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2. How the West Was Won (1978– )
Episode: Episode #1.7 (1978)

Western

9.2
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Writers: Calvin Clements Jr., John Mantley, Earl W. Wallace | Directors: Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Bruce Boxleitner, Ralph Brannen, Michael Conrad

4. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Jailer (1966)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

9.1
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Etta Stone is a very bitter, older, woman who has Kitty and Matt captured, and thrown into a homemade jail, and now she plans on hanging Matt for the execution of her husband 6 years before.

Writer: Hal Sitowitz | Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

5. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Island in the Desert: Part 1 (1974)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

9.0
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Festus is shot by the killer he is pursuing in the blazing desert, only to be helped by a crazed hermit and forced to tote water to try and get him to a town 80 miles away.

Writer: Jim Byrnes | Director: Gunnar Hellström | Stars: Milburn Stone, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor, James Arness

6. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Island in the Desert: Part 2 (1974)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

9.0
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Festus and the hermit come upon killer Gard Dixon dying in the desert, and when Festus helps him recover, the hermit forces both of them to tote water and gold dust.

Writer: Jim Byrnes | Director: Gunnar Hellström | Stars: Milburn Stone, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor, James Arness

7. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Mannon (1969)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

9.0
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Mannon (Steve Forrest), arguably the fastest gun in the West, terrorizes Dodge City while he waits for Matt Dillon (James Arness) to return. A cruel, violent encounter with Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake) sets up the inevitable showdown.

Writer: Ron Bishop | Director: Robert Butler | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

8. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The River: Part 1 (1972)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

9.0
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The episode has two plot threads. First, in the Oregon wilderness Matt Dillon escapes with a prisoner from a band of bank robbers led by Charley Utter. They kill the prisoner but continue ... See full summary »

Writer: Jack Miller | Director: Herb Wallerstein | Stars: Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor

9. How the West Was Won (1978– )
Episode: Episode #1.5 (1978)

Western

8.9
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Writers: Calvin Clements Jr., John Mantley, Earl W. Wallace | Directors: Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Bruce Boxleitner, Ralph Brannen, William Kirby Cullen

10. How the West Was Won (1978– )
Episode: Episode #1.6 (1978)

Western

8.9
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Writers: Calvin Clements Jr., John Mantley, Earl W. Wallace | Directors: Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, James Almanzar, Bruce Boxleitner, Ralph Brannen

11. How the West Was Won (1978– )
Episode: Pilot (1978)

Western

8.9
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Zeb Macahan returns to the farm of Macahan to take his family to Oregon.

Writers: Colley Cibber, Calvin Clements Sr., William Kelley, John Mantley, Katharyn Powers, Earl W. Wallace | Directors: Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Lynn Benisch, Bruce Boxleitner, Lloyd Bridges

12. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The River: Part 2 (1972)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.9
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Continuation of Episode #18.1, "The River, Part 1". The outlaws catch up with Matt Dillon and the two orphans, Tuttle and Hannah, at the rough mining town. Matt and the children make their ... See full summary »

Writer: Jack Miller | Director: Herb Wallerstein | Stars: Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor

13. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: A Hat (1967)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.8
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Clint Sorils, a notorious gunman, is minding his own business when a stray bullet ruins his hat. In trying to obtain payment, Clint runs afoul of Red Conniston, a powerful rancher. The ... See full summary »

Writer: Ron Bishop | Director: Robert Totten | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

15. How the West Was Won (1978– )
Episode: Episode #1.8 (1978)

Western

8.8
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Writers: Calvin Clements Jr., John Mantley, Earl W. Wallace | Directors: Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, James Almanzar, Bruce Boxleitner, Eric Braeden

16. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Hung High (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.8
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As Matt takes a convicted man to Hays City for hanging, Matt and the prisoner are waylaid, the prisoner lynched, and Matt is framed for the killing, then arrested by a sergeant with a grudge against him.

Writer: John Meston | Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Robert Culp

17. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Long, Long Trail (1961)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.8
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A headstrong young woman will undertake the long, dangerous journey to her fiancé's fort on her own if she must, so Matt nominates himself to escort her.

Writer: Kathleen Hite | Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Barbara Lord

18. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Sam McTavish, M.D. (1970)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.8
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The arrival of the first woman doctor in Dodge City, Dr. Sam McTavish, riles Doc Adams. However, she soon wins his confidence and that of his patients, and the two physicians make a startling medical discovery.

