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GunsmokeNetwork: CBS
Episodes: 635 (half-hour, hour)
Seasons: 20

TV show dates: September 10, 1955 — March 31, 1975
Series status: Cancelled/ended

Performers include: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake, Ken Curtis, Glenn Strange, Dennis Weaver, Buck Taylor, Ted Jordan, and James Nusser.

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TV show description:
This legendary Western drama follows Marshall Matt Dillon (James Arness) as he protects the citizens of Dodge City, Kansas during the settlement of the West. The tales first delighted audiences via radio which led to it being developed into a popular television series.

Dillon and his loyal deputy, Chester Goode (Dennis Weaver), try to keep peace in the town where residents don’t always abide by the rules. They often break up bar brawls, settle gunfights, and investigate land fraud as Dillon seeks to bring villains to justice with honor and respect.

Also living in this frontier town are friends Kitty Russell (Amanda Blake), owner of “The Longbranch” saloon; bartender Sam (Glenn Strange); and Dr. Galen “Doc” Adams (Milburn Stone), who attends to the many wounds inflicted on Dodge City residents. Dillon’s sidekick was later replaced with the lovable Deputy Festus Hagen (Ken Curtis) who comes by way of Dodge to get even with his twin brother’s killer. Later in the series, the role of Dillon’s deputy is filled by characters like Thad Greenwood (Roger Ewing), Quint Asper (Burt Reynolds), and Newly O’Brien (Buck Taylor).

The show ran as 30-minute black and white episodes for its first six years and then transitioned to one-hour color spectacles. It holds the record for being American television’s longest running prime-time drama, having run 20 seasons and 635 episodes.


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Norma Ross January 10, 2015 at 8:01 pm

Please bring all the Gunsmoke progrs back on the western channel.
Best western ever on
TV . Very great family program!!!
Please…you would make a lot of people so happy
Best western on TV. Thank you!!


Marlin W. & Tina K. Beaty January 14, 2013 at 6:46 am

Tina and I Loved All Of Gunsmoke Series, We Record Them And Watch Them All The Time, We Really Enjoyed The Ones Chester Was In The Most, He Did A Great Job Playing His Part, We Were Sadden By The Passing Of James Arness, Wish Someday We Could Visit His Grave Site But Do Not Think That Will Ever Become True, Have Tried To Look On Innernet A Photo Of His Home, Probably Not Looking In The Right Place Or There is None, Thanks Matt Dillon For All The Great Shows Of Gunsmoke, We Truly Love Watching Them Over And Over Again, It’s Hard To Believe That He Is Gone, We Think The World Of You Matt Your Friends Wayne & Tina Beaty


RAD June 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm

He is interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California


cal May 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm

How many folks did MarshalDillon kill in 635 episodes/20yrs?
Wikianswers says:
No data to show evidence.


mike bishop December 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm

how did gunsmoke say their final goodby to doc adams?


admin December 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm

@mike bishop: The show didn’t have a true series finale as the cast and crew expected to come back for season 21. Stone passed away in 1980 and the first Gunsmoke reunion movie wasn’t made until 1987. I believe it was mentioned in the movie that Doc had passed away as well.


steve alford September 5, 2010 at 2:54 am

mat dillion gets a metion on one hundred years of monster movies every so often type 100ymm


louis galloway January 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm

is james arness still living .


admin January 1, 2010 at 5:34 pm

@louis galloway: Yes, he’s 86 years old. If you like him, check out the extensive five part interview on YouTube or visit his website,


Salvatore Leone February 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm

He just passed last year June 3 2011, Rip James.


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