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The following is an episode list for ABC's 1957 comedy-western television series, Maverick, starring James Garner, Jack Kelly, and Roger Moore. Unusually for an American television program, Maverick's main cast varied episodically. As such, the starring cast members for each episode are listed below alongside other details. The series was created by Roy Huggins.



Series leads

Bret Maverick: James Garner (seasons 1-4; 55 episodes)

Bart Maverick: Jack Kelly (seasons 1-5; 75 episodes)

Beau Maverick: Roger Moore (season 4; 14 episodes*)

Brent Maverick: Robert Colbert (season 4; 2 episodes*)

* Moore appeared in a total of 15 episodes, but he played a different character in the second season Maverick episode "The Rivals", while Colbert appeared in a different role in the fourth season episode "Hadley's Hunters" before making two appearances as Brent Maverick.

Featured recurring characters

Dandy Jim Buckley: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (seasons 1-2; 5 episodes)

Samantha Crawford: Diane Brewster (seasons 1-2; 4 episodes)

Gentleman Jack Darby: Richard Long (seasons 2-3; 4 episodes)

Big Mike McComb: Leo Gordon (seasons 1-2; 5 episodes)

Cindy Lou Brown: Arlene Howell* (season 2; 3 episodes)

Doc Holliday: Gerald Mohr* (season 1; 2 episodes) and Peter Breck (seasons 4-5; 5 episodes)

Modesty Blaine: Mona Freeman (season 3; 2 episodes) and Kathleen Crowley* (season 5; 1 episode)

Melanie Blake: Kathleen Crowley* (season 3; 2 episodes)

Big Ed Murphy: John Dehner* (season 3; 1 episode) and Andrew Duggan* (season 5; 1 episode)

* These actors also appeared in other roles during the course of the series.


Ben Gage delivers Marshal Matt Dillon parodies in four different episodes, playing sheriffs with different names but always looking and sounding like James Arness in Gunsmoke while delivering comedic lines.

(More information is available at Maverick.)

First season (1957-1958)

James Garner (as Bret Maverick) is the sole star for the first seven episodes. With episode eight, he's joined by Jack Kelly as brother Bart Maverick. From that point on, the two alternate leads from week to week, sometimes teaming up for the occasional episode. Recurring characters include rival gamblers/operators Samantha Crawford, Dandy Jim Buckley and Big Mike McComb.

