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 Ruth / ... (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 a Harley-Davidson 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. See more »

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I remember Nichols too!
25 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hey, you are not alone! I remember Nichols! I was just 17 when it was on. I remember James Garner was one of the coolest actors, and Nichols was such a great show. I couldn't believe it was on such a short time, wish I could remember the last episode, I probably didn't see it...there were no vcr's back then so it when it was on you saw it, and if you missed an episode it was gone forever unless it came back on summer reruns. Anyway, sure would be great if it came out on DVD, but I don't think that many people even knew about it. What a shame.

Garner would hit it big a few years later with Rockford Files, and he brought along his buddy Stuart Margolin from Nichols to play his sidekick Angel.


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