Bret Maverick

NBC (ended 1982)




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Bret Maverick

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Returning to the role that made him famous, James Garner is once again Bret Maverick. After winning the Red Ox Saloon in a poker game, long-time Wild West gambler Maverick decides to settle down in the little town of Sweetwater in the Arizona Territory. Maverick's adventures don't end just because he's decided to put down roots at the Lazy Ace Ranch. He must learn to co-exist with the townsfolk and cope as the "Wild West" is slowly tamed by the arrival of civilization. Cancelled after one year, NBC took the unusual step of rerunning episodes of the show twice, once in the late 80s to help fill-in while a writer's strike delayed new programming, and then again in 1994 to cash in on all the free publicity for the new Mel Gibson/ Jodie Foster Maverick movie. Two TV movies were cut from regular episodes and run on local stations independent of the syndication: Bret Maverick: The Lazy Ace and Bret Maverick: Faith, Hope And Clarity.