Episode Title Stars and Featured Recurring Characters
Bret Maverick Bart Maverick Dandy Jim Buckley Samantha Crawford Big Mike McComb
War of the Silver Kings Bret Big Mike
> Note: With Edmund Lowe. A Warners-owned property called "War of the Copper Kings" was selected by the studio as the basis for this episode's script in order to cheat Roy Huggins out of the series creator residuals.
Point Blank Bret
> Note: With Karen Steele. Huggins had written this episode as the pilot but Warner Brothers insisted on first airing an episode based on a property they previously owned. This was done in order to deny Huggins the residuals for creating the series, a typical gambit for the studio at that time. Huggins wasn't given credit as series creator by the studio until the movie version with Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, and Garner almost forty years later. Mike Connors appears in this episode as a different character than his subsequent role in "The Naked Gallows."
According to Hoyle Bret Samantha Big Mike
> Note: Maverick debut of Samantha Crawford, in a high-stakes riverboat poker contest with Maverick. Diane Brewster had played Crawford the previous year in an episode of Cheyenne called "Dark Rider," and writer/producer Roy Huggins had given the character his mother's maiden name. This superb episode was written by Russell S. Hughes.
Ghost Rider Bret
> Note: With Stacy Keach, Sr. as a sheriff, Joanna Barnes, and Edd Byrnes. Maverick offers a strange beauty a ride home in a buckboard then later learns that she had died days before he met her. To settle a point of confusion, supporting player Keach, Sr. so closely resembles his son Stacy Keach that modern viewers, unaware of the father, might be flummoxed by Keach's appearance in the 1950s looking just as he did in the 1980s, especially since the senior Keach is billed in the episode as "Stacy Keach."
The Long Hunt Bret
> Note: In the aftermath of a failed stagecoach robbery, a gunshot criminal tells Maverick with his dying breaths that an innocent man remains trapped in prison for a crime that he didn't commit, leaving the gambler with the daunting responsibility of somehow straightening it out. A sweeping epic in which Maverick finds himself forced to intermittently become an amateur detective over a period of months.
Stage West Bret
> Note: Based on a Louis Lamour story. With Erin O'Brien, Edd Byrnes, and Chubby Johnson. O'Brien's name is listed at the beginning of the episode after Garner's, an honor only accorded a small handful of actors during the series (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Peggy King, Adam West, Troy Donahue, etc.). Ray Teal, later the sincere sheriff on Bonanza, performs one of his several Maverick turns as a vicious villain in this harrowingly suspenseful episode.
Relic of Fort Tejon Bret
> Note: Features Maverick and an affectionate camel. The gambler quickly realizes that a saloon's poker game is rigged and finds himself facing down a professional killer. Intriguingly, the army did briefly experiment with using camels as transportation, which would have been ideal for the American Southwest. Tyler MacDuff appears as Drake.
Hostage! Bret Bart
> Note: Bart's first appearance occurs in this two-brother episode. Huggins wisely has Bart tied up and viciously beaten by a thug as an initiation into the series, to gain viewer sympathy. For his first several episodes, Jack Kelly as Bart wore a grey suit similar in color to his hat for greater contrast with Garner's standard black suit, but eventually switched to mainly a black suit himself while keeping the lighter colored hat, which remained his main costume through most of the run of the series. In his videotaped interview for the Archive of American Television, Roy Huggins noted that, unlike Garner's light touch, Kelly delivered a funny line as though he were "dropping a load of coal," and that Kelly was hilariously entertaining when he was "off camera." Critics noted how charismatic Kelly and Garner were as a team, however, and that Kelly did his finest work in his episodes with Garner.
Stampede Bret Dandy Jim
> Note: Dandy Jim Buckley's first of five memorable appearances. One of many episodes that begin on a Mississippi riverboat, a very frequent setting. "Stampede" is often cited by critics as one of the most entertaining installments, especially noting Zimbalist's humorous performance. Chris Alcaide appeared as Tony Cadiz. Written by Gerald Drayson Adams.
The Jeweled Gun Bret Bart
> Note: Bret appears only briefly; the first of flamboyantly seductive Kathleen Crowley's many roles in the series. Some of the plotline was later cannabilized for an otherwise unique Garner episode entitled "A Rage for Vengeance." The early part of The Jeweled Gun occurs in a Spanish-influenced town. Huggins noted in an interview that Garner was originally slated to play Kelly's role in this popular episode but the leads were switched at the last minute due to a scheduling conflict. Although Bart makes brief appearances in several Bret episodes, this is the only time Bret does so in a Bart episode. This is essentially Kelly's first solo episode. Dean Fredericks appears as Mitchell.
The Wrecker Bret Bart
