TV Series | TV-PG | | Western
Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in rough and tumble Dodge City.
After sixteen seasons, the producers decided to let Milburn Stone choose Doc's first name. Stone chose Galen, which was the surname of an ancient Greek physician and medical researcher. In season 10 episode 21 SONG FOR DYING, Theodore Bikel's character "the Singer" calls Doc Adams "GALEN" and Doc calls the singer Martin Kellums.
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams:
Why don't you take that money and invest it in something? Why don't you do that?
Festus Haggen: Invest it in what?
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: There's wonderful land values outside of Dodge. Now why don't you go out there someplace, look around, and buy yourself a lot?
Festus Haggen: A lot of what?
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: A lot! ...
Most of the social, racial and political attitudes expressed by the characters during the series reflect the 1950s thru 1970s airing of the series rather than its 1870s/1880s setting.