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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 9
2:00pm
Charlie Noon
Marshal Dillon, crossing the desert with prisoner Charlie Noon, is pursued by a band of Comanches.
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3:00pm
A Matter of Honor
Louie Pheeters, found intoxicated beside a dying man and unable to remember what took place, is accused of murder.
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4:00pm
The Still
A young schoolmarm's unscrupulous relatives descend on Dodge City to begin a moonshining operation.
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Wednesday
February 10
1:00pm
The Innocent
When Festus helps a woman school teacher get to Cimarion territory, they both become hostages of a family of hide thieves.
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2:00pm
Ring of Darkness
A pretty, blind girl influences deputy Newly O'Brien's efforts to arrest a horse thief.
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3:00pm
Jake MacGraw
People suspect ex-gunfighter Jake MacGraw has ulterior motives when he gets a job as piano-player in the Long Branch saloon.
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4:00pm
Roots of Fear
A run on the Dodge City bank forces three desperate farmers to resort to robbery.
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Thursday
February 11
1:00pm
The Sisters
A contemptible father pretends to have a change of heart when three nuns confront him with the care and custody of his two children.
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2:00pm
The Cage
When a young outlaw becomes the victim of his own gang, he decides to help Marshal Matt Dillon bring them in.
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3:00pm
The War Priest
Kitty, enroute from Owl Flats to Dodge City by buckboard, is kidnapped by Apache war priest, Gregorio, an escaped cavalry prisoner.
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4:00pm
The Pack Rat
A wily little orphan-thief first steals from Marshal Dillon, then sets out to help him in an impending ambush.
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