> Note: Based on a Robert Louis Stevenson ocean adventure. This is the only episode with substantial time accorded to both brothers in which Kelly's role is larger than Garner's, although Bret sets the operation up and appears noticeably more knowledgeable about the situation than Bart in their scenes together. The two-brother scripts designated the brothers as "Maverick 1" and "Maverick 2," with Garner choosing which role he wanted to play due to his seniority in the series. All other scripts, except one, were originally written with Garner in mind and the character designated as "Bret," which would later be changed to "Bart" during filming if Kelly were cast instead. The only exception was "Passage to Fort Doom," which was written specifically for Kelly as a lark for the writers.
The Quick and the Dead Bret
> Note: With Gerald Mohr in a grimly powerful performance as Doc Holliday and film noir queen Marie Windsor as a saloon owner. Written and directed by Douglas Heyes.
Naked Gallows Bart
> Note: With Mike Connors, Sherry Jackson, Morris Ankrum, and Bing Russell.
The Comstock Conspiracy Bret
> Note: With Ruta Lee and Werner Klemperer.
The Third Rider Bart
> Note: With Dick Foran as a lawman thwarted by Bart in this action-packed non-comedy episode.
Rage for Vengeance Bret
> Note: With Catherine McLeod, Russ Conway as a sheriff, and a villainous John Russell. The only episode in the series in which Bret openly falls in love (with McLeod in her only series appearance) and wants to actually get married, despite an unrelated glaring plot similarity to earlier episode The Jeweled Gun. It's intriguing to imagine Bret and Bart comparing notes later and each saying, "Yeah, the same thing happened to me."
Rope of Cards Bret
> Note: According to legend, practically every deck of cards in the United States sold out the day after this episode's first broadcast.
Diamond in the Rough Bart
> Note: Written by Marion Hargrove from a story by Roy Huggins.
Day of Reckoning Bret
> Note: Mayhem is the order of the day in this tense drama after a cowboy accuses Bret of cheating during a poker game and a blow to the head from the Marshall accidentally executes the complainant. With Jean Willes as Lil, Virginia Gregg as Amy Hardie, and Tod Griffin as Jack Wade.
The Savage Hills Bart Samantha
> Note: Bart takes a turn with the glamorous Samantha Crawford on a riverboat adventure.
Trail West to Fury Bret Bart Dandy Jim
> Note: A flashback episode about the Maverick brothers returning from the American Civil War, as told to Buckley while the three of them are trapped during a flood. The plotline involves the Maverick brothers having to avoid Texas after being falsely accused of murder there, with only a mysteriously disappeared "tall man" as a witness who could exonerate them if only they could locate him. Writer/producer Roy Huggins would eventually recycle this plot as the basis for his later television series The Fugitive, with Diane Brewster in a recurring cameo role as Richard Kimble's murdered wife.
The Burning Sky Bart
> Note: With a Mexican Gerald Mohr and Joanna Barnes. The ratings for Kelly's episodes were always minusculely higher in the first two seasons than Garner's. Roy Huggins mentioned in his videotaped Archive of American Television interview that he believed that this was a reflection of how well the audience liked Garner's episodes and the consequent word of mouth, so that viewers, marvelously entertained the previous week, would be at their sets for the following episode, which would usually feature Kelly instead. The rating jumps for Kelly's episodes were tiny enough that they fell within the margin of error, but were remarkable because of their consistency.
The Seventh Hand Bret Samantha
> Note: James Philbrook, in his first year as an actor, appears as Sloan in this episode. Samantha Crawford speculates about what it would be like if she and Bret were married. His response: "We couldn't afford it."
Plunder of Paradise Bart Big Mike
> Note: With Ruta Lee as a dance hall singer. Bart and Big Mike McComb (Leo Gordon) wind up teamed as treasure hunters.
Black Fire Bret
> Note: Oddly, a glaringly unnecessary narration by Bart is tacked onto this episode featuring only Bret, probably to compensate for the fact that Garner had introduced Kelly's early solo episodes. This was one of only two Garner episodes not included in Columbia House's 1990s library of series videotapes (the other was "Holiday at Hollow Rock"). Hans Conreid plays a friend who recruits Bret to borrow his identity for a family reunion. Charles Bateman made his first screen appearance as Cousin Jeff Martin.
Burial Ground of the Gods Bart
> Note: With Claude Akins.
Seed of Deception Bret Bart
> Note: The Maverick brothers are mistaken for Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp in this two-brother episode. Huggins' wife Adele Mara plays a saloon dancer, and Bart is still wearing his grey suit. Ron Hayes made one of his first acting appearances in the episode. Bret and Bart would technically appear in sixteen episodes together over the course of the series but only share a large amount of screen time in eleven of them. The others are actually Garner's episodes with brief appearances by Kelly except "The Jeweled Gun," in which their roles were switched at the last minute due to a schedule conflict and Garner wound up making his single cameo appearance in a Kelly installment.

