Were these Gunsmoke scenes originally in black and white or did we change them?

Guess if these images are from the early black and white seasons or the later color ones.

The classic television western Gunsmoke went through many iterations over its twenty-year run. It transitioned from a half-hour show to a full hour, some cast members left while others joined and it made the switch from black and white to color like so many programs from that era.

We’ve collected 15 images from various seasons of Gunsmoke and changed them all to black and white. Can you tell which ones were originally in color?

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  1. Gunsmoke had many different opening titles. Was this one originally in black and white or color?
  2. Is this Matt Dillon from an early black and white season or a later season in color?
  3. Here's Kitty playing guitar. Is this from a color episode or a black and white one?
  4. That's Harrison Ford! Was he in a black and white episode?
  5. Is this scene from a black and white episode?
  6. What about this scene?
  7. That's Charles Bronson! Was he in a color episode or a black and white one?
  8. Is this from an episode originally broadcast in color?
  9. What is this image from - a black and white scene or a color one?
  10. Here, Matt and Kitty enjoy a cup of tea. Is this a color scene or not?
  11. Was this scene of Festus riding a cow originally broadcast in color or black and white?
  12. Is this sad scene from a black and white episode or a color one?
  13. That's Bruce Dern! He was in both color and black and white episodes. Here, he plays an outlaw who kidnaps Kitty. Is that a color episode or not?
  14. Is this Kitty from an early black and white season or a later season in color?
  15. Is this Doc Adams from an early black and white season or a later season in color?

Were these Gunsmoke scenes originally in black and white or did we change them?

Your Result...

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35 Comments

Mike 28 months ago
10/15 Not so good, and I was a watcher back then.
Muleskinner 34 months ago
13/15. You have to look very carefully.
JanFresh 43 months ago
I missed #4 with Harrison Ford
JanFresh 43 months ago
14/15 Gunsmoke is my all time favorite western
CaptainDunsel 43 months ago
14/15
Missed #11
I addition to the "actor" and "age" tips others mentioned, there are some differences in the way color or b&w get lit and shot that remain even when color is removed.
Cowgirl 44 months ago
You got 13 out of 15
You knew a thing or two about that quiz! Great job!
I missed #12 & #14.
I wish the entire show had been filmed in color so I could see how pretty Kitty's outfits really were.
EllisClevenger 44 months ago
You got 12 out of 15
You knew a thing or two about that quiz! Great job!
Missed #13, #14, and #15.
supruser 44 months ago
..missed #1 & #10 ..most of them were easy because of the characters that were in them gives away the time they aired..
LaJenna supruser 44 months ago
Also hair styles
Craigg 44 months ago
You got 14 out of 15
You knew a thing or two about that quiz! Great job!

Missed the last one.
UTZAAKE 44 months ago
12/15. 9, 12 and 15.
13. Fear the Sneer!
JZ6030 44 months ago
15/15. This one was right in my wheel house. This is my favorite show so I would have been disappointed if I didn’t get them all.
Gunsmoke. A classic that defies time. B/W or Color always entertaining.
starrmervine 44 months ago
Obviously I don’t pay attention I just want to be entertained
MaryAnn starrmervine 44 months ago
Your comment makes me feel a lot better about my abysmal score on this frustrating quiz. Thank you!
OldSoul 44 months ago
15/15 because I paid attention to how young the actors are and who was in each episode.
TheDavBow3 44 months ago
13/15! I had to go by how young Arness, Stone or Blake looked or whether Ken Curtis, Dennis Weaver, Burt Reynolds was in it.
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