Young Maverick

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Young Maverick
Genre Western
Developed by Juanita Bartlett
Directed by Bernard McEveety
Don McDougall
Leslie H. Martinson
Hy Averback
Ralph Senensky
Bob Claver
Hollingsworth Morse
Starring Charles Frank
Susan Blanchard
Theme music composer David Buttolph
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Executive producer(s) Robert Van Scoyk
Producer(s) Chuck Bowman
Location(s) California
Running time 60 mins.
Original network CBS
Picture format 1.33:1
Audio format monaural
Original release 1979 – 1980
Preceded by Maverick
The New Maverick
Followed by Bret Maverick
Related shows Sugarfoot
Colt .45
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw

Young Maverick is a 1979 television series. The series was a sequel of the 1957 series Maverick, which had starred James Garner as roving gambler Bret Maverick. Charles Frank played Ben Maverick, the son of Bret's first cousin Beau Maverick, making him Bret's first cousin once removed.[1][2] Frank's real-life wife Susan Blanchard played his girlfriend Nell, while John Dehner (who appeared in Maverick's "Shady Deal At Sunny Acres") appeared as a frontier marshal who had arrested Ben's father Beau decades before. The series was cancelled by CBS after six hour-long episodes had been shown, leaving two which were never aired on the network.[3] All eight episodes were screened later that year on BBC1 in the UK.

The 1978 TV-movie The New Maverick, featuring Garner as Bret, Frank as Ben, Jack Kelly as Bret's brother Bart Maverick, and Blanchard as Nell, served as the pilot for the series. (Garner appeared briefly in the first regular episode of Young Maverick, "Clancy," making him the only person to appear in all three series.) Among the actors appearing on the series were Howard Duff, John McIntire, James Woods, Donna Mills (all in "Dead Man's Hand," parts 1 and 2), J. Pat O'Malley ("A Fistful Of Oats"), Morgan Fairchild, John Hillerman (both "Makin' Tracks") and Harry Dean Stanton. Roger Moore, who played Beau Maverick (Ben's father) in the original series, never appeared in Young Maverick. Despite the title, Frank was three years older than Garner had been at the launch of the original series.


DVD release[edit]

On March 1, 2016, Warner Archive Collection released Young Maverick- The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[4] This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and


  1. ^ "Young Maverick Episodes on CBS". TV Guide. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Clancy (episode 1)". Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ Ed Robertson, Maverick: Legend Of The West, p. 173, Pomegranate Press, Ltd., ISBN 0-938817-35-3
  4. ^ Official 'Complete Series' Announcement: Date, Contents, Art!

External links[edit]

Young Maverick on Internet Movie Database