked up an orphaned Indian boy.
29629"With a Smile"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Based on a story by: Bud Furillo & George Main
March 30, 1963 (1963-03-30)
A powerful rancher's spoiled son gets violent when a pretty girl rebuffs his affections.
29730"The Far Places"Harry HarrisJohn DunkelApril 6, 1963 (1963-04-06)
Matt tries to ease the tension between a rancher and her son.
29831"Panacea Sykes"William ConradKathleen HiteApril 13, 1963 (1963-04-13)
The elderly Panacea Sykes is a conniving thief bent on robbing Kitty.
29932"Tell Chester"Joseph SargentFrank ParisApril 20, 1963 (1963-04-20)
A girl Chester likes has no idea that the man she has her eye on is already married.
30033"Quint-Cident"Andrew V. McLaglenKathleen HiteApril 27, 1963 (1963-04-27)
Quint incurs the wrath of a widow he turned down.
30134"Old York"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMay 4, 1963 (1963-05-04)
Matt comes face to face with the outlaw who saved his life long ago.
30235"Daddy Went Away"Joseph SargentTeleplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Rosser
May 11, 1963 (1963-05-11)
A widow returns Chesters affections.
30336"The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner"Andrew V. McLaglenPaul SavageMay 18, 1963 (1963-05-18)
A saloon girl and a drifter team up to find the man who murdered the girl's fiancė and shot the drifter.
30437"Jeb"Harry HarrisPaul SavageMay 25, 1963 (1963-05-25)
A man buys an allegedly stolen horse from a farm boy, which proves to be a big mistake.
30538"The Quest for Asa Janin"Andrew V. McLaglenPaul SavageJune 1, 1963 (1963-06-01)
Matt becomes convinced that Dave Ingalls is innocent of murder, so he sets out to find the real killer before Ingalls is wrongfully hanged.

Season 9 (1963-64)[edit]

36 one-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell; associate producer: Frank Paris
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Dennis Weaver (Chester), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Ken Curtis (Festus), Burt Reynolds (Quint Asper)[24]

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3061"Kate Heller"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteSeptember 28, 1963 (1963-09-28)
A young man commits murder and ambushes Matt.
3072"Lover Boy"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 5, 1963 (1963-10-05)
A ladies' man takes up with a married woman.
3083"Legends Don't Sleep"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteOctober 12, 1963 (1963-10-12)
After getting out of prison, an infamous gunman meets a cocky young man eager to cash in on his reputation.
3094"Tobe"John EnglishPaul SavageOctober 19, 1963 (1963-10-19)
Tobe Hostader befriends a saloon girl whose ex-boyfriend is near.
3105"Easy Come"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 26, 1963 (1963-10-26)
Elmo Sippy may seem polite on the outside, but he's a murderer on the inside.
3116"My Sister's Keeper"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteNovember 2, 1963 (1963-11-02)
A grief-stricken widower gets a job as a hired hand for two sisters.
3127"Quint's Trail"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteNovember 9, 1963 (1963-11-09)
Quint guides a family on a hazardous trail to Oregon.
3138"Carter Caper"Jerry HopperJohn MestonNovember 16, 1963 (1963-11-16)
A man gets beaten up for trying to steal another man's horse, so he plots his revenge.
3149"Ex-Con"Thomas CarrJohn MestonNovember 30, 1963 (1963-11-30)
An ex-convict comes to Dodge with the intention of shooting Matt dead.
31510"Extradition: Part 1"John EnglishAntony EllisDecember 7, 1963 (1963-12-07)
Matt tracks an accused murderer to Texas.
31611"Extradition: Part 2"John EnglishAntony EllisDecember 14, 1963 (1963-12-14)
Matt tries to convince the authorities that he's a marshal when he's thrown in a Mexican prison.
31712"The Magician"Harry HarrisJohn A. KneubuhlDecember 21, 1963 (1963-12-21)
A traveling medicine man is accused of cheating at cards.
31813"Pa Hack's Brood"Jerry HopperPaul SavageDecember 28, 1963 (1963-12-28)
The patriarch of the Hack family tries to get his daughter to marry a farmer's son in order to have a life of luxury.
31914"The Glory and the Mud"Jerry HopperGwen BagniJanuary 4, 1964 (1964-01-04)
A young man tries to make a name for himself as a fast draw when Matt turns him down as deputy.
32015"Dry Well"Harry HarrisJohn MestonJanuary 11, 1964 (1964-01-11)
A recently married woman takes the first opportunity to welcome a stranger into her home.
32116"Prairie Wolfer"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn DunkelJanuary 18, 1964 (1964-01-18)
Someone or something is slaughtering cattle.
32217"Friend"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteJanuary 25, 1964 (1964-01-25)
Matt heads to a nearby town to investigate a friend's death.
32318"Once a Haggen"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldFebruary 1, 1964 (1964-02-01)
A friend of Festus's is accused of murdering the man who bested them at poker.
32419"No Hands"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonFebruary 8, 1964 (1964-02-08)
Doc is threatened by the Ginnis clan when he fails to respond quickly to their demands for treatment.
32520"May Blossoms"Andrew V. McLaglenKathleen HiteFebruary 15, 1964 (1964-02-15)
Festus's cousin Mayblossom comes to town to marry him because of a pact between their fathers.
32621"The Bassops"Andrew V. McLaglenTom HanleyFebruary 22, 1964 (1964-02-22)
A family finds Matt and a prisoner handcuffed to one another - with the prisoner claiming to be the marshal.
32722"The Kite"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonFebruary 29, 1964 (1964-02-29)
Matt must stop a killer from realizing his victim's daughter was a witness.
32823"Comanches Is Soft"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteMarch 7, 1964 (1964-03-07)
After spending a wild night in Wichita, Quint and Festus deal with a saloon girl who claims they invited her to Dodge.
32924"Father's Love"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMarch 14, 1964 (1964-03-14)
A woman learns that the man who tried to have his way with her is her husband's uncle.
33025"Now That April's Here"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldMarch 21, 1964 (1964-03-21)
The only ones who believe Festus's girlfiend witnessed a murder are the killers themselves.
33126"Caleb"Harry HarrisPaul SavageMarch 28, 1964 (1964-03-28)
Caleb Marr comes to Dodge in search of adventure when he grows tured of his farming.
33227"Owney Tupper Had a Daughter"Jerry HopperPaul SavageApril 4, 1964 (1964-04-04)
Owney Tupper decides to take action when he's forced to give up custody of his daughter.
33328"Bently"Harry HarrisJohn A. KneubuhlApril 11, 1964 (1964-04-11)
Chester doubts a man's deathbed murder confession, so he sets out to find the real killer.
33429"Kitty Cornered"John BrahmKathleen HiteApril 18, 1964 (1964-04-18)
A rival saloon owner forces Kitty into a deadly competition.
33530"The Promoter"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 25, 1964 (1964-04-25)
An ex-farmer decides to become a fight promoter to make his fortune.
33631"Trip West"Harry HarrisJohn DunkelMay 2, 1964 (1964-05-02)
A timid bank clerk goes through a surprising change in personality when he's told he only has a short time to live.
33732"Scot Free"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteMay 9, 1964 (1964-05-09)
Rob Scot leaves his family and prepares to start a new life Nora Brand - after they dispose of her husband's body.
33833"The Warden"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldMay 16, 1964 (1964-05-16)
Festus protects a young Indian maiden from a farmer who bought her from her father.
33934"Homecoming"Harry HarrisShimon Bar-David[B]May 23, 1964 (1964-05-23)
The ex-husband of Hector Lowell's wife claims that the Lowells' home, land and business belong to him.
34035"The Other Half"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn DunkelMay 30, 1964 (1964-05-30)
A love triangle between a girl and twin brothers turns tragic.
34136"Journey for Three"Harry HarrisFrank ParisJune 6, 1964 (1964-06-06)
A stranger accompanies two brothers on their trip to California.

