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What makes it worst is that the majority of the stories is about ...
on November 14, 2014
Chester leaves and the show goes downhill. What makes it worst is that the majority of the stories is about someone else and not Matt Dillon and the gang! They're basically background characters. The show should always be about Matt Dillon, Kitty, Doc, Chester, Festus, and people who are part of the stories are second banana. So many are focused on other people that we lose our interest because why do we watch Gunsmoke?? Is to see Matt Dillon in action! Who cares about 40 mins of "Mr. Smith and his dying wife??" They're not GUNSMOKE that the fans want to see! If you check the Nielson ratings when chester left, it just started to go downhill. I think it did comeback strong for a season or two, but it never gain it's top 4 rating since Chester and the half hour seasons. The hour long episodes were weak, with terrible endings. Sometime you're watching it, and you're waiting for a climatic ending, it just ends! And you're left wondering, "is that it?? What happen to him/her??" Yes, a lot of episodes came about like that. It was never the same again after chester left.