List of Maverick episodes

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James Garner as Bret Maverick (left) and Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick (right)
Roger Moore as Beau Maverick
Roger Moore as Beau Maverick and Kathleen Crowley as Kiz
James Garner as "Pappy" and Kaye Elhardt
Marshall Kent and Ben Gage in Gunsmoke spoof "Gun-Shy"

The following is an episode list for ABC's 1957 comedy-western television series, Maverick, created by Roy Huggins and starring James Garner, Jack Kelly, Roger Moore, and Robert Colbert. Unusually for an American television program, Maverick's main cast varied episodically. As such, the starring cast for each episode are listed below alongside other details. Most episodes feature only one of the lead characters named Maverick and never more than two.

Series leads[edit]

* Moore appeared in 15 episodes, but he played a different character in the second season Maverick episode "The Rivals" opposite Garner, while Colbert appeared in a different role in the fourth season episode "Hadley's Hunters" before making two appearances as Brent Maverick.

Featured recurring characters[edit]

* These actors also appeared in other roles during the course of the series.

Also, Kathleen Crowley appears in eight episodes, a series record for leading ladies: "The Jeweled Gun", "Maverick Springs", "The Misfortune Teller", "A Bullet for the Teacher", "Kiz", "Dade City Dodge", "The Troubled Heir", and "One of Our Trains Is Missing."

Ben Gage delivers Marshal Matt Dillon parodies in four different episodes, playing sheriffs with different names but always looking and sounding like James Arness in Gunsmoke while delivering comedic lines.

Seasons[edit]

Spoiler Alert: This site is riddled with spoilers for various episodes that should be read only after seeing the episodes themselves.

First season (1957-1958)[edit]

James Garner (as Bret Maverick) is the sole star for the first seven episodes. With episode eight, he's joined by Jack Kelly as brother Bart Maverick. From that point on, the two alternate leads from week to week, sometimes teaming up for the occasional episode. Recurring characters include rival gamblers/operators Samantha Crawford, Dandy Jim Buckley and Big Mike McComb. The entire first season was released by Warner Bros. on DVD in mid-2012.

