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  • One of the greatest westerns ever made.

    10
    I first saw the originals, and I had to say, I'm really impressed. Who would've thought that this was the first western that ran about 20 seasons? I've heard that after 20 seasons, the show was left unfinished. It would've returned for one or three more seasons (according to James Arness). But anyways, this show is so awesome and so entertaining to watch. Lovable characters, great plot, good storyline and nice setting. Gunsmoke is a really good western, and one of the best ones ever made.
  • All episodes

    10
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  • Gunsmoke DVDs

    10
    I would describe this show as my best friend because it has been a part of my life and such unforgettable. Most especially during the second era, it brought much excitement to the show! Why I can't find this type of show nowadays?! I bought a DVD of this show from gunsmokedvdset. com , it was in good quality and I'm glad that the seller produced a decent copy of this. Because Gunsmoke is the one and ONLY show that really worth watching for.
  • a true legend

    10
    There are lots of critics before for these western TV shows, because some of them says these kind of shows makes its viewers liberally inclined. Well, of all the Western TV shows aired in the past, only Gunsmoke, I must say, really proved these critics very wrong. Marshall Dillon taught every one of us on what "integrity" really means as this is his best character in his role that's why millions of viewers waited every episode during its 20 years of airing in the television. There will never be another show like this nowadays, right? I really really missed this show sooo much!! I was glad I received a complete DVD set which is a gift from my grandson last Christmas. He said he just order it at . It really made me happy to watch this all over again. It's really worth the time, truly enjoyable. Gunsmoke rules!
  • great puchase for an excellent show!

    10
    I really do miss watching this show and looked for a great copy! The Gunsmoke I received from appears to be excellent thus far! Never encountered problems with the seller and not to mention, the DVDs were shipped in short amount of period. The packaging is great - no damage and came in great condition! The whole set has all the complete episodes, no scratches, and most importantly, it's playable in our DVD player. For a very affordable value, it's really worth it!
  • A clever title goes here!

    10
    I like Pat hingle as the Doctor.
  • Gunsmoke TWENTY YEARS

    10
    I LOVE this show, it was a 10 all around from actors to writing to directors!!!! to "stryper7" if it was so abysmal then tell me HOW it lasted TWENTY YEARS???



    The only criticism I have is the firing of Amanda Blake!!!! What was Mantley thinking????



    I watched this as a child and I still watch it to this day!!!!
  • Gunsmoke! Greatest show of all time!!!

    10
    I grew up watching Gunsmoke as a kid and always wanted to be like Marshal Dillon yet comedic like Festus or Chester. There was always a variety of drama and laughter throughout the series, that's what made the show so GREAT!



    Encore Westerns recently rewound back several years from 1966 to 1961, now the Chester era. I finally get to see the episodes with Chester (Dennis Weaver) and he's as funny and silly as Festus is, you gotta love that! I've only known Gunsmoke to be on TV Land all these years until it got canceled from TV Land few months ago. I'd like to see a network channel that'll show all the Gunsmoke episodes from beginning to end, that would be nice.



    I love Matt Dillon's serious side, you don't dare mess with Matthew! As a Marshal, he was very hard but fair as always, professional yet courteous to his fellow man and woman. I would've loved to see the final episode of him and Kitty riding off in the sunset together. That may have been the perfect ending to the entire series.



    Kitty... she was definietly easy on the eyes. A fine good looking woman who was tough as nails when she had to be. That's the kind of women I like...grooooowl !!!



    Thad and Newly... always there for Matt when it got a bit rough out there, great back-up no matter what! I'll have to admit, the episode where Newly got married to a woman who just died after was tear jerking! Everyone knew she was going to die soon and all felt heartbroken over it.



    Chester... still getting to know his character right now but realizing he's a lot like Festus yet more slightly on the serious side. Can someone tell me why Chester's leg limps? Was there a storyline to that or never brought up? Would love to know.



    Louie Pheters... the town drunk. He tends to be at the wrong place and at the wrong time seems like. So drunk yet so innocent, I always feel sorry for him. I like how he always tells Matt "You're my friend Matt!" with a shaky scared voice and Matt lets Louie sleep it off in his jail.