Season 10 (1964-65)[edit]

36 one-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Norman Macdonnell (episodes 342–348, 350, 352, 361, 367), Philip Leacock (episodes 349, 351, 353–360, 362–366, 368–377); associate producer: Frank Paris
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Milburn Stone (Doc), Ken Curtis (Festus), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Burt Reynolds (Quint Asper)[25]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
3421"Blue Heaven"Michael O'HerlihyLes CrutchfieldSeptember 26, 1964 (1964-09-26)
A young man and a fugitive team up as they run from their respective pursuers.
3432"Crooked Mile"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldOctober 3, 1964 (1964-10-03)
A girl's whip-wielding father does not approve of her romance with Quint.
3443"Old Man"Harry HarrisJohn MestonOctober 10, 1964 (1964-10-10)
Matt must find out who killed Joe Silva when an old man is framed for the crime.
3454"The Violators"Harry HarrisJohn DunkelOctober 17, 1964 (1964-10-17)
A man's scalping leads the citizens of Dodge to suspect the Indians of doing the deed.
3465"Doctor's Wife"Harry HarrisGeorge EcksteinOctober 24, 1964 (1964-10-24)
A new doctor arrives in Dodge and his wife starts a smear campaign against Doc Adams.
3476"Take Her, She's Cheap"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteOctober 31, 1964 (1964-10-31)
A grateful family gives Matt their daughter to be his bride.
3487"Help Me, Kitty"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteNovember 7, 1964 (1964-11-07)
Kitty and an unmarried expectant mother end up in the desert when bandits attack their stagecoach.
3498"Hung High"Mark RydellJohn MestonNovember 14, 1964 (1964-11-14)
A lawman-hater causes trouble for Matt and a retired marshal.
3509"Jonah Hutchinson"Harry HarrisCalvin Clements, Sr.November 21, 1964 (1964-11-21)
After spending 30 years in prison, Jonah Hutchinson sets out to rebuild his ranching empire.
35110"Big Man, Big Target"Michael O'HerlihyJohn MantleyNovember 28, 1964 (1964-11-28)
Pike Beechum plots to off his lover's husband.
35211"Chicken"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonDecember 5, 1964 (1964-12-05)
A meek man is given credit for killing four outlaws.
35312"Innocence"Harry HarrisJohn MestonDecember 12, 1964 (1964-12-12)
The hatred between two men is intensified by their affections for the same girl.
35413"Aunt Thede"Sutton RoleyKathleen HiteDecember 19, 1964 (1964-12-19)
Festus's aunt Thede and a young woman named Ivy Norton both seek to get married.
35514"Hammerhead"Christian NybyAntony EllisDecember 26, 1964 (1964-12-26)
A wealthy gambler comes to Dodge to buy horses, leading rival traders to have a race to demonstrate the speed of their steeds.
35615"Double Entry"Joseph SargentLes CrutchfieldJanuary 2, 1965 (1965-01-02)
Brad McCain tries to take advantage of his friendship with Matt.
35716"Run, Sheep, Run"Harry HarrisJohn MestonJanuary 9, 1965 (1965-01-09)
A man causes trouble for a young couple when he buys a ranch from them and refuses to pay for a year.
35817"Deputy Festus"Harry HarrisCalvin Clements, Sr.January 16, 1965 (1965-01-16)
Festus, now Matt's deputy, learns that the drunken trappers he put in jail are his cousins.
35918"One Killer on Ice"Joseph H. LewisRichard CarrJanuary 23, 1965 (1965-01-23)
Two bounty hunters talk Matt into protecting them and their prisoner from ambush.
36019"Chief Joseph"Mark RydellTeleplay: Clyde Ware
Story: Thomas Warner
January 30, 1965 (1965-01-30)
A desperately ill chief causes tension when he lodges in the Dodge House.
36120"Circus Trick"William F. ClaxtonLes CrutchfieldFebruary 6, 1965 (1965-02-06)
Festus's girlfriend joins a circus troupe.
36221"Song for Dying"Allen ReisnerHarry KronmanFebruary 13, 1965 (1965-02-13)
A carefree minstrel faces the wrath of the vengeful Lukens clan.
36322"Winner Take All"Vincent McEveetyLes CrutchfieldFebruary 20, 1965 (1965-02-20)
Matt intervenes when an intese feud between the Renner brothers reaches its breaking point.
36423"Eliab's Aim"Richard C. SarafianWill CorryFebruary 27, 1965 (1965-02-27)
Festus's nephew Eliab comes gunning for him.
36524"Thursday's Child"Joseph H. LewisRobert LewinMarch 6, 1965 (1965-03-06)
Doc falls for a woman who seems to be haunted by her past.
36625"Breckinridge"Vincent McEveetyLes CrutchfieldMarch 13, 1965 (1965-03-13)
A lawyer from the east questions Matt's every move.
36726"Bank Baby"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMarch 20, 1965 (1965-03-20)
Bert Clum plots to rob pilgrim families in nearby camps.
36827"The Lady"Mark RydellJohn MantleyMarch 27, 1965 (1965-03-27)
A woman who used to be rich takes a job at the Long Branch while she and her niece are on their way to San Francisco.
36928"Dry Road to Nowhere"Vincent McEveetyHarry KronmanApril 3, 1965 (1965-04-03)
Matt must find out why a gunman is stalking a temperance preacher.
37029"Twenty Miles from Dodge"Mark RydellClyde WareApril 10, 1965 (1965-04-10)
A gang of outlaws abduct Kitty and her fellow stagecoach passengers.
37130"The Pariah"Harry HarrisCalvin Clements, Sr.April 17, 1965 (1965-04-17)
An immigrant's life improves when he kills an outlaw - at least for a while.
37231"Gilt Guilt"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteApril 24, 1965 (1965-04-24)
Doc treats a woman and her son for scurvy.
37332"Bad Lady from Brookline"Michael O'HerlihyGustave FieldMay 1, 1965 (1965-05-01)
A woman tries to raise her son in Dodge after her husband is killed in a gunfight.
37433"Two Tall Men"Vincent McEveetyFrank Q. Dobbs & Robert Stewart, Jr.May 8, 1965 (1965-05-08)
Matt faces fear and hostility in Ridge Town where he investigates an old murder case.
37534"Honey Pot"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMay 15, 1965 (1965-05-15)
Newcomer Ben Stack makes a play for saloon girl Honey Dare.
37635"The New Society"Joseph SargentCalvin Clements, Sr.May 22, 1965 (1965-05-22)
A cowboy admires a buffalo hunter too much to admit that the buffalo hunter is also a thief.
37736"He Who Steals"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMay 29, 1965 (1965-05-29)
Festus goes after the bandits who robbed and assaulted Doc.

Season 11 (1965-66)[edit]

32 one-hour episodes, black-and-white
Producer: Philip Leacock; associate producer: John Mantley
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Roger Ewing (Thad)[26]

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3781"Seven Hours to Dawn"Vincent McEveetyClyde WareSeptember 18, 1965 (1965-09-18)
A treacherous gang of outlaws take over Dodge.
3792"The Storm"Joseph SargentPaul SavageSeptember 25, 1965 (1965-09-25)
A buffalo hunter is sentenced to be hanged for a murder he didn't commit, the real culprits being the sons of Matt's old friend Adam Benteen.
3803"Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood"Joseph SargentCalvin Clements, Sr.October 2, 1965 (1965-10-02)
Thad Greenwood trails the four tough guys who caused his father to have a fatal heart attack.
3814"Ten Little Indians"Mark RydellGeorge EcksteinOctober 9, 1965 (1965-10-09)
Matt must out who hired the gunfighters he's been facing in and out of Dodge.
3825"Taps for Old Jeb"James SheldonLes CrutchfieldOctober 16, 1965 (1965-10-16)
Prospector Jeb Carter hires a bodyguard to protect his gold after years of searching finally pay off.
3836"Kioga"Harry HarrisRobert LewinOctober 23, 1965 (1965-10-23)
A young wounded Indian hunts down the fur trader who killed his father and attacked her sister.
3847"The Bounty Hunter"Harry HarrisPaul SavageOctober 30, 1965 (1965-10-30)
A bounty hunter comes out of retirement to find the man who murdered a rich rancher's son.
3858"The Reward"Marc DanielsGilbert Ralston, Scott Hunt & Beth KeeleNovember 6, 1965 (1965-11-06)
A convicted gold-mine swindler gets out of prison to resume mining - with money he's accused of stealing.
3869"Malachi"Gary NelsonWilliam PutmanNovember 13, 1965 (1965-11-13)
Town drunk Malachi Harper poses as marshal just to impress his brother.
38710"The Pretender"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.November 20, 1965 (1965-11-20)
The Dano brothers return home from prison to a dying mother and a bitter father.
38811"South Wind"Allen ReisnerJack BartlettNovember 27, 1965 (1965-11-27)
A boy goes into hiding after witnessing his father's murder.
38912"The Hostage"Vincent McEveetyTeleplay: Clyde Ware
Story: Jo Ann Johnson
December 4, 1965 (1965-12-04)
Four convicts take Matt hostage on their way to Mexico.
39013"Outlaw's Woman"Mark RydellClyde WareDecember 11, 1965 (1965-12-11)
Matt is surprised to see that the fleeing train robber he shot is a woman.
39114"The Avengers"Vincent McEveetyDonn MullallyDecember 18, 1965 (1965-12-18)
A judge and his two sons plot their revenge when they suspect Festus and Kitty of murdering a member of their family.
39215"Gold Mine"Abner BibermanScott Hunt & Beth KeeleDecember 25, 1965 (1965-12-25)
Kitty meets a young mute boy in a rough mining town where she's come claim a gold mine.
39316"Death Watch"Mark RydellCalvin Clements, Sr.January 8, 1966 (1966-01-08)
Matt attempts to protect a wounded outlaw from a pair of bounty hunters.
39417"Sweet Billy, Singer of Songs"Alvin GanzerGustave FieldJanuary 15, 1966 (1966-01-15)
Festus's nephew Billy comes to Dodge to find a wife.
39518"The Raid: Part 1"Vincent McEveetyClyde WareJanuary 22, 1966 (1966-01-22)
A band out of outlaws terrorize Dodge.
39619"The Raid: Part 2"Vincent McEveetyClyde WareJanuary 29, 1966 (1966-01-29)
The outlaws take Doc hostage after they rob the bank and set Dodge on fire.
39720"Killer at Large"Marc DanielsCalvin Clements, Sr.February 5, 1966 (1966-02-05)
Festus flees Dodge after killing a medicine-show sharpshooter in a gunfight.
39821"My Father's Guitar"Robert TottenHal SitowitzFebruary 12, 1966 (1966-02-12)
A wanderer believes his father's guitar is worth killing for.
39922"Wishbone"Marc DanielsPaul SavageFebruary 19, 1966 (1966-02-19)
Matt goes after three bandits who robbed a stagecoach and killed the driver and guard.
40023"Sanctuary"Harry HarrisCalvin Clements, Sr.February 26, 1966 (1966-02-26)
A bank robber takes refuge in a church where he holds the pastor and two women hostage.
40124"Honor Before Justice"Harry HarrisTeleplay: Frank Q. Dobbs
Story: Frank Q. Dobbs & Robert Stewart, Jr.
March 5, 1966 (1966-03-05)
An Indian girl's father is sentenced to die for a murder he didn't commit.
40225"The Brothers"Tay GarnettTom HanleyMarch 12, 1966 (1966-03-12)
Matt captures a young outlaw, who waits for his brother to free him.
40326"Which Dr."Peter GravesLes CrutchfieldMarch 19, 1966 (1966-03-19)
Buffalo hunters kidnap Doc and Festus.
40427"Harvest"Harry HarrisLes CrutchfieldMarch 26, 1966 (1966-03-26)
Ben Payson's daughter falls for one of the Scottish homesteaders who have threatened to take his land.
40528"By Line"Allen ReisnerLes CrutchfieldApril 9, 1966 (1966-04-09)
Despite his illiteracy, Festus becomes a reporter for Dodge's new paper.
40629"Treasure of John Walking Fox"Marc DanielsTeleplay: Clyde Ware
Story: Leo Bagby
April 16, 1966 (1966-04-16)
A hunter and his companion are taunted by the bigoted townspeople of Dodge.
40730"My Father, My Son"Robert TottenHal SitowitzApril 23, 1966 (1966-04-23)
A gunslinger kills a young man out to gain a reputation, then faces the wrath of the dead man's family.
40831"Parson Comes to Town"Marc DanielsVerne JayApril 30, 1966 (1966-04-30)
A stranger wearing a murdered preacher's coat causes tension in Dodge when he announces his intention to watch someone die.
40932"Prime of Life"Robert TottenDaniel B. UllmanMay 7, 1966 (1966-05-07)
Young Kyle Stoner is involved with a pair of thieves who beat up Festus.

