Gunsmoke: Season 5, Vol. 1
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Season 7 the show's time slot expanded to a full hour and Gunsmoke dropped to No. 10. The half-hour scripts were stretched to fit the hour format and story pace suffered. It would continue to drop in the ratings down to a low of No. 34 in season 12. Dennis Weaver left the show after two seasons of hour-long episodes. Chester's last season the show ranked at No. 20. The following season it dropped to No. 27. The loss of Chester was a big deal to someone like me, who had watched the show since its premiere. After his departure, I lost interest in the show. I probably would not be interested in buying the later seasons. Ken Curtis's Festus was cute for about 15 minutes the first time I saw him. After that, I couldn't figure out why no one wanted to strangle him - and I really liked Ken Curtis as an actor-singer. Did you know he was one of the original "Sons of the Pioneers" singing group?)
In season 12 (1967) color was added and Gunsmoke would climb back to be in the top ten for six straight years. Too few shows dealt primarily with Matt Dillon.Read more ›
in its entirety, and one could carp that season 2 to 5 have been sold as two half seasons, and of course cost more. But CBS knows how much old fans enjoyed the show, and suspected this might happen. This is balanced by the fact one can now get the show on DVD at all. They are excellently packaged, and the image quality is very high. A real joy for old Gunsmoke fans, and anyone looking for top quality, timeless entertainment.
Picture quality is superb and my only gripe is that the studio put bonus features on the DVDs. Seriously, there are historians out there who know their stuff and wrote books about Gunsmoke. CBS couldn't contact them about rare footage such as blooper reels? When CBS came out with "The Wild, Wild West," they had a slew of bonus features. Same for "Hogan's Heroes." Why not "Gunsmoke"?
Sadly,the great James Arness who played Marshal Matt Dillon passed away earlier this year.He will be missed.
This was one of the first adult westerns produced and ran for an incredible 20 years.I grew up watching this series but only when it went to color and was expanded to fifty minutes in length.So it is great that I am now getting the chance to see the early episodes with Dennis Weaver in the cast.What a fantastic show this is.Thanks to CBS for releasing this on dvd.
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I am buying Gunsmoke as I enjoy watching the program over and over again.I never tire of it.Published 4 months ago by chondroman
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I'd agree with that, Paula. Looks like they're going to lose a LOT of potential buyers, since many (if not most) are getting older, and may not be around...especially at the current rate of the releases. Yes, they should be putting the entire season in one set, like they did with season 1. I... Read More
Aug 19, 2011 by Mikey | See all 2 posts