The BEST Episodes of Maverick

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

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.

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Substitute Gun

#1 - Substitute Gun

Season 4 - Episode 29 - Aired Apr 2, 1961

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: Berne Giler, Howard Browne
The Money Machine

#2 - The Money Machine

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 15, 1962

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
A Technical Error

#3 - A Technical Error

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 26, 1961

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 9.00
3 votes
Directors: Marc Lawrence
Writers: David Lang, Irene Winston
Poker Face

#4 - Poker Face

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 7, 1962

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

star 9.00
3 votes
Writers: Fred Eggers, Jennings Perry
Epitaph for a Gambler

#5 - Epitaph for a Gambler

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 4, 1962

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 9.00
3 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: George F. Slavin
The Cactus Switch

#6 - The Cactus Switch

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 15, 1961

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

star 8.75
4 votes
Directors: George Waggner
Writers: Fenton Earnshaw
Greenbacks, Unlimited

#7 - Greenbacks, Unlimited

Season 3 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 13, 1960

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

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Arthur Lubin
Writers: Robert Vincent Wright
The Misfortune Teller

#8 - The Misfortune Teller

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 6, 1960

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

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Arthur Lubin
Writers: Leo Townsend
Hadley's Hunters

#9 - Hadley's Hunters

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 25, 1960

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

star 8.57
7 votes
Writers: Jeanne Nolan, Patrick Wallace, William Henderson

#10 - Betrayal

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 22, 1959

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 8.50
6 votes
Writers: James O'Hanlon, Richard Macaulay, Winston Miller
Arizona Black Maria

#11 - Arizona Black Maria

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 9, 1960

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

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Lew Landers
Writers: Arthur Paynter, R.G. Spang
Last Wire from Stop Gap

#12 - Last Wire from Stop Gap

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 16, 1960

On their way to Denver, Beau and Bart Maverick pick up $6,500 in a poker game at Stop Gap. They decide to wire the money to Denver through the Hulett Telegraph Company. They discover the company is a fake and that the telegraph line leads to a cave two miles away where the crooks stash the customers' money and send phony messages in return. The cousins devise a scheme to recover the money and put the company out of business.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Lee Sholem
Writers: Herman Epstein
Destination Devil's Flat

#13 - Destination Devil's Flat

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 25, 1960

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

star 8.50
6 votes
Directors: James V. Kern
Writers: Neil Nelson, Robert Vincent Wright
The Ice Man

#14 - The Ice Man

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Jan 29, 1961

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

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Charles F. Haas
Writers: Palmer Thompson, Peter Germano
Flood's Folly

#15 - Flood's Folly

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired Feb 19, 1961

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 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: Coles Trapnell, Don Tait, George F. Slavin
The Forbidden City

#16 - The Forbidden City

Season 4 - Episode 28 - Aired Mar 26, 1961

Brent (Robert Colbert) joins the series in true Maverick style: he gets involved with two beautiful women - and is thrown in jail for gambling.

star 8.50
2 votes
Writers: Coles Trapnell, Don Tait, Wells Root
The Maverick Report

#17 - The Maverick Report

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 11, 1962

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 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: Irene Winston
A Flock of Trouble

#18 - A Flock of Trouble

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 14, 1960

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 8.43
7 votes
Directors: Arthur Lubin
Writers: James Barnett, Ron Bishop, Wells Root
A Cure for Johnny Rain

#19 - A Cure for Johnny Rain

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 20, 1959

After saving Bret's life, Johnny Rain (William Reynolds) is arrested for robbing a stage coach. While Bret goes to his rescue he becomes ensnarled in a plot that involves a case of split personality - a dance hall wench and a mild-mannered tinhorn gambler who likes to leave 'em laughing... with hysteria.

star 8.33
6 votes
Writers: Leonard Praskins
A State of Siege

#20 - A State of Siege

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 1, 1961

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

star 8.33
3 votes
Writers: Larry Welch, Robert Louis Stevenson
Family Pride

#21 - Family Pride

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 8, 1961

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 8.33
3 votes
Directors: John Ainsworth
Writers: C.L. Moore
Dutchman's Gold

#22 - Dutchman's Gold

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 22, 1961

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 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Robert Douglas
Writers: Jerry Capehart, William Bruckner
Diamond Flush

#23 - Diamond Flush

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 5, 1961

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 8.33
3 votes
Writers: Coles Trapnell, Don Tait, Leo Gordon, Paul Leslie Peil
The White Widow

#24 - The White Widow

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Jan 24, 1960

A beautiful widow (Julie Adams) asks Bart to protect her from an unknown killer. He accepts unaware that he is the intended victim.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Leslie Goodwins
Writers: Coles Trapnell, Leo Townsend
Mr. Muldoon's Partner

#25 - Mr. Muldoon's Partner

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 11, 1962

After being granted a wish by a "leprechaun", Bart faces a pot of trouble: he must be either jailed, murdered or married.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Marc Lawrence
Writers: Lee E. Wells, William Bruckner