Writers: Bethel Leslie, Gerry Day | Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

19. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Cabin (1958)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.8
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To escape a potentially lethal blizzard, Matt seeks shelter in a cabin in which two psychopathic bandits have enslaved and repeatedly molested a young woman after murdering her father.

Writer: John Meston | Director: John Rich | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

20. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Gunfighter, R.I.P (1966)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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The Douglas brothers have hired gunslinger Joe Bascome to kill Matt. But when Joe is injured in a local scuffle he decides to give up killing. This does not sit well with the Douglas brothers.

Writers: Hal Sitowitz, Michael Fisher | Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

21. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Patricia (1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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Newly falls in love with a young woman who is dying of leukemia. Later, Doc Adams offers to teach Newly how to become a doctor.

Writer: Calvin Clements Sr. | Director: Alf Kjellin | Stars: Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor

22. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Prairie Wolfer (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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Festus returns to Dodge from wolfing and is hired by the Cattleman's Association to hunt down the wolves killing everyone's cattle. What he finds is that what's been doing the preying may ... See full summary »

Writer: John Dunkel | Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

23. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Gallows (1962)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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While returning suspected killer Pruit Dover to Dodge to stand trial, Matt is shot and badly wounded, and yet Dover stays with him and nurses him back to health.

Writer: John Meston | Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

24. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Widowmaker (1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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Coltrane maybe the fastest gun alive, and all he wants to do is live a quiet life with his beautiful wife, but so many men are out to make a reputation by trying to kill him.

Writer: Paul F. Edwards | Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

25. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Thirty a Month and Found (1974)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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Three cattle drivers find competition with railroads is forcing them out of business, and 2 of them mistakenly turn to crime for a temporary fix.

Writer: Jim Byrnes | Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: Milburn Stone, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor, James Arness

26. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Vengeance: Part 1 (1967)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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Bob Johnson is a super fast gunman looking for revenge against the men who paralyzed his foster father and killed his foster brother, when they were attempting to steal a calf.

Writer: Calvin Clements Sr. | Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

27. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: A Quiet Day in Dodge (1973)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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Matt Dillon rides wearily into Dodge City after thirty-six hours in the saddle. At the office he can't get to sleep because Festus is so exuberant about everything. In the course of the day... See full summary »

Writer: Jack Miller | Director: Alf Kjellin | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

28. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Blind Man's Bluff (1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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Billy Poe is falsely accused of murder by a dying man, and flees to another town while Matt follows him, and encounters dangerous resistance from other men who hate lawmen.

Writer: John Meston | Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Burt Reynolds

29. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Cotter's Girl (1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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A father's dying request is that Matt go to retrieve his daughter. Expecting to find a little girl, Matt finds a near-grown woman, but one who's wild and desperately in need of civilizing.

Writer: Kathleen Hite | Director: Harry Harris | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

30. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Drago (1971)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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An aging mountain man reluctantly agrees to join the posse pursuing a murderous outlaw gang, but his real intent is exact a murderous vengeance on the men that murdered his female benefactor.

Writer: Jim Byrnes | Director: Paul Stanley | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

31. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Extradition: Part 2 (1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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Matt finally catches up to killer Charlie Hacker in Mexico, and has make a deal with the greedy Mexican police to get Hacker back to the border, with revengeful Mexican bandits in pursuit.

Writer: Antony Ellis | Director: John English | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

32. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Gold Train: The Bullet: Part 3 (1971)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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Matt, a bullet lodged near his spine, must have surgery immediately. Doc is convinced he's not up to the task. However, a priest, whose own faith has been wavering, tells Doc that he must ... See full summary »

Writer: Jim Byrnes | Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

33. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Kiowa (1970)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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When Ed Vail's daughter is kidnapped by Indians, Ed and his sons set out to find the girl. But Ed will have to come to grips with himself before rescuing his daughter.

Writer: Ron Bishop | Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

34. How the West Was Won (1978– )
Episode: The Enemy (1979)

60 min | Western

8.6
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Writers: Ron Bishop, Steve Hayes | Director: Gunnar Hellström | Stars: James Arness, Fionnula Flanagan, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb

35. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Glory and the Mud (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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A retired lawman and showman wants only to settle down with the Dodge seamstress he left behind twenty years ago, but a young whippersnapper hopes to make a name for himself by challenging the aging gun to a duel.

