An editor for ''Gunsmoke'' had this fiery opinion to share about the show's cancellation

This screen editor was heated.

All good things must come to an end, even when that something is a cornerstone of American entertainment. Gunsmoke was a series that lasted on television for a whopping twenty years. If Gunsmoke were a person, they would be able to drive a car and cast a vote in the election! In an era where it feels like most good television shows get canceled before they have a chance to find success, Gunsmoke provided viewers with literal decades of entertaining content. That's not even mentioning the films that followed.

Still, when the series was finally canceled, it was a shock to everyone's systems, whether they were an actor in the series or a crew member whose responsibility was bringing the famed television series to life. While some people were comfortable with respecting the end of the series and moving on to different projects, others had decided that they weren't going down without a fight.

In the Atlanta Constitution, Gunsmoke screen editor Michael Adrian stated his own personal belief that the decision to end Gunsmoke was that of the television network, CBS, not of most of the actors involved in the series.

Adrian said, "I'm sure James Arness and the rest of the cast, with the exception of Amanda Blake, who played Miss Kitty, would have been agreeable to go on with the show."

He added that the show's ending had a hard effect on those who had called Gunsmoke home these last years. Adrian said, "There is no way a group of people can work on something for more than 20 years and not feel a great emotional letdown when it is discontinued."

Adrian also argued that, as a series, Gunsmoke had transcended television, and called it "something special." He said, "If something on television can rise above that and do something meaningful, something that will endure, then something has been accomplished."

He then commended his fellow crewmates, as well as the actors in the series. Adrian said, "They had the best writers and crew that ever was assembled. Everyone was dedicated and devoted to their assignments. What they created was exceptionally good drama."

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Edddie 4 months ago
Now days, always relating entertainment with acts of cruelty . Does anyone know how many guests that acted on gunsmoke were shot by Marshel Dillion.? Just curious
SalIanni 4 months ago
"Gunsmoke" should have been cancelled instead of "Gilligan's Island". That was a horrible mistake by CBS at the time, almost as bad as the rural purge 4 years later.
justjeff 4 months ago
...and it all started with the creative minds of director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston for the radio show starring WIlliam Conrad, Parley Baer, Howard McNear and Georgia Ellis- which (as I've often stated), I prefer over the TV version.
Runeshaper 4 months ago
I can totally understand Adrian's viewpoint. Things end, yes, but it doesn't mean that you are at ease when they do.
Irish 4 months ago
Yes, the cancellation was sad for those of us who were faithful and adoring fans. However, I'm grateful that MeTv keeps the series alive and well. I'm also glad that we can buy the series on DVDs. I will continue to be a big Gunsmoke fan!
Kramden62 Irish 4 months ago
I also wish "Dirty Sally," a spinoff of "Gunsmoke," would have been re-released on DVD, despite the fact only 13 episodes were made. CBS DVD could have included a few episodes of "Dirty Sally" as a bonus feature on a "Gunsmoke" DVD box set, but unfortunately the die was cast.

I remember my Dad was extremely livid when he read that "Gunsmoke" was about to get the ax in the summer of 1975.
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