One-hour color era[edit]

1966/67 through 1974/75
226 color episodes (all full-hour)
(all two- or three-parters counted as two or three individual hour-long episodes)

Season 12 (1966-67)[edit]

29 one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: Philip Leacock; producer: John Mantley
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Roger Ewing (Thad)
CBS cancelled the series due to low ratings. However, letters of protest and pressure from his wife persuaded William S. Paley, the network's chief executive, to re-instate Gunsmoke for a thirteenth season.[27][28]
Note: In 1997 TV Guide ranked "The Jailer" as episode number 28 on its "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time" list.[29]

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4101"Snap Decision"Mark RydellRichard CarrSeptember 17, 1966 (1966-09-17)
Matt turns in his badge after being forced to kill a horse thief who was once his friend.
4112"The Goldtakers"Vincent McEveetyClyde WareSeptember 24, 1966 (1966-09-24)
An outlaw brings his cohorts to Dodge to melt down the shipment of gold they've stolen.
4123"The Jailer"Vincent McEveetyHal SitowitzOctober 1, 1966 (1966-10-01)
A powerful matriarch plots her revenge on Matt for having her husband hanged six years ago.
4134"The Mission"Mark RydellRichard CarrOctober 8, 1966 (1966-10-08)
While in Mexico, Matt has his badge, horse and prisoner stolen by Americans.
4145"The Good People"Robert TottenJames LandisOctober 15, 1966 (1966-10-15)
Matt uses a young man's guilty conscience to find the men responsible for lynching a suspected rustler.
4156"Gunfighter, R.I.P."Mark RydellStory: Michael Fisher
Teleplay: Hal Sitowitz
October 22, 1966 (1966-10-22)
A gunslinger hired to kill Matt reconsiders when a Chinese girl tends to his wounds.
4167"The Wrong Man"Robert TottenTeleplay: Clyde Ware
Story: Robert Lewin
October 29, 1966 (1966-10-29)
A farmer is charged with murdering the card shark who won his borrowed money.
4178"The Whispering Tree"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.November 12, 1966 (1966-11-12)
An ex-convict returns home to find the loot he stashed.
4189"The Well"Marc DanielsFrancis CockrellNovember 19, 1966 (1966-11-19)
When Dodge is struck by a drought, Festus looks for water and Matt uses a rainmaker to give the people hope.
41910"Stage Stop"Irving J. MooreHal SitowitzNovember 26, 1966 (1966-11-26)
Doc takes a stand against bandits at a stage stop along with a pregnant woman and a blind man.
42011"The Newcomers"Robert TottenCalvin Clements, Sr.December 3, 1966 (1966-12-03)
An immigrant must decide whether to pay off a blackmailer who claims to have seen the immigrant's son commit murder.
42112"Quaker Girl"Bernard L. KowalskiPreston WoodDecember 10, 1966 (1966-12-10)
After being deputized, Thad deals with mistaken indentity and a pair of outlaws as he takes a killer across the plains.
42213"The Moonstone"Richard A. CollaPaul SavageDecember 17, 1966 (1966-12-17)
An ex-criminal fears that a conflict involving his girlfriend, brother and old partner will reveal his past.
42314"Champion of the World"Marc DanielsLes CrutchfieldDecember 24, 1966 (1966-12-24)
An ex-fighter and a con artist conspire to persuade Kitty into selling the Long Branch.
42415"The Hanging"Bernard L. KowalskiTeleplay: Calvin Clements, Sr.
Story: Calvin Clements, Jr.
December 31, 1966 (1966-12-31)
Matt must determine how and when the partners of a murderer he has in custody will make their move.
42516"Saturday Night"Robert TottenClyde WareJanuary 7, 1967 (1967-01-07)
One of the drovers in a cattle drive plans to free Matt's prisoner.
42617"Mad Dog"Charles R. RondeauJay SimmsJanuary 14, 1967 (1967-01-14)
Festus is mistaken for a hired gunman in the town of Bucklin.
42718"Muley"Allen ReisnerLes CrutchfieldJanuary 21, 1967 (1967-01-21)
Although a young outlaw has wounded Matt, he's unable to concentrate on finishing the marshal off because of his affections for a girl.
42819"Mail Drop"Robert TottenCalvin Clements, Sr.January 28, 1967 (1967-01-28)
A boy comes looking for his father, unaware that he's a wanted outlaw.
42920"Old Friend"Allen ReisnerClyde WareFebruary 4, 1967 (1967-02-04)
Marshal Burl Masters trails the gang of outlaws who burned his town and ran off with his woman.
43021"Fandango"James LandisDon IngallsFebruary 11, 1967 (1967-02-11)
A rancher is stalking Matt and his prisoner.
43122"The Returning"Marc DanielsJames LandisFebruary 18, 1967 (1967-02-18)
An honest woman in need of money faces temptation when her outlaw husband goes on the lam, leaving her $20,000.
43223"The Lure"Marc DanielsClyde WareFebruary 25, 1967 (1967-02-25)
Kitty is abducted by an outlaw and tries to turn his daughter against him to escape.
43324"Noose of Gold"Irving J. MooreClyde WareMarch 4, 1967 (1967-03-04)
A state official uses Matt's friendship with an outlaw for personal gain.
43425"The Favor"Marc DanielsDon IngallsMarch 11, 1967 (1967-03-11)
Kitty is torn between Matt and the man he's looking for - a vengeful killer who once saved her life.
43526"Mistaken Identity"Robert TottenPaul Savage and Les CrutchfieldMarch 18, 1967 (1967-03-18)
A fugitive learns that the man whose identity he's using is brought in by Matt.
43627"Ladies from St. Louis"Irving J. MooreClyde WareMarch 25, 1967 (1967-03-25)
A group of nuns bring their injured protector to Dodge -- without mentioning he's a former criminal.
43728"Nitro!: Part 1"Robert TottenPreston WoodApril 8, 1967 (1967-04-08)
A gang hires a drifter to mix nitroglycerin for them.
43829"Nitro!: Part 2"Robert TottenPreston WoodApril 15, 1967 (1967-04-15)
The drifter hired by the gang mixes one last batch of nitroglycerin.

