TV Gunsmoke (CBS 1955-1975, James Arness, Dennis Weaver) Published 2 years ago on August 22, 2016 Premiering on CBS in September 1955 and completing its network run September 1975, Gunsmoke is the longest running dramatic non-soap series in the history of US television. 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, Kansas 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 cancellation in 1975, it was the only show of its kind still on the air. John Wayne introduced the very first episode. production details USA / CBS / x60 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 September 1955 – 1 September 1975 Theme Music: Gunsmoke aka Old Trail by Glenn Spencer and Rex Koury cast James Arness as Matt Dillon Amanda Blake as Kitty Russell Dennis Weaver as Chester Goode Milburn Stone as Doc Galen Adams Ken Curtis as Festus Haggen Buck Taylor as Newly O’Brien Burt Reynolds as Quint Asper Glenn Strange as Sam Noonan Ted Jordan as Nathan Burke Hank Patterson as Hank Miller; the stableman Roger Ewing as Thad Greenwood Sarah Selby as Ma Smalley; boarding house owner Roy Roberts as Mr. Bodkin; the banker Howard Culver as Howie Uzzell; hotel clerk Kelton Garwood as Percy Crump; the undertaker John Harper as Percy Crump; later Woody Chambliss as Woody Lathrop; the store-keeper Charles Wagenheim as Halligan; townsperson Tod Brown as Ed O’Connor; rancher James Nusser as Louis Pheeters; town drunk Robert Brubaker as Jim Buck; stagecoach driver Budd Buster as Moss Grim- mick; stableman Clem Fuller as Clem; bartender Dabbs Greer as Wilbur Jonas; storekeeper Pat Hingle as Dr. John Chapman; 1971 Roy Roberts as Harry Bod- kin; banker Fran Ryan as Hannah Cobb; saloon owner later Charles Seel as Barney Danches; telegraph operator Rudy Sooter as Rudy; bartender; 1965–67 Charles Wagenheim as Joshua Halligan; rancher Burt ReynoldsCBSDennis WeaverJame ArnessWesterns Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes21 hours ago Strike Back: Season 7 Episode 5 (Cinemax Fri 22 Feb 2019) Episode 5: Following a high-speed jungle ambush in Myanmar, the suitcase nukes end up in the hands of Jean-Baptiste Zaza... 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