Episodes like "Call Me Dodie" just remind me of why Gunsmoke has been on the air for 60 years, with no signs of slowing down. Over and over again, they explore the heart of human depravity like nothing else in the history of television, fearlessly going underneath the surface of polite society to reveal the dark hearts of women and men. The relentless focus on female perversity and peril, the neverending insistence on casting beautiful, compelling actresses to play these parts, all written and directed with inspiration, make Gunsmoke the best hour long drama to have ever been on television, bar none. Test episodes like "Dodie," "The Squaw" (Season 7) and "The Cabin" against any so-called criticism and it will leave them crumbled and broken under the sheer power of this television program. Only Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone" was better, but it being only 30 minutes, is really in a different sphere of concern. For hour long dramas, Gunsmoke is the best of all time.
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