Gunsmoke

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  • TV-PG
  • 1955
  • 21 Seasons
  • 8.1  (7,514)

Gunsmoke was originally a radio series, but when CBS television decided to put it on television John Wayne introduced it. The actor William Conrad portrayed Marshall Dillon when Gunsmoke was on radio. CBS wanted John Wayne in the lead. However, at that time in Hollywood, doing a television series was considered a step down for any movie star. But John Wayne was the one, who strongly recommended to CBS, that James Arness would be perfect for the lead. So on Saturday, September 10, 1955, at 10:00 p.m., John Wayne went on national television and introduced Gunsmoke. He also assured the American people that James Arness was perfect for the role of Marshall Dillon. The show was only 30 minutes long for the first 6 years. Then, in 1961 CBS decided to extend it to an hour. The series, in its entirety, lasted 20 years. It was an adult dramatic western television series. There were none on the air at that time. Gunsmoke broke new ground with the format. The characters in Gunsmoke were easy to like and admire. Marshall Matt Dillon was the sheriff of Dodge City, Kansas. Miss Kitty Russell, Doc Adams and Chester Goode round out the original cast. They were people with values and courage. You could look up to them. The American viewing public welcomed these people into their living rooms every week for twenty years. No western in television history has ever accomplished this feat. CBS hit gold with Gunsmoke.

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Gunsmoke V: One Man's Justice
6. Gunsmoke V: One Man's Justice
February 10, 1994
Dodge City's epic lawman, Marshal Dillon, saddles up to save a teenaged boy out to avenge his mother's murder at the hands of a ruthless gang of outlaws.
Gunsmoke IV: The Long Ride
5. Gunsmoke IV: The Long Ride
May 8, 1993
After being accused of murdering a wealthy mine operator, Marshal Dillon has to clear his name by tracking down three suspects who look like him, and manages to prove his innocence in a hail of gunfire with the the real suspect: the miner's son.
Gunsmoke III: To The Last Man
4. Gunsmoke III: To The Last Man
May 21, 1992
When the savage Tommy Graham gang steal his cattle, Matt sets off alone to recover his herd and lands himself in the middle of one of the Old West's bloodiest family feuds.
Gunsmoke II: The Last Apache - Part 1
2. Gunsmoke II: The Last Apache - Part 1
March 18, 1990
Retired Marshal Matt Dillon discovers that a long-lost love of his has been kidnapped by a fierce warrior chief of the infamous Geronimo and has to snatch two imprisoned Apaches from jail in order to arrange a swap for his former lover.
Gunsmoke I: Return To Dodge
1. Gunsmoke I: Return To Dodge
September 26, 1987
While pursuing an old foe, Matt Dillon is ambushed by mountaineers, then saved by a muleskinner and Miss Kitty, and after another of Dillon's arch-enemies is released from prison, settles an old score with his desperate foe on the streets of Dodge City.
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Gunsmoke was originally a radio series, but when CBS television decided to put it on television John Wayne introduced it. The actor William Conrad portrayed Marshall Dillon when Gunsmoke was on radio. CBS wanted John Wayne in the lead. However, at that time in Hollywood, doing a television series was considered a step down for any movie star. But John Wayne was the one, who strongly recommended to CBS, that James Arness would be perfect for the lead.

So on Saturday, September 10, 1955, at 10:00 p.m., John Wayne went on national television and introduced Gunsmoke. He also assured the American people that James Arness was perfect for the role of Marshall Dillon. The show was only 30 minutes long for the first 6 years. Then, in 1961 CBS decided to extend it to an hour. The series, in its entirety, lasted 20 years. It was an adult dramatic western television series. There were none on the air at that time. Gunsmoke broke new ground with the format.

The characters in Gunsmoke were easy to like and admire. Marshall Matt Dillon was the sheriff of Dodge City, Kansas. Miss Kitty Russell, Doc Adams and Chester Goode round out the original cast. They were people with values and courage. You could look up to them. The American viewing public welcomed these people into their living rooms every week for twenty years. No western in television history has ever accomplished this feat.

CBS hit gold with Gunsmoke.

Gunsmoke is a series that is currently running and has 21 seasons (777 episodes). The series first aired on September 10, 1955.

Where to Watch Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Gunsmoke on demand at Apple TV+, Paramount+, Sling and Pluto TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 10, 1955
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (7,514)