Second season (1958-1959)

Garner and Kelly continue as alternating leads, with the odd 'team-up' episode. Semi-regulars Samatha Crawford and Dandy Jim Buckley exit partway through the season; new semi-regulars include Cindy Lou Brown and Gentleman Jack Darby. Big Mike McComb also returns from the first season.

Episode Title Stars and Featured Recurring Characters
Bret Maverick Bart Maverick Dandy Jim Buckley Samantha Crawford Big Mike McComb Cindy Lou Brown Gentleman Jack Darby
The Day They Hanged Bret Maverick Bret
> Note: Framed by a similar-looking robber, a desperate Maverick finds himself trapped in jail while the citizenry construct a gallows for him right outside the window. Bret recalls that he and his brother had flipped a coin earlier to decide which Maverick would travel in what direction, ruminating that if it had landed differently, Bart would be sitting in that cell instead. With Whitney Blake, Ray Teal, and Jay Novello.
Lonesome Reunion Bret
> Note: With John Russell and Joanna Barnes.
Alias Bart Maverick Bart Cindy Lou Gentleman Jack
> Note: Debuts of Richard Long as Gentleman Jack Darby and Arlene Howell as Cindy Lou Brown.
The Belcastle Brand Bret
> Note: Garner's favorite episode. With Reginald Owen.
High Card Hangs Bart Dandy Jim
> Note: With Martin Landau. Notice how different Dandy Jim Buckley's friendship with Bart is from his basically adversarial relationship with Bret.
Escape to Tampico Bret
> Note: Set in Mexico, this unique episode featured Gerald Mohr as a variation of Humphrey Bogart's Casablanca character, shot on the original Casablanca set.
The Judas Mask Bart
> Note: Bart's chasing a ravishing Scandinavian dance hall girl who robbed him of $20,000, hoping to catch her before she vanishes into Mexico. With John Vivyan.
The Jail at Junction Flats Bret Dandy Jim
> Note: A memorable episode with Dandy Jim Buckley, a comical character created by Huggins as a version of Bret without the scruples. As noted earlier, Buckley's relationships with Bret and Bart are quite different. Dan Blocker briefly appears in flashback as a gunslinger, before getting the role of Hoss Cartwright in Bonanza. Patrick McVey appeared as Sheriff Morrison Pyne. Written by Marion Hargrove.
The 39th Star Bart
> Note: A coincidental pair of identical suitcases create a potentially lethal quandary for Bart. With Bethel Leslie and John Litel.
Shady Deal at Sunny Acres Bret Bart Dandy Jim Samantha Big Mike Cindy Lou Gentleman Jack
> Note: The only episode to feature all seven of the regular Maverick characters from the first two seasons, and the final appearance for both Samantha Crawford (Diane Brewster) and Dandy Jim Buckley (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.). This is arguably the single most talked-about show of the series, and usually the one Garner mentions first in interviews. Writer Roy Huggins notes the suspiciously close patterning of the first half of later movie The Sting to this episode in his Archive of American Television interview. Upon being robbed by a ruthless banker (John Dehner) after depositing an evening's formidable poker winnings, Bret recruits Bart to mount an intricate sting operation to recover the fortune. While Bart and all of the series' recurring characters join forces to energetically dupe the shameless banker ("....if you can't trust your banker, who can you trust?"), Bret sits whittling in a rocking chair across the street from the bank every day, responding to the amused and patronizing queries of the local townspeople curious about how he plans to recover his money, "I'm working on it."
Island in the Swamp Bret
> Note: With Edgar Buchanan, Erin O'Brien, and Arlene Howell. Note that Howell does not play Cindy Lou Brown here, despite having just played the character in the previous episode. Howell would return to the role of Cindy Lou Brown 12 episodes later, in Passage To Fort Doom. O'Brien was billed over Howell despite having a much smaller role in the episode.
Prey of the Cat Bart
> Note: With Wayne Morris.
Holiday at Hollow Rock Bret
> Note: Bret rides into town to bet on the annual horse race, stopwatch in hand. This was one of two Garner episodes (the other being Black Fire) not included in Columbia House's 1990s library of series videotapes. Saundra Edwards appears as this episode's leading lady a couple of years before her career ended after she killed her abusive boyfriend with a shotgun blast to his chest. Tod Griffin made his second appearance in the series as Sheriff Jesse Carson.
The Spanish Dancer Bart Gentleman Jack
> Note: Featuring Huggins' wife Adele Mara as a dancer in a gold rush mining camp, and Slim Pickens in a small role.
Game of Chance Bret Bart
> Note: With Belgian-born gamine Roxane Berard in an episode according more or less equal time to Bret and Bart. Berard, an actress continuously compared with Audrey Hepburn, portrays a charming French countess, and Marcel Dalio, who had played Rosenthal in Jean Renoir's Grand Illusion (1937), appears as her wily uncle "the Baron." This is one of eleven episodes featuring both brothers with more or less ample screen time for each, although Garner's role is somewhat larger in five of them: "Hostage!," "The Wrecker" (Kelly has more screen time in this one), "Trail West to Fury," "Seed of Deception," "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres," "Two Beggars on Horseback," "Pappy," "Maverick Springs," "Maverick and Juliet," and "The Maverick Line."
