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 August 6th, 2013, all of the episodes from the first nine 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. CBS DVD/Paramount Home Video has announced that both volumes of Season 10 will be released on DVD on 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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Matt Gets It"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: Charles Marquis Warren
Story: John Meston
September 10, 1955 (1955-09-10)
22"Hot Spell"Charles Marquis WarrenE. Jack NeumanSeptember 17, 1955 (1955-09-17)
33"Word of Honor"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: Charles Marquis Warren
Story: John Meston
October 1, 1955 (1955-10-01)
44"Home Surgery"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn MestonOctober 8, 1955 (1955-10-08)
55"Obie Tater"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: Charles Marquis Warren
Story: John Meston
October 15, 1955 (1955-10-15)
66"Night Incident"Charles Marquis WarrenCharles Marquis WarrenOctober 29, 1955 (1955-10-29)
77"Smoking Out the Nolans"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: Charles Marquis Warren
Story: John Meston
November 5, 1955 (1955-11-05)
88"Kite's Reward"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn MestonNovember 12, 1955 (1955-11-12)
99"The Hunter"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn DunkelNovember 26, 1955 (1955-11-26)
1010"The Queue"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
December 3, 1955 (1955-12-03)
1111"General Parsley Smith"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
December 10, 1955 (1955-12-10)
1212"Magnus"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn MestonDecember 24, 1955 (1955-12-24)
1313"Reed Survives"Charles Marquis WarrenLes CrutchfieldDecember 31, 1955 (1955-12-31)
1414"Professor Lute Bone"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
January 7, 1956 (1956-01-07)
1515"No Handcuffs"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
January 21, 1956 (1956-01-21)
1616"Reward for Matt"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
January 28, 1956 (1956-01-28)
1717"Robin Hood"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: Daniel B. Ullman
Story: John Meston
February 4, 1956 (1956-02-04)
1818"Yorky"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
February 18, 1956 (1956-02-18)
1919"20-20"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
February 25, 1956 (1956-02-25)
2020"Reunion '78"Charles Marquis WarrenHarold SwantonMarch 3, 1956 (1956-03-03)
2121"Helping Hand"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
March 17, 1956 (1956-03-17)
2222"Tap Day for Kitty"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
March 24, 1956 (1956-03-24)
2323"Indian Scout"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn DunkelMarch 31, 1956 (1956-03-31)
2424"The Pest Hole"Charles Marquis WarrenDavid Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.April 14, 1956 (1956-04-14)
2525"The Big Broad"Charles Marquis WarrenScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
April 28, 1956 (1956-04-28)
2626"Hack Prine"Charles Marquis WarrenJohn MestonMay 12, 1956 (1956-05-12)
2727"Cooter"Robert StevensonScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
May 19, 1956 (1956-05-19)
2828"The Killer"Robert StevensonScreenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
May 26, 1956 (1956-05-26)
2929"Doc's Revenge"Ted PostJohn DunkelJune 9, 1956 (1956-06-09)
3030"The Preacher"Robert StevensonScreenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
June 16, 1956 (1956-06-16)
3131"How to Die for Nothing"Ted PostScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
June 23, 1956 (1956-06-23)
3232"Dutch George"Robert StevensonJohn DunkelJune 30, 1956 (1956-06-30)
3333"Prairie Happy"Ted PostScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
July 7, 1956 (1956-07-07)
3434"Chester's Mail Order Bride"Robert StevensonDavid Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.July 14, 1956 (1956-07-14)
3535"The Guitar"Harry HornerScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
July 21, 1956 (1956-07-21)
3636"Cara"Robert StevensonScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
July 28, 1956 (1956-07-28)
3737"Mr. and Mrs. Amber"Ted PostScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.
Story: John Meston
August 4, 1956 (1956-08-04)
3838"Unmarked Grave"Ted PostDavid Victor and Herbert Little, Jr.August 18, 1956 (1956-08-18)
3939"Alarm at Pleasant Valley"Ted PostJohn DunkelAugust 25, 1956 (1956-08-25)


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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
401"Cow Doctor"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
September 8, 1956 (1956-09-08)
412"Brush at Elkader"Ted PostScreenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
September 15, 1956 (1956-09-15)
423"Custer"Ted PostScreenplay: Gil Doud
Story: John Meston
September 22, 1956 (1956-09-22)
434"The Round Up"Ted PostScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
September 29, 1956 (1956-09-29)
445"Young Man with a Gun"Christian NybyScreenplay: Winston Miller
Story: John Meston
October 20, 1956 (1956-10-20)
456"Indian White"Ted PostScreenplay: David Victor and Herbert Little Jr.
Story: Tom Hanley Jr.
October 27, 1956 (1956-10-27)
467"How to Cure a Friend"Ted PostScreenplay: Winston Miller
Story: John Meston
November 10, 1956 (1956-11-10)
478"Legal Revenge"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
November 17, 1956 (1956-11-17)
489"The Mistake"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: Gil Doud
Story: John Meston
November 24, 1956 (1956-11-24)
4910"Greater Love"Ted PostScreenplay: Winston Miller
Story: John Meston
December 1, 1956 (1956-12-01)
5011"No Indians"Ted PostScreenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
December 8, 1956 (1956-12-08)
5112"Spring Term"Ted PostScreenplay: William F. Leicester
Story: John Meston
December 15, 1956 (1956-12-15)
5213"Poor Pearl"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
December 22, 1956 (1956-12-22)
5314"Cholera"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
December 29, 1956 (1956-12-29)
5415"Pucket's New Year"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 5, 1957 (1957-01-05)
5516"The Cover Up"William D. RussellScreenplay: William N. Robson
Story: John Meston
January 12, 1957 (1957-01-12)
5617"Sins of the Father"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: John Dunkel
Story: John Meston
January 19, 1957 (1957-01-19)
5718"Kick Me"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: Endre Bohem and Louis Vittes
Story: John Meston
January 26, 1957 (1957-01-26)
5819"Executioner"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: Gil Doud
Story: John Meston
February 2, 1957 (1957-02-02)
5920"Gone Straight"Ted PostScreenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
February 9, 1957 (1957-02-09)
6021"Bloody Hands"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonFebruary 16, 1957 (1957-02-16)
6122"Skid Row"Ted PostScreenplay: Gil Doud
Story: John Meston
February 23, 1957 (1957-02-23)
6223"Sweet and Sour"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMarch 2, 1957 (1957-03-02)
6324"Cain"Ted PostJohn MestonMarch 9, 1957 (1957-03-09)
6425"Bureaucrat"Ted PostStory: John Meston
Teleplay: William F. Leicester
March 16, 1957 (1957-03-16)
6526"Last Fling"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMarch 23, 1957 (1957-03-23)
6627"Chester's Murder"Ted PostJohn MestonMarch 30, 1957 (1957-03-30)
6728"The Photographer"William D. RussellJohn DunkelApril 6, 1957 (1957-04-06)
6829"Wrong Man"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 13, 1957 (1957-04-13)
6930"Big Girl Lost"Ted PostJohn MestonApril 20, 1957 (1957-04-20)
7031"What the Whiskey Drummer Heard"Andrew V. McLaglenStory: John Meston
Teleplay: Gil Doud
April 27, 1957 (1957-04-27)
7132"Cheap Labor"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMay 4, 1957 (1957-05-04)
7233"Moon"William D. RussellJohn MestonMay 11, 1957 (1957-05-11)
7334"Who Lives by the Sword"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMay 18, 1957 (1957-05-18)
7435"Uncle Oliver"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMay 25, 1957 (1957-05-25)
7536"Daddy-O"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJune 1, 1957 (1957-06-01)
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)
7738"Liar from Blackhawk"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJune 22, 1957 (1957-06-22)
7839"Jealousy"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
June 29, 1957 (1957-06-29)