Episode Title Stars and Featured Recurring Characters
Bret Maverick Bart Maverick Dandy Jim Buckley Samantha Crawford Big Mike McComb
War of the Silver Kings Bret Big Mike
> Note: With Edmund Lowe. According to Roy Huggins' Archive of American Television interview, a Warners-owned property called "War of the Copper Kings" was selected by the studio as the basis for this episode's script in order to cheat Huggins out of the series creator residuals. The episode also features occasionally recurring character Big Mike McComb (Leo Gordon), here seeming at the episode's conclusion to possibly have been set up to be Maverick's continuing sidekick but that never came to pass. Directed by Budd Boetticher.
Point Blank Bret
> Note: With Karen Steele. Huggins wrote this episode as the pilot but Warner Brothers insisted on first airing an episode based on a property they previously owned. Huggins noted in his Archive of American Television interview that this was done to deny him the residuals for creating the series, a typical gambit for the studio at that time. Huggins wasn't given credit as series creator by the studio until the movie version with Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, and Garner almost forty years later. Mike Connors plays a different character in this episode than his subsequent role in "The Naked Gallows" and Peter Brown briefly appears as a deputy. Directed by Budd Boetticher.
According to Hoyle Bret Samantha Big Mike
> Note: Maverick debut of Samantha Crawford, in a high-stakes riverboat poker contest with Maverick. Diane Brewster had also played Crawford the previous year in an episode of Cheyenne called "Dark Rider", and writer/producer Roy Huggins had given the character his mother's maiden name. The supporting cast includes Tol Avery, Jay Novello, and Robert Carson. This episode was written by Russell S. Hughes from a story by Horace McCoy and directed by Budd Boetticher.
Ghost Rider Bret
> Note: With Stacy Keach, Sr., Joanna Barnes, Rhodes Reason, and Edd Byrnes. Maverick offers a strange beauty a ride home in a buckboard then later learns that she had died days before he met her. Billed as "Stacy Keach", Stacy Keach's lookalike father portrays the sheriff. Directed by Leslie H. Martinson.
The Long Hunt Bret
> Note: In the aftermath of a failed stagecoach robbery, a gunshot criminal tells Maverick with his dying breaths that an innocent man remains in prison for a crime that he didn't commit, leaving the gambler with the responsibility of straightening it out. Maverick finds himself forced to intermittently become an amateur detective over a period of months. Directed by Douglas Heyes.
Stage West Bret
> Note: Based on a tensely dramatic Louis Lamour story. With Erin O'Brien, Edd Byrnes, and Chubby Johnson. O'Brien's name is listed at the beginning of the episode after Garner's, an honor only accorded a small handful of actors during the series (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Peggy King, Adam West, Troy Donahue, etc.). Ray Teal, later the sincere sheriff on Bonanza, performs one of his several Maverick turns as a vicious villain. Directed by Leslie H. Martinson.
Relic of Fort Tejon Bret
> Note: Features Maverick and an affectionate camel. The gambler quickly realizes that a saloon's poker game is rigged and finds himself facing down a professional killer. Tyler MacDuff appears as Drake. Directed by Leslie H. Martinson.
Hostage Bret Bart
> Note: Bart's first appearance occurs in this two-brother episode, the eighth in the series. Bret has summoned Bart to New Orleans help him in a money-making venture: crashing a private cruise where gambling will be taking place. But when the ship captain's daughter is kidnapped, the plan goes awry and the Mavericks are prime suspects in the kidnapping case. For his first several shows, Jack Kelly as Bart wore a grey suit similar in color to his hat for greater contrast with Garner's standard black suit, but eventually switched to mainly a black suit himself while keeping the lighter colored hat, which remained his main costume through most of the run of the series. Written by Gerald Drayson Adams and directed by Richard L. Bare.
Stampede Bret Dandy Jim
> Note: Dandy Jim Buckley's first of five appearances. One of many episodes that begin on a riverboat. Chris Alcaide appears as Tony Cadiz in this epic adventure. The second half was remade over a decade later as "Fight of the Century" for Garner's subsequent Western television series Nichols. Written by Gerald Drayson Adams and directed by Abner Biberman.
The Jeweled Gun Bret Bart
> Note: The first of Kathleen Crowley's eight different appearances in several roles, a series record by a wide margin for leading ladies. Bret appears in this episode only briefly, receiving under two minutes of screen time. Some of the plot was later cannabilized for a Garner episode entitled "A Rage for Vengeance". The early part of "The Jeweled Gun" occurs in a Spanish-influenced town. Huggins noted in his Archive of American Television interview that Garner was originally slated to play Kelly's role in this episode but the leads were switched at the last minute due to a scheduling conflict. Although Bart makes brief appearances in several Bret episodes, this is the only time Bret does so in a Bart episode. This is essentially Kelly's first solo episode. Dean Fredericks appears as Mitchell.
The Wrecker Bret Bart
> Note: Based on a Robert Louis Stevenson ocean adventure of the same name. This is the only episode with substantial time accorded to both brothers in which Kelly's role is larger than Garner's. According to Roy Huggins' Archive of American Television interview, the two-brother scripts designated the brothers as "Maverick 1" and "Maverick 2", with Garner choosing which role he wanted to play due to his seniority in the series. With Patric Knowles and Karl Swenson.
The Quick and the Dead Bret
> Note: With Gerald Mohr as Doc Holliday and film noir queen Marie Windsor as a saloon owner in this tense drama about an angry gunslinger. Written and directed by Douglas Heyes.
The Naked Gallows Bart
> Note: With Mike Connors as a mustachioed sheriff, Morris Ankrum as a crazed zealot, Sherry Jackson as an underage temptress, and Bing Russell. The story concerns Bart's curiosity about a year-old murder, which ushers in a world of trouble. Bret appears at the opening of the episode, addressing the camera directly to introduce the story. James Garner, however, receives no billing in this episode.
