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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
September 2
12:30pm
Arizona Midnight
A little cowboy astride a giant horse claims that the horse turns into an elephant when the moon is full. Dodge City residents are stunned when they see an elephant, wearing the cowboy's hat, appear in the street.
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1:30pm
Homecoming
Two outlaw brothers return to Dodge City to visit their dying mother and threaten to take Kitty and Doc as hostages to ensure their safe escape across the border to Mexico. Festus goes to the rescue.
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Thursday
September 3
12:30pm
Patricia
Newly marries a young woman whom he had courted while both were tending the injured from a Kansas tornado. However, Doc confirms that the woman is suffering from a life-threatening blood disease.
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1:30pm
Shadler
After masquerading as a priest, convict Boone Shadler escapes from prison. Newly is forced into an uneasy alliance with Shadler to save a small town from outlaws. Guest Stars: Earl Holliman, Denver Pyle, Diana Hyland
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Friday
September 4
12:30pm
Quiet Day in Dodge
Not having slept for two days, Marshal Dillon has a tough time when he returns to Dodge City with a dangerous prisoner.
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1:30pm
Wheland's Men
An outlaw gang terrorizes Dodge City during Marshal Dillon's absence. Miss Kitty boldly challenges the leader to a poker game, with Dillon's life as the stake. Guest Stars: Harrison Ford, Gerald McRaney
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