Fascinating Facts About the Popular Western Series Gunsmoke

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Gunsmoke was one of the most popular television shows of its time and became the second longest-running program in TV history. The primetime gem featured sympathetic characters, thrilling plotlines, and star-studded cameos that kicked off the careers of a new wave of actors while highlighting the talents of veterans.

Decades after its original run between 1955 and 1975, the showrunners and actors still have some fascinating stories to tell. These secrets and trivia facts will help you see Gunsmoke in a whole new light.