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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
791"Crack-Up"Ted PostJohn MestonSeptember 14, 1957 (1957-09-14)
802"Gun for Chester"Louis KingJohn MestonSeptember 21, 1957 (1957-09-21)
813"Blood Money"Louis KingJohn MestonSeptember 28, 1957 (1957-09-28)
824"Kitty's Outlaw"Andrew V. McLaglenScreenplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Meston
October 5, 1957 (1957-10-05)
835"Potato Road"Ted PostJohn MestonOctober 12, 1957 (1957-10-12)
846"Jesse"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 19, 1957 (1957-10-19)
857"Mavis McCloud"Buzz KulikScreenplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Meston
October 26, 1957 (1957-10-26)
868"Born to Hang"Buzz KulikJohn MestonNovember 2, 1957 (1957-11-02)
879"Romeo"Ted PostJohn MestonNovember 9, 1957 (1957-11-09)
8810"Never Pester Chester"Richard WhorfJohn MestonNovember 16, 1957 (1957-11-16)
8911"Fingered"James SheldonJohn MestonNovember 23, 1957 (1957-11-23)
9012"How to Kill a Woman"John RichScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
November 30, 1957 (1957-11-30)
9113"Cows and Cribs"Richard WhorfScreenplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Meston
December 7, 1957 (1957-12-07)
9214"Doc's Reward"Richard WhorfJohn MestonDecember 14, 1957 (1957-12-14)
9315"Kitty Lost"Ted PostJohn MestonDecember 21, 1957 (1957-12-21)
9416"Twelfth Night"John RichJohn MestonDecember 28, 1957 (1957-12-28)
9517"Joe Phy"Ted PostJohn MestonJanuary 4, 1958 (1958-01-04)
9618"Buffalo Man"Ted PostScreenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
January 11, 1958 (1958-01-11)
9719"Kitty Caught"Richard WhorfJohn MestonJanuary 18, 1958 (1958-01-18)
9820"Claustrophobia"Ted PostJohn MestonJanuary 25, 1958 (1958-01-25)
9921"Ma Tennis"Buzz KulikJohn MestonFebruary 1, 1958 (1958-02-01)
10022"Sunday Supplement"Richard WhorfJohn MestonFebruary 8, 1958 (1958-02-08)
10123"Wild West"Richard WhorfJohn MestonFebruary 15, 1958 (1958-02-15)
10224"The Cabin"John RichJohn MestonFebruary 22, 1958 (1958-02-22)
10325"Dirt"Ted PostScreenplay: Sam Peckinpah
Story: John Meston
March 1, 1958 (1958-03-01)
10426"Dooley Surrenders"John RichJohn MestonMarch 8, 1958 (1958-03-08)
10527"Joke's on Us"Ted PostJohn MestonMarch 15, 1958 (1958-03-15)
10628"Bottleman"John RichJohn MestonMarch 22, 1958 (1958-03-22)
10729"Laughing Gas"Ted PostJames FondaMarch 29, 1958 (1958-03-29)
10830"Texas Cowboys"John RichJohn MestonApril 5, 1958 (1958-04-05)
10931"Amy's Good Deed"John RichScreenplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Meston
April 12, 1958 (1958-04-12)
11032"Hanging Man"John RichJohn MestonApril 19, 1958 (1958-04-19)
11133"Innocent Broad"John RichScreenplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Meston
April 26, 1958 (1958-04-26)
11234"The Big Con"John RichJohn MestonMay 3, 1958 (1958-05-03)
11335"Widow's Mite"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 10, 1958 (1958-05-10)
11436"Chester's Hanging"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 17, 1958 (1958-05-17)
11537"Carmen"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 24, 1958 (1958-05-24)
11638"Overland Express"Seymour BernsJohn MestonMay 31, 1958 (1958-05-31)
11739"The Gentleman"Ted PostJohn MestonJune 7, 1958 (1958-06-07)


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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1181"Matt for Murder"Richard WhorfJohn MestonSeptember 13, 1958 (1958-09-13)
1192"The Patsy"Richard WhorfTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
September 20, 1958 (1958-09-20)
1203"Gunsmuggler"Richard WhorfTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
September 27, 1958 (1958-09-27)
1214"Monopoly"Seymour BernsScreenplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
October 4, 1958 (1958-10-04)
1225"Letter of the Law"Richard WhorfTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
October 11, 1958 (1958-10-11)
1236"Thoroughbreds"Richard WhorfJohn MestonOctober 18, 1958 (1958-10-18)
1247"Stage Hold-Up"Ted PostTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
October 25, 1958 (1958-10-25)
1258"Lost Rifle"Richard WhorfJohn MestonNovember 1, 1958 (1958-11-01)
1269"Land Deal"Ted PostTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
November 8, 1958 (1958-11-08)
12710"Lynching Man"Richard WhorfJohn MestonNovember 15, 1958 (1958-11-15)
12811"How to Kill a Friend"Richard WhorfJohn MestonNovember 22, 1958 (1958-11-22)
12912"Grass"Richard WhorfJohn MestonNovember 29, 1958 (1958-11-29)
13013"The Cast"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonDecember 6, 1958 (1958-12-06)
13114"Robber Bridegroom"Richard WhorfJohn MestonDecember 13, 1958 (1958-12-13)
13215"Snakebite"Ted PostJohn MestonDecember 20, 1958 (1958-12-20)
13316"Gypsum Hills Feud"Richard WhorfTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
December 27, 1958 (1958-12-27)
13417"Young Love"Seymour BernsJohn MestonJanuary 3, 1959 (1959-01-03)
13518"Marshal Proudfoot"Jesse HibbsStory: Tom Hanley
Teleplay: John Meston
January 10, 1959 (1959-01-10)
13619"Passive Resistance"Ted PostJohn MestonJanuary 17, 1959 (1959-01-17)
13720"Love of a Good Woman"Arthur HillerTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
January 24, 1959 (1959-01-24)
13821"Jayhawkers"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 31, 1959 (1959-01-31)
13922"Kitty's Rebellion"Jesse HibbsStory: Marian Clark
Teleplay: John Meston
February 7, 1959 (1959-02-07)
14023"Sky"Ted PostTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
February 14, 1959 (1959-02-14)
14124"Doc Quits"Edward LudlumJohn MestonFebruary 21, 1959 (1959-02-21)
14225"The Bear"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonFebruary 28, 1959 (1959-02-28)
14326"The Coward"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonMarch 7, 1959 (1959-03-07)
14427"The F.U."Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMarch 14, 1959 (1959-03-14)
14528"Wind"Arthur HillerJohn MestonMarch 21, 1959 (1959-03-21)
14629"Fawn"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 4, 1959 (1959-04-04)
14730"Renegade White"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: Les Crutchfield
Story: John Meston
April 11, 1959 (1959-04-11)
14831"Murder Warrant"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 18, 1959 (1959-04-18)
14932"Change of Heart"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 25, 1959 (1959-04-25)
15033"Buffalo Hunter"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 2, 1959 (1959-05-02)
15134"The Choice"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 9, 1959 (1959-05-09)
15235"There Never Was a Horse"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMay 16, 1959 (1959-05-16)
15336"Print Asper"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 23, 1959 (1959-05-23)
15437"The Constable"Arthur HillerJohn MestonMay 30, 1959 (1959-05-30)
15538"Blue Horse"Andrew V. McLaglen and Ted PostStory: Marian Clark
Teleplay: John Meston
June 6, 1959 (1959-06-06)
15639"Cheyennes"Ted PostJohn MestonJune 13, 1959 (1959-06-13)


