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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

Monday
March 30
12:30pm
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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1:30pm
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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Tuesday
March 31
1:00pm
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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2:00pm
Kimbro
Matt Dillon learns that the man who taught him everything he knows is now an itinerant drunk reduced to sweeping out stables for whiskey money.
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Wednesday
April 1
1:00pm
Jesse
Brock Peters plays an old friend of Festus's, now a fugitive from the law.
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2:00pm
Talbot
An outlaw named Talbot falls in love with the widow of a man he was forced to kill in self-defense.
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