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I'm one of those people whose mom loved Gunsmoke. My parents both emigrated to the US ...
on February 2, 2017
I'm one of those people whose mom loved Gunsmoke. My parents both emigrated to the US from Germany, and they adored stories of the American West in the 1800's. I had no idea, but apparently, the theme of settling the American WEst was a HUGE theme in Germany in the first half of the 20th century. There was an author named Karl Mai, who remains the nest selling author to this day in the history of German language publishing. So when my mom came to live with me in 2009, I made sure to stock up on all the Westerns she loved: Wagon Train, Maverick, Gunsmoke, Bat Masterson, bunches more. But Gunsmoke and Big Valley were her favorites.
Because beyond being setin the West of the 1800's, they were morality plays. They were sometimes profound, and my personal favorite episode is entitled Coventry, about the power of social acceptance. This is an amaing theme that is recurrent in Gunsmoke.
When I think of the Gunsmoke episodes I saw, the best ones aired between 1960 and 1964, I think. Seasons 6-9. he acting was outstanding, but the writing was beautiful. Kathleen Hite, a pioneering woman writer of the era, wrote the majority of those episodes. They are historically surprisingly accurate and informative and really profound.
So I say, buy this piece of American television. It is excellent Modern television can't come close, and we are ALL the poorer for it.