Gunsmoke

  • 1955
  • TV Show
  • TV-PG

This landmark adult Western centered on Marshal Matt Dillon of Dodge City. John Wayne turned down the lead, suggesting James Arness (who remained for its entire run). Originating on radio (with William Conrad as Dillon), it moved to TV in September 1955. Its popularity spawned a number of copycats, but none would enjoy the longevity (and few the consist (more…)

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Thu Jun 21 12:00pm
Matt Dillon Must Die(Season 20, Episode 1) TVLAND

Matt is captured by a crazed killer who is planning to avenge his son's death. Abraham: Morgan Woodward. Jacob: Joseph Hindy. Esau: Bill Lucking.

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Thu Jun 21 1:00pm
A Town in Chains(Season 20, Episode 2) TVLAND

Brazen bank robbers take over a town for one last heist. Matt: James Arness. Big Thicket: Ramon Bieri. Pryor: Russell Wiggins. Arlene: Gretchen Corbett.

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Thu Jun 21 2:00pm
The Guns of Cibola Blanca(Season 20, Episode 3) TVLAND

Doc and a woman are held by outlaws at a desert stronghold. First of two parts. Doc: Milburn Stone. Shindrow: Harold Gould. Lyla: Dorothy Tristan. Coltraine: Richard Anderson.

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Thu Jun 21 3:00pm
The Guns of Cibola Blanca(Season 20, Episode 4) TVLAND

Conclusion of a story about outlaws' capture of Doc and a friend (Dorothy Tristan). Matt: James Arness. Shindrow: Harold Gould.

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Fri Jun 22 12:00pm
Thirty a Month and Found(Season 20, Episode 5) TVLAND

Three drovers find that the railroad is dooming their way of life. Will: Gene Evans. Quincy: Van Williams. Doak: Nicholas Hammond. Matt: James Arness. Cavanaugh: David Brian.

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Fri Jun 22 1:10pm
The Wiving(Season 20, Episode 6) TVLAND

A farmer orders his sons into town to rustle up some brides. Jed: Harry Morgan. Matt: James Arness. Hannah: Fran Ryan. Fran: Karen Grassle. Ike: John Reilly.

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Fri Jun 22 2:20pm
The Iron Men(Season 20, Episode 7) TVLAND

Matt undertakes the rehabilitation of an ex-lawman who is completely given to drink. Matt: James Arness. Ryker: John Russell. Kathy: Barbara Colby.

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Mon Jun 25 12:00pm
The Fourth Victim(Season 20, Episode 8) TVLAND

A mysterious killer is loose. Matt: James Arness. Doc: Milburn Stone. Potter: Biff McGuire. Price: Leonard Stone.

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Mon Jun 25 1:10pm
The Tarnished Badge(Season 20, Episode 9) TVLAND

Matt tangles with a sheriff who rules a town like a feudal despot. Matt: James Arness. Jenny: Pamela McMyler. Barney: Nick Nolte. Gramma: Ruth McDevitt.

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Mon Jun 25 2:20pm
In Performance of Duty(Season 20, Episode 10) TVLAND

Members of an outlaw family stay beyond the law by killing all witnesses to their crimes. Matt: James Arness. Judge: Eduard Franz. Emmett: David Huddleston.

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Mon Jun 25 3:30pm
The Colonel(Season 20, Episode 13) TVLAND

An ex-Army officer-turned-town drunk faces the impending marriage of his daughter. Carl: Dan Travanty. Matt: James Arness.

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Tue Jun 26 12:00pm
Island in the Desert(Season 20, Episode 11) TVLAND

Festus is rescued by a half-loco hermit (Strother Martin). Part 1 of two. Festus: Ken Curtis. Dixon: William C. Watson. Matt: James Arness.

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Tue Jun 26 1:10pm
Island in the Desert(Season 20, Episode 12) TVLAND

A half-crazed hermit forces Festus to pack gold across the desert in the conclusion of a story. Festus: Ken Curtis. Dixon: William C. Watson.

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Tue Jun 26 2:20pm
The Sharecroppers(Season 20, Episode 24) TVLAND

In a comedy of errors, Festus lands behind a plow. Av Marie: Susanne Benton. Dibble: Victor French. Abel: Terry Williams. Linder: Jacques Aubuchon.

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Tue Jun 26 3:30pm
The Squaw TVLAND

Fun-loving Hardy Tate (John Dehner) tries to make up for lost time after the death of his wife. Cully: Paul Carr. Natacea: Vitina Marcus. Dillon: James Arness. Bill: Bob Hastings.

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Wed Jun 27 12:00pm
Hiders(Season 20, Episode 15) TVLAND

Festus urges a teenager to leave a scurrilous band of hiders, men who cut skins from dead range cattle. Karp: Ned Beatty. Festus: Ken Curtis. Matt: James Arness. Quincannon: Lee de Broux. Martha: Sierra Bandit.

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Wed Jun 27 1:00pm
Larkin(Season 20, Episode 16) TVLAND

Trailed by bounty hunters, Newly attempts to take a killer to Dodge. Newly: Buck Taylor. Lon: Anthony Caruso. Angus: Jack Rader.

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Wed Jun 27 2:00pm
The Fires of Ignorance(Season 20, Episode 17) TVLAND

A teacher defies a student's father in a story about children's right to education. Decory: Allen Garfield. Harker: John Vernon. Tommy: Lance Kerwin. Doc: Milburn Stone. Matt: James Arness.

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Wed Jun 27 3:00pm
The Angry Land(Season 20, Episode 18) TVLAND

An orphaned girl is rejected by her only relative. Bessie: Eileen McDonough. Matt: James Arness.

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Thu Jun 28 12:00pm
Brides and Grooms(Season 20, Episode 19) TVLAND

Many a hitch upsets a farmer's plans to get his sons married. Jed: Harry Morgan. Hannah: Fran Ryan. Luke: Herman Poppe. Shep: Dennis Redfield. Ike: David Soul. Fran: Amanda McBroom.

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Thu Jun 28 1:00pm
Hard Labor(Season 20, Episode 20) TVLAND

An illegally convicted Matt is sentenced to life at hard labor in the judge's silver mine. Flood: John Colicos. Matt: James Arness. Widge: Hal Williams.

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Thu Jun 28 2:00pm
I Have Promises to Keep(Season 20, Episode 21) TVLAND

An ailing preacher resolves to build a church for the Comanches despite strong opposition from both whites and Indians. Festus: Ken Curtis. Atkins: Tom Lacy. Dunbar: Ken Swofford.

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Thu Jun 28 3:00pm
The Busters(Season 20, Episode 22) TVLAND

A broncobuster vows to show his partner a time he'll remember "two days after he's dead." Harve: Gary Busey. Mitch: John Beck. Zoe: Lynn Benesch. Doc: Milburn Stone. Matt: James Arness.

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Fri Jun 29 12:00pm
Manolo(Season 20, Episode 23) TVLAND

A Basque sheepherder flouts custom by refusing to fight his father to prove his manhood. Alejo: Nehemiah Persoff. Manolo: Robert Urich. Joachim: Mark Shera.

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  • Premise: This landmark adult Western centered on Marshal Matt Dillon of Dodge City. John Wayne turned down the lead, suggesting James Arness (who remained for its entire run). Originating on radio (with William Conrad as Dillon), it moved to TV in September 1955. I… (more)

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