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Stories of the journeys of a wagon train as it leaves post-Civil War Missouri on its way to California through the plains, deserts and Rocky Mountains. The first treks were led by gruff, ... See full summary »
Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beau) are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game. Poker (5 card draw) is ... See full summary »
The Shiloh Ranch in Wyoming Territory of the 1890s is owned in sequence by Judge Garth, the Grainger brothers, and Col. MacKenzie. It is the setting for a variety of stories, many more ... See full summary »
Marshal Earp keeps the law, first in Kansas and later in Arizona, using his over-sized pistols and a variety of sidekicks. Most of the saga is based loosely on fact, with historical badguys... See full summary »
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
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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 »
Not only a good Western,but action drama at its best
For the 20 years that it ran on CBS,"Gunsmoke" was the essential Western to watch. Not only it was about a Marshal who retain law and order in Dodge City in the 1800's,but set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Kansas frontier. The stories kept its viewers on edge no matter what its characters were going through as Matt Dillon(played by James Arness) kept the peace alongside his deputies Chester Goode(played by Dennis Weaver from 1955-1963),Quint Aspen(played by Burt Reynolds from 1961-1964),Festus Hagen(played by Ken Curtis from 1963-1975),and Newly(played by Buck Taylor from 1967-1975). It also had Dillon saving Miss Kitty(Amanda Blake)for great danger in some of the episodes which in some sparked a love interest. It may have been cancelled,but CBS executives saved the series in the late 1960's as it switched from Saturday nights(where it ran for 10 years including the extension to an hour format in 1961,and in 1965 which the show made the transition to color) to Monday nights(where it stayed until the show's final episode in 1975,marking the end of the TV western) outdoing its precessdor Bonanza,which was on a rival network for an astounding 14 seasons.
The series afterward spawn three Gunsmoke TV movies that followed and there will be a fourth installment of the series which CBS is producing. Kudos to James Arness,the true Marshal Dillon. Catch the episodes(some of the color and black and white installments)on TV Land!!!
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