Though it began as a traditional western upon its premiere in 1957, Maverick soon developed into something much more than that. Elements of humor and parody were soon added and the show's popularity quickly took off. Maverick made a star out of James Garner, who played gambler Bret Maverick, and Jack Kelly lent fine support as brother Bart. Sadly, Garner chose to depart the series after three seasons and was replaced by Roger Moore as an English cousin of the Mavericks named Beau and later Robert Colbert as yet a third Maverick brother named Brent. Moore and Colbert did not return for the show's fifth and final season during which 13 new episodes starring Kelly aired. They aired on alternate weeks with reruns of Garner episodes.
Recaps5x13: One of Our Trains is Missing recap
: Railroad president Amos Skinner and Tim Hardesty, a Wells Fargo agent, are riding down the tracks looking for an entire train that has disappeared without a trace. The train left Whipsaw the day before... and Bart was on it... read more.5x10: Marshal Maverick recap
: In Abilene, Mayor Oliver is at the Dry Gulch Saloon and calls over the owner, Theodora, to remove the poster of Billy Coe, a reputed castle rustler and the losing candidate in the recent mayoral elections. When she refuses, the mayor appeals to Marshal Heck Thomas, who is playing poker with Bart. The marshal says that it’s Theo’s place and she’s doing nothing illegal. He’s retiring when Wyatt Earp arrives to take over as Marshal, and he doesn’t want any trouble while he waits. Meanwhile, Bart tries to get an IOU to cover his poker debts, and Theo refuses to give him credit. He finally puts up his watch as collateral to win the pot. A gunman suddenly shoots the marshal from behind, and B art shoots the killer dead. He confirms that the gunman was The Beasley Kid, and the townspeople figure that Billy Coe put Beasley up to it... read more.5x4: Three Queens Full recap
: The Wheelwrights ride into town: father Joe and his sons Moose, Small Paul, and Henry. Sheriff Mattson has summoned them and insists that he’s found the man Joe wants: Bart Maverick, who is playing poker in the saloon. Matthew Braze, the saloon owner, jokes with Joe briefly, but Joe tells Moose and Small Paul to cover the sides while he and Henry approach Bart. Mattson explains that Joe owns the Sub Rosa Ranch, the Crescent Silver Mine, and the water rights to the river. Joe introduces Henry and suggests that he sit in on the game. When Bart notes that the table is full, Joe orders one of the players to leave. Henry buys his way in a hundred dollar bill, but Bart notes correctly that it’s a thousand. Joe is impressed that Bart is honest... read more.4x29: Substitute Gun recap
: Bart rides into the town of Spearhead and Sheriff Coleman takes note of his arrival. The gambler arrives at the stable and meets an old friend, Smiley. Smiley says that he’s heading for Abilene on a “pleasure trip.” After they check their horses, Smiley offers to buy lunch for Bart, but Bart passes and bids him goodbye. Sheriff Coleman watches the two of them talking... read more.4x28: The Forbidden City recap
: The youngest Maverick brother, Brent, has taken the town council for everything they have and the sheriff is running him out of town on the next stage. When the stage pulls in, Brent is surprised to see his brother Bart aboard. Bart is en route to Abilene to relieve some cowboys of their wages, and is glad to have Brent accompany him. As the stage continues, the brothers play against the other passengers. The stage finally arrives in Sunburst to drop off the mail, and the passengers keep playing. When Sheriff Shadley realizes what they’re doing, he informs them that gambling is illegal in Sunburst. Bart lets Brent take the blame for owning the cards, and the sheriff hauls him out and tells the others to continue on... read more.