The Comstock Conspiracy Bret
> Note: With Ruta Lee and Werner Klemperer. Convoluted mysteries keep compounding, leaving a flummoxed Bret to wonder why this is happening. Written by Gene Levitt and directed by Howard W. Koch.
The Third Rider Bart
> Note: With Dick Foran as a lawman thwarted by Bart in this action-packed dramatic episode featuring Barbara Nichols. James Garner, dressed as Bret, makes a 15-second appearance to address the camera directly and introduce the episode, but receives no billing.
Rage for Vengeance Bret
> Note: With Catherine McLeod, Russ Conway as a sheriff, and a villainous John Russell. The only episode in the series in which Bret openly falls in love (with McLeod in her only series appearance) and wants to actually get married.
Rope of Cards Bret
> Note: Bret is reluctantly dragooned into being a juror in a small-town murder case. This courtroom drama features Will Wright as an elderly attorney, Tol Avery as a murderously jealous villain, Joan Marshall as the town schoolteacher, William Reynolds as a man accused of murder, Frank Cady as an even-handed shopkeeper, and Emile Meyer as a truculently stubborn juror. Bret is offscreen, or seen only as a silent juror, for long stretches of time—at one point, nearly 20 minutes of screen time pass without a line for Bret. However, Bret demonstrates a memorable card trick in the jury room, and according to Roy Huggins in his Archive of American Television interview, every deck of cards in the United States sold out the day after this episode was first broadcast.
Diamond in the Rough Bart
> Note: Written by Marion Hargrove from a story by Roy Huggins. Bart gets assaulted and shanghaied. The San Francisco diamond swindle depicted in this episode was loosely based on the true story of the Great Diamond Hoax of 1872. With Jacqueline Beer, Fredd Wayne, Lilli Valenty, and Sig Ruman. Bart mentions his old friend Dandy Jim Buckley—who at this point had yet to appear in a Bart episode. As with other early Bart-only episodes, James Garner, dressed as Bret, makes a 15-second appearance to address the camera directly and introduce the episode, but receives no billing.
Day of Reckoning Bret
> Note: A cowboy accuses Bret of cheating during a poker game and a blow to the head from the Marshall accidentally executes the complainant in this complex dramatic episode. With Jean Willes as Lil, Virginia Gregg as Amy Hardie, and Tod Griffin as Jack Wade.
The Savage Hills Bart Samantha
> Note: Bart takes a turn with Samantha Crawford on a riverboat adventure. An unbilled James Garner, dressed as Bret, introduces the episode.
Trail West to Fury Bret Bart Dandy Jim
> Note: A flashback episode about the Maverick brothers returning from the American Civil War, as told to Dandy Jim Buckley (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.) while the three of them are trapped during a flood. The plotline involves the Bret and Bart having to avoid Texas after being falsely accused of a murder there, with only a mysteriously disappeared "tall man" as a witness who could exonerate them if only they could locate him. Writer/producer Roy Huggins would recycle this plot as the basis for his later television series The Fugitive, with Diane Brewster in a recurring cameo role as Richard Kimble's murdered wife.
The Burning Sky Bart
> Note: With a Mexican Gerald Mohr, Joanna Barnes, and Whitney Blake. An unbilled James Garner, dressed as Bret, introduces the episode, in which Bart is one of a group of six ambushed stagecoach passengers. While the group of six strangers are under siege, it becomes clear the ambushers have targeted this specific stagecoach because one of the six passengers must be secretly carrying something valuable—but who, and where could it be hidden?
The Seventh Hand Bret Samantha
> Note: Against his better judgement, Bret allows Samantha Crawford to sponsor him in a high-stakes poker game—which soon leads to an apparent double-cross and a cross-country chase. When Samantha idly wonders about what it might be like to marry Bret, he responds, "We couldn't afford it." James Philbrook, in his first year as an actor, appears as Sloan in this episode. Written by Russell S. Hughes.
Plunder of Paradise Bart Big Mike
> Note: Bart and Big Mike hunt for a buried treasure in Mexico, while being relentlessly shadowed by a group of bandits led by Jay Novello. This is the first Maverick episode in which James Garner does not appear at all—not even to introduce the show. With Ruta Lee as dance hall singer Dolly Muldoon. Written and directed by Douglas Heyes, who also co-wrote Dolly's musical number, "Virtue Is Its Own Reward".
Black Fire Bret
> Note: Hans Conried plays a friend who recruits Bret to borrow his identity for a family reunion, one that's presided over by a hard-bitten patriarch portrayed by Will Wright. Charles Bateman made his first screen appearance as Cousin Jeff Martin. One of only two Garner episodes not included in Columbia House's 1990s library of series videotapes (the other was "Holiday at Hollow Rock"). Though James Garner introduced several Bart-only episodes, this marks the only time that Jack Kelly (unbilled) does so for a Bret-only episode. Kelly addresses the camera directly to introduce the episode, and then narrates the episode in character as Bart.
Burial Ground of the Gods Bart
> Note: After getting robbed at gunpoint of $850, Bart traces thief Paisley Briggs (Claude Akins) to Denver, then to Wyoming. Once there, Bart gets hired to guard the now-penniless Briggs, who has convinced a putative widow that her husband is still alive, and that Briggs is the only person who knows where to find him.
Seed of Deception Bret Bart
> Note: The Maverick brothers are mistaken for Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp in this two-brother episode. Huggins' wife Adele Mara plays a saloon dancer, and Bart is still wearing his grey suit. Ron Hayes made one of his first acting appearances in the episode. Bret and Bart would technically appear in sixteen episodes together over the course of the series but only share a large amount of screen time in eleven of them. The others are actually Garner's episodes with brief appearances by Kelly except "The Jeweled Gun", in which their roles were switched at the last minute due to a schedule conflict and Garner wound up making his single cameo appearance in a Kelly installment.