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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1571"Target"Andrew V. McLaglenStory: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
September 5, 1959 (1959-09-05)
1582"Kitty's Injury"Buzz KulikStory: Marian Clark
Teleplay: John Meston
September 19, 1959 (1959-09-19)
1593"Horse Deal"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonSeptember 26, 1959 (1959-09-26)
1604"Johnny Red"Buzz KulikStory: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
October 3, 1959 (1959-10-03)
1615"Tail to the Wind"Christian NybyStory: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
October 10, 1959 (1959-10-10)
1626"Annie Oakley"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonOctober 17, 1959 (1959-10-17)
1637"Kangaroo"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 24, 1959 (1959-10-24)
1648"Saludos"Andrew V. McLaglenStory: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
October 31, 1959 (1959-10-31)
1659"Brother Whelp"R.G. SpringsteenStory: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
November 7, 1959 (1959-11-07)
16610"The Boots"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonNovember 14, 1959 (1959-11-14)
16711"Odd Man Out"Andrew V. McLaglenStory: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
November 21, 1959 (1959-11-21)
16812"Miguel's Daughter"Andrew V. McLaglenStory: Marian Clark
Teleplay: John Meston
November 28, 1959 (1959-11-28)
16913"Box o' Rocks"R.G. SpringsteenLes CrutchfieldDecember 5, 1959 (1959-12-05)
17014"False Witness"Ted PostTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
December 12, 1959 (1959-12-12)
17115"Tag, You're It"Jesse HibbsLes CrutchfieldDecember 19, 1959 (1959-12-19)
17216"Thick 'n' Thin"Stuart HeislerStory: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
December 26, 1959 (1959-12-26)
17317"Groat's Grudge"Andrew V. McLaglenStory: Marian Clark
Teleplay: John Meston
January 2, 1960 (1960-01-02)
17418"Big Tom"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
January 9, 1960 (1960-01-09)
17519"Till Death Do Us"Jean YarbroughLes CrutchfieldJanuary 16, 1960 (1960-01-16)
17620"The Tragedian"Arthur HillerTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Les Crutchfield
January 23, 1960 (1960-01-23)
17721"Hinka Do"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldJanuary 30, 1960 (1960-01-30)
17822"Doc Judge"Arthur HillerJohn MestonFebruary 6, 1960 (1960-02-06)
17923"Moo Moo Raid"Andrew V. McLaglenStory: Les Crutchfield
Teleplay: John Meston
February 13, 1960 (1960-02-13)
18024"Kitty's Killing"Arthur HillerTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
February 20, 1960 (1960-02-20)
18125"Jailbait Janet"Jesse HibbsLes CrutchfieldFebruary 27, 1960 (1960-02-27)
18226"Unwanted Deputy"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
March 5, 1960 (1960-03-05)
18327"Where'd They Go"Jesse HibbsTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Les Crutchfield
March 12, 1960 (1960-03-12)
18428"Crowbait Bob"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldMarch 26, 1960 (1960-03-26)
18529"Colleen So Green"Jean YarbroughTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Les Crutchfield
April 2, 1960 (1960-04-02)
18630"The Ex-Urbanites"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 9, 1960 (1960-04-09)
18731"I Thee Wed"Jesse HibbsTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Les Crutchfield
April 16, 1960 (1960-04-16)
18832"The Lady Killer"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 23, 1960 (1960-04-23)
18933"Gentleman's Disagreement"Jesse HibbsLes CrutchfieldApril 30, 1960 (1960-04-30)
19034"Speak Me Fair"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldMay 7, 1960 (1960-05-07)
19135"Belle's Back"Jesse HibbsLes CrutchfieldMay 14, 1960 (1960-05-14)
19236"The Bobsy Twins"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonMay 21, 1960 (1960-05-21)
19337"Old Flame"Jesse HibbsTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
May 28, 1960 (1960-05-28)
19438"The Deserter"Arthur HillerTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
June 4, 1960 (1960-06-04)
19539"Cherry Red"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldJune 11, 1960 (1960-06-11)


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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1961"Friend's Pay-Off"Jesse HibbsTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
September 3, 1960 (1960-09-03)
1972"The Blacksmith"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Norman MacDonnell
September 17, 1960 (1960-09-17)
1983"Small Water"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonSeptember 24, 1960 (1960-09-24)
1994"Say Uncle"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 1, 1960 (1960-10-01)
2005"Shooting Stopover"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
October 8, 1960 (1960-10-08)
2016"The Peace Officer"Jesse HibbsTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Norman MacDonnell
October 15, 1960 (1960-10-15)
2027"Don Matteo"Jesse HibbsTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
October 22, 1960 (1960-10-22)
2038"The Worm"Arthur HillerJohn MestonOctober 29, 1960 (1960-10-29)
2049"The Badge"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
November 12, 1960 (1960-11-12)
20510"Distant Drummer"Arthur HillerTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
November 19, 1960 (1960-11-19)
20611"Ben Tolliver's Stud"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Norman MacDonnell
November 26, 1960 (1960-11-26)
20712"No Chip"Jean YarbroughJohn MestonDecember 3, 1960 (1960-12-03)
20813"The Wake"Gerald MayerJohn MestonDecember 10, 1960 (1960-12-10)
20914"The Cook"Ted PostJohn MestonDecember 17, 1960 (1960-12-17)
21015"Old Fool"Ted PostJohn MestonDecember 24, 1960 (1960-12-24)
21116"Brother Love"Franklin AdreonJohn MestonDecember 31, 1960 (1960-12-31)
21217"Bad Sheriff"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 7, 1961 (1961-01-07)
21318"Unloaded Gun"Jesse HibbsTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
January 14, 1961 (1961-01-14)
21419"Tall Trapper"Harry Harris Jr.Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
January 21, 1961 (1961-01-21)
21520"Love Thy Neighbor"Dennis WeaverJohn MestonJanuary 28, 1961 (1961-01-28)
21621"Bad Seed"Harry HarrisTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Norman MacDonnell
February 4, 1961 (1961-02-04)
21722"Kitty Shot"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonFebruary 11, 1961 (1961-02-11)
21823"About Chester"Alan Crosland Jr.Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Frank Paris
February 25, 1961 (1961-02-25)
21924"Harriet"Gene Fowler Jr.John MestonMarch 4, 1961 (1961-03-04)
22025"Potshot"Harry Harris Jr.John MestonMarch 11, 1961 (1961-03-11)
22126"Old Faces"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMarch 18, 1961 (1961-03-18)
22227"Big Man"Gerald MayerJohn MestonMarch 25, 1961 (1961-03-25)
22328"Little Girl"Dennis WeaverTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Kathleen Hite
April 1, 1961 (1961-04-01)
22429"Stolen Horses"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Norman MacDonnell
April 8, 1961 (1961-04-08)
22530"Minnie"Harry HarrisJohn MestonApril 15, 1961 (1961-04-15)
22631"Bless Me Till I Die"Ted PostTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Ray Kemper
April 22, 1961 (1961-04-22)
22732"Long Hours, Short Pay"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 29, 1961 (1961-04-29)
22833"Hard Virtue"Dennis WeaverJohn MestonMay 6, 1961 (1961-05-06)
22934"The Imposter"Byron PaulTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Kathleen Hite
May 13, 1961 (1961-05-13)
23035"Chester's Dilemma"Ted PostTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Vic Perrin
May 20, 1961 (1961-05-20)
23136"The Love of Money"Ted PostJohn MestonMay 27, 1961 (1961-05-27)
23237"Melinda Miles"William D. FarallaJohn MestonJune 3, 1961 (1961-06-03)
23338"Colorado Sheriff"Jesse HibbsJohn MestonJune 17, 1961 (1961-06-17)


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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
2341"Perce"Harry HarrisJohn MestonSeptember 30, 1961 (1961-09-30)
2352"Old Yellow Boots"Ted PostJohn MestonOctober 7, 1961 (1961-10-07)
2363"Miss Kitty"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteOctober 14, 1961 (1961-10-14)
2374"Harper's Blood"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 21, 1961 (1961-10-21)
2385"All That"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 28, 1961 (1961-10-28)
2396"Long, Long Trail"Andrew V. McLaglenKathleen HiteNovember 4, 1961 (1961-11-04)
2407"The Squaw"Gerald MayerJohn DunkelNovember 11, 1961 (1961-11-11)
2418"Chesterland"Ted PostKathleen HiteNovember 18, 1961 (1961-11-18)
2429"Milly"Richard WhorfTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Hal Moffett
November 25, 1961 (1961-11-25)
24310"Indian Ford"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn DunkelDecember 2, 1961 (1961-12-02)
24411"Apprentice Doc"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteDecember 9, 1961 (1961-12-09)
24512"Nina's Revenge"Tay GarnettJohn MestonDecember 16, 1961 (1961-12-16)
24613"Marry Me"Dennis WeaverKathleen HiteDecember 23, 1961 (1961-12-23)
24714"A Man a Day"Harry HarrisJohn MestonDecember 30, 1961 (1961-12-30)
24815"The Do-Badder"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 6, 1962 (1962-01-06)
24916"Lacey"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteJanuary 13, 1962 (1962-01-13)
25017"Cody's Code"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 20, 1962 (1962-01-20)
25118"Old Dan"Andrew V. McLaglenKathleen HiteJanuary 27, 1962 (1962-01-27)
25219"Catawomper"Harry HarrisTeleplay: John Meston
Story: James Favor
February 10, 1962 (1962-02-10)
25320"Half Straight"Ted PostJohn MestonFebruary 17, 1962 (1962-02-17)
25421"He Learned About Women"Tay GarnettTeleplay: John Meston
Story: John Rosser
February 24, 1962 (1962-02-24)
25522"The Gallows"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMarch 3, 1962 (1962-03-03)
25623"Reprisal"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMarch 10, 1962 (1962-03-10)
25724"Coventry"Christian NybyJohn MestonMarch 17, 1962 (1962-03-17)
25825"The Widow"Ted PostJohn DunkelMarch 24, 1962 (1962-03-24)
25926"Durham Bull"Harry HarrisTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Jack Shettlesworth
March 31, 1962 (1962-03-31)
26027"Wagon Girls"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 7, 1962 (1962-04-07)
26128"The Dealer"Harry HarrisTelevision Story and Teleplay: John Dunkel
Based on a Story by: Les Crutchfield
April 14, 1962 (1962-04-14)
26229"The Summons"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: Marian Clark
April 21, 1962 (1962-04-21)
26330"The Dreamers"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 28, 1962 (1962-04-28)
26431"Cale"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteMay 5, 1962 (1962-05-05)
26532"Chester's Indian"Joseph SargentKathleen HiteMay 12, 1962 (1962-05-12)
26633"The Prisoner"Andrew V. McLaglenRobert E. ThompsonMay 19, 1962 (1962-05-19)
26734"The Boys"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMay 26, 1962 (1962-05-26)


