The Best Episodes of Maverick

Last Updated: May 21, 2019

Maverick is a comedy-western television series created by Roy Huggins that ran from September 22, 1957 to July 8, 1962 on ABC and featured James Garner, Jack Kelly, Roger Moore, and Robert Colbert as the poker-playing traveling Mavericks (Bret, Bart, Beau, & Brent). Moore and Colbert were later additions, though there were never more than two current Mavericks in the series at any given time, and sometimes only one. The series' primary sponsor for the first few seasons was Kaiser Aluminum, and their "quilted" aluminum foil was widely advertised in commercials shown on Maverick.

Arizona Black Maria

#1 - Arizona Black Maria

Season 4 - Episode 4

In hostile Sioux territory, Bart is caught between a woman prisoner's devastating charms and a pending Indian attack.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Lew Landers
Writers: Arthur Paynter, R.G. Spang
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The Ice Man

#2 - The Ice Man

Season 4 - Episode 20

After discovering a long-lost body encased in ice, Bart finds himself in hot water.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Charles F. Haas
Writers: Peter Germano, Palmer Thompson
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Flood's Folly

#3 - Flood's Folly

Season 4 - Episode 23

Outside Denver, Colorado, Beau and his friend, Judge Scott, find shelter during a blizzard at the home of Martha Flood and her niece Sally. Martha and the judge are plotting to institutionalize Sally in order to take over her inheritance. However, Martha's lover, a professional killer named Chet Whitehead plans to kill Sally, the judge, and Maverick.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: George F. Slavin, Don Tait, Coles Trapnell
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Triple Indemnity

#4 - Triple Indemnity

Season 4 - Episode 27

Cowardly George Parker (Alan Hewitt) offers Doc Holliday a tempting reward. All Doc has to do is kill his best friend - Bart.

star 10.00
1 votes
Writers: Irene Winston
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Substitute Gun

#5 - Substitute Gun

Season 4 - Episode 29

Bart matches wits - and bullets - with a professional gunman... and learns that a beautiful woman can be more deadly than hired killers.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Paul Landres
Writers: Howard Browne, Berne Giler
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A Technical Error

#6 - A Technical Error

Season 5 - Episode 5

Bart feels like a million when he wins a bank in a poker game. But unlucky Maverick soon learns the truth: the bank's broke — and so is he.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Marc Lawrence
Writers: David Lang, Irene Winston
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Poker Face

#7 - Poker Face

Season 5 - Episode 6

Bart's latest poker adventure has him playing for a full house: the lives of his fellow stagecoach passengers.

star 10.00
2 votes
Writers: Fred Eggers, Jennings Perry
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Epitaph for a Gambler

#8 - Epitaph for a Gambler

Season 5 - Episode 8

Bart, waiting to collect on a $10,000 IOU, makes an uncomfortable observation: murder may be the pay-off in a gambler's life.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: George F. Slavin
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The Maverick Report

#9 - The Maverick Report

Season 5 - Episode 9

Crusading newspaper publisher Bart? The publisher Bart won the rag from is assassinated and a corrupt U.S. Senator files a $100,000 libel suit against the Chronicle. Luckily, Bart's pal Doc Holiday is in town for a dentists' convention and owes Bart $2000. When Doc brags "I have enough collateral to raise the dead!", Bart feels no compunction in selling ½ the headache to Doc. The senator and his sinister political boss are Ivy Leaguers, so the suave Philadelphia dentist/hired gun will come in handy.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: Irene Winston
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The Money Machine

#10 - The Money Machine

Season 5 - Episode 12

A money-making machine costs Bart a bundle. His cousin (Kathy Bennett) has just bought one — with the $10,000 he lent her.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Lee Sholem
Writers: Robert Vincent Wright
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Greenbacks, Unlimited

#11 - Greenbacks, Unlimited

Season 3 - Episode 26

Bank robber Big Ed Murphy is at his wit's end: someone keeps beating him to the loot — and that someone is Bret.

star 9.50
2 votes
Directors: Arthur Lubin
Writers: Robert Vincent Wright
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The Misfortune Teller

#12 - The Misfortune Teller

Season 3 - Episode 25

Bret is fighting a murder charge. But when he meets his lawyer - a numerologist, astrologer and bungler - he knows his number is up.

star 9.33
3 votes
Directors: Arthur Lubin
Writers: Leo Townsend
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The Cactus Switch

#13 - The Cactus Switch

Season 4 - Episode 18

Thinking all's well with the world after he cleans up in a card game, Bart offers to help a troubled young woman.

star 9.33
3 votes
Directors: George Waggner
Writers: Fenton Earnshaw
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Hadley's Hunters

