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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

Wednesday
April 29
12:38pm
The Colonel
Lee J. Cobb and his daughter Julie Cobb appear together for the first time when Cobb guest-stars as a once-proud military officer who is suddenly faced with a painful and unplanned reunion with his daughter.
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1:49pm
The Sharecroppers
Ann Marie Pugh is as a young lady who has her hands full trying to get her lazy family to plant a crop before their landlord runs them off the property.
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Thursday
April 30
1:08pm
The Squaw
Fleeing from both Matt Dillon and his double-crossed partners, outlaw Gristy Calhoun discovers that his survival in the badlands depends on an Indian woman.
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2:19pm
The Hiders
Karp and his associates, who make their living lawfully by taking skins from range cattle, find themselves confronted by the law when they go beyond their legal rights and do exactly as they please. Guest Star: Ned Beatty
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Friday
May 1
1:08pm
Larkin
Newly finds himself in a strange alliance with a professional killer as he tries to get his prisoner to Dodge City before they are both killed by bounty hunters.
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2:19pm
The Fires of Ignorance
Allen Garfield guest-stars as a schoolteacher in an episode that makes a strong statement for compulsory education for children, even in the less enlightened Dodge City of the 1870s.
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