Second season (1958-1959)[edit]

Garner and Kelly continue as alternating leads, with the odd 'team-up' episode. Semi-regulars Samatha Crawford and Dandy Jim Buckley exit partway through the season; new semi-regulars include Cindy Lou Brown and Gentleman Jack Darby. Big Mike McComb also returns from the first season.

Episode Title Stars and Featured Recurring Characters
Bret Maverick Bart Maverick Dandy Jim Buckley Samantha Crawford Big Mike McComb Cindy Lou Brown Gentleman Jack Darby
The Day They Hanged Bret Maverick Bret
> Note: Three eyewitnesses identify Bret Maverick as the man who robbed Wells Fargo of $40,000, and a desperate Maverick soon finds himself trapped in jail while the citizenry construct a gallows for him right outside the window. Bret recalls that he and his brother had flipped a coin earlier to decide which Maverick would travel in what direction, ruminating that if it had landed differently, Bart would be sitting in that cell instead. This episode marks the debut of the vocal version of the closing theme song, though it would not be heard again for several episodes. With Whitney Blake, Ray Teal, and Jay Novello.
The Lonesome Reunion Bret Bart
(voice)
> Note: While waiting for Bart in a Denver hotel lobby, Bret comes to the aid of a woman who is being followed. He soon finds himself knocked unconscious, and mixed up with several gangsters looking to recover a $120,000 bank heist haul they buried near a town called Lonesome. With John Russell and Joanna Barnes. Bart is heard in voice over, reading out a letter he wrote to Bret, but does not appear (and Jack Kelly is unbilled).
Alias Bart Maverick Bart Cindy Lou Gentleman Jack
> Note: Bart encounters Gentleman Jack, who has a $1000 reward on his head—and who instigates an identity switch with an unknowing Bart. Debuts of Richard Long as Gentleman Jack Darby, a variation on Zimbalist's Dandy Jim Buckley character, and Arlene Howell as Cindy Lou Brown, a showgirl who is thoroughly charmed by Darby.
The Belcastle Brand Bret
> Note: A destitute Bret goes to work for a family of British nobles living in Wyoming, leading them in a safari across the desert. This is the first episode to feature Ed Reimers' spoken intro ("Maverick! Starring James Garner and Jack Kelly!"). As well, the vocal end theme also returns for this episode, though not yet for good. With Reginald Owen.
High Card Hangs Bart Dandy Jim
> Note: Bart and Dandy Jim are partners in a mining stake in the Black Hills, but things go awry when a rival prospector is murdered, and Bart and two others are accused of the crime. Bart must work with Dandy Jim to expose the real murderer—and quickly, as Bart is scheduled for the gallows the next morning. Note how much warmer Dandy Jim Buckley's friendship with Bart appears to be than his rivalry with Bart's brother Bret in the subsequent episode "The Jail at Junction Flats". With Dan Sheridan and Martin Landau.
Escape to Tampico Bret
> Note: A wanted American killer is living in Tampico; Bret is hired to trick him into crossing back over the US border where he can be arrested. Set primarily in Mexico, this episode features Gerald Mohr as a variation of Humphrey Bogart's Casablanca character, shot on the original Casablanca set.
The Judas Mask Bart
> Note: Bart's chasing a Norwegian dance hall girl who robbed him of $20,000, hoping to catch her before she vanishes into Mexico. With Anna-Lisa and John Vivyan.
The Jail at Junction Flats Bret Dandy Jim
> Note: Bret becomes a partner in one of Dandy Jim Buckley's schemes, but soon finds himself having to break his partner out of jail if he wants to collect his share of the proceeds. The memorable ending offended many viewers when the episode was first broadcast. Written by Marion Hargrove. Dan Blocker briefly appears in flashback as gunslinger Hognose Hughes; Patrick McVey appears as Sheriff Morrison Pyne.
The 39th Star Bart
> Note: A coincidental pair of identical suitcases create a potentially lethal quandary for Bart. With Bethel Leslie and John Litel.
Shady Deal at Sunny Acres Bret Bart Dandy Jim Samantha Big Mike Cindy Lou Gentleman Jack
> Note: Bret is robbed by a ruthless banker (John Dehner) after depositing an evening's poker winnings, setting in motion an intricate sting operation to recover the money. While Bart and all of the series' recurring characters join forces to dupe the banker, Bret sits whittling in a rocking chair across the street from the bank every day, responding to the queries of the local townspeople curious about how he plans to recover his money with "I'm working on it." The only episode to feature all seven of the recurring Maverick characters from the first two seasons (all of whom, along with Dehner, are listed in the opening credits), and the final appearance for both Samantha Crawford (Diane Brewster) and Dandy Jim Buckley (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.). Writer Roy Huggins notes the close patterning of the first half of later movie The Sting to this episode in his Archive of American Television interview.
Island in the Swamp Bret
> Note: A township of Louisiana swamp dwellers imprison Bret after he's discovered tied up and floating down the river in a boat. With Edgar Buchanan, Erin O'Brien, and Arlene Howell—who does not play Cindy Lou Brown here, despite having just portrayed the character in the previous episode. Howell would return to the role of Cindy Lou Brown 12 episodes later, in "Passage To Fort Doom".
Prey of the Cat Bart
> Note: A rare Maverick episode that could be described as "Western noir". When Bart is seriously injured after a wildcat spooks his horse, his old friend Pete Stillman (Wayne Morris) puts him up over the winter to recover. But during Bart's extended recuperation, Pete's bitter and increasingly unbalanced wife Kitty (Patricia Barry) develops a potentially deadly erotic fixation on Bart.
Holiday at Hollow Rock Bret
> Note: Bret rides into Hollow Rock, Wyoming, to bet on the annual horse race, stopwatch in hand. One of two Garner episodes (the other being "Black Fire") not included in Columbia House's 1990s library of series videotapes. Features Saundra Edwards and Tod Griffin.
The Spanish Dancer Bart Gentleman Jack
> Note: Bart joins up with Gentleman Jack, both looking to make their fortunes as auctioneers and as poker players in an isolated boom town. Both also vie for the affections of the titular dancer, played by Adele Mara (Roy Huggins' wife). Featuring Slim Pickens in a small role.
Game of Chance Bret Bart
> Note: Bart is swindled by a French countess (Roxane Berard) and her uncle (Marcel Dalio) -- so he calls in Bret to help engineer a mission to retrieve his money. Interestingly, Bart compares the mission specifically to the complex "Sunny Acres" sting that he helped pull for Bret. Samantha Crawford and Dandy Jim Buckley are mentioned in passing, but do not appear.