    And last but never least - Doc and Festus, my 2 favorites!! I will always crack up at those two when they go at it! That is definitely me and my old man neighbor next door. We are a lot like them. Too many scenes to mention, but every episode where they do the "Abbott & Costello" routines is a breath of fresh air to me! And yet when something happens to one of them the other either cries or gets deeply upset. I would've loved to see a spin-off series of just those two going at it all the time. "You old scudder"!



    I knew Ken Curtis could sing (and I know he was with the Sons of the Pioneers) but never like what I saw on You Tube doing "Tumbling Tumbleweeds". What a voice! I didn't know Festus could sing that good!!! Holy Crap!!! His voice as Festus is so high pitched you would think he's lip synching to it. And yet he still wears his Gunsmoke clothes in that video, CLASSIC!!! Rest in peace my friend! I'll drink a beer with you anyday!



    So yes, Festus is my favorite character from Gunsmoke, Dont'cha See???!!!



    SFC Mark Michael, U.S. Army (Desert Storm Veteran).
  • This television show was a pioneer in its day. Gunsmoke laid the foundation and standards for the formating of television shows in general and for its specific genre.

    10
    Gunsmoke is one of the first television shows I can remember watching. One of the best things about it is its complexity, diversity, rich tapestry for storytelling, and its appeal even now to diverse generations and age groups.

    Among the first of its kind, one of the first westerns to make the jump from radio to television, it set the standard not only for other western series but for the way shows were developed for television. It managed to keep the overall feeling of the serialized radio show while utilizing the new media of television to tell its stories. Some of the special effects and stunts are cutting edge for the era and beautifully executed.

    The concept of the same actors playing out the lives of their characters was new. Gunsmoke holds the distinction of being the only live action television show to have its main characters played by the same actors for its entire twenty year run. This allowed the writers to explore the characters' personalities in more depth. The result was a stunning character study for each character reflecting how personal experience changes them over time.

    Another concept introduced by the show was continuity. Earlier episodes lack this and you'll find wild variations in the characters' back stories. Some episodes which aired in later years apparently take place before earlier episodes. In later years, the writers tried for a more solid linear story line and this eventually became standard for most television shows.

    Gunsmoke also didn't shy away from exploring a variety of topics which were considered controversial at the time of airing. Domestic violence, women's rights, and child abuse are all themes which the show tackles head-on with a modern slant in a classical setting. It was one of the first shows to break the romanticized stereotype of the Native American and to attempt to show the settling of the west from their point of view.

    I continue to be amazed by the long list of supporting actors Gunsmoke whose careers either started or were boosted on that set. Guest appearances have included William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ron Howard, Burt Reynolds, and Dennis Weaver to name a few.

    These are the things which make this an influential, classic staple for me and the reasons why, years later, I am still watching the show in syndication. In spite of the violent setting and the often shocking subject matter, the show still portrays wholesome societal morals and family values. It's a family show with something to offer all ages whose topics are often still relevant. The acting and storytelling alone, along with all the cinematic precedents it set, make it worth watching.
  • i'm a 49 yeaar old woman who loves gunsmoke. i watch it everyday. I try to get home from work intime to watch it. I wish it still came on the western channel.

    10
    I have seen all the episodes of gunsmoke. i watched it when i was a kid with my parents. i now watch it with my husband and 6 yr. old grandson. I love the show. My favorite character is Festus. My husband jokes about me being in love with Festus. I love the way he squints his eye shut. The way him and doc are always bickering about everything. I love it when he calls doc an old sckutter. Not sure i spelled that right. also not sure what an old sckutter is. If they put it back on as a t.v. show with different actors i don't think that it would go over to good.
  • There were 3 distinct eras in the 20 year history of Gunsmoke. The 1st as a 30 min b&w series focusing on the lives of Matt, Doc, Chester and Kitty. The 2nd as a 60 min b&w series with Festus replacing Chester. The 3rd as an hour long western anthology.

    10
    When "Gunsmoke" premiered, its introduction by John Wayne notified the viewers that they were about to see a different kind of TV western drama, and he was right. At the time, shows of that genre were aimed at kids, ie: "The Lone Ranger" and "The Cisco Kid", "Gunsmoke" was billed as the first "adult western".

