Sep. 22, 1957
60 min.
ABC TV Network

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Brett and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beauregarde "Bo" Maverick and for a short time Brent Maverick also appeared) are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game. Poker is their favorite but they've been known to play such odd card games as Three-toed Sloth on occasion.


Maverick Season 1 (1957-1958)

1x01 1 1x01 War of the Silver Kings
In the series premiere, gambler Bret Maverick gets involved in a feud between competing silver mine owners in the town of Echo Springs.
Sep. 22, 1957
1x02 1 1x02 Point Blank
For the first of many times, Bret gets involved with a cunning female who's planning a robbery along with her boyfriend.
Sep. 29, 1957
1x03 1 1x03 According to Hoyle
A man who once lost $50,000 to Maverick in a card games hires con artist Samantha Crawford to win back his money. She succeeds with the aid of a little known poker rule.
Oct. 06, 1957
1x04 1 1x04 Ghost Rider
Bret meets up with a woman who reportedly died a few weeks before.
Oct. 13, 1957
1x05 1 1x05 The Long Hunt
Bret goes the extra mile to prove the innocence of a man serving a life sentence in prison. But unfortunately for our hero, it seems as though someone else wants the imprisoned man ...
Oct. 20, 1957
1x06 1 1x06 Stage West
Fleeing a band of marauding Native Americans, Bret thinks he's found shelter at a way station. Unbeknownst to him, the family he meets there is a band of killers.
Oct. 27, 1957
1x07 1 1x07 Relic of Fort Tejon
Bret is overjoyed to win a prized mount in a card game until he discovers that the mount is not a horse--it's a camel.
Nov. 03, 1957
1x08 1 1x08 Hostage
Jack Kelly joins the series as Bart Maverick who teams with brother Bret in New Orleans to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a gambling boat owner.
Nov. 10, 1957
1x09 1 1x09 Stampede
Bret is roped into competing in a boxing match when one of the boxers drops out. Will he emerge with his face and hide in one piece?
Nov. 17, 1957
1x10 1 1x10 The Jeweled Gun
Bart accompanies a young woman through hostile badlands territory and soon discovers that he needs protection--from her.
Nov. 24, 1957
1x11 1 1x11 The Wrecker
After buying a derelict cargo ship, Bart is beset by several excellent financial offers for the vessel. Instead of selling out, he decides to discover the reason why.
Dec. 01, 1957
1x12 1 1x12 The Quick and the Dead
Bret tries to clear himself of a murder charge by protecting a man marked for death by Doc Holliday.
Dec. 08, 1957
1x13 1 1x13 The Naked Gallows
Bart gets more than he bargained for when he looks into an unsolved murder case.
Dec. 15, 1957
1x14 1 1x14 Comstock Conspiracy
Once again, Bret gets more than he bargained for when he travels to the boom mining town of Virginia City, Nevada.
Dec. 29, 1957
1x15 1 1x15 The Third Rider
Bart finds himself dealing with two dangerous couples when he manages to get himself framed for a bank robbery.
Jan. 05, 1958
1x16 1 1x16 Rage for Vengeance
Bret is only too willing to escort a lovely widow carrying a large amount of cash to a bank. Things change when it's discovered that the money is counterfeit.
Jan. 12, 1958
1x17 1 1x17 Rope of Cards
Bret is the lone hold-out for a not guilty verdict on a jury trying a young man for murder.
Jan. 19, 1958
1x18 1 1x18 Diamond in the Rough
A notorious thief has Bart beaten up, robbed, and deposited on a ocean bound steamship.
Jan. 26, 1958
1x19 1 1x19 Day of Reckoning
Fed up with a town bully, Bret decides it's time people did something about him. So he asks the townspeople to do something.
Feb. 02, 1958
1x20 1 1x20 The Savage Hills
Thanks to the machinations of con woman Samantha Crawford, Bart finds himself caught up in a spy caper.
Feb. 09, 1958
1x21 1 1x21 Trail West to Fury
In this flashback episode, Bret and Bart relate to pal Dandy Jim Buckley about the time shortly after the Civil War when they searched high and low for a tall man who could clear them ...
Feb. 16, 1958
1x22 1 1x22 The Burning Sky
An Native American ambush leaves Bart and a group of stagecoach passengers stranded in the desert.
Feb. 23, 1958
1x23 1 1x23 The Seventh Hand
Bret tries to hunt down two men who made off with a substantial poker pot.
Mar. 02, 1958
1x24 1 1x24 Plunder of Paradise
There's gold in them thar hills and Bart Maverick is out to get it. But so are four nasty Mexican bandits.
Mar. 09, 1958
1x25 1 1x25 Black Fire
A millionaire's heirs are being killed off so why is Bret Maverick so concerned? He's posing as one of the heirs.
Mar. 16, 1958
1x26 1 1x26 Burial Ground of the Gods
Bart is in pursuit of a thief named Paisley Briggs who stole his money but gets sidetracked by a woman searching for her missing husband. Somehow they all wind up in hostile Sioux territory ...
Mar. 30, 1958
1x27 1 1x27 Seed of Deception
Riding through the town of Bonita, Bret and Bart are mistaken for Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday and stumble onto a bank robbery plot
Apr. 13, 1958
Season Guides

Season 1 Characters

Bret Maverick played by James Garner
Bart Maverick played by Jack Kelly
Sheriff played by Terry Frost
Barfly played by Max Wagner
Townsman played by Michael Jeffers
Poker Player played by Frank Sully
Stage Driver played by Jimmie Booth
Deputy played by George Bell
Doctor played by William H. O'Brien
Bartender played by Phil Chambers
Gunman played by Paul Baxley
Hotel Clerk played by Forrest Lewis
Dandy Jim Buckley played by Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Samantha played by Diane Brewster
Dolly played by Ruta Lee
Doc Holliday played by Gerald Mohr
Big Mike McComb played by Leo Gordon
Judge played by Thurston Hall
Connors played by Kem Dibbs
Slim played by Morgan Shaan
Miner played by Bob Reeves
Marshal played by Rusty Lane
Harry played by Harry Lauter
Stableman played by Dan White
Conductor played by Bryan O'Byrne

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Season 1 Videos

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Season 1 Quotes

01x12 - The Quick and the Dead Season 1 / Episode 12: - The Quick and the Dead

Cora: What are you looking for, then?
Bret Maverick: A game.
Cora: Well, if you change your mind, come and see me.
Bret Maverick: Do I have to change my mind?
01x27 - Seed of Deception Season 1 / Episode 27: - Seed of Deception

Bret Maverick: Sheriff, you'd be surprised how many men I know have reputations with guns and are no better than an ordinary cowhand.
Sheriff McPeters: Well, how good are you?
Bret Maverick: Well, I'm not too good, but then I always like to think the next man is worse.
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Season 1 Trivia

  • Episode 18 - This episode is based on a true story. See Diamond Hoax of 1872 on wikipedia.
  • Episode 25 - This time roles are reversed as Jack Kelly makes an uncredited cameo in a vignette at the beginning of the episode to introduce a Bret-only story. He would also provided the episode's voiceover narration.
  • Episode 10 - Although he gets top billing, James Garner only has a brief cameo appearing in the opening and closing scenes.
  • Episode 13 - The scene in which Jack Kelly puts on his shirt in the presence of the admiring Sherry Jackson marks the only time "Bart Maverick" is ever seen bare-chested.
  • Episode 03 - Per the title, 'Edmond Hoyle' is a writer best known for his works on the rules and play of card games. The phrase "according to Hoyle" came into the language as a reflection of his authority on the subject.

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