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Gunsmoke

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

Thursday
July 24
11:49am
Coreyville
Marshal Dillon helps a teenage girl defend her brother, who is being railroaded on a homicide charge. Nina Foch guest-stars.
TV-G
1:00pm
Danny
An old-time con man, dying of a heart condition, manages to save Matt's life. Jack Albertson guest-stars.
TV-G
Friday
July 25
11:19am
Hawk
Trailing three renegades, a half-breed Indian policeman visits his white mother, who refuses to acknowledge him as her son.
TV-G
12:30pm
A Man Called Smith
An outlaw's return to his homestead to claim some hidden loot leads to nothing but trouble. Earl Holliman guest-stars.
TV-G
Monday
July 28
11:49am
Charlie Noon
Marshal Dillon is pursued by a band of Comanches as he crosses the desert with prisoner Charlie Noon. Ron Howard guest-stars.
TV-G
1:00pm
A Matter Of Honor
Louie Pheeters, found intoxicated beside a dying man and unable to remember what took place, is accused of murder.
TV-G

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