TV Series | TV-PG | | Western
Unfortunately, according to Arness, the cancellation at the end of the 20th season got them by surprise. The cast and crew were all expecting another season, three at most, at least until the series had seven hundred episodes.
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams:
I'll tell you why the Hagens live so long.
Festus Haggen: Why?
Dr. Galen 'Doc' Adams: 'Cause they're too dumb to know they're dead!
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.