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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
2681"The Search"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteSeptember 15, 1962 (1962-09-15)
2692"Call Me Dodie"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteSeptember 22, 1962 (1962-09-22)
2703"Quint Asper Comes Home"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonSeptember 29, 1962 (1962-09-29)
2714"Root Down"Sobey MartinKathleen HiteOctober 6, 1962 (1962-10-06)
2725"Jenny"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 13, 1962 (1962-10-13)
2736"Collie's Free"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteOctober 20, 1962 (1962-10-20)
2747"The Ditch"Harry HarrisLes CrutchfieldOctober 27, 1962 (1962-10-27)
2758"The Trappers"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn DunkelNovember 3, 1962 (1962-11-03)
2769"Phoebe Strunk"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonNovember 10, 1962 (1962-11-10)
27710"The Hunger"Harry HarrisJack CurtisNovember 17, 1962 (1962-11-17)
27811"Abe Blocker"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonNovember 24, 1962 (1962-11-24)
27912"The Way It Is"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteDecember 1, 1962 (1962-12-01)
28013"Us Haggens"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldDecember 8, 1962 (1962-12-08)
28114"Uncle Sunday"Joseph SargentJohn MestonDecember 15, 1962 (1962-12-15)
28215"False Front"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Story: Hal Moffett
December 22, 1962 (1962-12-22)
28316"Old Comrade"Harry HarrisJohn DunkelDecember 29, 1962 (1962-12-29)
28417"Louis Pheeters"Harry HarrisJohn MestonJanuary 5, 1963 (1963-01-05)
28518"The Renegades"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonJanuary 12, 1963 (1963-01-12)
28619"Cotter's Girl"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteJanuary 19, 1963 (1963-01-19)
28720"The Bad One"Charles MartinGwen BagniJanuary 26, 1963 (1963-01-26)
28821"The Cousin"Harry HarrisTeleplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: Marian Clark
February 2, 1963 (1963-02-02)
28922"Shona"Ted PostJohn MestonFebruary 9, 1963 (1963-02-09)
29023"Ash"Harry HarrisJohn MestonFebruary 16, 1963 (1963-02-16)
29124"Blind Man's Bluff"Ted PostJohn MestonFebruary 23, 1963 (1963-02-23)
29225"Quint's Indian"Fred Jackman, Jr.Teleplay: John Meston
Story: Marian Clark
March 2, 1963 (1963-03-02)
29326"Anybody Can Kill a Marshal"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteMarch 9, 1963 (1963-03-09)
29427"Two of a Kind"Andrew V. McLaglenMerwin GerardMarch 16, 1963 (1963-03-16)
29528"I Call Him Wonder"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteMarch 23, 1963 (1963-03-23)
29629"With a Smile"Andrew V. McLaglenTeleplay: John Meston
Based on a story by: Bud Furillo & George Main
March 30, 1963 (1963-03-30)
29730"The Far Places"Harry HarrisJohn DunkelApril 6, 1963 (1963-04-06)
29831"Panacea Sykes"William ConradKathleen HiteApril 13, 1963 (1963-04-13)
29932"Tell Chester"Joseph SargentFrank ParisApril 20, 1963 (1963-04-20)
30033"Quint-Cident"Andrew V. McLaglenKathleen HiteApril 27, 1963 (1963-04-27)
30134"Old York"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMay 4, 1963 (1963-05-04)
30235"Daddy Went Away"Joseph SargentTeleplay: Kathleen Hite
Story: John Rosser
May 11, 1963 (1963-05-11)
30336"The Odyssey of Jubal Tanner"Andrew V. McLaglenPaul SavageMay 18, 1963 (1963-05-18)
30437"Jeb"Harry HarrisPaul SavageMay 25, 1963 (1963-05-25)
30538"The Quest for Asa Janin"Andrew V. McLaglenPaul SavageJune 1, 1963 (1963-06-01)


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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
3061"Kate Heller"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteSeptember 28, 1963 (1963-09-28)
3072"Lover Boy"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 5, 1963 (1963-10-05)
3083"Legends Don't Sleep"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteOctober 12, 1963 (1963-10-12)
3094"Tobe"John EnglishPaul SavageOctober 19, 1963 (1963-10-19)
3105"Easy Come"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonOctober 26, 1963 (1963-10-26)
3116"My Sister's Keeper"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteNovember 2, 1963 (1963-11-02)
3127"Quint's Trail"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteNovember 9, 1963 (1963-11-09)
3138"Carter Caper"Jerry HopperJohn MestonNovember 16, 1963 (1963-11-16)
3149"Ex-Con"Thomas CarrJohn MestonNovember 30, 1963 (1963-11-30)
31510"Extradition: Part 1"John EnglishAntony EllisDecember 7, 1963 (1963-12-07)
31611"Extradition: Part 2"John EnglishAntony EllisDecember 14, 1963 (1963-12-14)
31712"The Magician"Harry HarrisJohn KneubuhlDecember 21, 1963 (1963-12-21)
31813"Pa Hack's Brood"Jerry HopperPaul SavageDecember 28, 1963 (1963-12-28)
31914"The Glory and the Mud"Jerry HopperGwen BagniJanuary 4, 1964 (1964-01-04)
32015"Dry Well"Harry HarrisJohn MestonJanuary 11, 1964 (1964-01-11)
32116"Prairie Wolfer"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn DunkelJanuary 18, 1964 (1964-01-18)
32217"Friend"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteJanuary 25, 1964 (1964-01-25)
32318"Once a Haggen"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldFebruary 1, 1964 (1964-02-01)
32419"No Hands"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonFebruary 8, 1964 (1964-02-08)
32520"May Blossoms"Andrew V. McLaglenKathleen HiteFebruary 15, 1964 (1964-02-15)
32621"The Bassops"Andrew V. McLaglenTom HanleyFebruary 22, 1964 (1964-02-22)
32722"The Kite"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonFebruary 29, 1964 (1964-02-29)
32823"Comanches Is Soft"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteMarch 7, 1964 (1964-03-07)
32924"Father's Love"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMarch 14, 1964 (1964-03-14)
33025"Now That April's Here"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldMarch 21, 1964 (1964-03-21)
33126"Caleb"Harry HarrisPaul SavageMarch 28, 1964 (1964-03-28)
33227"Owney Tupper Had a Daughter"Jerry HopperPaul SavageApril 4, 1964 (1964-04-04)
33328"Bently"Harry HarrisJohn KneubuhlApril 11, 1964 (1964-04-11)
33429"Kitty Cornered"John BrahmKathleen HiteApril 18, 1964 (1964-04-18)
33530"The Promoter"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonApril 25, 1964 (1964-04-25)
33631"Trip West"Harry HarrisJohn DunkelMay 2, 1964 (1964-05-02)
33732"Scot Free"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteMay 9, 1964 (1964-05-09)
33833"The Warden"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldMay 16, 1964 (1964-05-16)
33934"Homecoming"Harry HarrisShimon WincelbergMay 23, 1964 (1964-05-23)
34035"The Other Half"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn DunkelMay 30, 1964 (1964-05-30)
34136"Journey for Three"Harry HarrisFrank ParisJune 6, 1964 (1964-06-06)


