10 Facts About The Cult-Western Series 'Gunsmoke'
Because the show was on so long, Gunsmoke holds a number of records. Both James Arness and Milburn Stone played their characters for 20 years, a feat only recently surpassed by Mariska Hargitay on Law and Order: SVU.
Both Gunsmoke and Lassie were on TV together until the cancellation of the latter paved the way for Gunsmoke to earn the record for the highest number of scripted episodes for any U.S. primetime, live-action TV series. To learn which animated show surpassed Gunsmoke by airing even more episodes, please watch the video above.