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  Gunsmoke: The Fifteenth Season, Volume One and Volume Two 

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 9/25/19

My dad really loved this show. It began in 1953, long before I was born. It lasted until 1975. At that time, it was the longest running show on TV. It wasn't my favorite show because it was very realistic and serious; it was aimed at adults and didn't have much comedy in it. I wasn't a huge fan of "Bonanza," either, but that one had a lot more comedy in it.

The action and drama are the reasons adults loved this show. Marshall Matt Dillon (James Arness) was the perfect American hero. He shot or arrested the bad guys. Although the show was in black and white for many years, it wasn't a one-dimensional show. They portrayed women and people of color in a much more advanced way than earlier western shows and movies had done. Society's problems were dealt with in a way that wouldn't have happened in another type of show. The show was on radio for years before it became a TV show.

These DVD's are for season 15, so the series was facing the last quarter of its run. Dennis Weaver (Chester) had left over a decade before, and Festus (Marshall Dillon's other regular deputy) was only appearing occasionally. Newly O'Brien (who was sometimes a blacksmith and sometimes a deputy) was given more to do. The show was still getting pretty good ratings, though.

This is one of the longest-running series on US TV. It ran for 20 years. To put it another way, it started 8 years before I was born and then ran for my entire childhood (until I was starting high school). Even back then, that seemed unusual.

Anyone who likes westerns, or good dramas, should enjoy these DVD's. There aren't any features, unfortunately, except for some previews of the episodes from back then. These episodes are newly remastered, so they look and sound beautiful.


Title: Gunsmoke: The Fifteenth Season, Volumes One & Two

Street Date: October 1, 2019

Format: DVD

Description: Gunsmoke is an American television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during the settlement of the American West.

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