Gun-Shy Bret
> Note: Bret is hot on the trail of half-a-million dollars worth of buried Confederate gold, but is constantly thwarted by a square-jawed, upstanding lawman. This is Maverick's Gunsmoke spoof, with Ben Gage as Marshal Mort Dooley (a comical version of Marshal Matt Dillon) and Walker Edmiston as the Chester character. There's also a brief, veiled dig at Have Gun Will Travel. Also featuring Andra Martin as the leading lady, Reginald Owen as rival con man Freddie Wilkins, and Gage Clarke as Badger, an amusing encyclopedia salesman. Dooley mentions the unseen "Hognose Hughes", a character seen in "The Jail At Junction Flats" and played by Bonanza's Dan Blocker in that episode.
Two Beggars on Horseback Bret Bart
> Note: The Maverick brothers each have a cashier's check for $10,000 which they use as poker stakes ... only to find out the issuing company has gone bust. However, the opportunistic Jessamy Longacre (Patricia Barry) knows how one—and only one—Maverick can get his money back. Soon the brothers (with Jessamy hot on their tails) are forced into a comically treacherous cross-country race to cash their check at the only branch of the bank that hasn't yet received word of the bankruptcy. This episode marks the only time in the series in which Kelly's character wears a black hat; both brothers wear black hats in the opening sequences until Bart trades his to a stable operator in order to secure a horse. The title stems from an otherwise unrelated play by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly called Beggar on Horseback. With Ray Teal as Stryker, and Will Wright as a retired Confederate colonel.
The Rivals Bret Bart
> Note: Bret switches identities with a wealthy playboy, who is trying to win the heart of a lady (Patricia Crowley) who claims to have only disdain for money. The story is based on a play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan originally produced in 1775, and features Roger Moore as Jack Vandergeld, who ends up posing as "Bret Maverick" for much of the episode. Moore would later be a regular series lead as cousin "Beau Maverick" in season 4, after Garner left the series -- consequently, this is the only episode featuring Garner and Moore together. Moore is billed at the beginning of the episode along with Garner and Kelly, an honor rarely accorded a guest star in the series. Bart appears only briefly, including a deep focus 3-shot at the episode's opening. Dandy Jim Buckley is mentioned, but does not appear.
Duel at Sundown Bret Bart
> Note: Bret's old friend (Edgar Buchanan) tries to marry him off to his daughter (Abby Dalton) but she's in love with villainous gunfighter Red Hardigan (Clint Eastwood). Though Bret would prefer to avoid violence, things soon escalate into a wild fistfight. Given time, a lethal showdown with Hardigan (who is a far better shot than Bret) seems inevitable. Bart appears briefly. Story by Howard Browne. See separate article.
Yellow River Bart
> Note: After losing his stake in a bank robbery, Bart crosses paths with a pretty conwoman (Patricia Breslin). When her story proves false, he rides after her only to find she is partnering a cattle drive -- one who's trailhands are being murdered one by one. With Tol Avery and Robert Conrad. During the episode, Bart twice compares Breslin's character of Abby to Maverick semi-regular Samantha Crawford ... perhaps because this script is recycled from the second season Cheyenne episode "The Dark Rider", which featured Diane Brewster's first appearance as Crawford.
The Saga of Waco Williams Bret
> Note: Bret partners up with Waco Williams (Wayde Preston), an almost too-good-to-be-true cowboy with an unbending moral code and an unshakable belief that things will work out. Bret is in such disbelief of Waco's actions, he actually breaks the fourth wall and addresses the audience at the episode's conclusion. Features R. G. Armstrong as a cattle baron, Brad Johnson as his contemptible son and Louise Fletcher ("Nurse Ratched" in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) as his strong-willed daughter. Written by Gene L. Coon from a story by Montgomery Pittman, and directed by Leslie H. Martinson. Writer-producer Stephen J. Cannell exaplained in his Archive of American Television interview that he later used Williams as the prototype for "Lance White," Tom Selleck's role on Garner's subsequent series The Rockford Files.
The Brasada Spur Bart
> Note: When Bart wins stock in a railroad line, he finds himself competing with the most stunningly beautiful woman in the vicinity (Julie Adams). Warner Bros. augmented the visuals with entertaining studio stock footage of trains in action.
Passage to Fort Doom Bart Cindy Lou
> Note: Cindy Lou Brown's final appearance. Featuring Diane McBain and directed by Paul Henreid. The only episode written with Jack Kelly in mind during the early seasons; according to Roy Huggins' videotaped reminiscences for the Archive of American Television, the writers had previously been under orders from Huggins to always picture Garner as Maverick regardless of which actor would end up playing the part except regarding this episode, written expressly for Bart as a lark for the writers. The episode examines the power of a decision to be courageous under fire rather than running the other way. Ron Hayes also appears.
Two Tickets to Ten Strike Bret
> Note: Bret finds himself momentarily attracted to a ditzy but charmingly appealing young woman (Connie Stevens) whose stage fare plus an additional hundred dollars has been paid by an unknown benefactor, then hunts down some thugs in the wake of being abruptly assaulted on the street. The episode, a hybrid of comedy, mystery, and action drama, features young Adam West as a confused villain. Veteran western film star Roscoe Ates appears as genially cooperative Joe the barber and the supporting cast includes scheming Lyle Talbot and a nefarious but beautiful Andrea King.
Betrayal Bart
> Note: With Pat Crowley and Ruta Lee as romantic rivals and Don "Red" Barry as a sheriff. While being held up by masked bandits, Bart realizes that another stagecoach passenger recognizes the voice of one of the robbers.
The Strange Journey of Jenny Hill Bret Big Mike
> Note: Big Mike McComb's final appearance. Singer Jenny Hill (Peggy King) can't figure out why Bret keeps following her from town to town. Peggy King was billed at the beginning of the episode in the opening titles, after Garner, a rare occurrence in the series. Others billed at the opening of other episodes include Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. in each appearance as Dandy Jim Buckley, Roger Moore in his non-Beau Maverick guest appearance in "The Rivals," Adam West and Troy Donahue in "Pappy," and Erin O'Brien in the Louis Lamour story "Stage West."

