GUNSMOKE: THE TWELFTH SEASON REVIEWED
“Gunsmoke: The Twelfth Season” enters into 1966 with a season far more defined by its bizarre guest stars. Warren Oates and Martin Landau headline memorable episodes. However, William Shatner pulls up in a heady Holidays tinged episode during Star Trek Season 1. Timing can be weird through a historic filter. At least, we’re getting this season for the first time in full-color.
This was also the first season to really feature minority groups and give them attention. You’ve got to give “Gunsmoke” credit for painting a picture of the Old West that existed outside of Cowboys and Indians. Dodge City was a thriving community that was connected to a far larger world. CBS never got enough credit for their Westerns and it’s about time that changed. But, I realize that I’m doing these bits for the older viewers. Young people don’t care about Westerns. Hell, Tarantino can’t really get you guys to care. Rectify that.
- Episodic Previews
- 1.33:1 standard definition transfer