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Gunsmoke opening credits (1955)

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Spanning 20 years and 635 total episodes, Gunsmoke remains the undisputed king of television drama. Between 1955 and 1975, millions of people across the country tuned in to see James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon, Milburn Stone as Doc Adams, and Amanda Black as Miss Kitty Russell.

Adapted from the long running radio program of the same name, this popular western was the backbone of CBS’ Saturday night programming for 12 years, before anchoring the Monday night shows for its final four seasons. To this day, no American television drama has equaled Gunsmoke’s episode total.

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Gunsmoke on the cover of TV Guide (January 1960)

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