Third season (1959-1960)[edit]

Writer/creator Roy Huggins leaves the show. Garner and Kelly remain the leads. Of the recurring characters, only Gentleman Jack Darby returns for season 3, and only for one episode.

Episode Title Stars and Featured Recurring Character
Bret Maverick Bart Maverick Gentleman Jack Darby
Pappy Bret Bart
> Note:
James Garner as Bret in "Pappy"
Features dual roles for series stars Garner and Kelly, as "Pappy" Beaurgard Maverick and Uncle Bentley Maverick, respectively (the previous generation of Maverick brothers, "Beau and Bent"). With Adam West, Troy Donahue, Henry Daniell, Kaye Elhardt, and Chubby Johnson. Roger Moore would join the show in the first episode of the following season as a different Beau Maverick, the young nephew of this episode's Beau Maverick. Series creator Roy Huggins, who had left the show at the conclusion of the previous season, complained in his Archive of American Television interview that Bret and Bart's "Pappy" was never meant to be seen by the audience (in the series' earliest references, he appears to have already died) and that Huggins was disappointed when the first thing the new producer (Coles Trapnell) did was construct an episode including the character.
Royal Four-Flush Bart
> Note: With Roxane Berard in her second of four appearances, the others being "Game of Chance" with Garner and Kelly, "The Resurrection of Joe November" with Garner, and "Diamond Flush" with Roger Moore.
The Sheriff of Duck 'n' Shoot Bret Bart
> Note: Featuring Chubby Johnson as the genial deputy of a wildly boisterous town.
You Can't Beat the Percentage Bart
> Note: With Gerald Mohr and Karen Steele in a suspense thriller.
The Cats of Paradise Bret
> Note: Bret faces Buddy Ebsen as a trigger-happy sheriff, Lance Fuller as a black-clad business-card carrying gunfighter modeled on Paladin, and Mona Freeman as a slightly crazed-looking Modesty Blaine.
A Tale of Three Cities Bart
> Note: Ben Gage does his Marshal Matt Dillon parody again; also featuring Patricia Crowley as a ravishing robber and Ray Teal as the sheriff of a neighboring town.
Full House Bret
> Note: Bret is mistaken for Foxy Smith, who is assembling ten of the West's most notorious outlaws for a major heist. With Joel Grey as Billy the Kid, and Garner performing a bravura pistol-twirling exhibition as part of the plot. Jean Willes portrays an amorous Belle Starr and Nancy Kulp briefly appears as a drunken waitress with slightly slurred speech.
The Lass With the Poisonous Air Bart
> Note: With Stacy Keach, Sr. Bart's dealing with too many women at once.
The Ghost Soldiers Bret
> Note: An extremely beleaguered Bret must figure out some way to cope with an ocean of Native Americans laying siege to an almost-empty fort. Everyone inside seems about to be killed, including him. This episode is told from multiple perspectives.
Easy Mark Bart
> Note: With Edgar Buchanan and Jack Buetel. Buchanan and Buetel co-starred as Roy Bean and Jeff Taggart in the 1956 NBC television series Judge Roy Bean.
A Fellow's Brother Bret Bart
> Note: Bart appears only briefly. With Adam West as a gunslinger.
Trooper Maverick Bart
> Note: Bart finds himself stuck in the Army and can't get out. With Suzanne Lloyd.
Maverick Springs Bret Bart
> Note: With Kathleen Crowley as Melanie Blake and Tol Avery as the villain. The 1970s episode of The Rockford Files entitled "The Great Blue Lake Land Development Company" was more or less a cross between this episode and the earlier "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres".[citation needed] In his Archive of American Television interview, Rockford writer Stephen J. Cannell credits elements of some Maverick episodes as inspirations for many of The Rockford Files scripts.
The Goose-Drownder Bart Gentleman Jack
> Note: Final appearance of Richard Long as Gentleman Jack Darby. During a downpour in a ghost town, one of Bart's lost loves (Fay Spain) turns up in a stagecoach. The episode remains unusual for series television in that Bart is obviously quite enamored of the woman and wants to reconcile but cannot. This is also the only instance of one of the five recurring supporting characters from the "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres" episode appearing after writer/producer Roy Huggins' departure at the end of the second season.
A Cure for Johnny Rain Bret
> Note: Johnny and whiskey don't mix.
The Marquessa Bart
> Note: Adele Mara guest stars as a woman with a competing claim on a saloon which Bart wins in a poker game. Other guest stars are Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr., as Miguel Ruiz, Jay Novello as Pepe, and Morris Ankrum as Judge Jason Painter.
The Cruise of the Cynthia B Bret Bart
> Note: Bart appears only briefly. With Mona Freeman as Modesty Blaine, a role that would be played differently by Kathleen Crowley later in the series. A con man suckers Bret by appealing to his love for gambling and women.
Maverick and Juliet Bret Bart
> Note: The Maverick brothers run afoul of feuding hillbillies.
The White Widow Bart
> Note: With Julie Adams and Pilar Seurat.
Guatemala City Bret
> Note: Bret searches for an ex-girlfriend in tropical Guatemala and befriends a female street urchin. With Suzanne Storrs and Patric Knowles.
The People's Friend Bart
> Note: Features Bart as a local politician, a foreshadowing of Jack Kelly's later life. Francis De Sales appears as Mayor Culpepper.
A Flock of Trouble Bret
> Note: Bret wins a herd of sheep in a poker game, thinking they're cattle.
The Iron Hand Bart
> Note: Features a plump and acne-scarred Robert Redford in a supporting role in this taut cattle drive drama. The title is meant literally; the villain wields his prosthetic iron hand like a club to murderously bludgeon those who cross him.
The Resurrection of Joe November Bret
> Note: A riverboat adventure set primarily in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, with Roxane Berard, Joanna Barnes, and Don 'Red' Barry.
The Misfortune Teller Bret
> Note: Another spoof of Gunsmoke's Marshal Matt Dillon with Ben Gage, this time also featuring Kathleen Crowley in her Mae West-like role of Melanie Blake, last seen in Maverick Springs, which she mentions, as well as a villainous astrologer who sets his sights on her.
Greenbacks, Unlimited Bret
> Note: With Gage Clarke as a timid gambler and John Dehner as gang leader Big Ed Murphy, a role that Andrew Duggan would play in a subsequent season.

Fourth season (1960-1961)[edit]

Jack Kelly stays on as Bart Maverick, who now alternates the lead with Roger Moore as cousin Beau Maverick. Kelly and Moore are also featured in three two-cousin episodes. With the exception of a single episode held over from the third season, Garner is no longer a part of the show. Before the end of the season, Moore also leaves. At the very end of the season, Moore is briefly replaced by Garner lookalike Robert Colbert as Bart's brother Brent Maverick, who dresses in an exact duplicate of Bret Maverick's costume.

Peter Breck would make one appearance as Doc Holliday in this season, becoming a semi-regular in the series' final episodes.

Episode Title Starring
Bret Maverick Bart Maverick Beau Maverick Brent Maverick Doc Holliday
The Bundle From Britain Bart Beau

> Note: Roger Moore's first appearance as Cousin Beau, met at the dock by Bart after crossing the Atlantic from England. An evenly balanced two-cousin episode according more or less equal time to each Maverick. Confusingly, Moore's character is the namesake nephew of Bret and Bart's father, the original Beau Maverick, portrayed by James Garner in "Pappy", the first episode of the third season. Moore was recruited at Jack Warner's insistence to fill the void left by Garner's departure from the series and actually wore some of the same suits that Garner had worn. Moore had also earlier performed many of Garner's scenes on a series called The Alaskans, using scripts that had been recycled from Maverick with only names and locales changed, an extremely common Warner Bros. custom at the time. The Maverick actors were almost exactly the same age; Garner had been 29 when the series began while Kelly and Moore were both less than a year older.