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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
3421"Blue Heaven"Michael O'HerlihyLes CrutchfieldSeptember 26, 1964 (1964-09-26)
3432"Crooked Mile"Andrew V. McLaglenLes CrutchfieldOctober 3, 1964 (1964-10-03)
3443"Old Man"Harry HarrisJohn MestonOctober 10, 1964 (1964-10-10)
3454"The Violators"Harry HarrisJohn DunkelOctober 17, 1964 (1964-10-17)
3465"Doctor's Wife"Harry HarrisGeorge EcksteinOctober 24, 1964 (1964-10-24)
3476"Take Her, She's Cheap"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteOctober 31, 1964 (1964-10-31)
3487"Help Me, Kitty"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteNovember 7, 1964 (1964-11-07)
3498"Hung High"Mark RydellJohn MestonNovember 14, 1964 (1964-11-14)
3509"Jonah Hutchinson"Harry HarrisCalvin Clements, Sr.November 21, 1964 (1964-11-21)
35110"Big Man, Big Target"Michael O'HerlihyJohn MantleyNovember 28, 1964 (1964-11-28)
35211"Chicken"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonDecember 5, 1964 (1964-12-05)
35312"Innocence"Harry HarrisJohn MestonDecember 12, 1964 (1964-12-12)
35413"Aunt Thede"Sutton RoleyKathleen HiteDecember 19, 1964 (1964-12-19)
35514"Hammerhead"Christian NybyAntony EllisDecember 26, 1964 (1964-12-26)
35615"Double Entry"Joseph SargentLes CrutchfieldJanuary 2, 1965 (1965-01-02)
35716"Run, Sheep, Run"Harry HarrisJohn MestonJanuary 9, 1965 (1965-01-09)
35817"Deputy Festus"Harry HarrisCalvin Clements, Sr.January 16, 1965 (1965-01-16)
35918"One Killer on Ice"Joseph H. LewisRichard CarrJanuary 23, 1965 (1965-01-23)
36019"Chief Joseph"Mark RydellTeleplay: Clyde Ware
Story: Thomas Warner
January 30, 1965 (1965-01-30)
36120"Circus Trick"William F. ClaxtonLes CrutchfieldFebruary 6, 1965 (1965-02-06)
36221"Song for Dying"Allen ReisnerHarry KronmanFebruary 13, 1965 (1965-02-13)
36322"Winner Take All"Vincent McEveetyLes CrutchfieldFebruary 20, 1965 (1965-02-20)
36423"Eliab's Aim"Richard C. SarafianWill CorryFebruary 27, 1965 (1965-02-27)
36524"Thursday's Child"Joseph H. LewisRobert LewinMarch 6, 1965 (1965-03-06)
36625"Breckinridge"Vincent McEveetyLes CrutchfieldMarch 13, 1965 (1965-03-13)
36726"Bank Baby"Andrew V. McLaglenJohn MestonMarch 20, 1965 (1965-03-20)
36827"The Lady"Mark RydellJohn MantleyMarch 27, 1965 (1965-03-27)
36928"Dry Road to Nowhere"Vincent McEveetyHarry KronmanApril 3, 1965 (1965-04-03)
37029"Twenty Miles from Dodge"Mark RydellClyde WareApril 10, 1965 (1965-04-10)
37130"The Pariah"Harry HarrisCalvin Clements, Sr.April 17, 1965 (1965-04-17)
37231"Gilt Guilt"Harry HarrisKathleen HiteApril 24, 1965 (1965-04-24)
37332"Bad Lady from Brookline"Michael O'HerlihyGustave FieldMay 1, 1965 (1965-05-01)
37433"Two Tall Men"Vincent McEveetyFrank Q. Dobbs & Robert Stewart, Jr.May 8, 1965 (1965-05-08)
37534"Honey Pot"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMay 15, 1965 (1965-05-15)
37635"The New Society"Joseph SargentCalvin Clements, Sr.May 22, 1965 (1965-05-22)
37736"He Who Steals"Harry HarrisJohn MestonMay 29, 1965 (1965-05-29)


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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
3781"Seven Hours to Dawn"Vincent McEveetyClyde WareSeptember 18, 1965 (1965-09-18)
3792"The Storm"Joseph SargentPaul SavageSeptember 25, 1965 (1965-09-25)
3803"Clayton Thaddeus Greenwood"Joseph SargentCalvin Clements, Sr.October 2, 1965 (1965-10-02)
3814"Ten Little Indians"Mark RydellGeorge EcksteinOctober 9, 1965 (1965-10-09)
3825"Taps for Old Jeb"James SheldonLes CrutchfieldOctober 16, 1965 (1965-10-16)
3836"Kioga"Harry HarrisRobert LewinOctober 23, 1965 (1965-10-23)
3847"The Bounty Hunter"Harry HarrisPaul SavageOctober 30, 1965 (1965-10-30)
3858"The Reward"Marc DanielsGilbert Ralston, Scott Hunt & Beth KeeleNovember 6, 1965 (1965-11-06)
3869"Malachi"Gary NelsonWilliam PutmanNovember 13, 1965 (1965-11-13)
38710"The Pretender"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.November 20, 1965 (1965-11-20)
38811"South Wind"Allen ReisnerJack BartlettNovember 27, 1965 (1965-11-27)
38912"The Hostage"Vincent McEveetyTeleplay: Clyde Ware
Story: Jo Ann Johnson
December 4, 1965 (1965-12-04)
39013"Outlaw's Woman"Mark RydellClyde WareDecember 11, 1965 (1965-12-11)
39114"The Avengers"Vincent McEveetyDonn MullallyDecember 18, 1965 (1965-12-18)
39215"Gold Mine"Abner BibermanScott Hunt & Beth KeeleDecember 25, 1965 (1965-12-25)
39316"Death Watch"Mark RydellCalvin Clements, Sr.January 8, 1966 (1966-01-08)
39417"Sweet Billy, Singer of Songs"Alvin GanzerGustave FieldJanuary 15, 1966 (1966-01-15)
39518"The Raid: Part 1"Vincent McEveetyClyde WareJanuary 22, 1966 (1966-01-22)
39619"The Raid: Part 2"Vincent McEveetyClyde WareJanuary 29, 1966 (1966-01-29)
39720"Killer at Large"Marc DanielsCalvin Clements, Sr.February 5, 1966 (1966-02-05)
39821"My Father's Guitar"Robert TottenHal SitowitzFebruary 12, 1966 (1966-02-12)
39922"Wishbone"Marc DanielsPaul SavageFebruary 19, 1966 (1966-02-19)
40023"Sanctuary"Harry HarrisCalvin Clements, Sr.February 26, 1966 (1966-02-26)
40124"Honor Before Justice"Harry HarrisTeleplay: Frank Q. Dobbs
Story: Frank Q. Dobbs & Robert Stewart, Jr.
March 5, 1966 (1966-03-05)
40225"The Brothers"Tay GarnettTom HanleyMarch 12, 1966 (1966-03-12)
40326"Which Dr."Peter GravesLes CrutchfieldMarch 19, 1966 (1966-03-19)
40427"Harvest"Harry HarrisLes CrutchfieldMarch 26, 1966 (1966-03-26)
40528"By Line"Allen ReisnerLes CrutchfieldApril 9, 1966 (1966-04-09)
40629"Treasure of John Walking Fox"Marc DanielsTeleplay: Clyde Ware
Story: Leo Bagby
April 16, 1966 (1966-04-16)
40730"My Father, My Son"Robert TottenHal SitowitzApril 23, 1966 (1966-04-23)
40831"Parson Comes to Town"Marc DanielsVerne JayApril 30, 1966 (1966-04-30)
40932"Prime of Life"Robert TottenDaniel B. UllmanMay 7, 1966 (1966-05-07)