Writer: Gwen Bagni | Director: Jerry Hopper | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

36. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Guitar (1956)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.6
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Weed Pindle is a friendly guitar player in Dodge, but when certain cowboys find out he fought for a particular division of the Union Army, they become set on trying to hang him.

Writers: Sam Peckinpah, John Meston | Director: Harry Horner | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Aaron Spelling

37. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Renegades (1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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Quint says that white renegades, not Indians, are the cause of recent raids around Dodge. Working shotgun on the stage, he proves his point when he is attacked, then pursued by those ... See full summary »

Writer: John Meston | Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

38. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Round Up (1956)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.6
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Matt goes on a rampage to close down Front Street after he accidentally shoots and kills his old friend (and temporary deputy) while trying to defend himself from a sneak attack by a murderous saloonkeeper.

Writers: Sam Peckinpah, John Meston | Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

39. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Where'd They Go (1960)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.6
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Accused of being the masked robber of the general store, a homesteader agrees to come along quietly with Matt and Chester, but he asks that they help him complete a few chores about the place for his poor wife, who's in the family way.

Writers: John Meston, Les Crutchfield | Director: Jesse Hibbs | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Jack Elam

40. How the West Was Won (1977 TV Mini-Series)

Western

8.5
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In 1865, the Macahans are heading west from Virginia to Oregon. Mrs. Kate Macahan is waiting with her children Laura, Jessie and Josh on a farm they have built for her husband and her ... See full summary »

Stars: James Arness, Eva Marie Saint, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb

41. The Johnny Carson Show (1955–1956)

30 min | Comedy, Music

8.5
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Comedy routines, featuring Johnny Carson and guests, and singing were the theme of this program.

Stars: Johnny Carson, James Arness, Dimitri Tiomkin, Jack Albertson

42. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Baker's Dozen (1967)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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When triplets are born to a dying woman, Doc Adams will do all he can to keep the babies together instead of sending them to an orphanage.

Writer: Charles Joseph Stone | Director: Irving J. Moore | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

43. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Bohannan (1972)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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A faith healer shows up in Dodge City and is challenged by the skeptics, including Doc.

Writer: William Kelley | Director: Alf Kjellin | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

44. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Charlie Noon (1969)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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Matt Dillon is escorting his prisoner Charlie Noon back to Dodge City when he encounters a runaway Indian bride being pursued by the braves of her tribe. The Indians have mistaken Charlie ... See full summary »

Writer: Jim Byrnes | Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

45. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Chesterland (1961)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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Chester becomes engaged more or less accidentally, but he takes to heart his obligation to his betrothed, leaving his job with Mr. Dillon to devote himself to homesteading a barren quarter section.

Writer: Kathleen Hite | Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

46. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Comanches Is Soft (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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After some horsing around, Festus breaks some of Quint's equipment. To repair or get anew, they travel to Wichita and meet a saloon girl who tells them she needs to get away from town but her jealous boyfriend is now hot on their trail.

Writer: Kathleen Hite | Director: Harry Harris | Stars: James Arness, Burt Reynolds, Ken Curtis, Don Megowan

47. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Greater Love (1956)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.5
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Killer Jed Butler takes Doctor Adams hostage to help his dying partner, and learns the true meaning of love for a friend, when Matt risks his life to rescue the good doctor.

Writers: Winston Miller, John Meston | Director: Ted Post | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

48. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Hack Prine (1956)

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

8.5
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Far from Dodge and without a horse Matt Dillon still manages to bring in Lee Trimble...a man wanted for murder. Lee's brother Dolph swears that he'll get him out. Meanwhile, an old friend ... See full summary »

Writer: John Meston | Director: Charles Marquis Warren | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

49. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: He Learned About Women (1962)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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Taken prisoner by a band of comancheros, Chester is helped to escape by one of the band's women and flees with another who may or may not be worthy of his trust.

Writers: John Meston, John Rosser | Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

50. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: In Performance of Duty (1974)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.5
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An elderly circuit judge comes to Dodge to take care of its court docket, only to run into a group of old enemies -- outlaws who rob and kill people in their paths. No one has ever lived to... See full summary »

Writer: William Keys | Director: Gunnar Hellström | Stars: Milburn Stone, Ken Curtis, Buck Taylor, James Arness