Gun-Shy Bret
> Note: This is Maverick's famous Gunsmoke spoof, with Ben Gage as Marshal Mort Dooley (a comical version of Marshal Matt Dillon) and Reginald Owen as a con man.
Two Beggars on Horseback Bret Bart
> Note: Jack Kelly's favorite episode, featuring a desperate race between the brothers to cash a check. This is also the only time in the series in which Kelly's character wears a black hat; both brothers wear black hats in the opening sequences until Bart has to trade his to a stable operator in order to secure a horse. The peculiar title stems from an otherwise unrelated play by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly called Beggar on Horseback. With Ray Teal as Stryker.
The Rivals Bret Bart
> Note: Features Roger Moore playing a non-Maverick character in a sophisticated drawing room comedy based on a play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan originally produced in 1775. Moore would later be a regular series lead as "Beau Maverick" (nephew of Bret and Bart's "Pappy," the original Beau Maverick) in season 4, filling the void left by Garner's departure before the beginning of that season, so this is the only episode featuring Garner and Moore together. Bart appears only briefly. The physical resemblance between James Garner and Roger Moore in this episode is surprising, and the characters switch identities as part of the storyline. The episode's opening sequence includes a striking three-shot of Garner, Kelly, and Moore sitting in a train car, with Moore in the foreground and Garner and Kelly sitting behind him in deep focus playing cards.
Duel at Sundown Bret Bart
> Note: Features villainous gunfighter Clint Eastwood in an epic fistfight with Bret. Bart appears briefly but memorably in this episode. Edgar Buchanan plays a close friend of Bret's while Abby Dalton portrays Buchanan's character's fetching daughter. Written by Howard Browne.
Yellow River Bart
> Note: With Tol Avery and Robert Conrad. Script is recycled from second season episode of Cheyenne, "The Dark Rider," which had featured Diane Brewster's first appearance as Samantha Crawford, predating the Maverick series.
The Saga of Waco Williams Bret
> Note: This revered episode drew the largest viewership during the series' original run. Louise Fletcher, who won an Oscar as evil Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest eighteen years later, plays the glamorous young leading lady. Wayde Preston, starring (as a different character) at the same time in Colt .45, played Waco Williams, a character that writer-producer Stephen J. Cannell later proudly purloined as the prototype for "Lance White," Tom Selleck's recurring role on The Rockford Files. Brad Johnson appears as Karl Bent, Jr. Written by Montgomery Pittman.
The Brasada Spur Bart
> Note: With Julie Adams.
Passage to Fort Doom Bart Cindy Lou
> Note: Cindy Lou Brown's final appearance. Diane McBain portrays the dazzling other woman and Paul Henreid directed the episode. A resonant wagon train adventure dealing with courage under fire, this was reportedly the only episode written with Jack Kelly in mind during the early seasons; the writers had previously been under orders from Huggins to always picture Garner as Maverick regardless of which actor would end up playing the part, but this one was written for Kelly just to see what that would be like. No personality differences between the Maverick brothers or cousins were ever incorporated into the scripts but instead stem from the actors themselves. Ron Hayes also appears in the episode.
Two Tickets to Ten Strike Bret
> Note: Features Connie Stevens and Adam West. Veteran western film star Roscoe Ates appears as Joe the Barber. Stevens plays a naive but strong-willed country girl intently pursuing Bret in an episode featuring a mix of comedy and violence.
Betrayal Bart
> Note: With Pat Crowley and Ruta Lee as ravishing romantic rivals and Don "Red" Barry as an obstreperous sheriff. While being held up by masked bandits, Bart realizes that another stagecoach passenger recognizes the voice of one of the robbers.
The Strange Journey of Jenny Hill Bret Big Mike
> Note: Big Mike McComb's final appearance. Singer Jenny Hill (Peggy King) can't figure out why Bret keeps following her from town to town. Peggy King was billed at the beginning of the episode in the opening titles, after Garner, an extremely rare occurrence in the series. Others billed at the opening of other episodes include Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. in each appearance as Dandy Jim Buckley, Roger Moore in his non-Beau Maverick guest appearance in The Rivals, Adam West and Troy Donahue in Pappy, and Erin O'Brien in the Louis Lamour story Stage West.

