Here’s How to Watch ‘Gunsmoke’ this Holiday Season

by Maggie Schneider

The Western drama is available to watch and stream on multiple platforms his holiday season. Here’s where you can find it.

“Gunsmoke” is one of the oldest Western dramas out there. Running on CBS from 1955-1975, the radio and television series is set in Dodge City, Kansas during the 1870s. It is a typical Wild West setting, complete with outlaws and frontier families alike. It is a Western classic with a large fanbase. Here’s how you can watch “Gunsmoke” this holiday season!

Episodes of “Gunsmoke” airs on INSP, formerly known as The Inspiration Network. It appears on the channel Mondays through Fridays during the day at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. ET. Later at night, it appears at 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 11 p.m., and 12 a.m. ET.

If you are unable to watch the show on television, you can also stream it! The first two seasons of the series are available on Paramount+. Fans can also find it on Philo and PlutoTV. While Paramount+ and Philo are subscription services, PlutoTV is free.

The History of “Gunsmoke”

For those who are unfamiliar, INSP describes “Gunsmoke” in a short description.

“Gunslingers! Cattle rustlers! Card sharks and thieves! Outlaws of all types found haven in the largely lawless Wild West, where justice was served frontier style, with or without a makeshift trial, and grudges were settled at the barrel end of a gun, or at the loop end of a rope. Not in Dodge City. Not on Marshal Matt Dillon’s watch.”

There are 635 episodes of “Gunsmoke.” Running for 20 seasons, it is described as one of the “best shows of any kind and any time” by John Dunning. It began as an adult radio show in the late 1940s. CBS began talks of adapting it for television almost immediately after the radio show began airing. Although there were concerns that the show would not translate as well visually, the network began preparing for the switch.

CBS made the right move. It was the second adult Western television series on air, following “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.” Until 2019, it also held the title for “the longest-running, primetime, live-action television series at 20 seasons.” Law & Order Special Victims Unit holds this title now.

Reviews of the series are overwhelmingly positive. At the end of its final season in 1975, the Los Angeles Times called it “the dramatization of the American epic legend of the west.” To this day, fans give the series a 4.8 out of 5 stars on IMDB.

Watch the Western classic for yourself on INSP or other streaming platforms. Happy Holidays!