    Matt Dillon (played by James Arness, the longest, continuous running, recurring character on television) was the tough but fair Marshal of Dodge City in post-Civil War Kansas. For 20 years he was either your best friend or your worst enemy, depending on which side of the law you were on.

    Dr. Galen "Doc" Adams (played by Milburn Stone) was a crotchity old frontier doctor who knew his medicine and his limitations. He was sometimes the id to Matt's ego and other times the spur in Chester or Festus' saddle.

    Katherine "Kitty" Russell (played by Amanda Blake) was the worldly wise owner of the Long Branch Saloon. Dispenser of drinks, advice and charm.

    Chester Goode (played by Dennis Weaver) was Matt's assistant for the early years. Having lost a leg (in the war?) he walked with a limp, was famous for making bad coffee and was loyal as the day was long.

    Festus Haggen (played by Ken Curtis) was eventually Matt's deputy. Dennis Weaver wanted to leave the show for some time so Festus' character was worked in gradually. In many an opinion (mine in fact) he surpassed his predecessor. A hillbilly who couldn't read, Festus was one tough hombre when challenged.

    Along with other townsfolk who grew familiar to us over the years, Sam the bartender, Loud-mouthed Burke, Louis Pheeters the town drunk, Quint Asper the blacksmith and Newly O'Brien the gunsmith, loyal viewers almost became part of Dodge City.

    The lessons are not always obvious. As the series went on, Matt learned that justice was not always righteous and right was sometimes wrong. But the message was always clear. And although they once had an elephant come to town, "Gunsmoke" never jumped the shark. It remained a high quality TV program spanning 3 decades.
  • one of the best shows ever

    10
    I think this is one of the best shows ever.It stars Milburn Stone as doc, Amanda Blake as kitty,Glenn Strange as the bartender of the long branch,James Arness as matt dillon the marshal,Buck Taylor as newly the gunsmith,Ken Curtis as Festus the deputy marshal(my favorite person on the show),they are the main actors.It has everything you want.If you like westerns this is the show for you.I love westerns and this is my favorite western tv show.but my favorite episodes are the ones thats in black and white that they dont show anymore.It used to be on the western channle but not anymore.
  • Stryper7 think before you speak..

    10
    Gunsmoke is by far the best tv series and theres over 500 episodes to prove it.Gunsmoke is ovbiously not your taste what do you like? comedy?,Tv shows full of sex and constant violence?.Please if you have nothing to say good about it shut your mouth ,grab your remote and switch to your desired show and btw you should check out the movie "Browback Mountain" you might like the gay cowboys.I think one of the gay cowbows have a dot on there face and o yes it's called a beuty mark.We are so caught up these days, tv shows were everything is perfect.The point is for Festus to be a slump,but what is your taste? good looking guys and sexy girls in tv shows,Maybe if you stopped staring at kitties dot and festus's shirt you would be able to enjoy the show geez.Reviews are for mature people..why did you have to lie when you registed.
  • You have everything that you need in this show, sex, violence, alcohol, love stories, family affairs, legal issues, justice, vengence, everthing.

    10
    Watch a whole episode and you will fall in love with it. The best episodes are

    The Wreckers
    The Jailer
    Matt's Love Story
    The Goldtrain
    Matt Gets It
    Mannon
    The Favor
    20 Miles to Dodge
    The Long Night
    Quiet Day in Dodge
    7 Hours 'til Dawn
    The Badge
    Zavala
    Bloody Hands
    The Brothers

    You cannot really know this show until you watch the early black and white eps (1955-57), the late 1/2 hour b & w eps (1957 to 1964), the b&w hour eps of the mid-60's and the color eps of the late 60's and early 70's. If you watch several shows from each era, you would think you are watching four different shows. Try watching them all in order and it is like you are watching a soap opera where you get to know the characters.
  • Every Cowboy wants to be Matt Dillon

    10
    I love this show. I love it in the early 30 minute format or later at an hour long. I love all of the characters, but Matt, Kitty, Festus, Newly, and Doc Adams are the best. I really loved the interaction between Doc and Festus. Similar to Bones and Spock on Star Trek. I don't know what else to say... I love Gunsmoke.
  • The best!

