Gunsmoke is arguably the biggest television show ever. This massively successful western was a phenomenon, and America tuned in weekly to watch Matt Dillon’s adventures for over 20 years. But it’s been a while. Do you know these 15 facts about CBS’s biggest primetime hit of all time?
1. Gunsmoke’ was Huge!
Gunsmoke was on television from 1955-1975. There were a lot of westerns on in the 50s, fewer in the 60s, and even fewer in the 70s. Throughout their entire run, Gunsmoke was constantly considered the best and most popular. It was event viewing even as the western craze tapered off.