#14 - Hadley's Hunters

Season 4 - Episode 2

Bart meets a comical sheriff (Edgar Buchanan) who is dead serious about killing him.

star 9.25
4 votes
Writers: William Henderson, Jeanne Nolan, Patrick Wallace
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A Flock of Trouble

#15 - A Flock of Trouble

Season 3 - Episode 22

Bret wins a sheep ranch located in the midst of cattle ranchers whose sole aim is to wipe out the sheep — and their new owner.

star 9.20
5 votes
Directors: Arthur Lubin
Writers: James Barnett, Ron Bishop, Wells Root
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The Town That Wasn't There

#16 - The Town That Wasn't There

Season 4 - Episode 3

Beau Maverick wins ownership of the Silver Hill, a worthless ore mine. A crooked railroad agent named Shanks tries to cheat the townspeople out of their land by offering them a price that is well below market value. Beau convinces the town to relocate Silver Hill to a sheep ranch twenty miles away. The plan backfires when a new vein of silver is discovered in the supposedly worthless Silver Hill mine, thus enabling Shanks to claim the land without cost. The only hope is for the town to relocate back to Silver Hill before the railroad takes over the land.

star 9.00
1 votes
Writers: Richard Lederer, Arthur Paynter
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The Maverick Line

#17 - The Maverick Line

Season 4 - Episode 10

Inheriting a stagecoach line from Uncle Micah is only the beginning of financial problems for the Maverick brothers.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Leslie Goodwins
Writers: Ron Bishop, Wells Root
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A State of Siege

#18 - A State of Siege

Season 4 - Episode 16

Proving once again that he's basically nonviolent, Bart witnesses a battle of bullets that leaves him stunned - and almost dead.

star 9.00
2 votes
Writers: Robert Louis Stevenson, Larry Welch
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Family Pride

#19 - Family Pride

Season 4 - Episode 17

In New Mexico, Beau Maverick is taken for over $4,500 ($4,000 of which belong to his friend Jerry O'Brien) by con artists Warren and Crippen and Warren's granddaughter Rosanne. Beau tries to recover the money and even takes the threesome to court, but they outsmart him every time. Beau is so demoralized by the constant defeats, he believes he has disgraced the Maverick name - until Rosanne tells him that her grandmother was a Maverick.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: John Ainsworth
Writers: C.L. Moore
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Dutchman's Gold

#20 - Dutchman's Gold

Season 4 - Episode 19

Beau Maverick wins half-ownership in the Blue Bell Saloon in Arizona. In an attempt to raise funds for the floundering business, Beau and his partner Charlotte become partners with a mysterious gold prospector known only as the Dutchman. Along the trail to Superstition Mountain where the gold is located, Beau, Charlotte, and the Dutchman encounter danger in various forms.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Robert Douglas
Writers: William Bruckner, Jerry Capehart
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Diamond Flush

#21 - Diamond Flush

Season 4 - Episode 21

Con artist Ferguson knocks Beau Maverick unconscious during an unsuccessful attempt to hoist a priceless diamond necklace from a French countess. Ferguson claims that the countess' diamond is fake and that he was in the process of replacing it with the real thing when Beau startled him. Ferguson offers Maverick $5,000 to switch diamonds. Beau is being set up for robbery by Ferguson and his equally devious wife.

star 9.00
2 votes
Writers: Leo Gordon, Paul Leslie Peil, Don Tait, Coles Trapnell
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Red Dog

#22 - Red Dog

Season 4 - Episode 25

Beau Maverick stumbles onto the cave site meeting place of five outlaws. They were summoned by a bandit named Jess in order to plan a big job. Mavrick passes himself as the notorious Texas outlaw Red Dog. The outlaws become suspicious of Beau when he declines to join them in a $500,000 bank robbery scheme.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Paton Price
Writers: Montgomery Pittman
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The Deadly Image

#23 - The Deadly Image

Season 4 - Episode 26

Bart's in jail: he's the unfortunate — and helpless — victim of mistaken identity.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: John Ainsworth
Writers: Leo Gordon, Paul Leslie Peil, Don Tait, Coles Trapnell
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Betrayal

#24 - Betrayal

Season 2 - Episode 25

Keeping cool during a stage holdup, Bart catches a twinkle of recognition between his lovely traveling companion (Pat Crowley) and one of the outlaws.

star 8.80
5 votes
Writers: Richard Macaulay, Winston Miller, James O'Hanlon
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Destination Devil's Flat

#25 - Destination Devil's Flat

Season 4 - Episode 15

Bart substitutes a rock-filled suitcase for a fortune in gold to foil hijacking plans of phony sheriff Dan Trevor (Peter Breck).

star 8.80
5 votes
Directors: James V. Kern
Writers: Neil Nelson, Robert Vincent Wright
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