Third season (1959-1960)

Writer/creator Roy Huggins leaves the show. Garner and Kelly are still the leads. Of the recurring characters, only Gentleman Jack Darby returns for season 3, and only for one episode.

Episode Title Stars and Featured Recurring Character
Bret Maverick Bart Maverick Gentleman Jack Darby
Pappy Bret Bart
> Note: Features dual roles for series stars Garner and Kelly, as "Pappy" Beaurgard Maverick and Uncle Bentley Maverick, respectively (the previous generation of Maverick brothers, "Beau and Bent"). With Adam West, Troy Donahue, Henry Daniell, Kaye Elhardt, and Chubby Johnson. Roger Moore would join the show in the first episode of the following season as a different Beau Maverick, the young nephew of this episode's Beau Maverick. Series creator Roy Huggins, who had left the show at the conclusion of the previous season, complained in his Archive of American Television interview that Bret and Bart's "Pappy" was never meant to be seen by the audience (in the series' earliest references, he appears to have already died) and that Huggins was disappointed when the first thing the new producer did was construct an episode including the character.
Royal Four-Flush Bart
> Note: With Roxane Berard.
The Sheriff of Duck 'n' Shoot Bret Bart
> Note: Watch Bret's responses when he's offered the job of sheriff in an insanely rowdy town. With Chubby Johnson as a genial deputy.
You Can't Beat the Percentage Bart
> Note: With Gerald Mohr and Karen Steele in a tense noir suspense thriller.
The Cats of Paradise Bret
> Note: Bret faces Buddy Ebsen as a trigger-happy sheriff, Don "Red" Barry as a black-clad business-card carrying gunfighter modeled on Paladin, and Mona Freeman as a wild-eyed and murderously treacherous Modesty Blaine.
A Tale of Three Cities Bart
> Note: Ben Gage does his Marshal Matt Dillon parody again; also featuring Pat Crowley as a radiantly beautiful robber and Ray Teal as the sheriff of a neighboring town.
Full House Bret
> Note: With young Joel Grey as Billy the Kid, and Garner performing a bravura pistol-twirling exhibition as part of the plot. Jean Willes portrays an inconveniently amorous Belle Starr.
The Lass With the Poisonous Air Bart
> Note: With Stacy Keach, Sr., who resembles his son Stacy Keach strongly enough to thoroughly confuse modern viewers.
The Ghost Soldiers Bret
> Note: A desperately beleaguered Bret must figure out some way to cope with an ocean of Native Americans laying siege to an almost-empty fort. Everyone inside is about to be killed, including him.
Easy Mark Bart
> Note: With Edgar Buchanan and Jack Buetel. Buetel had portrayed Billy the Kid in the 1943 movie The Outlaw. He and Buchanan co-starred as Roy Bean and Jeff Taggert in the 1956 NBC television series Judge Roy Bean.
A Fellow's Brother Bret Bart
> Note: Bart appears only briefly in this episode. With Adam West.
Trooper Maverick Bart
> Note: An utterly miserable Bart finds himself stuck in the Army and can't get out.
Maverick Springs Bret Bart
> Note: With Kathleen Crowley as Mae West-like Melanie Blake and Tol Avery as the dulcet-toned villain. The 1970s episode of The Rockford Files entitled "The Great Blue Lake Land Development Company" was more or less a cross between this episode and the earlier "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres." Rockford writer Stephen J. Cannell generously and forthcomingly credits elements of some Maverick episodes as inspirations for many of The Rockford Files scripts.
The Goose-Drownder Bart Gentleman Jack
> Note: Final appearance of Richard Long as Gentleman Jack Darby. During a downpour in a ghost town, one of Bart's lost loves (Fay Spain) turns up in a stagecoach. This is the only instance of one of the five recurring supporting characters from the "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres" episode appearing after writer/producer Roy Huggins' departure at the end of the second season.
A Cure for Johnny Rain Bret
> Note: Johnny and whiskey don't mix.
The Marquessa Bart
> Note: With Adele Mara; Bart wins a saloon and drinks are on the house. In one memorable scene, he lines up a bunch of shot glasses on the bar and runs a pouring whiskey bottle down the line without pausing between glasses.
The Cruise of the Cynthia B Bret Bart
> Note: Bart appears only briefly in this riverboat episode. With Mona Freeman as a mad Modesty Blaine, a role that would be played quite differently by Kathleen Crowley later in the series. A con man suckers Bret by cannily appealing to his loves for gambling and women.
Maverick and Juliet Bret Bart
> Note: The Maverick brothers run afoul of feuding hillbillies.
The White Widow Bart
> Note: With Julie Adams and Pilar Seurat.
Guatemala City Bret
> Note: Bret searches for an ex-girlfriend in Guatemala and befriends a young female street urchin. With Patric Knowles.
The People's Friend Bart
> Note: Features Bart as a local politician, a role Jack Kelly would play for real later in life. Francis De Sales appears as Mayor Culpepper.
A Flock of Trouble Bret
> Note: Bret wins a herd of sheep in a poker game, thinking they're cattle.
The Iron Hand Bart
> Note: Features a plump and acne-scarred Robert Redford playing a supporting role in this spirited cattle drive adventure.
The Resurrection of Joe November Bret
> Note: A riverboat adventure set primarily in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, with Roxane Berard, Joanna Barnes, and Don 'Red' Barry.
The Misfortune Teller Bret
> Note: Another spoof of Gunsmoke's Marshal Matt Dillon with Ben Gage, this time also featuring Kathleen Crowley in her Mae West-like role of Melanie Blake, last seen in Maverick Springs, which she mentions.
Greenbacks, Unlimited Bret
> Note: With John Dehner in a wondrous comic turn as gang leader Big Ed Murphy, a role that Andrew Duggan would play in a subsequent season.

Fourth season (1960-1961)

Jack Kelly stays on as Bart Maverick, who now alternates the lead with Roger Moore as cousin Beau Maverick. Kelly and Moore are also featured in occasional two-cousin episodes. With the exception of a single episode held over from the third season, Garner is no longer a part of the show. Before the end of the season, Moore also leaves. At the very end of the season, Moore is briefly replaced by Garner lookalike Robert Colbert as Bart's brother Brent Maverick.

