by Joyce McCraw
Gunsmoke was an exceptional show with an exceptional cast & that comes along very rarely! Whoever put this cast together KNEW what they had! I loved it then & still love it today! I get 2 shows a day & have seen episodes over & over! They never get old! One episode that's not been mentioned was one called "Mike", with Michael Learned, where she saved Matt's life & thats the ONLY time I saw Matt kiss a woman- period! As for Festus,he turned his character into a real, life sized person whom you just couldn't help but love!! I loved his episodes best. How could you not love that lop eared, twangedy, lovesome person who rode a mule named Ruth! Those were when TV was decent & I still love them & watch everyday! Best was when Festus & Doc would get "into it" & Doc would wink at Kitty! A wonderful show that will never be again! Those were the days, my friend!!!