In 1914, Nichols, a soldier, sick of killing, returns to his Arizona home town, 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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 Nichols (24 episodes, 1971-1972)
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 Ma Ketcham (24 episodes, 1971-1972)
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 Salter (10 episodes, 1971-1972)
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In 1914, Nichols, a soldier, sick of killing, returns to his Arizona home town, 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 an Indian 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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James Garner claims that the show was cancelled after one season because the wife of a Chevrolet executive (Chevy being the main sponsor of the entire series) saw an episode and said,"Well, this isn't Maverick" and Garner claims that the sponsors were expecting the show to be just another Maverick with a new can of paint slapped on it. The show took place in the early 20th century which was the end of the Old West and of course Maverick the show that brought Garner his fame took place in the Old West and that is what they were expecting. Remember, the average TV viewer of the 1960s and early 70s were still years away from becoming the savvy viewers that we've become in the 21st century. See more »

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Handicap- It Had No Must See TV ERA on NBC
7 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

NBC was putting out a lot of good product when this series came out, but none of it was getting viewers. At least according to their executives who wisely canceled good shows like Star Trek & My World & Welcome To It because of low ratings. NBC's advertisers were getting a bargain from NBC's ignorance.

This show stands out as the only time James Garner wasn't enough to get viewers. It is ashame as this show had an excellent support cast from Stuart Margolin (later Angel in the Rockford files), to Neva Patterson to Margot Kidder.

It was set in a 1900 western town. Garner was playing a sheriff who did not want to use violence to do his duties. It was small town stuff, but it was excellent. It wasn't long after this that Jim Rockford brought Garner back to success, but for my money, this show was good enough, it just wasn't in the right time, right place, or given the right opportunity.

The show was so good that most of the folks who worked on it also got jobs on Rockford.


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