Episode Title Starring
Bret Maverick Bart Maverick Beau Maverick Brent Maverick
The Bundle From Britain Bart Beau
> Note: Roger Moore's first appearance as Cousin Beau, met at the dock by Bart after crossing the Atlantic from England. An evenly balanced two-cousin episode according more or less equal time to each Maverick. Confusingly, Moore's character is the namesake nephew of Bret and Bart's father, the original Beau Maverick, portrayed by James Garner in "Pappy," the first episode of the third season. Moore was recruited at Jack Warner's insistence to fill the void left by Garner's departure from the series and actually wore some of the same suits that Garner had worn. Moore had also earlier performed many of Garner's scenes on a series called The Alaskans, using scripts that had been recycled from Maverick with only names and locales changed, an extremely common Warner Bros. custom at the time. The Maverick actors were about the same age; Garner had been 29 when the series began while Kelly and Moore were both a year older.
Hadley's Hunters Bart
> Note: This episode features several ten-second cameos from western leads in other Warner Brothers series, including Lawman, Bronco, Cheyenne, and Sugarfoot. Garner lookalike Robert Colbert also appeared as a key character, wearing a hat similar to Bret's, then was cast later in the season as a new Maverick brother named Brent. Edgar Buchanan plays a rogue sheriff and George Kennedy portrays his deputy. Veteran western film star Roscoe Ates also appeared in this episode.
The Town That Wasn't There Beau
> Note: How could a whole town simply disappear without a trace? With Merry Anders, John Astin, and Lane Chandler.
Arizona Black Maria Bart
> Note: With a pre-Gilligan Alan Hale, Jr. and Joanna Barnes.
Last Wire From Stop Gap Bart Beau
> Note: Bart and Beau discover a secret telegraph station hidden in a cave in this two-cousin episode. Notice that when the Maverick cousins enter a room, Kelly goes in front, just as Garner normally used to, and when they're standing or sitting together in scenes, Kelly is usually on the viewer's left, just as Garner most frequently was in two-brother episodes. Also, the Mavericks never appear in suits in this installment, both instead wearing their buckskin jackets throughout, as was the case with most episodes featuring Kelly and Moore together. With Tol Avery.
Mano Nera Bart
> Note: With Gerald Mohr in an episode set in New Orleans.
A Bullet For the Teacher Beau
> Note: With Kathleen Crowley, Max Baer, Jr., child actor Ronnie Dapo, Joan Tompkins as Mary Burch, and Brad Johnson as Jim Reardon. Co-written by Leo Gordon, who scripted several episodes in addition to playing "Big Mike McComb" the first season.
The Witch of Hound Dog Bart
> Note: With Wayde Preston in an episode featuring a beautiful witch who appears to have magical powers.
Thunder From the North Beau
> Note: Beau finds himself embroiled with a nest of unscrupulous shopkeepers who've been methodically swindling the local Native American tribe. With Andra Martin.
The Maverick Line Bret Bart
> Note: Bret's last appearance for almost twenty years (until the 1978 TV-movie The New Maverick), in a memorable two-brother episode filmed the previous season with Buddy Ebsen as a comical highwayman and Chubby Johnson as a cantankerous stagecoach driver. This was originally slated to be the first episode of the season until Garner was granted his freedom from Warner Bros. by the courts and the studio realized that he wouldn't return to the series, whereupon The Bundle From Britain with Roger Moore became the season's first offering instead. Bret and Bart have more or less equal screen time in this comical episode, in which they unexpectedly inherit a stagecoach business they don't want. During the show's opening titles prior to the beginning of the episode, with Ed Reimers announcing the cast in voiceover, the credits include only Garner and Kelly, as though it were the previous season, with no mention of Roger Moore.
Bolt From the Blue Beau
> Note: Written & directed by Robert Altman, with Sugarfoot's Will Hutchins playing a frontier lawyer.
Kiz Bart Beau
> Note: With Kathleen Crowley as eccentric millionairess Kiz, who tells Beau that a killer is after her, convincing him that she's crazy.
Dodge City or Bust Bart
> Note: With Howard McNear ("Floyd the Barber" on The Andy Griffith Show as well as "Doc Adams" in the original radio Gunsmoke).
The Bold Fenian Men Beau
> Note: An Army colonel forces Beau to infiltrate a band of Irish revolutionaries.
Destination Devil's Flat Bart
> Note: With Peter Breck, Merry Anders, and Chubby Johnson.
A State of Siege Bart
> Note: With Slim Pickens as a stagecoach driver.
Family Pride Beau
> Note: With Karl Swenson, Denver Pyle, and Stacy Keach, Sr..
The Cactus Switch Bart Beau
> Note: With Edgar Buchanan (later "Uncle Joe" on Petticoat Junction) as a ruthless villain, and Chubby Johnson.
Dutchman's Gold Beau
> Note: With Mala Powers.
The Ice Man Bart
> Note: With Andrew Duggan and a frozen corpse.
Diamond Flush Beau
> Note: With Roxane Berard; Berard was leading lady to Garner, Kelly, and Moore during the course of the series in different roles. Co-written by actor/writer Leo Gordon, who had portrayed "Big Mike McComb" in the first two seasons.
Last Stop: Oblivion Bart
> Note: With a vicious Don 'Red' Barry and a murderous Buddy Ebsen.
Flood's Folly Beau
> Note: A rich woman's relatives are conspiring to have her declared insane.
Maverick At Law Bart
> Note: With Tol Avery.
Red Dog Beau
> Note: Beau Maverick's fitting final episode. Beau stumbles onto a cave which soon serves as the gathering place of a motley and dangerous gang of gunslinging criminals, including John Carradine and Lee Van Cleef. Sherry Jackson delivers an energetic performance as a gunman's feisty and promiscuous woman. Unhappy with many of the other scripts, Roger Moore leaves the show, remarking that if his stories had been as good as Garner's in the first two seasons, he would have stayed.
The Deadly Image Bart
> Note: This is the inevitable episode---a staple in almost every TV series---in which the lead character has an evil exact double played by the same actor, with the same voice. With Gerald Mohr. Co-written by actor/writer Leo Gordon.
Triple Indemnity Bart
> Note: With Peter Breck as Doc Holiday. This is the initial appearance of Breck in a recurring role as Holiday, whose interpretation is much more personable than the serious, darker portrayal by Gerald Mohr (who played the gunman in earlier episodes “The Quick and the Dead” and briefly in “Seed of Deception”). In fact, Holliday is a friendly acquaintance of Bart’s, who helps (initially) set up a scheme. This relationship continues in four more episodes in Season Five. Also, while Garner had already left the program prior to the start of the season (Kelly and Moore are listed as the series stars in the opening credits), Bret is mentioned predominately throughout the plot as Bart purchases a $50,000 double indemnity insurance policy with his brother (not cousin Beau) as the beneficiary.
The Forbidden City Bart Brent
> Note: Strapping Garner lookalike Robert Colbert's debut as Brent Maverick, a character dressed exactly like Bret Maverick. Bart only appears rather briefly in the episode. When the studio told contract player Colbert that he'd have to play a role patterned so precisely after Garner's, he said, "Put me in a dress and call me Brenda, but don't do this to me."
Substitute Gun Bart
> Note: With Coleen Gray, the actress who played John Wayne's character's fiancee at the beginning of the 1948 movie Red River.
Benefit of the Doubt Brent
> Note: The second and last appearance of Brent Maverick, and his only solo episode. With Ellen Burstyn and Slim Pickens. Colbert was four years younger than Kelly and Moore, making him about the same age that Kelly had been in the series' first season. The studio had intended Kelly, Moore, and Colbert to appear in the series at the same time and some publicity shots of the three of them together survive. Colbert has noted that he was simply not called back for the following season and heard nothing from the studio about it one way or the other.
The Devil's Necklace (Parts I & II) Bart
> Note: The only two-part episode in the series, a flashback story involving a fort in which everyone but Bart had been killed by Native Americans. With John Dehner, Steve Brodie, John Hoyt, and Chad Everett.

