Probably a bit too yesterday to attract much response rebel, unless youre around the Bus Pass stage
At-the-time Gunsmoke or Gun Law as I first knew it was considered adult and heavyweight TV. It edged towards lethal violence while being less plastic (though by no means completely) than the Boys Own childrens programmes like the Lone Range, Range Rider, etc. - though going from b/w to colour didn't help.
Everyone knew where Dillon got his cocoa three times a week, courtesy Miss Titty, sorry Kitty, but a bit of suggestive eye-to-eye was as far as was shown.
Kitty was probably the least credible character, with top fashion apparel and hair-dos, in her luxuriant saloon establishment and never a hint she made her money laying on her back.
The ramshackled Doc was quite plausible, though not shown as the implied drunken old sot. Although he never said Im a doctor, not a magician., he really was a forerunner of Star Treks Bones McCoy.
Doc Festus Titty - Dillon
Looking back at cast members over the years (20 of them), Dennis Weaver and Burt Reynolds are impressive, but these went on to be mega stars and did not come to the show as such.
Along with the Doc, Weavers slow Winchester toting Deputy character with a limp, Chester, was one of the lesser plastic characters.
Least plastic had to be Ken Curtis (whose father was a real County Sheriff), another of Dillons odd deputys, Festus, who rolled his earthy character out for so many other Westerns.
Shame Arness didnt attract more of an accolade at his passing. Considering American TV rules and restraints of the day, Dillon was probably the Dirty Harry of that time. Dirty Harry was the modern cop version of the Fist full of Dollars character, who was Italian, who was nicked from the Japanese samurai, who was inspired by American Westerns e.g. Matt Dillon