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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
February 16
1:00pm
Kiowa
The abduction of a teen-aged girl by Indians involves Matt Dillon in a long trek to rescue her and return her to her family.
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2:00pm
Celia
Newly's best friend becomes the victim of a con game perpetrated by a pretty young girl and her partner.
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3:00pm
Morgan
A psychopathic outlaw takes over Dodge in Matt's absence, holding the town hostage as he awaits an expected gold shipment.
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4:00pm
The Thieves
Three teenage boys, on probation from the country jail, are welcomed in Dodge City--for a while.
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Wednesday
February 17
1:00pm
Hackett
A vengeful ex-convict seeks reprisal against a former partner-in-crime who ran out on a train holdup.
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2:00pm
Chato
When a renegade Indian kills Matt's friend, the Marshal pursues the killer high into the New Mexico mountains.
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3:00pm
The Noose
A young drifter kidnaps Kitty and holds her captive in a ghost town to lure Doc Adams, Festus and Matt to the area.
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4:00pm
Stark
The son of a wealthy rancher escapes from prison and is captured by a bounty hunter who attempts to blackmail the youth's family.
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Thursday
February 18
1:00pm
Sam McTavish, M.D.
Doc Adams considers it a threat to both him and his patients when a woman doctor arrives to become his replacement.
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2:00pm
Gentry's Law
A heavy-handed land baron refuses to turn his two sons over to Marshal Dillon for a crime they have committed.
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3:00pm
Snow Train Part 1
Matt, Doc, Festus and several other passengers are trapped on a train by a band of Indians in the snowy Colorado mountains.
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4:00pm
Snow Train Part 2
Marshal Dillon is cornered by three Sioux Indians as he goes to find help for the freezing passengers of a trapped train.
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