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Gunsmoke

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About Gunsmoke

Premiering on CBS in September 1955 and completing its network run September 1975, Gunsmoke is the longest-running dramatic series in the history of TV. Two of its stars, James Arness and Milburn Stone, remained all 20 seasons, with Amanda Blake a close second, departing after 19 years.

The series started out as a half-hour show, and expanded to an hour in its seventh season. Prior to Gunsmoke (and The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, which premiered the same week), Western shows generally focused on fantasy characters such as the Lone Ranger and Hopalong Cassidy, holdovers from movie and radio serials. Gunsmoke was one of the earliest "adult Westerns," centering around the exploits of Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness) in the frontier town of Dodge City, Kan. in 1873. His kindly companion was Doc Adams (Milburn Stone), the town physician who spent many hours chugging beers at the Long Branch Saloon, owned and operated by the shapely Kitty Russell. Over the years there were several changes in the supporting cast, most notably the replacement of Matt's loyal deputy, Chester Goode (Dennis Weaver), with hillbilly deputy Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis).

Gunsmoke started a longtime trend for TV westerns. At one point there were 30 of them on the air at the same time. But Gunsmoke outlasted the others and at the time of its cancelation in 1975, it was the only show of its kind still on the air.

Gunsmoke TV Schedule

Tuesday
September 8
12:00pm
Women For Sale Part 1
Several settlers and travelers are taken captive by a band of renegade Indians and sold to white mercenaries for slave labor and prostitution.
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1:00pm
Women for Sale Part 2
Marshal Dillon rescues Stella and Marcy from their Indian captor, and they accompany the Marshal as he tries to stop a white-slave trader from escaping to Mexico.
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Wednesday
September 9
12:00pm
Matt's Loves Story
A wounded Matt Dillon loses his memory and falls in love with a widow.
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1:00pm
The Boy and the Sinner
Ron Moody guest-stars as a man torn between keeping his own self-respect and the friendship of a young boy, and keeping his drunken promise to help two hired gunmen.
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Thursday
September 10
12:00pm
The Widowmaker
Steve Forrest guest-stars as a gunfighter whose speed is legendary but who now is trying to live a quiet, non-violent life with the girl he loves.
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1:00pm
Kitty's Love Affair
Richard Kiley guest-stars as Will Stambridge, a reluctant gunfighter with whom Kitty falls in love--after he risks his own life to save hers.
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