Days Gone By: The Legacy Television Classic Gunsmoke

In the 1950s, Western television shows dominated the airwaves. Audiences loved taking a step back into America’s wild past, and one show stood above the rest. That show was Gunsmoke, which wound up becoming one of the longest-running series in the history of television.

The incredibly popular hasn’t produced a new episode since 1975, but the legacy it left behind is still influencing our lives today. Here is everything you need to know about the iconic television show, including the fact that it was almost canceled in the 1960s!

It Ran For Two Decades

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It’s not easy for a new television show to run for one season let alone two decades. Debuting on television in 1955, Gunsmoke aired its finale in 1975. In that time it transitioned from being broadcast in black and white to color and is considered one of the greatest television shows of all time.

The show followed the life of a Marshall Matt Dillon who keeps the people of the Dodge City, Kansas in line.