Fifth season (1961-1962)

Jack Kelly is now the sole star of new Maverick offerings. This season's episodes alternated with reruns of some of Garner's earlier shows (both solo and Garner/Kelly team-ups, including "The Saga of Waco Williams"), but during Kelly's new installments, neither Bret, Beau, nor Brent are ever mentioned; the series' new episodes had finally reverted to the original single-Maverick formula observed for the initial seven episodes, only with Kelly as Maverick instead of Garner. However, Garner's name once again appears in the weekly series opening credits before all the newly produced shows, albeit now with second billing under Kelly (Ed Reimers announces "Maverick! Starring Jack Kelly and James Garner!" each week over the opening credits).

Episode Title Starring Notes
Bart Maverick
Dade City Dodge Bart With Kathleen Crowley.
The Art Lovers Bart With Jack Cassidy; Maverick is sentenced to being a butler after being cheated by an acquaintance.
The Golden Fleecing Bart With John Qualen; Maverick becomes an impromptu stock broker, dealing in Chinatown.
Three Queens Full Bart Bonanza spoof with Jim Backus and Merry Anders, featuring the characters "Moose" and "Small Paul" Wheelwright. Amusingly, Backus (famous for providing the cartoon voice of "Mr. Magoo") plays the patriarch patterned after stentorian Lorne Greene's Bonanza role.
A Technical Error Bart With Peter Breck as Doc Holliday, Ben Gage as a sheriff (spoofing Marshal Matt Dillon and Gunsmoke, as he had done in "Gun-Shy", "A Tale of Three Cities," and "The Misfortune Teller"), and Reginald Owen, who purposely loses his near-bankrupt bank to Maverick in a card game.
Poker Face Bart With Tol Avery; while traveling by stagecoach, Maverick strikes a bargain with a highwayman.
Mr. Muldoon's Partner Bart An Irish-themed leprechaun comedy with Mickey Rooney's lookalike son, Tim Rooney. The only episode in which Kelly wears his hat on the back of his head for long stretches the way Garner used to.
Epitaph for a Gambler Bart With film noir queen Marie Windsor; Maverick wishes he hadn't won that casino after all.
The Maverick Report Bart With Peter Breck as Doc Holliday; Maverick wins a newspaper that's about to be sued by a senator.
Marshall Maverick Bart With John Dehner, and Peter Breck as Doc Holliday. Dehner turns in a wonderfully comedic performance as an impersonator of Wyatt Earp, Holiday, and finally, Maverick himself.
The Troubled Heir Bart With Kathleen Crowley and Alan Hale, Jr..
The Money Machine Bart With Andrew Duggan as Big Ed Murphy, a role played in Greenbacks, Unlimited during the third season by John Dehner.
One of Our Trains Is Missing Bart With Kathleen Crowley as Modesty Blaine, a role also played in earlier episodes by Mona Freeman. Includes Peter Breck as Doc Holliday. The episode and the series ends with Maverick, Doc Holliday, and Modesty Blaine walking the train tracks into the sunset while arguing about how they'd divide a reward that Maverick had just received from Diamond Jim Brady.

Jack Kelly always maintained that no one from the studio called to tell him that the series had been canceled; he read about it in the newspaper.

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