Maverick (1957–1962)

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Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beau) are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game. Poker (5 card draw) is ... See full summary »


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



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 Bart Maverick / ... (83 episodes, 1957-1962)
 Bret Maverick / ... (60 episodes, 1957-1962)


Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beau) are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game. Poker (5 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 <>

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Comedy | Western


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22 September 1957 (USA)  »

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(124 episodes)

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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During two episodes of season four, Roger Moore whistled the show's theme song. See more »


Bret Maverick: As my old pappy used to say, work is fine for killin' time, but it's a shaky way to make a living.
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Followed by Bret Maverick (1981) See more »


Music by David Buttolph
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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James Garner As 'Maverick' - Another Cool Guy In The Genre
10 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's amazing how many "cool"" guys there were in the late '50s playing the heroes in television westerns. There was the "king of cool" Steve McQueen as "Josh Randall" in "Wanted: Dead Or Alive," Richard Boone as "Paladin" in "Have Gun, Will Travel," and more.

That more included James Garner as "Maverick." He was one of those guys the ladies thought was attractive and the men liked, too, a man's man and a ladies' man at the same, time. "Brett Maverick" was hip, cool under pressure, a fast-talker with quick wit, a great poker player, suave and sophisticated but physically tough if all else failed. However, he preferred to use his brains over his brawn.

Maverick's humor, I think, endeared him to the public the most of all his attributes. You can thank James Garner for that, because he was always funny in any movie role that asked for humor. He downgraded his acting ability, but we all know better. Garner made this a very, very popular show.

Eventually, brothers Bart and Beau were introduced in the series but I was disappointed if I saw Garner wasn't going to star that week.

It was appropriate he had a role in the 1990s movie starring Mel Gibson, who did Garner's character proud.

My hope is that some day individual Mavrick seasons will come out on DVD.

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