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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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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

Votes: 46

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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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

Votes: 36

3. How the West Was Won (1976– )
Episode: Orville Gant (1978)

90 min | Western

9.2
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Writers: Katharyn Powers, Calvin Clements Jr., John Mantley, Jack Miller, Earl W. Wallace | Directors: Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Fionnula Flanagan, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb

Votes: 8

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

9.2
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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

Votes: 200

5. How the West Was Won (1976– )
Episode: Cattle Drive (1978)

120 min | Western

9.1
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Writers: Calvin Clements Jr., John Mantley, Earl W. Wallace | Directors: Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Fionnula Flanagan, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb

Votes: 7

6. 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

Votes: 51

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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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

Votes: 37

8. How the West Was Won (1976– )
Episode: Amnesty (1978)

89 min | Western

8.9
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Writers: Calvin Clements Jr., John Mantley, Jack Miller, Earl W. Wallace | Directors: Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Fionnula Flanagan, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb

Votes: 7

9. How the West Was Won (1976– )
Episode: Erika (1977)

97 min | Western

8.9
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Zeb finds Luke with the Simonites but before Luke is strong enough to leave, Zeb must take the opportunity to find a friend who has started a vendetta against an Indian tribe. Luke has ... See full summary »

Writers: Ron Bishop, Jim Byrnes, Colley Cibber, Calvin Clements Jr., William Kelley, John Mantley, Katharyn Powers, Earl W. Wallace | Directors: Burt Kennedy, Daniel Mann, Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Eva Marie Saint, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb

Votes: 14

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.9
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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

Votes: 60

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

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

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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

Votes: 61

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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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

Votes: 37

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.8
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A badly wounded mountain man kills the son of a powerful rancher in self defense and flees to Dodge, where Dillon provides protection for him against the father and his gang.

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

Votes: 36

16. How the West Was Won (1976– )
Episode: Bowie John Christie (1977)

89 min | Western

8.8
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Zeb must make the hardest choice in his life when attempting to save the life of his friend who has been taken captive by the Indians. Luke realizes that he can not stay with the Simonites ... See full summary »

Writers: Ron Bishop, Jim Byrnes, Colley Cibber, Calvin Clements Jr., William Kelley, John Mantley, Katharyn Powers, Earl W. Wallace | Directors: Burt Kennedy, Daniel Mann, Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Eva Marie Saint, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb

Votes: 12

17. How the West Was Won (1976– )
Episode: Buffalo Story (1978)

93 min | Western

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Writers: Calvin Clements Jr., John Mantley, Katharyn Powers, Earl W. Wallace | Directors: Bernard McEveety, Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Fionnula Flanagan, Bruce Boxleitner, Kathryn Holcomb

Votes: 11

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.8
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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

Votes: 40

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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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

Votes: 39

20. How the West Was Won (1976– )
Episode: Pilot (1976)

145 min | Western

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

Creators: Albert S. Ruddy, Jim Byrnes | Directors: Burt Kennedy, Daniel Mann, Bernard McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Richard Kiley, Eva Marie Saint, Bruce Boxleitner

Votes: 22

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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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

Votes: 52

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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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

Votes: 46

23. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Seven Hours to Dawn (1965)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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Mace Gore's gang has taken over Dodge. When Matt is believed killed, Festus and Doc have a plan to lure Gore into a trap, even though his usual plan is to leave by dawn.

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

Votes: 52

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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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

Votes: 51

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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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

Votes: 42

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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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

Votes: 29

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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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

Votes: 40

28. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Durham Bull (1962)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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Little Bit and his grandpa, from Texas, are passing through Dodge to buy a breeding bull. When they meet Silva, someone grandpa considers a fooler, they have their hands full making it back with their stock and their lives.

Writers: John Meston, Jack Shettlesworth | Director: Harry Harris | Stars: James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake

Votes: 43

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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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

Votes: 35

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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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

Votes: 34

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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A gunslinger hired to kill Matt, backs down from his obligation when he gets badly wounded and falls in love with a beautiful Asian woman who is caring for him, and his employers won't stand for it.

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

Votes: 51

32. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Kate Heller (1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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A teen-aged boy who robbed and killed to impress a saloon gal is pursued by Matt. The boy waylays Matt and leaves him for dead, then goes home to his grandmother's house to find her nursing Matt back to health.

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

Votes: 49

33. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Old Yellow Boots (1961)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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Matt becomes suspicious when drifter Frank Cassidy publicly announces his engagement to spinsterish Beulah Parker immediately after the seemingly unrelated murders of an old prospector and her abusive brother Leroy.

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

Votes: 46

34. 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

Votes: 44

35. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Perce (1961)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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Ex-con Perce McCall helps to save Matt's life in a shootout, and then falls for a beautiful, but greedy saloon girl who puts him under great pressure to start stealing again.

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

Votes: 38

36. How the West Was Won (1976– )
Episode: The Enemy (1979)

60 min | Western

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

Votes: 18

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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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

Votes: 62

38. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: The Quest for Asa Janin (1963)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.7
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A young man is convicted of killing the saloon girl he wanted for his own. Matt is so sure that the young man is really innocent that he goes on the road after another suspect to prevent an unjust hanging.

Writer: Paul Savage | Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Anthony Caruso

Votes: 50

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

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

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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

Votes: 65

40. 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

Votes: 38

41. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: A Man Called 'Smith' (1969)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

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Outlaw Will Smith visits his ex-wife Abelia so she can fence some stolen gold in order for him to escape into Mexico. Festus becomes suspicious when he sees Abelia in a seedy establishment late at night.

Writer: Calvin Clements Sr. | Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

Votes: 32

42. 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

Votes: 33

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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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

Votes: 30

44. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Caleb (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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Childless and poor, farmer Caleb feels like a failure, and his wife assures him he is one. Caleb moves into town to seek some meaning in his life, and soon finds himself--a man who doesn't wear a gun--challenged to a duel.

Writer: Paul Savage | Director: Harry Harris | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Burt Reynolds

Votes: 38

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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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

Votes: 49

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

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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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

Votes: 60

47. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Chief Joseph (1965)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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Chief Joseph has come to town suffering from pneumonia. When he and his party are refused lodging at the hotel, a stranger steps in offering his room. Local sentiment is against this and like a boiling over teapot, trouble begins to brew.

Writers: Thomas Warner, Clyde Ware | Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis

Votes: 26

48. 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

Votes: 62

49. Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Episode: Friend (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.6
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A man carrying a tempting sum of money is attacked from behind by someone who beats him and leaves him for dead. Lucky for the injured man, an old friend of Matt is there to take him in to Doc Adams for mending.

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

Votes: 42

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

TV-PG | 30 min | Western

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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

Votes: 48