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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
4101"Snap Decision"Mark RydellRichard CarrSeptember 17, 1966 (1966-09-17)
4112"The Goldtakers"Vincent McEveetyClyde WareSeptember 24, 1966 (1966-09-24)
4123"The Jailer"Vincent McEveetyHal SitowitzOctober 1, 1966 (1966-10-01)
4134"The Mission"Mark RydellRichard CarrOctober 8, 1966 (1966-10-08)
4145"The Good People"Robert TottenJames LandisOctober 15, 1966 (1966-10-15)
4156"Gunfighter, R.I.P."Mark RydellStory: Michael Fisher
Teleplay: Hal Sitowitz
October 22, 1966 (1966-10-22)
4167"The Wrong Man"Robert TottenTeleplay: Clyde Ware
Story: Robert Lewin
October 29, 1966 (1966-10-29)
4178"The Whispering Tree"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.November 12, 1966 (1966-11-12)
4189"The Well"Marc DanielsFrancis M. CockrellNovember 19, 1966 (1966-11-19)
41910"Stage Stop"Irving J. MooreHal SitowitzNovember 26, 1966 (1966-11-26)
42011"The Newcomers"Robert TottenCalvin Clements, Sr.December 3, 1966 (1966-12-03)
42112"Quaker Girl"Bernard L. KowalskiPreston WoodDecember 10, 1966 (1966-12-10)
42213"The Moonstone"Richard A. CollaPaul SavageDecember 17, 1966 (1966-12-17)
42314"Champion of the World"Marc DanielsLes CrutchfieldDecember 24, 1966 (1966-12-24)
42415"The Hanging"Bernard L. KowalskiTeleplay: Calvin Clements, Sr.
Story: Calvin Clements, Jr.
December 31, 1966 (1966-12-31)
42516"Saturday Night"Robert TottenClyde WareJanuary 7, 1967 (1967-01-07)
42617"Mad Dog"Charles R. RondeauJay SimmsJanuary 14, 1967 (1967-01-14)
42718"Muley"Allen ReisnerLes CrutchfieldJanuary 21, 1967 (1967-01-21)
42819"Mail Drop"Robert TottenCalvin Clements, Sr.January 28, 1967 (1967-01-28)
42920"Old Friend"Allen ReisnerClyde WareFebruary 4, 1967 (1967-02-04)
43021"Fandango"James LandisDon IngallsFebruary 11, 1967 (1967-02-11)
43122"The Returning"Marc DanielsJames LandisFebruary 18, 1967 (1967-02-18)
43223"The Lure"Marc DanielsClyde WareFebruary 25, 1967 (1967-02-25)
43324"Noose of Gold"Irving J. MooreClyde WareMarch 4, 1967 (1967-03-04)
43425"The Favor"Marc DanielsDon IngallsMarch 11, 1967 (1967-03-11)
43526"Mistaken Identity"Robert TottenPaul Savage and Les CrutchfieldMarch 18, 1967 (1967-03-18)
43627"Ladies from St. Louis"Irving J. MooreClyde WareMarch 25, 1967 (1967-03-25)
43728"Nitro: Part 1"Robert TottenPreston WoodApril 8, 1967 (1967-04-08)
43829"Nitro: Part 2"Robert TottenPreston WoodApril 15, 1967 (1967-04-15)


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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
4391"The Wreckers"Robert TottenHal SitowitzSeptember 11, 1967 (1967-09-11)
4402"Cattle Barons"Gunnar HellströmClyde WareSeptember 18, 1967 (1967-09-18)
4413"The Prodigal"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.September 25, 1967 (1967-09-25)
4424"Vengeance: Part 1"Richard C. SarafianCalvin Clements, Sr.October 2, 1967 (1967-10-02)
4435"Vengeance: Part 2"Richard C. SarafianCalvin Clements, Sr.October 9, 1967 (1967-10-09)
4446"A Hat"Robert TottenRon BishopOctober 16, 1967 (1967-10-16)
4457"Hard Luck Henry"John RichWarren DouglasOctober 23, 1967 (1967-10-23)
4468"Major Glory"Robert TottenTeleplay: Richard Carr
Story: Clyde Ware and Richard Carr
October 30, 1967 (1967-10-30)
4479"The Pillagers"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.November 6, 1967 (1967-11-06)
44810"Prairie Wolfer"Robert ButlerCalvin Clements, Sr.November 13, 1967 (1967-11-13)
44911"Stranger in Town"E. Darrell HallenbeckTeleplay: John Dunkel
Story: Emily Mosher and John Dunkel
November 20, 1967 (1967-11-20)
45012"Death Train"Gunnar HellströmKen TreveyNovember 27, 1967 (1967-11-27)
45113"Rope Fever"David AlexanderChris RellasDecember 4, 1967 (1967-12-04)
45214"Wonder"Irving J. MooreTeleplay: William Blinn
Story: Mary Worrell and William Blinn
December 18, 1967 (1967-12-18)
45315"Baker's Dozen"Irving J. MooreCharles Joseph StoneDecember 25, 1967 (1967-12-25)
45416"The Victim"Vincent McEveetyTeleplay: Arthur Rowe
Story: Hal Sitowitz
January 1, 1968 (1968-01-01)
45517"Deadman's Law"John RichCalvin Clements, Jr.January 8, 1968 (1968-01-08)
45618"Nowhere to Run"Vincent McEveetyTeleplay: Ron Honthaner
Story: Robert Totten
January 15, 1968 (1968-01-15)
45719"Blood Money"Robert TottenHal SitowitzJanuary 22, 1968 (1968-01-22)
45820"Hill Girl"Robert TottenCalvin Clements, Sr.January 29, 1968 (1968-01-29)
45921"The Gunrunners"
"Buffalo Man"
Irving J. MooreHal SitowitzFebruary 5, 1968 (1968-02-05)
46022"The Jackals"Alvin GanzerCalvin Clements, Jr.February 12, 1968 (1968-02-12)
461423"The First People"Robert TottenCalvin Clements, Sr.February 19, 1968 (1968-02-19)
46224"Mr. Sam'l"Gunnar HellströmHarry KronmanFebruary 26, 1968 (1968-02-26)
46325"A Noose for Dobie Price"Richard C. SarafianAntony EllisMarch 4, 1968 (1968-03-04)


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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
4641"Lyle's Kid"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.September 23, 1968 (1968-09-23)
4652"The Hide Cutters"Bernard McEveetyJack TurleySeptember 30, 1968 (1968-09-30)
4663"Zavala"Vincent McEveetyPaul SavageOctober 7, 1968 (1968-10-07)
4674"Uncle Finney"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.October 14, 1968 (1968-10-14)
4685"Slocum"Leo PennRon BishopOctober 21, 1968 (1968-10-21)
4696"O'Quillian"John RichRon BishopOctober 28, 1968 (1968-10-28)
4707"9:12 to Dodge"Marvin J. ChomskyPreston WoodNovember 11, 1968 (1968-11-11)
4718"Abelia"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.November 18, 1968 (1968-11-18)
4729"Railroad!"Marvin J. ChomskyArthur RoweNovember 25, 1968 (1968-11-25)
47310"The Miracle Man"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.December 2, 1968 (1968-12-02)
47411"Waco"Robert TottenRon BishopDecember 9, 1968 (1968-12-09)
47512"Lobo"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesDecember 16, 1968 (1968-12-16)
47613"Johnny Cross"Herschel DaughertyCalvin Clements, Sr.December 23, 1968 (1968-12-23)
47714"The Money Store"Vincent McEveetyWilliam BlinnDecember 30, 1968 (1968-12-30)
47815"The Twisted Heritage"Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Paul Savage and Arthur Rowe
Story: Robert Heverly and Jack Turley
January 6, 1969 (1969-01-06)
47916"Time of the Jackals"Vincent McEveetyTeleplay: Paul Savage and Richard Fielder
Story: Paul Savage
January 13, 1969 (1969-01-13)
48017"Mannon"Robert ButlerRon BishopJanuary 20, 1969 (1969-01-20)
48118"Gold Town"Gunnar HellströmCalvin Clements, Sr.January 27, 1969 (1969-01-27)
48219"The Mark of Cain"Vincent McEveetyRon BishopFebruary 3, 1969 (1969-02-03)
48320"Reprisal"Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Jack Hawn and Paul Savage
Story: Jack Hawn
February 10, 1969 (1969-02-10)
48421"The Long Night"John RichTeleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Richard Carr
February 17, 1969 (1969-02-17)
48522"The Night Riders"Irving J. MooreCalvin Clements, Sr.February 24, 1969 (1969-02-24)
48623"The Intruder"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesMarch 3, 1969 (1969-03-03)
48724"The Good Samaritans"Bernard McEveetyPaul SavageMarch 10, 1969 (1969-03-10)
48825"The Prisoner"Leo PennCalvin Clements, Sr.March 17, 1969 (1969-03-17)
48926"Exodus 21:22"Herschel DaughertyArthur RoweMarch 24, 1969 (1969-03-24)


