Marshal Matt Dillon comes out on top as Gunsmoke is voted champion of our 2016 Classic TV Western Tournament.
After six weeks, 32 shows and nearly 40,000 votes cast, C&I readers have spoken: The best television western of all time is Gunsmoke.
The Cartwrights of Bonanza put up a good fight, but they couldn’t quite get the best of James Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon, whose long-running series emerged victorious with 56 percent of the vote. Twenty years on the air apparently generates a lot of viewer loyalty and affection.
Through each round we’ve enjoyed reading your feedback and debates on our Facebook page. Let us know what you think of the winner – or are you one of those demanding a recount?