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Bret and Bart Maverick are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game.

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jack Kelly ...  Bart Maverick / ... 83 episodes, 1957-1962
James Garner ...  Bret Maverick / ... 60 episodes, 1957-1962
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Storyline

Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beauregarde) are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game. Poker (five-card draw) is their favorite but they've been known to play such odd card games as Three-toed Sloth on occasion. The show would occasionally feature both or all three Mavericks, but usually would rotate the central character from week to week. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Comedy | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1957 (USA) See more »

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Maverick See more »

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Runtime:

(124 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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During season one, Bret competes in a boxing match, and uses the "rope-a-dope" strategy (letting the other fighter tire himself out and them coming back to beat him), several years before Muhammad Ali made it famous. See more »

Goofs

Filming seemed to take place in a limited number of spots, so you see some very familiar scenery repeating both within and between episodes. Be prepared for a chase scene passing the same trees and rocks several times, as well as certain scenes cropping up in stories supposedly hundreds of miles apart. Standard stuff for its day. See more »

Quotes

Pappy Maverick: A man does what he has to do - if he can't get out of it.
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Connections

Featured in China Beach: Where the Boys Are (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Maverick
Music by David Buttolph
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Still just as funny today
10 June 2005 | by vrangerSee all my reviews

UPDATE: Maverick is currently showing on the Heroes & Icons cable/digital tweener channel, at 11 AM Eastern. If you've never seen this show or missed some of them, be sure to set your DVR if you have one. *****************************************************************

This is the role that made James Garner, and as much as I like his later work, for me he would never be this much fun to watch again (exception: Support Your Local Sheriff, but that was unquestionably written to capitalize on his Maverick role).

I remembered liking Maverick when I was a kid, but after 40 odd years I didn't remember a single episode or plot line. I can't tell you what a pleasure it was to find this series resurrected on Good Life (Now American Life) TV. Sadly, after a few years ALTV abandoned the excellent B&W series they had been showing, and began airing very inferior color series from later years. Yep, I'll take Maverick and 77 Sunset Strip over Time Tunnel and Lost in Space .... EVERY time.

However, when it aired on ALTV, discovering each episode's charm brought my wife and I months of entertainment, and expectation for the next week.

Among some classic episodes to look for are:

* "War of the Silver Kings", this is the first episode and unquestionably one of the best

* "Gun Shy", an absolutely hilarious take off on Gun Smoke

* "A Fellow's Brother", an entertaining story throughout that made me fall out of my chair laughing when presented with the twist that resolved the crises

* "Shady Day at Sunny Acres", in which Bret Maverick spends the majority of the episode in a rocking chair on the town's boardwalk, whittling and uttering the line, "I'm workin' on it"

* "Pappy", wherein you meet the originator of all of Bret's "My old Pappy used to say ..." lines. Garner of course plays dual roles in the episode and does a great job. (So the movie is only the 2nd time he got to play Bret's father!)


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