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Gunsmoke (1955–1975)

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Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in the rough and tumble Dodge City.

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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
 Matt Dillon (635 episodes, 1955-1975)
 Doc (604 episodes, 1955-1975)
 Kitty / ... (568 episodes, 1955-1974)
 Festus / ... (304 episodes, 1959-1975)
 Chester / ... (290 episodes, 1955-1964)


Marshal Matt Dillon is in charge of Dodge City, a town in the wild west where people often have no respect for the law. He deals on a daily basis with the problems associated with frontier life: cattle rustling, gunfights, brawls, standover tactics, and land fraud. Such situations call for sound judgement and brave actions: of which Marshal Dillon has plenty. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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10 September 1955 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In Steven Spielberg's 1971 TV-movie "Duel", Dennis Weaver's character stops at a filling station. As he drives off, the character who fills up his car is seen, from a distance, walking back towards the station, walking in a stiff-legged limp, like Weaver's Chester Goode "Gunsmoke" character. See more »


Matt is called a US Marshal. Kansas became a state in 1861, more than a decade before the series is set. There was only one US district court in Kansas and one marshal assigned to it, plus a number of deputy marshal. All deputies would be based in Hays, the capital, not towns like Dodge. And deputies would enforce federal laws and court orders, and capture federal fugitives. They would not have state or local jurisdiction (like breaking up fights in the Long Branch). At the time of the series Dodge had a town marshal, and a county sheriff with jurisdiction outside the town limits. See more »


Festus Haggen: Don't you think somebody oughta reckon with him, Matthew?
U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon: What did you say his name was again, Festus?
Festus Haggen: I think its Sinclair... Jack Sinclair.
U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon: He's got no left hand?
Festus Haggen: That's right. Anyways, don't you think somebody ought to go reckon with him?
U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon: No!
Festus Haggen: Why not, Matthew?
U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon: Because it was my bullet that took his hand!
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Referenced in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: Episode #2.19 (1969) See more »


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Great show of course...
5 January 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one lasted 20 years, was in the top 10 '50s, '60s, and '70s(as late as '72...) You name the western character actor-Dub Taylor, Gerald McRaney, Richard Kiley, Forrest Tucker, etc. chances are, they turned up in here. I always preferred Ken Curtis to Dennis Weaver myself, but Chester was okay too.

This has to be the #1 Western of all time, Arness, Blake, Stone and company made this a classic. By all means, if its carried somewhere, see it. It's one of the best.

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