Season 13 (1967-68)[edit]

25 one-hour episodes, color
Producer: John Mantley; associate producer: Joseph Dackow
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)
Gunsmoke began its thirteenth season in a new time-slot (Monday nights at 7:30 PM). With this the series returned to being among the top ten highest rated programs, where it remained for the next six seasons.[30]

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4391"The Wreckers"Robert TottenHal SitowitzSeptember 11, 1967 (1967-09-11)
Kitty pins Matt's badge on an unconscious outlaw to protect the marshal from a holdup gang.
4402"Cattle Barons"Gunnar HellströmClyde WareSeptember 18, 1967 (1967-09-18)
Cattle barons fight over a large herd.
4413"The Prodigal"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.September 25, 1967 (1967-09-25)
A journalist looking for a sensational story talks Matt into reopening a murder case, where the marshal finds himself the prime suspect.
4424"Vengeance: Part 1"Richard C. SarafianCalvin Clements, Sr.October 2, 1967 (1967-10-02)
Matt tries to help when a drifter plans to avenge his friends who were trampled by a rancher's horsemen.
4435"Vengeance: Part 2"Richard C. SarafianCalvin Clements, Sr.October 9, 1967 (1967-10-09)
The drifter who's still bent on avenging his friends is arrested for murdering a town boss.
4446"A Hat"Robert TottenRon BishopOctober 16, 1967 (1967-10-16)
A stray bullet ruins a frontiersman's hat, setting off a chain reaction of violence and retribution.
4457"Hard Luck Henry"John RichWarren DouglasOctober 23, 1967 (1967-10-23)
Festus goes to Pratt County with his clumsy cousin Henry to determine how a chest of gold should be divided among the Haggen clan.
4468"Major Glory"Robert TottenTeleplay: Richard Carr
Story: Clyde Ware and Richard Carr
October 30, 1967 (1967-10-30)
A pair of Army deserters wait for the perfect opportunity to murder the sergeant who's been harassing him.
4479"The Pillagers"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.November 6, 1967 (1967-11-06)
A gang of outlaws kidnap Newly and Kitty based on their assumption that Newly is a doctor.
44810"Prairie Wolfer"Robert ButlerCalvin Clements, Sr.November 13, 1967 (1967-11-13)
While Festus is acting marshal, a pair of trappers steal $20,000 from a fur trader who refused to buy their pelts.
44911"Stranger in Town"E. Darrell HallenbeckTeleplay: John Dunkel
Story: Emily Mosher and John Dunkel
November 20, 1967 (1967-11-20)
A hired killer gets distracted by his ex-wife and the son he never knew.
45012"Death Train"Gunnar HellströmKen TreveyNovember 27, 1967 (1967-11-27)
The passengers of a railroad car are quarantined for a fever that could spread.
45113"Rope Fever"David AlexanderChris RellasDecember 4, 1967 (1967-12-04)
A sheriff enjoys his new-found glory when he puts Festus in jail on a trumped-up murder charge.
45214"Wonder"Irving J. MooreTeleplay: William Blinn
Story: Mary Worrell and William Blinn
December 18, 1967 (1967-12-18)
Matt helps an Indian boy find a drifter who's being bothered by disgruntled cowboys.
45315"Baker's Dozen"Irving J. MooreCharles Joseph StoneDecember 25, 1967 (1967-12-25)
Doc fights to keep three orphaned babies from being separated.
45416"The Victim"Vincent McEveetyTeleplay: Arthur Rowe
Story: Hal Sitowitz
January 1, 1968 (1968-01-01)
Matt and a sheriff face off against a lynch mob.
45517"Deadman's Law"John RichCalvin Clements, Jr.January 8, 1968 (1968-01-08)
A group of vigilantes terrorizes Dodge as Festus goes looking for Matt.
45618"Nowhere to Run"Vincent McEveetyTeleplay: Ron Honthaner
Story: Robert Totten
January 15, 1968 (1968-01-15)
A pair of teenage thieves fear that their partner, who's stuck in a well, will give them away.
45719"Blood Money"Robert TottenHal SitowitzJanuary 22, 1968 (1968-01-22)
The father of a young gunfighter tries to end his son's career by wounding his gun hand.
45820"Hill Girl"Robert TottenCalvin Clements, Sr.January 29, 1968 (1968-01-29)
Newly clashes with a country girl's tough half-brothers.
45921"The Gunrunners"Irving J. MooreHal SitowitzFebruary 5, 1968 (1968-02-05)
An old trapper attempts to mete out justice to Army deserters who injured his adopted Indian son.
46022"The Jackals"Alvin GanzerCalvin Clements, Jr.February 12, 1968 (1968-02-12)
Matt trails the man who plotted the murder of an old friend to Mexico.
46123"The First People"Robert TottenCalvin Clements, Sr.February 19, 1968 (1968-02-19)
A politically ambitious Indian agent falsely accuses Matt of participating in a murder committed on the reservation.
46224"Mr. Sam'l"Gunnar HellströmHarry KronmanFebruary 26, 1968 (1968-02-26)
A rainmaker offers hope when Dodge is struck by a drought.
46325"A Noose for Dobie Price"Richard C. SarafianAntony EllisMarch 4, 1968 (1968-03-04)
Matt enlists the help of a former outlaw to find two condemned killers who escaped from jail.

Season 14 (1968-69)[edit]

26 one-hour episodes, color
Producer / executive producer: John Mantley; associate producer: Joseph Dackow
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)[31]

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4641"Lyle's Kid"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.September 23, 1968 (1968-09-23)
Matt intervenes when a former lawman plans to use his son to settle a grudge.
4652"The Hide Cutters"Bernard McEveetyJack TurleySeptember 30, 1968 (1968-09-30)
Matt joins a cattle drive to prevent violence between a trail boss and his hands.
4663"Zavala"Vincent McEveetyPaul SavageOctober 7, 1968 (1968-10-07)
A young Mexican youngster has an ulterior motive for befriending Matt.
4674"Uncle Finney"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.October 14, 1968 (1968-10-14)
Two brothers turn in their wanted 103-year-old uncle for the reward.
4685"Slocum"Leo PennRon BishopOctober 21, 1968 (1968-10-21)
A Bible-spouting, moonshine-swilling rancher threatens Matt.
4696"O'Quillian"John RichRon BishopOctober 28, 1968 (1968-10-28)
Matt is forced to protect a troublemaking Irishman.
4707"9:12 to Dodge"Marvin J. ChomskyPreston WoodNovember 11, 1968 (1968-11-11)
Matt and Doc have a tense train ride as they take a prisoner back to Dodge.
4718"Abelia"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.November 18, 1968 (1968-11-18)
Outlaws use a widow's home as their hideout.
4729"Railroad!"Marvin J. ChomskyArthur RoweNovember 25, 1968 (1968-11-25)
Matt clashes with a railroad boss who's determined to buy a homesteader's land.
47310"The Miracle Man"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.December 2, 1968 (1968-12-02)
An Irish drummer falls for the woman he intended to swindle.
47411"Waco"Robert TottenRon BishopDecember 9, 1968 (1968-12-09)
Fate seems to have other plans for Matt as he takes a prisoner back to Dodge.
47512"Lobo"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesDecember 16, 1968 (1968-12-16)
Matt and an old mountain man face off against angry cattlemen and greedy bounty hunters.
47613"Johnny Cross"Herschel DaughertyCalvin Clements, Sr.December 23, 1968 (1968-12-23)
Newly intervenes when a pair of bounty hunters attempt to kill a desperado who swears he's innocent.
47714"The Money Store"Vincent McEveetyWilliam BlinnDecember 30, 1968 (1968-12-30)
Two children rob a bank.
47815"The Twisted Heritage"Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Paul Savage and Arthur Rowe
Story: Robert Heverly and Jack Turley
January 6, 1969 (1969-01-06)
Kitty clashes with the tyrannical mother of a rancher she just rescued.
47916"Time of the Jackals"Vincent McEveetyTeleplay: Paul Savage and Richard Fielder
Story: Paul Savage
January 13, 1969 (1969-01-13)
Matt finds himself marked for death as he looks for a killer.
48017"Mannon"Robert ButlerRon BishopJanuary 20, 1969 (1969-01-20)
A former Quantrill Raider comes to Dodge to face Matt in a gunfight.
48118"Gold Town"Gunnar HellströmCalvin Clements, Sr.January 27, 1969 (1969-01-27)
A pair of sharpsters salt a gold mine to con the citizens of Dodge.
48219"The Mark of Cain"Vincent McEveetyRon BishopFebruary 3, 1969 (1969-02-03)
An ex-Confederate is haunted by his past.
48320"Reprisal"Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Jack Hawn and Paul Savage
Story: Jack Hawn
February 10, 1969 (1969-02-10)
Doc must choose between delivering a baby or saving the life of a man who committed a murder.
48421"The Long Night"John RichTeleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Richard Carr
February 17, 1969 (1969-02-17)
A group of bounty hunters intend to get even with Matt.
48522"The Night Riders"Irving J. MooreCalvin Clements, Sr.February 24, 1969 (1969-02-24)
Festus faces a group of renegades bent on regain land they lost during the Civil War.
48623"The Intruder"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesMarch 3, 1969 (1969-03-03)
Festus seeks help for his prisoner.
48724"The Good Samaritans"Bernard McEveetyPaul SavageMarch 10, 1969 (1969-03-10)
A family of former slaves give Matt shelter when he's injured.
48825"The Prisoner"Leo PennCalvin Clements, Sr.March 17, 1969 (1969-03-17)
Kitty is left in charge of a man about to be hanged for murder, but she believes he's innocent and refuses to let another sheriff take him away.
48926"Exodus 21:22"Herschel DaughertyArthur RoweMarch 24, 1969 (1969-03-24)
A former lawman goes after the men who murdered his wife.

