Bret and Bart Maverick are well-dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game.Bret and Bart Maverick are well-dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game.Bret and Bart Maverick are well-dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game.
This is the role that made James Garner, and as much as I like his later work, for me he would never be this much fun to watch again (exception: Support Your Local Sheriff, but that was unquestionably written to capitalize on his Maverick role).
I remembered liking Maverick when I was a kid, but after 40 odd years I didn't remember a single episode or plot line. I can't tell you what a pleasure it was to find this series resurrected on Good Life (Now American Life) TV. Sadly, after a few years ALTV abandoned the excellent B&W series they had been showing, and began airing very inferior color series from later years. Yep, I'll take Maverick and 77 Sunset Strip over Time Tunnel and Lost in Space .... EVERY time.
However, when it aired on ALTV, discovering each episode's charm brought my wife and I months of entertainment, and expectation for the next week.
Among some classic episodes to look for are:
* "War of the Silver Kings", this is the first episode and unquestionably one of the best
* "Gun Shy", an absolutely hilarious take off on Gun Smoke
* "A Fellow's Brother", an entertaining story throughout that made me fall out of my chair laughing when presented with the twist that resolved the crises
* "Shady Day at Sunny Acres", in which Bret Maverick spends the majority of the episode in a rocking chair on the town's boardwalk, whittling and uttering the line, "I'm workin' on it"
* "Pappy", wherein you meet the originator of all of Bret's "My old Pappy used to say ..." lines. Garner of course plays dual roles in the episode and does a great job. (So the movie is only the 2nd time he got to play Bret's father!)
- Jun 10, 2005