Set in Sweetwater, Arizona in the 1880s with solid citizen Bret owning a ranch and part of the Red Ox Saloon. Stable cast with varying stories, often centered on conflict between the ambitious sheriff and everyone else.

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Complete series cast summary:
James Garner ...  Bret Maverick 18 episodes, 1981-1982
Ed Bruce Ed Bruce ...  Tom Guthrie 18 episodes, 1981-1982
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Jack Garner Jack Garner ...  Jack the Bartender 18 episodes, 1981-1982
Luis Delgado Luis Delgado ...  Shifty Delgrado 18 episodes, 1981-1982
Tommy Bush Tommy Bush ...  Deputy Sturgess 14 episodes, 1981-1982
Stuart Margolin ...  Philo Sandeen / ... 8 episodes, 1981-1982
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Set in Sweetwater, Arizona in the 1880s with solid citizen Bret owning a ranch and part of the Red Ox Saloon. Stable cast with varying stories, often centered on conflict between the ambitious sheriff and everyone else.

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Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1981 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. Television See more »
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(18 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Bret always keeps $1,000 pinned to the inside of his coat for emergencies. See more »

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James Garner's production company Cherokee Productions is mistakenly called Comanche Productions in the end credits. See more »

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Followed by Bret Maverick: The Lazy Ace: Part 1 (1981) See more »

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An underrated achievement for James Garner
9 November 2009 | by tmchackoSee all my reviews

On the heels of his fabulous series THE ROCKFORD FILES, James Garner took the risk of reviving the character that made him a household name. However little faith NBC placed in this series, it remains a treat for Garner fans, far superior to the previous effort, THE NEW MAVERICK (starring Charles Frank), and thoroughly enjoyable for anyone who appreciates a Western done with style and class. Fortunately the prints are in good shape, helping us to appreciate the colour photography and production design.

The main attraction, of course, is the star, who once again had a series tailored to his own unique and very likable persona. Some have dismissed this as Jim Rockford in the Old West, but I consider that an asset. As an older, slightly heavier actor - and former stuntman plagued by injuries - Garner could not simply replay the Maverick of 25 years earlier. Instead he made the attempt to gear more lighthearted plots and characters to a 1980s audience. (Perhaps the attempt was futile, considering what most of '80s television turned out to be!)

Garner is aided by a good cast, among them Richard Hamilton, as his "Lazy Ace" ranch hand; Ramon Bieri, as the snooty bank president; Darleen Carr, as the thorn-in-the-side reporter; and Stuart Margolin, his "Rockford" colleague, as a half-Indian con-man. Country singer Ed Bruce plays Maverick's taciturn partner in the Red Ox Saloon, and lends his writing and singing talents to the delightful theme song ("Maverick Didn't Come Here to Lose").

Pity that this series lasted only for one year. My thanks, however, to the Encore Westerns Channel for providing a pleasant, uninterrupted 50 minutes of television. It sure as shootin' brightens my day!


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