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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
James Garner ...  Bret Maverick 18 episodes, 1981-1982
Ed Bruce Ed Bruce ...  Tom Guthrie 18 episodes, 1981-1982
Ramon Bieri ...  Elijah Crow 18 episodes, 1981-1982
Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton ...  Cy Whittaker 18 episodes, 1981-1982
John Shearin ...  Sheriff Mitchel Dowd / ... 18 episodes, 1981-1982
David Knell ...  Rodney Catlow 18 episodes, 1981-1982
Darleen Carr ...  Mary Lou 'M.L.' Springer 18 episodes, 1981-1982
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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Genres:

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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Runtime:

(18 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The main house was also used as the Ketcham house in Nichols. 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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Follows The New Maverick (1978) See more »

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Bret Rockford
20 February 2009 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

James Garner created two unforgettable television characters. As Bret Maverick, Garner portrayed a flawed, but essentially lovable winner. As Jim Rockford, Garner played a flawed, but essentially lovable loser. However, the "Bret Maverick" portrayed in the 1981 series was nothing more than "Jim Rockford" in western garb. On "Bret Maverick," nobody respects Jim Garner's character, and that's the biggest problem. Other problems include a not particularly likable supporting cast (Ed Bruce, excepted), and plodding scripts. No wonder "Bret Maverick" lasted but one season, as I'm sure many other "Maverick" fans were as disappointed as I. Still, I watched, hoping the series would improve. At least we got a glimpse of an aging Jack Kelly, as "Bart Maverick," in the last episode.


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