This series meant mostly for fans of the old "Maverick." Newcomers will enjoy its ambiance but they won't catch the sense of maturation that appeals so much to me. I was in my preteen years when "Maverick" came out so both that and this show were what I was anticipating in my own life. The savviness of the original and the perspective of this sequel. But then, don't we all project ourselves onto our entertainment?
Bret has aged and wants a richer personal life. He finds a town that fits his personality. Settles down and involves himself in the local affairs, while also trying to run a few games of his own. Ever the rogue!
Good choice of Ed Bruce to provide the authentic western/country foundation. Darleen Carr brings the right balance of feminism to Mary Lou. The rest of the supporting cast are varied and easily identifiable. James even gives brother Jack a very appealing role.
It was both behind and ahead of its time. The modern old cowboy was introduced in such turn-of-the-70's films as "The Wild Bunch" and "Monty Walsh." The Aging of The West was a popular theme in those revisionist days. But in "Bret Maverick" it's a character that we already know. The 18 episodes provide variations on the theme. Not renewed so perhaps not a big draw in its day. I'm sure glad we still have it to enjoy. Given the changes in the Boomer Generation it could be a springboard.