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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
4901"The Devil's Outpost"Philip LeacockTeleplay: Bob Barbash and Jim Byrnes
Story: Bob Barbash
September 22, 1969 (1969-09-22)
4912"Stryker"Robert TottenHerman GrovesSeptember 29, 1969 (1969-09-29)
4923"Coreyville"Bernard McEveetyHerman GrovesOctober 6, 1969 (1969-10-06)
4934"Danny"Bernard McEveetyPreston WoodOctober 13, 1969 (1969-10-13)
4945"Hawk"Gunnar HellströmKay Lenard & Jess CarneolOctober 20, 1969 (1969-10-20)
4956"A Man Called Smith"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.October 27, 1969 (1969-10-27)
4967"Charlie Noon"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesNovember 3, 1969 (1969-11-03)
4978"The Still"Gunnar HellströmCalvin Clements, Sr.November 10, 1969 (1969-11-10)
4989"A Matter of Honor"Robert TottenJoy DexterNovember 17, 1969 (1969-11-17)
49910"The Innocent"Marvin J. ChomskyWalter BlackNovember 24, 1969 (1969-11-24)
50011"Ring of Darkness"Bernard McEveetyHoward DimsdaleDecember 1, 1969 (1969-12-01)
50112"MacGraw"Philip LeacockKay Lenard & Jess CarneolDecember 8, 1969 (1969-12-08)
50213"Roots of Fear"Philip LeacockArthur Browne, Jr.December 15, 1969 (1969-12-15)
50314"The Sisters"Philip LeacockWilliam KelleyDecember 29, 1969 (1969-12-29)
50415"The War Priest"Bernard McEveetyWilliam KelleyJanuary 5, 1970 (1970-01-05)
50516"The Pack Rat"Philip LeacockTeleplay: Arthur Browne, Jr. and Jim Byrnes
Story: Arthur Browne, Jr.
January 12, 1970 (1970-01-12)
50617"The Judas Gun"Vincent McEveetyHarry KronmanJanuary 19, 1970 (1970-01-19)
50718"Doctor Herman Schultz, M.D."Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Calvin Clements, Sr.
Story: Benny Rubin
January 26, 1970 (1970-01-26)
50819"The Badge"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesFebruary 2, 1970 (1970-02-02)
50920"Albert"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesFebruary 9, 1970 (1970-02-09)
51021"Kiowa"Bernard McEveetyRon BishopFebruary 16, 1970 (1970-02-16)
51122"Celia"Philip LeacockHarry KronmanFebruary 23, 1970 (1970-02-23)
51223"Morgan"Bernard McEveetyKay Lenard & Jess CarneolMarch 2, 1970 (1970-03-02)
51324"The Thieves"Philip LeacockThomas ThompsonMarch 9, 1970 (1970-03-09)
51425"Hackett"Vincent McEveetyWilliam KelleyMarch 16, 1970 (1970-03-16)
51526"The Cage"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.March 23, 1970 (1970-03-23)


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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
5161"Chato"Vincent McEveetyPaul F. EdwardsSeptember 14, 1970 (1970-09-14)
5172"The Noose"Vincent McEveetyArthur Browne, Jr.September 21, 1970 (1970-09-21)
5183"Stark"Robert TottenDonald S. SanfordSeptember 28, 1970 (1970-09-28)
5194"Sam McTavish, M.D."Bernard McEveetyBethel Leslie & Gerry DayOctober 5, 1970 (1970-10-05)
5205"Gentry's Law"Vincent McEveetyJack MillerOctober 12, 1970 (1970-10-12)
5216"Snow Train: Part 1"Gunnar HellströmPreston WoodOctober 19, 1970 (1970-10-19)
5227"Snow Train: Part 2"Gunnar HellströmPreston WoodOctober 26, 1970 (1970-10-26)
5238"Luke"Bernard McEveetyJack MillerNovember 2, 1970 (1970-11-02)
5249"The Gun"Bernard McEveetyDonald S. SanfordNovember 9, 1970 (1970-11-09)
52510"The Scavengers"Robert TottenJim ByrnesNovember 16, 1970 (1970-11-16)
52611"The Witness"Philip LeacockShimon WincelbergNovember 23, 1970 (1970-11-23)
52712"McCabe"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesNovember 30, 1970 (1970-11-30)
52813"The Noon Day Devil"Philip LeacockWilliam KelleyDecember 7, 1970 (1970-12-07)
52914"Sergeant Holly"Bernard McEveetyWilliam KelleyDecember 14, 1970 (1970-12-14)
53015"Jenny"Robert TottenJack MillerDecember 28, 1970 (1970-12-28)
53116"Captain Sligo"William ConradWilliam KelleyJanuary 4, 1971 (1971-01-04)
53217"Mirage"Vincent McEveetyJack MillerJanuary 11, 1971 (1971-01-11)
53318"The Tycoon"Bernard McEveetyRobert Vincent WrightJanuary 25, 1971 (1971-01-25)
53419"Jaekel"Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Calvin Clements, Sr.
Story: True Boardman & Thelma Boardman
February 1, 1971 (1971-02-01)
53520"Murdoch"Robert TottenJack MillerFebruary 8, 1971 (1971-02-08)
53621"Cleavus"Vincent McEveetyRichard ScottFebruary 15, 1971 (1971-02-15)
53722"Lavery"Vincent McEveetyDonald S. SanfordFebruary 22, 1971 (1971-02-22)
53823"Pike: Part 1"Bernard McEveetyJack MillerMarch 1, 1971 (1971-03-01)
53924"Pike: Part 2"Bernard McEveetyJack MillerMarch 8, 1971 (1971-03-08)


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]

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
5401"The Lost"Robert TottenTeleplay: Jack Miller
Story: Warren Vanders
September 13, 1971 (1971-09-13)
5412"Phoenix"Paul StanleyAnthony LawrenceSeptember 20, 1971 (1971-09-20)
5423"Waste: Part 1"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesSeptember 27, 1971 (1971-09-27)
5434"Waste: Part 2"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesOctober 4, 1971 (1971-10-04)
5445"New Doctor in Town"Philip LeacockJack MillerOctober 11, 1971 (1971-10-11)
5456"The Legend"Philip LeacockCalvin Clements, Jr.October 18, 1971 (1971-10-18)
5467"Trafton"Bernard McEveetyRon BishopOctober 25, 1971 (1971-10-25)
5478"Lynott"Gunnar HellströmRon BishopNovember 1, 1971 (1971-11-01)
5489"Lijah"Irving J. MooreWilliam BlinnNovember 8, 1971 (1971-11-08)
54910"My Brother's Keeper"Paul StanleyHoward DimsdaleNovember 15, 1971 (1971-11-15)
55011"Drago"Paul StanleyJim ByrnesNovember 22, 1971 (1971-11-22)
55112"Gold Train: The Bullet - Part 1"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesNovember 29, 1971 (1971-11-29)
55213"Gold Train: The Bullet - Part 2"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesDecember 6, 1971 (1971-12-06)
55314"Gold Train: The Bullet - Part 3"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesDecember 13, 1971 (1971-12-13)
55415"P.S. Murry Christmas"Herb WallersteinWilliam KelleyDecember 27, 1971 (1971-12-27)
55516"No Tomorrow"Irving J. MooreRichard FielderJanuary 3, 1972 (1972-01-03)
55617"Hidalgo"Paul StanleyColley CibberJanuary 10, 1972 (1972-01-10)
55718"Tara"Bernard McEveetyWilliam KelleyJanuary 17, 1972 (1972-01-17)
55819"One for the Road"Bernard McEveetyJack MillerJanuary 24, 1972 (1972-01-24)
55920"The Predators"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.January 31, 1972 (1972-01-31)
56021"Yankton"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesFebruary 7, 1972 (1972-02-07)
56122"Blind Man's Buff"Herb WallersteinRon HonthanerFebruary 21, 1972 (1972-02-21)
56223"Alias Festus Haggin"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.March 6, 1972 (1972-03-06)
56324"The Wedding"Bernard McEveetyHarry KronmanMarch 13, 1972 (1972-03-13)