Season 15 (1969-70)[edit]

26 one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: John Mantley; producer: Joseph Dackow
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)[32]

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4901"The Devil's Outpost"Philip LeacockTeleplay: Bob Barbash and Jim Byrnes
Story: Bob Barbash
September 22, 1969 (1969-09-22)
A wily outlaw is determined to free his younger brother from Matt's custody.
4912"Stryker"Robert TottenHerman GrovesSeptember 29, 1969 (1969-09-29)
Matt is headed for a showdown with marshal-turned-outlaw John Stryker.
4923"Coreyville"Bernard McEveetyHerman GrovesOctober 6, 1969 (1969-10-06)
Two feuding women refuse to reveal the identity of the killer Matt is looking for.
4934"Danny"Bernard McEveetyPreston WoodOctober 13, 1969 (1969-10-13)
An ailing con man plans to kill Matt to ensure his financial future.
4945"Hawk"Gunnar HellströmKay Lenard & Jess CarneolOctober 20, 1969 (1969-10-20)
A woman refuses to acknowledge that a half-Indian boy is her son.
4956"A Man Called Smith"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.October 27, 1969 (1969-10-27)
A widow is not what she seems to be.
4967"Charlie Noon"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesNovember 3, 1969 (1969-11-03)
Comanches follow Matt, his prisoner, an Indian widow and her white stepson.
4978"The Still"Gunnar HellströmCalvin Clements, Sr.November 10, 1969 (1969-11-10)
Festus faces off against a family of hillbillies.
4989"A Matter of Honor"Robert TottenJoy DexterNovember 17, 1969 (1969-11-17)
The town drunk is accused of a murder he witnessed.
49910"The Innocent"Marvin J. ChomskyWalter BlackNovember 24, 1969 (1969-11-24)
A missionary teacher heads for her first assignment.
50011"Ring of Darkness"Bernard McEveetyArthur Dales[C]December 1, 1969 (1969-12-01)
A farmer faces a moral dilemma when he steals horses for a gang of outlaws to help his blind daughter.
50112"MacGraw"Philip LeacockKay Lenard & Jess CarneolDecember 8, 1969 (1969-12-08)
Ex-gunslinger Jake McGraw has returned to Dodge after twenty years in prison and for some reason has taken an interest in a saloon hostess and a young cowboy.
50213"Roots of Fear"Philip LeacockArthur Browne, Jr.December 15, 1969 (1969-12-15)
A dirt farmer and his kin plot to break into the bank when it's closed due to a panic.
50314"The Sisters"Philip LeacockWilliam KelleyDecember 29, 1969 (1969-12-29)
A scoundrel tries to con three nuns.
50415"The War Priest"Bernard McEveetyWilliam KelleyJanuary 5, 1970 (1970-01-05)
A drunken cavalry sergeant pursues an Indian warrior who takes Kitty hostage.
50516"The Pack Rat"Philip LeacockTeleplay: Arthur Browne, Jr. and Jim Byrnes
Story: Arthur Browne, Jr.
January 12, 1970 (1970-01-12)
A young thief sets a fatal trap for Matt as the marshal takes an escaped prisoner to Dodge.
50617"The Judas Gun"Vincent McEveetyHarry KronmanJanuary 19, 1970 (1970-01-19)
A hired gunman changes the balance of power in a family feud.
50718"Doctor Herman Schultz, M.D."Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Calvin Clements, Sr.
Story: Benny Rubin
January 26, 1970 (1970-01-26)
A hypnotist uses his skill to steal money.
50819"The Badge"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesFebruary 2, 1970 (1970-02-02)
After Matt is wounded in a gunfight, Kitty puts the saloon up for sale and faces a new kind of trouble.
50920"Albert"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesFebruary 9, 1970 (1970-02-09)
A bank teller foils a robbery and keeps the money for himself, only to wind up helping the robbers with their next attempt.
51021"Kiowa"Bernard McEveetyRon BishopFebruary 16, 1970 (1970-02-16)
Matt helps search for a group of raiders who abducted a rancher's daughter.
51122"Celia"Philip LeacockHarry KronmanFebruary 23, 1970 (1970-02-23)
Newly must prove that a girl is a con artist bent on swindling a blacksmith.
51223"Morgan"Bernard McEveetyKay Lenard & Jess CarneolMarch 2, 1970 (1970-03-02)
Outlaws take over Dodge and wait for Matt to arrive with a large shipment of gold.
51324"The Thieves"Philip LeacockThomas ThompsonMarch 9, 1970 (1970-03-09)
The bartender takes an interest in a juvenile delinquent on probation.
51425"Hackett"Vincent McEveetyWilliam KelleyMarch 16, 1970 (1970-03-16)
An ex-convict seeks revenge on a farmer who ran out on him during a robbery years ago.
51526"The Cage"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.March 23, 1970 (1970-03-23)
Matt leads a posse to find a gang of gold thieves.

Season 16 (1970-71)[edit]

24 one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: John Mantley; producer: Joseph Dackow (episodes 516–528), Leonard Katzman (episodes 529–539)
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)
Note: "Pike", the two-part episode that ended the season, was later developed into a spin-off series entitled Dirty Sally.[33][34]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
5161"Chato"Vincent McEveetyPaul F. EdwardsSeptember 14, 1970 (1970-09-14)
Matt heads to New Mexico to track down a wily killer with a knach for murdering lawmen.
5172"The Noose"Vincent McEveetyArthur Browne, Jr.September 21, 1970 (1970-09-21)
A stranger comes to Dodge to avenge his father's hanging.
5183"Stark"Robert TottenDonald SanfordSeptember 28, 1970 (1970-09-28)
Bounty hunter Louis Stark blackmails his prisoner, whose father is a wealthy rancher.
5194"Sam McTavish, M.D."Bernard McEveetyBethel Leslie & Gerry DayOctober 5, 1970 (1970-10-05)
Dr. Sam McTavish answers Doc Adam's ad for a temporary replacement.
5205"Gentry's Law"Vincent McEveetyJack MillerOctober 12, 1970 (1970-10-12)
A land baron considers his family above the law.
5216"Snow Train: Part 1"Gunnar HellströmPreston WoodOctober 19, 1970 (1970-10-19)
The Sioux are after the white man who sold them poisonous whisky.
5227"Snow Train: Part 2"Gunnar HellströmPreston WoodOctober 26, 1970 (1970-10-26)
Matt must find out who sold the Indians poisonous whisky when they take a trainload of passengers hostage.
5238"Luke"Bernard McEveetyJack MillerNovember 2, 1970 (1970-11-02)
Outlaw Luke Dangerfield's dying wish is to see his daughter.
5249"The Gun"Bernard McEveetyDonald SanfordNovember 9, 1970 (1970-11-09)
A newspaperman from St. Louis exploits a teenage bank clerk who killed a notorious gunfighter.
52510"The Scavengers"Robert TottenJim ByrnesNovember 16, 1970 (1970-11-16)
A bounty is placed on Indians for allegedly massacring a camp site.
52611"The Witness"Philip LeacockShimon WincelbergNovember 23, 1970 (1970-11-23)
A father gets rid of witnesses against his murderous son.
52712"McCabe"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesNovember 30, 1970 (1970-11-30)
Matt's prisoner McCabe is targeted by a lynch mob.
52813"The Noon Day Devil"Philip LeacockWilliam KelleyDecember 7, 1970 (1970-12-07)
A priest tries to save his murderous twin brother's soul.
52914"Sergeant Holly"Bernard McEveetyWilliam KelleyDecember 14, 1970 (1970-12-14)
A sergeant sets out to find the man who framed him for stealing an Army payroll.
53015"Jenny"Robert TottenJack MillerDecember 28, 1970 (1970-12-28)
A bank robber hopes to recoup his losses after losing his money gambling.
53116"Captain Sligo"William ConradWilliam KelleyJanuary 4, 1971 (1971-01-04)
A retired whaler moves to Kansas and begins courting a widow.
53217"Mirage"Vincent McEveetyJack MillerJanuary 11, 1971 (1971-01-11)
Festus comes back from a desert shootout with no memory of what exactly took place.
53318"The Tycoon"Bernard McEveetyRobert Vincent WrightJanuary 25, 1971 (1971-01-25)
Festus falls prey to a husband-hunter after coming into money.
53419"Jaekel"Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Calvin Clements, Sr.
Story: True Boardman & Thelma Boardman
February 1, 1971 (1971-02-01)
A pardoned convict returns to the woman he killed for.
53520"Murdoch"Robert TottenJack MillerFebruary 8, 1971 (1971-02-08)
An aging lawman sets out to get the Carver gang - unaware that his son is with them.
53621"Cleavus"Vincent McEveetyRichard ScottFebruary 15, 1971 (1971-02-15)
An unlucky fellow jumps a dead man's claim and starts courting Kitty.
53722"Lavery"Vincent McEveetyDonald SanfordFebruary 22, 1971 (1971-02-22)
A troublemaker, out on probation, reunites with his old gang.
53823"Pike: Part 1"Bernard McEveetyJack MillerMarch 1, 1971 (1971-03-01)
Crusty old Sally Fergus nurses a wounded young outlaw named Cyrus Pike back to health.
53924"Pike: Part 2"Bernard McEveetyJack MillerMarch 8, 1971 (1971-03-08)
Having taken a shine to Cyrus while tending to his wounds, Sally tries to persuade him not to steal anymore.

