In 1914, Nichols, a soldier, sick of killing, returns to his Arizona hometown, named after his family, and is strong-armed into serving as Sheriff by the Ketcham clan, who run the area. ... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
James Garner ...  Sheriff Frank Nichols 24 episodes, 1971-1972
Margot Kidder ...  Ruth 24 episodes, 1971-1972
Neva Patterson ...  Ma Ketcham / ... 24 episodes, 1971-1972
John Beck ...  Ketcham / ... 24 episodes, 1971-1972
Stuart Margolin ...  Mitch / ... 24 episodes, 1971-1972
John Harding John Harding ...  Salter 10 episodes, 1971-1972
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In 1914, Nichols, a soldier, sick of killing, returns to his Arizona hometown, named after his family, and is strong-armed into serving as Sheriff by the Ketcham clan, who run the area. Nichols, who doesn't believe in toting a gun, scoots around via a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The Ketchams install as Deputy their relative, Mitch Mitchell. The nasty Deputy has a dog named Slump, and Mitchell is very dumb. A business-savvy local gal has an undefined relationship with Nichols, but it's obvious there's lots of action in the back rooms of her saloon. The strict moral lines of traditional Westerns are absent in this very Vietnam War era show's view of the Old West's dying days: the Ketchams aren't all bad, and little-respected Sheriff Nichols wouldn't mind ripping off the town to head for Mexico. Written by David Stevens

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Garner as Nichols See more »

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Runtime:

(23 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Ketcham house was also used as the main house in Bret Maverick 1981. See more »

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16 February 2008 | by irearlySee all my reviews

Strangely, I agree with everything that has been said so far. This really was a different kind of television show. Great cast with an impossibly hot Margot Kidder and excellent stories, I especially remember one about a madcap treasure hunt that had so many twists, turns and reversals that it quite rightly turned out to be a dream. And just to prove I've been there: as already reported the last episode killed off the Nichols character and replaced him with his brother the only difference between the two being the new brother's full on black mustache. The whole episode the brother seesaws about whether or not he'll stay and take over for his dead brother. Finally he goes to the barber shop and looks at his mustache in the mirror, putting his hand over it as if to visualize what he would like like without it (i.e., take over for his dead brother and keep the series going).

"Naw", he says and leaves the town of Nichols ending the show.


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