A long running [[TheWestern Western]] series about the adventures of the Marshal and citizenry of Dodge City, Kansas. It aired on Creator/{{CBS}} radio from 1952 to 1961.

A [[{{Series/Gunsmoke}} television version of the series]] (with a completely different cast) aired on CBS television from 1955 to 1975.
!!This radio series provides examples of:
* AdultFear
* AwayInAManger: "Beeker's Barn"
* CluelessDeputy: Chester more or less served as this, although in most episodes he was only described as an "assistant" rather than an official deputy.
* DownerEnding: Frequently.
* FrontierDoctor: Doc Adams
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Miss Kitty. (The producer-director is quoted in a 1953 ''Time'' magazine [[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,806658,00.html interview]]: "We never say it, but Kitty is a prostitute, plain and simple.")
* OpeningNarration:
-->'''Announcer:''' Around Dodge City and in the territory out west, there's just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers, and that's with a U.S. Marshal and the smell of... ''Gunsmoke!'' (theme music starts) ''Gunsmoke'', starring William Conrad. The story of the violence that moved west with young America, and the story of a man who moved with it.\\
'''William Conrad:''' I'm that man. Matt Dillon, United States Marshal. The first man they look for and the last they want to meet. It's a chancy job, and it makes a man watchful... and a little lonely.
* RadioDrama
* SympatheticMurderBackstory: In the radio version, Doc Adams had unwillingly killed a man in a duel back East, and had to flee and change his name to avoid extralegal retaliation.
* USMarshal: Matt Dillon
* TheWestern
* WesternCharacters
* TheWildWest