Nichols (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. ... See full summary »


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Complete series cast summary:
 Nichols (24 episodes, 1971-1972)
 Ruth / ... (24 episodes, 1971-1972)
Neva Patterson ...
 Ma Ketcham (24 episodes, 1971-1972)
 Ketcham / ... (24 episodes, 1971-1972)
 Mitch (24 episodes, 1971-1972)
John Harding ...
 Salter (10 episodes, 1971-1972)


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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Release Date:

16 September 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James Garner as Nichols  »

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(23 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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If the show had returned for a second season James Garner would have returned as Nichols' twin brother Jim and taken over as sheriff. See more »


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Closing of the frontier was never funnier
30 August 2001 | by (Denver) – See all my reviews

I guess I'm one of the few who remembers this very funny show. The turn of the century Old West, with technology about to change the frontier forever, made for a very interesting setting, and the cast did a good job of getting into the period, pulling it off without being camp. Garner was great, Margot Kidder was delightful, and John Beck made a terrific villain. The show was of such high quality it's no wonder it lasted such a short time.

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