Hadley's Hunters Bart
> Note: This comedic episode features several ten-second cameos from western leads in other Warner Brothers series, including Lawman (John Russell and Peter Brown), Bronco (Ty Hardin), Cheyenne (Clint Walker), and Sugarfoot (Will Hutchins). Garner lookalike Robert Colbert also appeared as a key character, wearing a hat similar to Bret's, then was cast later in the season as a new Maverick brother named Brent who was dressed entirely like Bret. Edgar Buchanan plays a rogue sheriff, George Kennedy portrays his deputy, loathsomely menacing Robert J. Wilke plays his most vicious thug, and Howard McNear appears as a Ned Buntline-type writer. Andra Martin portrays the leading lady and veteran western film star Roscoe Ates plays a photographer. During the beginning of the third season, the network ran a television commercial for the series heralded by the announcer proclaiming, "Look who's blasting the West wide open!" that consisted almost entirely of clips from this episode, with no evidence of Roger Moore's character's existence.
The Town That Wasn't There Beau
> Note: How could a whole town disappear without a trace? With Merry Anders, John Astin, Lane Chandler, and Steve Pendleton as Marshal McCoy.
Arizona Black Maria Bart
> Note: Lost in the desert with no water and having barely averted being scalped by a Native American, Bart winds up a passenger on a prison wagon. With a pre-Gilligan Alan Hale, Jr. and Joanna Barnes.
Last Wire From Stop Gap Bart Beau
> Note: Bart and Beau discover a secret telegraph station hidden in a cave in this two-cousin episode. Notice that when the Maverick cousins enter a room, Kelly goes in front, just as Garner normally used to, and when they're standing or sitting together in scenes, Kelly is usually on the viewer's left, just as Garner most frequently was in two-brother episodes. Also, the Mavericks never appear in suits in this installment, both instead wearing their buckskin jackets throughout, as was the case with most episodes featuring Kelly and Moore together. With Tol Avery and Olive Sturgess
Mano Nera Bart
> Note: With Gerald Mohr in an episode set in New Orleans.
A Bullet For the Teacher Beau
> Note: With Kathleen Crowley, Max Baer, Jr., child actor Ronnie Dapo, Joan Tompkins as Mary Burch, and Brad Johnson as Jim Reardon. Co-written by Leo Gordon, who scripted several episodes in addition to playing "Big Mike McComb" the first two seasons.
The Witch of Hound Dog Bart
> Note: With Wayde Preston in an episode featuring a beautiful witch who appears to have magical powers.
Thunder From the North Beau
> Note: Beau finds himself embroiled with a nest of unscrupulous shopkeepers who've been methodically swindling the local Native American tribe. With Andra Martin as Indian princess Pale Moon.
The Maverick Line Bret Bart
> Note: Bret's last appearance for almost twenty years (until the 1978 TV-movie The New Maverick), in a memorable two-brother episode filmed the previous season with Buddy Ebsen as comical highwayman Rumsey Plum, Charles Fredericks, wielding a sawed-off shotgun, as despicable murderer Shotgun Sparks, and Chubby Johnson as a cantankerous stagecoach driver. This was originally slated to be the first episode of the season until Garner was granted his freedom from Warner Bros. by the courts and the studio realized that he wouldn't return to the series, whereupon The Bundle From Britain with Roger Moore became the season's first offering instead. Bret and Bart have more or less equal screen time in this comical episode, in which they unexpectedly inherit a stagecoach business they don't want. During the show's opening titles prior to the beginning of the episode, with Ed Reimers announcing the cast in voiceover, the credits include only Garner and Kelly, as though it were the previous season, with no mention of Roger Moore.
Bolt From the Blue Beau
> Note: Written and directed by Robert Altman, with Sugarfoot's Will Hutchins playing a frontier lawyer.
Kiz Bart Beau
> Note: With Kathleen Crowley as eccentric millionairess Kiz, who tells Beau that a killer is after her, convincing him that she's crazy. The episode also features Whit Bissell as "Clement Samuels," Tristram Coffin, Max Baer, Jr. and Don Beddoe.
Dodge City or Bust Bart
> Note: With Howard McNear ("Floyd the Barber" on The Andy Griffith Show as well as "Doc Adams" in the original radio Gunsmoke). Bart's wanted for murder after protecting a ravishing woman (Diana Millay).
The Bold Fenian Men Beau
> Note: An Army colonel forces Beau to infiltrate a band of Irish revolutionaries.
Destination Devil's Flat Bart
> Note: With Peter Breck, Merry Anders, and Chubby Johnson.
A State of Siege Bart
> Note: With Ray Danton as Don Felipe and Slim Pickens as a stagecoach driver.
Family Pride Beau
> Note: With Karl Swenson, Denver Pyle, and Stacy Keach, Sr. An early plot point involves standard time, which was not introduced to the United States until 1883, eight years after the 1875 setting for this episode.
The Cactus Switch Bart Beau
> Note: With Fay Spain as Lana Cain, Lane Chandler as the sheriff, Edgar Buchanan (later "Uncle Joe" on Petticoat Junction) as a ruthless villain, and Chubby Johnson.
Dutchman's Gold Beau
> Note: With Mala Powers. Beau won a saloon in a poker game co-owned by a fetching woman.
The Ice Man Bart
> Note: With Andrew Duggan, Shirley Knight, and a frozen corpse.
Diamond Flush Beau
> Note: With Belgian gamine Roxane Berard; Berard was leading lady to Garner, Kelly, and Moore during the course of the series in four episodes, playing a different role each time. Co-written by actor/writer Leo Gordon, who had portrayed "Big Mike McComb" in the first two seasons; oddly, Gordon never appeared in a Maverick series episode that he wrote and was billed with his middle initial ("Leo V. Gordon") for writing but not acting credits.
Last Stop: Oblivion Bart
> Note: With a vicious Don 'Red' Barry and a murderous Buddy Ebsen.
Flood's Folly Beau
> Note: Trapped in a snowstorm in the Rockies, Beau takes shelter in what appears to be a closed hotel. With Jeanne Cooper.
Maverick At Law Bart
> Note: With Tol Avery and Gage Clarke. Bank robbers stuck the money into Bart's saddlebags during their getaway.
Red Dog Beau
> Note: With Lee Van Cleef, John Carradine, Sherry Jackson, and Mike Road, who later appeared in two more episodes as con man Pearly Gates. Beau Maverick's fitting final episode. Beau stumbles onto a cave which soon serves as the gathering place of a motley and dangerous gang of gunslinging criminals, including John Carradine and Lee Van Cleef. Sherry Jackson delivers an energetic performance as a gunman's feisty and promiscuous woman. Unhappy with many of the other scripts, Roger Moore leaves the show, remarking that if his stories had been as good as Garner's in the first two seasons, he would have stayed.
The Deadly Image Bart
> Note: This is the episode in which the lead character has an evil exact double played by the same actor, with the same voice. With Gerald Mohr. Co-written by actor/writer Leo Gordon.
Triple Indemnity Bart Doc
> Note: With Peter Breck as Doc Holliday. This is the initial appearance of Breck in a recurring role as Holliday, whose interpretation is much more personable than the serious, darker portrayal by Gerald Mohr (who played the gunman in earlier episodes “The Quick and the Dead” and briefly in “Seed of Deception”). In fact, Holliday is a friendly acquaintance of Bart’s, who helps (initially) set up a scheme. This relationship continues in four more episodes in Season Five. Also, while Garner had already left the program prior to the start of the season (Kelly and Moore are listed as the series stars in the opening credits), Bret is mentioned predominately throughout the plot as Bart purchases a $50,000 double indemnity insurance policy with his brother (not cousin Beau) as the beneficiary. One memorable line of dialogue appears to be a writer's joke in reference to Garner's departure. In response to Holiday's question as to why wouldn't Bret just shoot him to collect the insurance money, Bart replies, "Because he's my brother! ... although we haven't been that close lately ..."
The Forbidden City Bart Brent
> Note: Strapping Garner lookalike Robert Colbert's debut as Brent Maverick, a character dressed exactly like Bret Maverick. Bart only appears rather briefly in the episode. When the studio told contract player Colbert that he'd have to play a role patterned so precisely after Garner's, he said, "Put me in a dress and call me Brenda, but don't do this to me."
Substitute Gun Bart
> Note: With Coleen Gray, the actress who played John Wayne's character's fiancee at the beginning of the 1948 movie Red River.
Benefit of the Doubt Brent
> Note: The second and last appearance of Brent Maverick, and his only solo episode. With Ellen Burstyn and Slim Pickens. Colbert was four years younger than Kelly and Moore, making him about the same age that Kelly had been in the series' first season. The studio had intended Kelly, Moore, and Colbert to appear in the series at the same time and some publicity shots of the three of them together survive. Colbert has noted that he was simply not called back for the following season and heard nothing from the studio about it one way or the other.
The Devil's Necklace (Parts I & II) Bart
> Note: The only two-part episode in the series, a flashback story involving a fort in which everyone but Bart had been killed by Native Americans. With John Dehner, Steve Brodie, John Hoyt, and Chad Everett.