    10
    This is definately a classic! One of the best shows of all time! I watch this show every time its on. All the actors in this show were the bets in my opinion. There'll never be another show like this. Thanks to all who created and worked on Gunsmoke. The best western of all time!
  • I looked forward to watching Gunsmoke everyday, it was one of the shows I really enjoyed and looked forward to. I think it is a shame to take it off and put something else in its place. What can we do to bring it Back?

    10
    The best western series ever made. You have a lot of shows you run over and over that are not as good as the Gunsmoke, so why not just put Gunsmoke back on so you dont have to rerun some of the less enjoyable shows. Without Gunsmoke, the Western channel is not the same. Please bring it back.
  • To make this short, my husband was deployed to the war in Iraq for a year and I found myself lonely and tired of those crazy new shows, I stumbled in on Chester, my husband got home 5 months later and we have been watching ever since.

    10
    Gunsmoke is awesome, awesome show and source of entertainment. My husband loves it, I mean now that we are older the humor in it is just as outstanding as the drama. My husbands favorite is \"take her she\'s cheap\" the way Matt goes off on the father after returing the daughter just floors him,we watch it on Encore so we know that it will come around again and again and again. Matt is a great man figure, not father. He sets the record straight and keeps it that way. Quint what can I say. Keep it up!
  • We need a return to the values of Marshall Matt Dylon. Watch this show and you'll have the building blocks of being a man.

    10
    Gunsmoke was the longest running tv drama EVER. Theres a reason for that. It is truly one of the greatest shows ever, and without the brutal violence (sure people get shot and fall from bar house balcony's on a regular basis, but the violence always ended up biting the bad guys in the butt in the end.
    Of course Gunsmoke wasn't all drama and gunslinging, some of the comedy episodes are classics themselves, of these the Dirty Sally episodes, and the Midget Were-Elephant episode are hilarius.
    It really is a show the whole family can watch, and you don't have to worry about the young ones trying to karate kick your coffee sack afterwards.
  • If there was nothing else but Gunsmoke on tv, I would be happy!

    10
    I got a late start on this show. I never watched it when it first aired. I guess I was just too young to appreciate a great show. Now at 44 yrs old, each episode is like brand new to me, even though I am really watching reruns. I started with the black and white episodes on the Western Channels, after I had seen every single one that they would show, I started on the color episodes on tvland. I now have quite the collection. I really like the black and whites but, the color ones have more of my favorite characters in them. Number 1 to me of course is Matt but second to me is Newly, he is such a cutie. I also like Doc and Festus because of their humor.
  • From the dark and grim shows of the 50's to the comedy/dramas of the 60's to the watered-down, yet still entertaining episodes of the 70's comes Gunsmoke!

    10
    I've watched Gunsmoke since I was a kid and I must say that I believe that it is the best of the TV westerns. It's success stems from the likeablility of characters such as Doc, Chester, Festus, etc. I also believe that the invulnernablity of Matt Dillion and the surety of his quick "justice" added to the show's success. They wussed up his character during the 70's leading to a definite lowering of the quality of the program. Before the 70's, I remember one show where a villian killed Matt's former mentor. For the entire show, Kitty, Doc, and Festus tried to convince Matt that he shouldn't seek revenge for the killing since he was a Federal Marshal, but at the end Dillon pumps six shots into him. Now that's entertainment!
    Anyhoo, the producers kowtowed to the antiviolence tree-hugging milksop lobby and turned Dillon into what amounted to an absentee Marshal. Watch the black and white hour long programs with Burt Reynolds and Chester.
    They're the best of the lot.
  • The Gunsmoke Click

    9.5
    I discovered this show 3 months ago after I finished all the Maverick episodes. Im 43. Now on season 12 and this is all I watch everyday. I wish Chester stayed in the show because he was the best . If not for Festus, I would have given up on the show. I love this show but its a love hate. I have noticed that the main characters in Dodge treat the town like a click and are just total jerks to any outsiders. The episode "Champion" pissed me off so bad. I love Matt when he is fighting some real scum bags,but for the most part he acts just like a modern day cop. I hate cops and that bad attitude they have. I know James did not have that pompes attitude in real life and was opposite of Matt ,so it makes me feel better but I would love to see Miss Kitty get her brains blown all over the Long Branch. Omg I hate that ginger bitch. What great Actors they were to get me so mad. I know in real life hey were great people but there characters I cant stand. I only watch the show now for all the guest stars and Festus. If I was in the world of Gunsmoke I would have kicked the shit out of the Marshal and had my way with Kitty. God bless Amanda Blake,JA,KC,DW,MS
  • True icons

    9.5
    The black and white shows seem to be the most realistic look into the past for me and war hero James Aurness is my all time favorite actor.
  • Festus vs Chester

    9.5
    We watch Gunsmoke religiously every night with the two 1/2 hr series and the one hour series.

    When is Festus comming back and can you let us know? It gets too repetive to see the same shows over and over.

