In 1914, Nichols, a soldier, sick of killing, returns to his Arizona hometown, 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:
James Garner ...  Sheriff Frank Nichols 24 episodes, 1971-1972
Margot Kidder ...  Ruth 24 episodes, 1971-1972
Neva Patterson ...  Ma Ketcham / ... 24 episodes, 1971-1972
John Beck ...  Ketcham / ... 24 episodes, 1971-1972
Stuart Margolin ...  Mitch / ... 24 episodes, 1971-1972
John Harding John Harding ...  Salter 10 episodes, 1971-1972
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In 1914, Nichols, a soldier, sick of killing, returns to his Arizona hometown, 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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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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Best series James Garner was in
31 May 2001 | by benzeneSee all my reviews

The first time I remember seeing James Garner was in this series. It was set in the late 1800s and he played a sort of smart-alec who inherited the name of the founder of the town but basically nothing else. The people of the town kind of looked down on him. He rode around town on a motorcycle, which in those days was like a moped in that it had pedals like a bicycle (in fact that's how you started it).

It was hilarious and I was very disappointed when it was canceled. When I saw Rockford, I thought "wow, that's the same guy that was in Nichols, I wonder if this show will be any good."

Margot Kidder was in this too. I hope someday I get to see reruns to see if it's as good as I remember.


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16 September 1971 (USA) See more »

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(23 episodes)

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