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Bret Maverick

Bret Maverick

James Garner reprised the role that made him a star, Old West gambler Bret Maverick, in this revival series that aired on NBC during the 1981-82 TV season. The storyline concerned Maverick giving up his days of wandering and attempting to settle down and lead a quiet life as a rancher in the town of Sweetwater located in the Arizona Territory. Though Maverick wanted to lead a quiet life, something always seemed to get in his way as he tried to adjust to the changing times and get along with his fellow townspeople. They included his business partner, former lawman Tom Guthrie (Ed Bruce), spunky female newspaper editor Mary Lou Springer (Darleen Carr), her naive newsboy Rodney Catlow (David Knell), salty ranch foreman Cy Whittaker (Richard Hamilton), banker Elijah Crow (Ramon Bieri), newly-elected sheriff Mitchel Dowd (John Shearin), and a sleazy half-breed con man named Philo Sandeen (Stuart Margolin).

Episode Info

Final: 1x17 -- The Hidalgo Thing (May/04/1982)

Tom Guthrie is running for re-election as sheriff and wants business partner Bret Maverick to keep a low profile in the campaign. However, Bret is working on one of the biggest scams of his life and isn't about to be kept under wraps.
James GarnerJames Garner
As Bret Maverick
Ed BruceEd Bruce
As Tom Guthrie
Ramon BieriRamon Bieri
As Elijah Crow
Richard Hamilton (1)Richard Hamilton (1)
As Cy Whittaker
John ShearinJohn Shearin
As Sheriff Mitchel Dowd
David KnellDavid Knell
As Rodney Catlow
Darleen CarrDarleen Carr
As Mary Lou "M.L." Springer


Reviews: 1
Bret Maverick-What a great show !!!!Rating: 0 likes, 1 dislikes

BRET MAVERICK remains to this day an underrated gem. A wonderful "sequel" series that more then successfully captured the "retirement" of one of television's great characters with James Garner reprising the role that made him famous. It made perfect sense that a man in his late fifties in the Old West would realize that he could no longer "polish a saddle" and attempt to settle down to a settled life before modern civilization came West,a theme that Garner explored before in his other great overlooked series NICHOLS, which he considers his best show. But,Maverick's retirement was anything BUT settled as evidenced by the great stories and episodes and the hectic pursuit to maintain his one shot at peace,The Lazy Ace Ranch he bought,and the Red Ox Saloon,the bar he won and co-owns with ex-sheriff Tom Guthrie,played superbly by country star Ed Bruce. The rest of the cast sparkles with Darleen Carr,Richard Hamilton,Ramon Bieri, and Stuart Margolin being the standouts. In the last episode,Brother Bart,played by Jack Kelly of course,shows up and was also to be a regular in the never realized second season. Despite more then respectable ratings,NBC stupidly pulled the plug on a show that was nominated for two Emmys and a Golden Globe Award in 1982. A great,great show not to be overlooked and ,in some ways,ahead of it's time. Read more

Review posted on Friday, September 4th 2009 at 6:51 am

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1x17: The Hidalgo Thing recap: In the woods outside of Sweetwater, a fortune hunter paces off steps on the Lazy Ace Ranch. He finds an empty hole in the ground and Bret rides up behind him and demands to know why he’s there. The fortune hunter explains that he’s looking for pre-Columbian artifacts and got a map from a man in Denver. Bret explains that he already found the lead mask and auctioned it off to the highest bidder, Senor Gomez for $2,000, but still has it on him. The fortune hunter offers him up to $4,000 and asks to check it. He pays Bret the money and confirms that it’s authentic, and then draws a gun and takes the money. He tells Bret to ride on and leaves... read more.

1x16: The Rattlesnake Brigade recap: Elijah sends Sheriff Dowd on an errand to the Governor’s office at the capital and assures him that Deputy Sturgess can take care of things in his absence. Meanwhile, Cy comes down for breakfast and finds Bret doing some early-morning paperwork. Bret explains that he’s heading in town to set something up and assures Cy that Tom will go along with it... read more.

1x15: Faith, Hope and Clarity (2) recap: As the alarm bell rings, Cy asks Bret what they’re going to do, and Bret says they’ll have to improvise... read more.

1x14: Faith, Hope and Clarity (1) recap: Brother Samuel Workman greets Reverend Everest Sinclair of the Clarity Movement as he arrives to see the site they have chosen for their city of Clarity. The land has been foreclosed, but Samuel explains that the people of nearby Sweetwater aren’t happy. Sinclair insists that nothing can stand in the way of their progress. As he examines the land, Cy draws a bead on Sinclair. Bret rides up and tells his foreman that shooting Sinclair won’t solve anything. Cy blames himself for how everyone came to him for advice and he advised them to mortgage their property to the bank. However, he agrees not to shoot Sinclair. As they ride into town, Bret advises Cy to try and run a con on Sinclair, and the foreman reluctantly agrees to help... read more.

1x13: The Eight Swords of Dyrus and Other Illusions of Grandeur recap: The Great Malooley and his assistants Princess Athena and Samson arrive in Sweetwater. Jack the Bartender greets them at the Red Ox and invites them inside. As Athena and Samson go in with their boss, Athena favors Rodney with a smile... read more.

Executive Producer: Meta Rosenberg
Supervising Producer: Gordon Dawson
Producer: Chas Floyd Johnson, Geoffrey Fischer
Associate Producer: Mark Horowitz
Editor: Diane Adler, George R. Rohrs, Paul H. Dixon, Clay Bartels
Casting: Dodie McLean
Unit Production Manager: Sam C. Freedle

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Recurring Guests

Jack Garner as Jack the Bartender (17 eps)
Luis Delgado as Shifty Delgrado (17 eps)
Tommy Bush (1) as Deputy Sturgess (13 eps)
Stuart Margolin as Philo Sandeen (7 eps)
Priscilla Morrill as Estelle Springer (7 eps)
Marj Dusay as Kate Hanrahan (4 eps)
Blake Delgado as Bar Boy (3 eps)
Tony Burton as Arthur (2 eps)
Robert Webber (1) as Everest Sinclair (2 eps)
Simone Griffeth as Jasmine Du Bois (2 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama | Western
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Tuesdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: December 01, 1981
Ended: August 24, 1982
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