Season 17 (1971-72)[edit]

24 one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: John Mantley; producer: Leonard Katzman; associate producer: Ron Honthaner
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)[35]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
5401"The Lost"Robert TottenTeleplay: Jack Miller
Story: Warren Vanders
September 13, 1971 (1971-09-13)
Kitty befriends a wild child when she gets lost.
5412"Phoenix"Paul StanleyAnthony LawrenceSeptember 20, 1971 (1971-09-20)
An ex-convict starts hiring himself out as a killer.
5423"Waste: Part 1"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesSeptember 27, 1971 (1971-09-27)
Matt's search for an outlaw leads him to a boy without a mother and wagonload of saloon girls.
5434"Waste: Part 2"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesOctober 4, 1971 (1971-10-04)
Matt gets trapped in a deserted fort with the boy and saloon girls.
5445"New Doctor in Town"Philip LeacockJack MillerOctober 11, 1971 (1971-10-11)
The new town doctor finds it hard to be accepted as he tries to fill Doc Adams' shoes.
5456"The Legend"Philip LeacockCalvin Clements, Jr.October 18, 1971 (1971-10-18)
A man heads down the same path as his outlaw brothers.
5467"Trafton"Bernard McEveetyRon BishopOctober 25, 1971 (1971-10-25)
An outlaw's compassion for his victims proves to be his downfall.
5478"Lynott"Gunnar HellströmRon BishopNovember 1, 1971 (1971-11-01)
An easygoing former lawman fills in for Matt.
5489"Lijah"Irving J. MooreWilliam BlinnNovember 8, 1971 (1971-11-08)
A mountain man is accused of killing three people.
54910"My Brother's Keeper"Paul StanleyArthur Dales[C]November 15, 1971 (1971-11-15)
Festus tries to keep an old Indian alive, even though he wishes to die in peace.
55011"Drago"Paul StanleyJim ByrnesNovember 22, 1971 (1971-11-22)
A scout hunts down the man who murdered his female benefactor.
55112"Gold Train: The Bullet - Part 1"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesNovember 29, 1971 (1971-11-29)
Doc tries to save Matt when the marshal gets wounded.
55213"Gold Train: The Bullet - Part 2"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesDecember 6, 1971 (1971-12-06)
A group of bandits delay Matt's journey to Denver where the wounded marshal needs an operation.
55314"Gold Train: The Bullet - Part 3"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesDecember 13, 1971 (1971-12-13)
Doc performs an emergency surgery on Matt to save the marshal's life.
55415"P.S. Murry Christmas"Herb WallersteinWilliam KelleyDecember 27, 1971 (1971-12-27)
A drifter and seven orphans find a way to melt the cold heart of the orphanage headmistress at Christmastime.
55516"No Tomorrow"Irving J. MooreRichard FielderJanuary 3, 1972 (1972-01-03)
A falsely accused homesteader fights to prove his innocence.
55617"Hidalgo"Paul StanleyColley CibberJanuary 10, 1972 (1972-01-10)
An outlaw shoots Matt and leaves him to die in the desert of Chihuahua.
55718"Tara"Bernard McEveetyWilliam KelleyJanuary 17, 1972 (1972-01-17)
A charming widow plays Newly against a gunman.
55819"One for the Road"Bernard McEveetyJack MillerJanuary 24, 1972 (1972-01-24)
A drunk escapes from his reproving daughter.
55920"The Predators"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.January 31, 1972 (1972-01-31)
A 'mad' dog is killing cattle and sheep, while a vengeful gunman sets out to kill a man who shot him in the back four years ago.
56021"Yankton"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesFebruary 7, 1972 (1972-02-07)
A saddle tramp uses a rancher's money to court his daughter.
56122"Blind Man's Buff"Herb WallersteinRon HonthanerFebruary 21, 1972 (1972-02-21)
A lonely widow takes care of a wounded man she finds outside her cabin.
56223"Alias Festus Haggin"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.March 6, 1972 (1972-03-06)
A case of mistaken identity ensues when Festus is believed to be wanted for murder.
56324"The Wedding"Bernard McEveetyHarry KronmanMarch 13, 1972 (1972-03-13)
A couple are determined to get married over their parents' objections.

Season 18 (1972-73)[edit]

24 one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: John Mantley; producer: Leonard Katzman; associate producer: Ron Honthaner.
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Ken Curtis (Festus), Buck Taylor (Newly)[36]

No. in
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season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
5641"The River: Part 1"Herb WallersteinJack MillerSeptember 11, 1972 (1972-09-11)
Bandits chase Matt down Oregon's Rogue River.
5652"The River: Part 2"Herb WallersteinJack MillerSeptember 18, 1972 (1972-09-18)
Matt's adventure on Oregon's Rogue River comes to a thrilling conclusion.
5663"Bohannan"Alf KjellinWilliam KelleySeptember 25, 1972 (1972-09-25)
A faith healer is asked to cure a terminally ill boy.
5674"The Judgement"Philip LeacockShimon WincelbergOctober 2, 1972 (1972-10-02)
A gunman plots revenge against the man who turned him in as an Army deserter.
5685"The Drummer"Bernard McEveetyRichard FielderOctober 9, 1972 (1972-10-09)
A salesman is forced to face his past.
5696"Sarah"Gunnar HellströmCalvin Clements, Sr.October 16, 1972 (1972-10-16)
An old flame of Matt's gets him involved with stage robbers.
5707"The Fugitives"Irving J. MooreCharles Joseph StoneOctober 23, 1972 (1972-10-23)
Doc is kidnapped and forced to save an outlaw's life.
5718"Eleven Dollars"Irving J. MoorePaul SavageOctober 30, 1972 (1972-10-30)
Festus sets out to settle an $11 estate.
5729"Milligan"Bernard McEveetyRon BishopNovember 6, 1972 (1972-11-06)
A farmer is accused of shooting someone in the back.
57310"Tatum"Gunnar HellströmJim ByrnesNovember 13, 1972 (1972-11-13)
A dying gunman endures a long, sad journey to see his estranged daughters.
57411"The Sodbusters"Robert ButlerRon BishopNovember 20, 1972 (1972-11-20)
A sodbuster fights a cattle baron for her water supply.
57512"The Brothers"Gunnar HellströmCalvin Clements, Sr.November 27, 1972 (1972-11-27)
An outlaw's brother seeks revenge on Kitty for shooting him.
57613"Hostage!"Gunnar HellströmPaul F. EdwardsDecember 11, 1972 (1972-12-11)
After Matt kills a member of the Dog Soldiers, the rest of the gang shoot Kitty for revenge.
57714"Jubilee"Herb WallersteinTeleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Jack Freeman
December 18, 1972 (1972-12-18)
A poor sodbuster leaves his farm to race his prized quarter horse.
57815"Arizona Midnight"Irving J. MooreDudley BromleyJanuary 1, 1973 (1973-01-01)
A midget claims he'll turn into an elephant at midnight.
57916"Homecoming"Gunnar HellströmCalvin Clements, Sr.January 8, 1973 (1973-01-08)
A pair of outlaws return to Dodge to see their dying mother and take Kitty and Doc hostage.
58017"Shadler"Arnold LavenJim ByrnesJanuary 15, 1973 (1973-01-15)
A condemned man posing as a priest is forced to help a stricken town.
58118"Patricia"Alf KjellinCalvin Clements, Sr.January 22, 1973 (1973-01-22)
Newly gets engaged to a leukemia victim.
58219"A Quiet Day in Dodge"Alf KjellinJack MillerJanuary 29, 1973 (1973-01-29)
Matt has a trying day as he deals with a vicious prisoner, a brawl at the Long Branch, a 9-year-old thief and Kitty giving him the silent treatment.
58320"Whelan's Men"Paul F. EdwardsRon BishopFebruary 5, 1973 (1973-02-05)
A gang of outlaws take over Dodge while Matt is away, but a poker game with Kitty proves to be their undoing.
58421"Kimbro"Gunnar HellströmJim ByrnesFebruary 12, 1973 (1973-02-12)
Matt's mentor in law enforcement is now on the skids.
58522"Jesse"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesFebruary 19, 1973 (1973-02-19)
Festus runs into a friend who's escaped from prison.
58623"Talbot"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesFebruary 26, 1973 (1973-02-26)
An outlaw's plans to rob the bank are sidetracked by his attraction to the woman whose husband he killed.
58724"This Golden Land"Gunnar HellströmHal SitowitzMarch 5, 1973 (1973-03-05)
A Jewish family's faith is tested by the son's senseless death.