    Thanks
  • A great western and a great show

    9.5
    As somone in my late fourty's I never watched the early gunsmoke episodes when they aired. I was brought on on the colored 1 hour versions with Festus as Matt side kick. These were for the most part great episodes mixed with heavy drama and playful interaction with Matt Doc and Festus and they were the only episodes we were shown on TV. When the first half hour seasons were issued on DVD It took a while for me to get used to them with a different side kick, Chester and a different more violent Matt (in one episode Matt and Chester voilently ambush six outlaws somethihg you would never see in the one hour cored episodes) However that being said I enjoyed these just as much as the later colored episodes becasue the action was quick and the story lines straightforward and although in the end I preferred Festus to Chester the later had a charm of his own.
  • Of all the westerns of its day Gunsmoke was without a doubt the very best of them all. Family entertainment at its best. Nothing has come along since then with maybe the exception being Open Range. Both showed the West as it was trials and hardship they h

    9.3
    I started watching Gunsmoke at the tender age of 8 years old, and I have enjoyed watching the reruns now that I\'m 58 years old. This was a truly \"Classic\" western that the whole family could enjoy, in fact mine did. Every Saturday when I was growing up the whole family (there was 5 of us) would set in front of the first TV (1957) that we owned and enjoy every episode. What made Gunsmoke so popular in its day to me was \"wholesome\". Anybody could sit down and watch any episode and would like the ending. My grandson (Clayton) and I watch now so its come full cirle now for me. I hope everyone out there has a chance to watch this \"Classic\" for it is a very good Western for any time frame.
  • Better storylines and tackled heavier themes than most Westerns of its time.

    9.2
    Prior to TV Land airing this series last year I had only seen a handful of episodes. All I knew about it was that it was my father's favorite series as a boy. When TV Land began running episodes at 7:00 AM EST I'd put this on, and soon realized I was finding myself running late for work more often than not due to getting hooked on what would happen next in a particular episode.

    I am a fan of Bonanza (mostly because of Adam!) but I must say that Gunsmoke without fail had much better plots, superior acting, and less predictability than Bonanza. Especially for a Western, I find the writing and the themes to be ahead of what other TV Westerns were dishing up.
  • This was a classic TV Western drama.

    9.0
    Gunsmoke was and is one of the best westerns to ever appear on television. Even beyond that, it is one of the better shows on television period. The writing was so good that it still holds up to today's standards. The regular cast was outstanding. The guest starts were absolutely fantastic. In this time period of television many famous actors would make appearances on great television shows such as this. Then there were the up and coming actors that would go on to become huge stars and used this as a springboard of sorts. All in all a great show that can still be watched today without missing a beat.
  • The best western of all time...

    8.6
    well, not only is gunsmoke the best western of all time, byt it is also the longest running drama series in the world as most of you know,it ran from 1955 - 1975, 20 seasons! i like how Marshall Matt Dilon is like a tank, and can fight anyone anywhere, sometimes three or four guys can take him after they beat him with a chair.i think that the characters development is very good for a series in the 50's and my dad watches it every day so i have seen quite alot of shows but of course not all of them.it is a very good western. it's a classic.later.
  • perhaps one of the top 3 greatest tv weasterns of all time and has made more eps then any other show beisdes wrestling and sports and talk shows and soaps

    8.5
    gunsmoke was a really good show even though i was not around when it came on in the 50s nor 70s i grew up watching the reapeats on tv land and really enjoyed the show its about western town that features a sherf and his othe partner and they help protect doge city by handling the bad guys and the people that are tring to cause trouble like murders and theives and other situtions. its a really good show and had alot of really good stores after all it made over 600 eps. and that is why i gave the show a 8.5
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