The BEST Episodes of Maverick
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Oct 14, 2020
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.
#1 - 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.
#2 - 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.
#3 - 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.
#4 - Triple Indemnity
Season 4 - Episode 27 - Aired Mar 19, 1961
Cowardly George Parker (Alan Hewitt) offers Doc Holliday a tempting reward. All Doc has to do is kill his best friend - Bart.
#5 - 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.
#6 - 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.
#7 - 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.
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - The Town That Wasn't There
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 2, 1960
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.
#16 - 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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - Red Dog
Season 4 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 5, 1961
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.
#21 - The Deadly Image
Season 4 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 12, 1961
Bart's in jail: he's the unfortunate and helpless victim of mistaken identity.
#22 - 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.
#23 - 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).
#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.
#25 - The People's Friend
Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 7, 1960
Bart Maverick is running for office, he is a sure candidate for U.S. Senate. Bart's political ambition has some town's people out for his blood. His opponents will go to any length to stifle his political aspirations; they threathen his life. Fearful of his opponents, Bart finds a way out of the election, without letting the voters down.