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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

Friday
May 22
2:00pm
The Lure
Private detectives use Kitty and the daughter of an outlaw assures to trap the girl's fugitive father.
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Tuesday
May 26
12:38pm
Noose of Gold
An assistant attorney general uses Matt Dillon's long-standing friendship with an outlaw to further his political ambitions.
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1:49pm
Mistaken Identity
A fugitive assumes the identity of another man after the latter has apparently been fatally bitten by a rattlesnake.
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Wednesday
May 27
12:38pm
Nitro (Tiger by the Tail) Part 1
Down on his luck drifter is offered a dangerous, but profitable job of mixing nitroglycerine for outlaws who are using it to rob banks.
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1:49pm
Nitro (Tiger by the Tail) Part 2
George wants to quit making the nitro, feeling that his luck is running out, but his outlaw partners won't let him.
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