Season 19 (1973-74)[edit]

24 one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: John Mantley; producer: Leonard Katzman; associate producer: Ron Honthaner
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly)[37]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
5881"Women for Sale: Part 1"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesSeptember 10, 1973 (1973-09-10)
Matt goes up against white-slave traders.
5892"Women for Sale: Part 2"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesSeptember 17, 1973 (1973-09-17)
Matt continues his pursuit of white-slave traders.
5903"Matt's Love Story"Gunnar HellströmRon BishopSeptember 24, 1973 (1973-09-24)
An amnesiac Matt falls in love with a young widow.
5914"The Boy and the Sinner"Bernard McEveetyHal SitowitzOctober 1, 1973 (1973-10-01)
A farm boy tries to stop a man from giving up his honor for booze.
5925"The Widow-Maker"Bernard McEveetyPaul F. EdwardsOctober 8, 1973 (1973-10-08)
An ex-gunman is unable to put his reputation behind him.
5936"Kitty's Love Affair"Vincent McEveetyTeleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Joan E. Gessler & Susan Kotar
October 22, 1973 (1973-10-22)
A reformed gunfighter begins a courtship with Kitty.
5947"The Widow and the Rogue"Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Harvey Marlowe and Paul Savage
October 29, 1973 (1973-10-29)
Festus takes a charming, unethical petty thief back to Dodge, but must rely on him to protect a widow and her son.
5958"A Game of Death...An Act of Love: Part 1"Gunnar HellströmPaul F. EdwardsNovember 5, 1973 (1973-11-05)
A cattleman seeks vengeance against the Indians he suspects of killing his wife.
5969"A Game of Death...An Act of Love: Part 2"Gunnar HellströmPaul F. EdwardsNovember 12, 1973 (1973-11-12)
The Indians accused of murdering a cattleman's wife stand trial.
59710"Lynch Town"Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Calvin Clements, Sr.
Story: Anne Snyder & Joann Carlino
November 19, 1973 (1973-11-19)
An alcoholic judge is forced by Matt to hold an inquest into the death of a female saloonkeeper that resulted in the lynching of an innocent drifter.
59811"The Hanging of Newly O'Brien"Alf KjellinCalvin Clements, Sr.November 26, 1973 (1973-11-26)
A backwoods community wants to hang Newly for a failed emergency operation he performed.
59912"Susan Was Evil"Bernard McEveetyWilliam KeysDecember 3, 1973 (1973-12-03)
Matt asks two women to take care of a wounded outlaw.
60013"The Deadly Innocent"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.December 17, 1973 (1973-12-17)
A mentally challenged young man struggles to live as an adult.
60114"The Child Between"Irving J. MooreHarry KronmanDecember 24, 1973 (1973-12-24)
Newly tries to help care for the sick baby of a wanted man and his untrusting Indian wife.
60215"A Family of Killers"Gunnar HellströmWilliam KeysJanuary 14, 1974 (1974-01-14)
Matt and a fellow marshal work together to track down a murderous family.
60316"Like Old Times"Irving J. MooreRichard FielderJanuary 21, 1974 (1974-01-21)
A reformed safecracker tries to start his life over.
60417"The Town Tamers"Gunnar HellströmPaul SavageJanuary 28, 1974 (1974-01-28)
Matt and another marshal attempt to bring justice to a frontier town.
60518"The Foundling"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesFebruary 11, 1974 (1974-02-11)
Matt must find a home for an abandoned baby girl.
60619"The Iron Blood of Courage"Gunnar HellströmRon BishopFebruary 18, 1974 (1974-02-18)
A gunfighter is hired to settle a disagreement over water rights.
60720"The Schoolmarm"Bernard McEveetyDick NelsonFebruary 25, 1974 (1974-02-25)
An umarried schoolteacher finds that she's pregnant as a result of her being raped.
60821"Trail of Bloodshed"Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Earl W. Wallace
March 4, 1974 (1974-03-04)
A young farmer sets out to find the man who killed his father.
60922"Cowtown Hustler"Gunnar HellströmJim ByrnesMarch 11, 1974 (1974-03-11)
A has-been pool player looks for a way to regain others' respect.
61023"To Ride a Yellow Horse"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.March 18, 1974 (1974-03-18)
A mother seeks to fulfull her dreams for her children.
61124"Disciple"Gunnar HellströmShimon WincelbergApril 1, 1974 (1974-04-01)
Matt's life is changed when his gun arm is seriously wounded.

Season 20 (1974-75)[edit]

24 one-hour episodes, color
Executive producer: John Mantley; producer: Leonard Katzman; associate producer: Ron Honthaner
Regular cast: James Arness (Matt Dillon), Ken Curtis (Festus), Milburn Stone (Doc), Buck Taylor (Newly), Fran Ryan (Hannah)[38]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
6121"Matt Dillon Must Die!"Victor FrenchRay GoldrupSeptember 9, 1974 (1974-09-09)
A crazed killer bent on avenging his son's death captures Matt.
6132"A Town in Chains"Bernard McEveetyRon BishopSeptember 16, 1974 (1974-09-16)
A gang of bank robbers take over a town to do one last heist.
6143"The Guns of Cibola Blanca: Part 1"Gunnar HellströmPaul SavageSeptember 23, 1974 (1974-09-23)
Outlaws hold Doc and a woman hostage at a desert stronghold.
6154"The Guns of Cibola Blanca: Part 2"Gunnar HellströmPaul SavageSeptember 30, 1974 (1974-09-30)
Matt, Festus and Newly hatch a plan to rescue Doc and his female companion from the outlaws who have taken them hostage.
6165"Thirty a Month and Found"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesOctober 7, 1974 (1974-10-07)
Three drovers find their way of life jeopardized by the railroad.
6176"The Wiving"Victor FrenchEarl W. WallaceOctober 14, 1974 (1974-10-14)
A farmer sends his sons into town to pick up brides.
6187"The Iron Men"Gunnar HellströmJohn MantleyOctober 21, 1974 (1974-10-21)
Matt takes on the task of rehabilitating a drunk ex-lawman.
6198"The Fourth Victim"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesNovember 4, 1974 (1974-11-04)
There's a killer on the loose in Dodge.
6209"The Tarnished Badge"Michael O'HerlihyRobert Vincent WrightNovember 11, 1974 (1974-11-11)
Matt deals with a sheriff who rules his town with brutal force.
62110"In Performance of Duty"Gunnar HellströmWilliam KeysNovember 18, 1974 (1974-11-18)
A family of outlaws stay a step ahead of the law by killing anyone who sees them.
62211"Island in the Desert: Part 1"Gunnar HellströmJim ByrnesDecember 2, 1974 (1974-12-02)
A half-crazy hermit rescues Festus.
62312"Island in the Desert: Part 2"Gunnar HellströmJim ByrnesDecember 9, 1974 (1974-12-09)
The hermit forces Festus to make packs of gold across the desert.
62413"The Colonel"Bernard McEveetyArthur Dales[C]December 16, 1974 (1974-12-16)
A town drunk who was once an officer of the Army deals with his daughter's upcoming marriage.
62514"The Squaw"Gunnar HellströmJim ByrnesJanuary 6, 1975 (1975-01-06)
An outlaw on the run must rely on an Indian woman cast off from her own tribe if he's to survive in the badlands.
62615"The Hiders"Victor FrenchPaul SavageJanuary 13, 1975 (1975-01-13)
Festus tries to talk a teenager into leaving a gang of men who cut the skins off dead cattle.
62716"Larkin"Gunnar HellströmJim ByrnesJanuary 20, 1975 (1975-01-20)
Newly tries to take a killer to Dodge with bounty hunters on his tail.
62817"The Fires of Ignorance"Victor FrenchJim ByrnesJanuary 27, 1975 (1975-01-27)
A teacher fights for children's right to education as he clashes with the father of one of his students.
62918"The Angry Land"Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Jim Byrnes
Story: Herman Groves
February 3, 1975 (1975-02-03)
An orphaned girl is turned away by her only relative.
63019"Brides and Grooms"Victor FrenchEarl W. WallaceFebruary 10, 1975 (1975-02-10)
A farmer tries to get his sons married.
63120"Hard Labor"Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Earl W. Wallace
Story: Hal Sitowitz
February 24, 1975 (1975-02-24)
Matt is convicted for a crime he didn't commit and is sentenced to a life of hard labor in the judge's silver mine.
63221"I Have Promises to Keep"Vincent McEveetyTeleplay: William Putman and Earl W. Wallace
Story: William Putman
March 3, 1975 (1975-03-03)
An ailing precher is determined to build a church for the Comanches, despite the objecions of both whites and Indians.
63322"The Busters"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesMarch 10, 1975 (1975-03-10)
A broncobuster has only two days to live after getting a fatal injury from getting thrown off a stallion.
63423"Manolo"Gunnar HellströmTeleplay: Earl W. Wallace
Story: Harriet Charles and Earl W. Wallace
March 17, 1975 (1975-03-17)
A Basque sheepherder refuses to fight his father to prove his manhood.
63524"The Sharecroppers"Leonard KatzmanEarl W. WallaceMarch 31, 1975 (1975-03-31)
Festus ends up plowing crops for a family of farmers after accidentally shooting one of them in the leg and bringing him home.