Fifth season (1961-1962)[edit]

Jack Kelly is now the sole star of new Maverick offerings. This season's episodes alternated with reruns of some of Garner's earlier shows (both solo and Garner/Kelly team-ups, including "The Saga of Waco Williams"), but during Kelly's new installments, neither Bret, Beau, nor Brent are ever mentioned; the series' new episodes had finally reverted to the original single-Maverick formula observed for the initial seven episodes, only with Kelly as Maverick instead of Garner. However, Garner's name once again appears in the weekly series opening credits before all the newly produced shows, albeit now with second billing under Kelly (Ed Reimers announces "Maverick! Starring Jack Kelly and James Garner!" each week over the opening credits).

Peter Breck returns as Doc Holliday, becoming a semi-regular in these final episodes. He appears in 4 of the 13 episodes produced for this season, including the series finale. Mike Road appears as "Pearly Gates" in two episodes.

Episode Title Starring Notes
Bart Maverick Doc Holliday
Dade City Dodge Bart With Kathleen Crowley (as "Marla"), Mike Road (as "Pearly Gates"), and Gage Clarke. Gates cheated Maverick, who hunts down the smooth con artist and his gorgeous paramour.
The Art Lovers Bart With Jack Cassidy; Maverick is sentenced to being a butler after being cheated by an acquaintance.
The Golden Fleecing Bart With John Qualen, Olive Sturgess, and Paula Raymond; Maverick becomes an impromptu stock broker, dealing in Chinatown.
Three Queens Full Bart Bonanza spoof with Jim Backus, Merry Anders and Kasey Rogers, featuring the characters "Moose" and "Small Paul" Wheelwright. Amusingly, Backus (famous for providing the cartoon voice of "Mr. Magoo") plays the patriarch patterned after stentorian Lorne Greene's Bonanza role.
A Technical Error Bart Doc With Ben Gage as a sheriff (spoofing Marshal Matt Dillon and Gunsmoke, as he had done in "Gun-Shy", "A Tale of Three Cities", and "The Misfortune Teller"), and Reginald Owen, who purposely loses his near-bankrupt bank to Maverick in a card game.
Poker Face Bart With Tol Avery; while traveling by stagecoach, Maverick strikes a bargain with a highwayman.
Mr. Muldoon's Partner Bart An Irish-themed leprechaun comedy with Mickey Rooney's lookalike son, Tim Rooney. The only episode in which Kelly wears his hat on the back of his head for long stretches the way Garner used to.
Epitaph for a Gambler Bart With film noir queen Marie Windsor, Frank Albertson, and Robert J. Wilke. Maverick wishes he hadn't won that casino after all.
The Maverick Report Bart Doc Maverick wins a newspaper that's about to be sued by a senator.
Marshall Maverick Bart Doc With John Dehner as an impersonator of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and finally, Maverick himself.
The Troubled Heir Bart With Kathleen Crowley, Alan Hale, Jr., and Mike Road (as "Pearly Gates"). Gates and Marla (Crowley) rob Maverick so they can run off and marry.
The Money Machine Bart With Andrew Duggan as Big Ed Murphy, a role played in "Greenbacks, Unlimited" during the third season by John Dehner. Murphy sells a machine that somehow magically manufactures money to Maverick's headstrong young cousin, portrayed by Kathy Bennett. Everyone in this episode, related or not, jarringly refers to Maverick's father as "Pappy Maverick", a nickname used only by the Maverick brothers themselves in all earlier episodes (even the younger Beau, played by Roger Moore, referred to his cousin Bart's father as "Uncle Beau").
One of Our Trains Is Missing Bart Doc With Kathleen Crowley as Modesty Blaine, a role also played in earlier episodes by Mona Freeman. The episode and the series ends with Maverick, Doc Holliday, and Modesty Blaine walking the train tracks into the sunset while arguing about how they'd divide a reward that Maverick had just received from Diamond Jim Brady.

Jack Kelly always maintained that no one from the studio called to tell him that the series had been canceled; he read about it in the newspaper.

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Garner with Bob Hope in 1961 publicity appearance on Hope's TV show