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
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
5641"The River: Part 1"Herb WallersteinJack MillerSeptember 11, 1972 (1972-09-11)
5652"The River: Part 2"Herb WallersteinJack MillerSeptember 18, 1972 (1972-09-18)
5663"Bohannan"Alf KjellinWilliam KelleySeptember 25, 1972 (1972-09-25)
5674"The Judgement"Philip LeacockShimon WincelbergOctober 2, 1972 (1972-10-02)
5685"The Drummer"Bernard McEveetyRichard FielderOctober 9, 1972 (1972-10-09)
5696"Sarah"Gunnar HellströmCalvin Clements, Sr.October 16, 1972 (1972-10-16)
5707"The Fugitives"Irving J. MooreCharles Joseph StoneOctober 23, 1972 (1972-10-23)
5718"Eleven Dollars"Irving J. MoorePaul SavageOctober 30, 1972 (1972-10-30)
5729"Milligan"Bernard McEveetyRon BishopNovember 6, 1972 (1972-11-06)
57310"Tatum"Gunnar HellströmJim ByrnesNovember 13, 1972 (1972-11-13)
57411"The Sodbusters"Robert ButlerRon BishopNovember 20, 1972 (1972-11-20)
57512"The Brothers"Gunnar HellströmCalvin Clements, Sr.November 27, 1972 (1972-11-27)
57613"Hostage!"Gunnar HellströmPaul F. EdwardsDecember 11, 1972 (1972-12-11)
57714"Jubilee"Herb WallersteinTeleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Jack Freeman
December 18, 1972 (1972-12-18)
57815"Arizona Midnight"Irving J. MooreDudley BromleyJanuary 1, 1973 (1973-01-01)
57916"Homecoming"Gunnar HellströmCalvin Clements, Sr.January 8, 1973 (1973-01-08)
58017"Shadler"Arnold LavenJim ByrnesJanuary 15, 1973 (1973-01-15)
58118"Patricia"Alf KjellinCalvin Clements, Sr.January 22, 1973 (1973-01-22)
58219"A Quiet Day in Dodge"Alf KjellinJack MillerJanuary 29, 1973 (1973-01-29)
58320"Whelan's Men"Paul F. EdwardsRon BishopFebruary 5, 1973 (1973-02-05)
58421"Kimbro"Gunnar HellströmJim ByrnesFebruary 12, 1973 (1973-02-12)
58522"Jesse"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesFebruary 19, 1973 (1973-02-19)
58623"Talbot"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesFebruary 26, 1973 (1973-02-26)
58724"This Golden Land"Gunnar HellströmHal SitowitzMarch 5, 1973 (1973-03-05)


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)
5892"Women for Sale: Part 2"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesSeptember 17, 1973 (1973-09-17)
5903"Matt's Love Story"Gunnar HellströmRon BishopSeptember 24, 1973 (1973-09-24)
5914"The Boy and the Sinner"Bernard McEveetyHal SitowitzOctober 1, 1973 (1973-10-01)
5925"The Widow-Maker"Bernard McEveetyPaul F. EdwardsOctober 8, 1973 (1973-10-08)
5936"Kitty's Love Affair"Vincent McEveetyTeleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Joan E. Gessler & Susan Kotar
October 22, 1973 (1973-10-22)
5947"The Widow and the Rogue"Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Harvey Marlowe and Paul Savage
October 29, 1973 (1973-10-29)
5958"A Game of Death...An Act of Love: Part 1"Gunnar HellströmPaul F. EdwardsNovember 5, 1973 (1973-11-05)
5969"A Game of Death...An Act of Love: Part 2"Gunnar HellströmPaul F. EdwardsNovember 12, 1973 (1973-11-12)
59710"Lynch Town"Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Calvin Clements, Sr.
Story: Anne Snyder & Joann Carlino
November 19, 1973 (1973-11-19)
59811"The Hanging of Newly O'Brien"Alf KjellinCalvin Clements, Sr.November 26, 1973 (1973-11-26)
59912"Susan Was Evil"Bernard McEveetyWilliam KeysDecember 3, 1973 (1973-12-03)
60013"The Deadly Innocent"Bernard McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.December 17, 1973 (1973-12-17)
60114"The Child Between"Irving J. MooreHarry KronmanDecember 24, 1973 (1973-12-24)
60215"A Family of Killers"Gunnar HellströmWilliam KeysJanuary 14, 1974 (1974-01-14)
60316"Like Old Times"Irving J. MooreRichard FielderJanuary 21, 1974 (1974-01-21)
60417"The Town Tamers"Gunnar HellströmPaul SavageJanuary 28, 1974 (1974-01-28)
60518"The Foundling"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesFebruary 11, 1974 (1974-02-11)
60619"The Iron Blood of Courage"Gunnar HellströmRon BishopFebruary 18, 1974 (1974-02-18)
60720"The Schoolmarm"Bernard McEveetyDick NelsonFebruary 25, 1974 (1974-02-25)
60821"Trail of Bloodshed"Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Paul Savage
Story: Earl W. Wallace
March 4, 1974 (1974-03-04)
60922"Cowtown Hustler"Gunnar HellströmJim ByrnesMarch 11, 1974 (1974-03-11)
61023"To Ride a Yellow Horse"Vincent McEveetyCalvin Clements, Sr.March 18, 1974 (1974-03-18)
61124"Disciple"Gunnar HellströmShimon WincelbergApril 1, 1974 (1974-04-01)


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)
6132"A Town in Chains"Bernard McEveetyRon BishopSeptember 16, 1974 (1974-09-16)
6143"The Guns of Cibola Blanca: Part 1"Gunnar HellströmPaul SavageSeptember 23, 1974 (1974-09-23)
6154"The Guns of Cibola Blanca: Part 2"Gunnar HellströmPaul SavageSeptember 30, 1974 (1974-09-30)
6165"Thirty a Month and Found"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesOctober 7, 1974 (1974-10-07)
6176"The Wiving"Victor FrenchEarl W. WallaceOctober 14, 1974 (1974-10-14)
6187"The Iron Men"Gunnar HellströmJohn MantleyOctober 21, 1974 (1974-10-21)
6198"The Fourth Victim"Bernard McEveetyJim ByrnesNovember 4, 1974 (1974-11-04)
6209"The Tarnished Badge"Michael O'HerlihyRobert Vincent WrightNovember 11, 1974 (1974-11-11)
62110"In Performance of Duty"Gunnar HellströmWilliam KeysNovember 18, 1974 (1974-11-18)
62211"Island in the Desert: Part 1"Gunnar HellströmJim ByrnesDecember 2, 1974 (1974-12-02)
62312"Island in the Desert: Part 2"Gunnar HellströmJim ByrnesDecember 9, 1974 (1974-12-09)
62413"The Colonel"Bernard McEveetyHoward DimsdaleDecember 16, 1974 (1974-12-16)
62514"The Squaw"Gunnar HellströmJim ByrnesJanuary 6, 1975 (1975-01-06)
62615"The Hiders"Victor FrenchPaul SavageJanuary 13, 1975 (1975-01-13)
62716"Larkin"Gunnar HellströmJim ByrnesJanuary 20, 1975 (1975-01-20)
62817"The Fires of Ignorance"Victor FrenchJim ByrnesJanuary 27, 1975 (1975-01-27)
62918"The Angry Land"Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Jim Byrnes
Story: Herman Groves
February 3, 1975 (1975-02-03)
63019"Brides and Grooms"Victor FrenchEarl W. WallaceFebruary 10, 1975 (1975-02-10)
63120"Hard Labor"Bernard McEveetyTeleplay: Earl W. Wallace
Story: Hal Sitowitz
February 24, 1975 (1975-02-24)
63221"I Have Promises to Keep"Vincent McEveetyTeleplay: William Putman and Earl W. Wallace
Story: William Putman
March 3, 1975 (1975-03-03)
63322"The Busters"Vincent McEveetyJim ByrnesMarch 10, 1975 (1975-03-10)
63423"Manolo"Gunnar HellströmTeleplay: Earl W. Wallace
Story: Harriet Charles and Earl W. Wallace
March 17, 1975 (1975-03-17)
63524"The Sharecroppers"Leonard KatzmanEarl W. WallaceMarch 31, 1975 (1975-03-31)


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, 1963May 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 24, 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 nine 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]
Gunsmoke – 50th Anniversary DVD releases
VolumeEpisodesDiscsRelease dateRef
1173January 3, 2006[58]
2123January 3, 2006[59]
1 & 2296January 3, 2006[60]
Gunsmoke – The Director's Collection DVD releases
VolumeEpisodesDiscsRelease dateRef
153November 14, 2006[61]
Gunsmoke TV-movie DVD releases
TitleDiscsRelease dateRef
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge1May 11, 2004[62]
Gunsmoke: The Last Apache1May 11, 2004[63]
Gunsmoke: To the Last Man1May 11, 2004[64]
The Gunsmoke Movie Collection3May 11, 2004[65]

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: 50th Anniversary Collection (Volume 1)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  59. ^ "Gunsmoke: 50th Anniversary Collection (Volume 2)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  60. ^ "Gunsmoke: 50th Anniversary Collection (Volumes 1 & 2)". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  61. ^ "Gunsmoke: The Director's Collection". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  62. ^ "Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  63. ^ "Gunsmoke: The Last Apache". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  64. ^ "Gunsmoke: To the Last Man". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  65. ^ "The Gunsmoke Movie Collection". Amazon.com. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 

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