Television movies[edit]

#TitleDirectorWriter(s)Airdate[39]
1Gunsmoke: Return to DodgeMcEveety, VincentVincent McEveetyBynes, JimJim BynesSeptember 26, 1987
2Gunsmoke: The Last ApacheCorrell, CharlesCharles CorrellWallace, Earl W.Earl W. WallaceMarch 18, 1990
3Gunsmoke: To the Last ManJameson, JerryJerry JamesonWallace, Earl W.Earl W. WallaceJanuary 10, 1992
4Gunsmoke: The Long RideJameson, JerryJerry JamesonStratton, BillBill StrattonMay 8, 1993
5Gunsmoke: One Man's JusticeJameson, JerryJerry JamesonLongstreet, Harry and ReneeHarry and Renee LongstreetFebruary 10, 1994

Nielsen ratings[edit]

SeasonSeason premiereSeason finaleTimeslotNielsen rating[40]Programs airing opposite Gunsmoke[40]
NBCABC
1September 10, 1955August 25, 1956Saturday, 10–10:30The George Gobel ShowTomorrow's Careers
2September 8, 1956July 6, 1957Saturday, 10–10:308The George Gobel ShowMasquerade Party
3September 14, 1957June 7, 1958Saturday, 10–10:301What's It ForMike Wallace Interviews
4September 13, 1958June 13, 1959Saturday, 10–10:301Cimarron CitySammy Kaye's Music
5September 5, 1959June 11, 1960Saturday, 10–10:301Five FingersJubilee USA
6September 3, 1960June 17, 1961Saturday, 10–10:301The Nation's FutureFight of the Week
7September 30, 1961May 26, 1962Saturday, 10–11:003NBC Saturday Night at the MoviesFight of the Week
8September 15, 1962June 1, 1963Saturday, 10–11:0010NBC Saturday Night at the MoviesFight of the Week
9September 28, 1963June 6, 1964Saturday, 10–11:0020NBC Saturday Night at the MoviesThe Jerry Lewis Show
10September 26, 1964May 29, 1965Saturday, 10–11:0027NBC Saturday Night at the MoviesHollywood Palace
11September 18, 1965May 7, 1966Saturday, 10–11:0030NBC Saturday Night at the MoviesHollywood Palace
12September 17, 1966April 15, 1967Saturday, 10–11:0034NBC Saturday Night at the MoviesHollywood Palace
13September 11, 1967March 4, 1968Monday, 7:30–8:304The Monkees
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Cowboy in Africa
14September 23, 1968March 24, 1969Monday, 7:30–8:306I Dream of Jeannie
Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
The Avengers
15September 22, 1969March 23, 1970Monday, 7:30–8:302My World and Welcome to It
Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
The Music Scene
The New People
16September 14, 1970March 8, 1971Monday, 7:30–8:305The Red Skelton Show
Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
The Young Lawyers
17September 20, 1971March 13, 1972Monday, 8–9:004Rowan and Martin's Laugh-InNanny and the Professor
18September 11, 1972March 5, 1973Monday, 8–9:008Rowan and Martin's Laugh-InThe Rookies
19September 10, 1973April 1, 1974Monday, 8–9:0015Lotsa Luck
Diana
The Rookies
20September 9, 1974March 31, 1975Monday, 8–9:0028Born FreeThe Rookies

Home media release[edit]

The first eleven seasons of Gunsmoke and the first three reunion films are available on DVD in Region 1. Two box sets—The 50th Anniversary Collection and The Director's Collection—have been released on DVD in Region 1.

Gunsmoke season DVD releases
SeasonEpisodesDiscsRelease dateRef
1396July 17, 2007[41]
2Volume 1: 203January 8, 2008[42]
Volume 2: 193May 27, 2008[43]
3Volume 1: 203December 9, 2008[44]
Volume 2: 193May 26, 2009[45]
4Volume 1: 203October 5, 2010[46]
Volume 2: 193December 14, 2010[47]
5Volume 1: 203October 11, 2011[48]
Volume 2: 193December 13, 2011[49]
6Volume 1: 193August 7, 2012[50]
Volume 2: 193October 16, 2012[51]
7Volume 1: 175December 11, 2012[52]
Volume 2: 175February 5, 2013[53]
8Volume 1: 195May 7, 2013[54]
Volume 2: 195May 7, 2013[55]
9Volume 1: 185August 6, 2013[56]
Volume 2: 185August 6, 2013[57]
10Volume 1: 185August 12, 2014[58]
Volume 2: 185August 12, 2014[59]
11Volume 1: 185December 2, 2014[60]
Volume 2: 185December 2, 2014[61]
Gunsmoke – 50th Anniversary DVD releases
VolumeEpisodesDiscsRelease dateRef
1173January 3, 2006[62]
2123January 3, 2006[63]
1 & 2296January 3, 2006[64]
Gunsmoke – The Director's Collection DVD releases
VolumeEpisodesDiscsRelease dateRef
153November 14, 2006[65]
Gunsmoke TV-movie DVD releases
TitleDiscsRelease dateRef
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge1May 11, 2004[66]
Gunsmoke: The Last Apache1May 11, 2004[67]
Gunsmoke: To the Last Man1May 11, 2004[68]
The Gunsmoke Movie Collection3May 11, 2004[69]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A. "David S. Peckinpah" is a pseudonym for Sam Peckinpah.
  2. ^ B. "Shimon Bar-David" is a pseudonym for Shimon Wincelberg.
  3. ^ C. "Arthur Dales" is a pseudonym for Howard Dimsdale.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Barbaras 1990, pp. 74–75
  2. ^ Barbaras 1990, pp. 444, 742
  3. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 255, 539
  4. ^ a b Newcomb, Horace (2010). "Gunsmoke". The Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ Barbaras 1990, p. 5
  6. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 255–539
  7. ^ Barbaras 1990, p. 154
  8. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 541–557
  9. ^ Barbaras 1990, pp. 87–102
  10. ^ Barbaras 1990, pp. 114–116
  11. ^ Barbaras 1990, pp. 116–118
  12. ^ Barbaras 1990, pp. 126–127
  13. ^ Barbaras 1990, pp. 147–148
  14. ^ Barbaras 1990, p. 101
  15. ^ "Gunsmoke". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  16. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 255–270
  17. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 270–285
  18. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 285–299
  19. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 300–312
  20. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 312–324
  21. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 325–337
  22. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 337–353
  23. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 353–370
  24. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 370–384
  25. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 384–400
  26. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 400–416
  27. ^ Barbaras 1990, pp. 123–125
  28. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 416–429
  29. ^ TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 186. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9. 
  30. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 76; 429–442
  31. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 442–457
  32. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 458–470
  33. ^ Barbaras 1990, p. 669
  34. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 470–484
  35. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 484–496
  36. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 496–508
  37. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 508–522
  38. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 522–539
  39. ^ Costello 2006, pp. 546–557
  40. ^ a b Barbaras 1990, p. 152
  41. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season One". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  42. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Two (Volume 1)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  43. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Two (Volume 2)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  44. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Three (Volume 1)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  45. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Three (Volume 2)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  46. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Four". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  47. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Four, Volume 2". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  48. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Five, Volume 1". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  49. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Five, Volume 2". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  50. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Six, Volume 1". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  51. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Six, Volume 2". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  52. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Seven, Volume 1". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  53. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Seven, Volume 2". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  54. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Eight". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  55. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Eight". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  56. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Nine". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  57. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Nine". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  58. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Ten". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  59. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Ten". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  60. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Eleven". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  61. ^ "Gunsmoke: Season Eleven". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 
  62. ^ "Gunsmoke: 50th Anniversary Collection (Volume 1)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  63. ^ "Gunsmoke: 50th Anniversary Collection (Volume 2)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  64. ^ "Gunsmoke: 50th Anniversary Collection (Volumes 1 & 2)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  65. ^ "Gunsmoke: The Director's Collection". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  66. ^ "Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  67. ^ "Gunsmoke: The Last Apache". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  68. ^ "Gunsmoke: To the Last Man". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  69. ^ "The Gunsmoke Movie Collection". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 

References[edit]

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