The WORST 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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The Witch of Hound Dog

#1 - The Witch of Hound Dog

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 6, 1960

Toil and trouble overcome Bret when he tangles with two burly thieves and their enchanting sister (Anita Sands) who claims she's a witch.

star 5.33
3 votes
Directors: Leslie Goodwins
Writers: Mae Malotte
The Bold Fenian Men

#2 - The Bold Fenian Men

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 18, 1960

The Fenians, an Irish Revolutionary Brotherhood, are trained soldiers sworn to free Ireland from British rule. The Fenians have gathered in Dakota City to plan a march into Canada where they want to take hold of a small part of British property hostage in exchange for Ireland's freedom. After England pressures the United States to intervene, Beau Maverick is blackmailed into infiltrating the Fenians ranks by a shrewd Army colonel.

star 6.00
1 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: Robert Vincent Wright
Last Stop Oblivion

#3 - Last Stop Oblivion

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 12, 1961

Good-guy Bart warns the wrong people that their hosts are murderers and ends up as the next possible victim.

star 6.33
3 votes
Directors: John Ainsworth
Writers: Howard Browne
Benefit of Doubt

#4 - Benefit of Doubt

Season 4 - Episode 30 - Aired Apr 9, 1961

In typical Maverick tradition, cousin Brent gets involved with two beautiful sisters one of whom is planning to do him in.

star 6.50
2 votes
Directors: Paul Landres
Writers: David Lang
Prey of the Cat

#5 - Prey of the Cat

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 7, 1958

Bart is a helpless victim of his charms. Two scheming women are after him: one wants to murder for his love; the other just wants to murder him.

star 6.75
4 votes
Directors: Douglas Heyes
Writers: Douglas Heyes
A Tale of Three Cities

#6 - A Tale of Three Cities

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 18, 1959

Bart has trouble retrieving his poker winnings from thieves. But help is on the way from the local Ladies Aid Society.

star 6.78
9 votes
Writers: Leo Townsend, Robert Vincent Wright
The Ghost Soldiers

#7 - The Ghost Soldiers

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 8, 1959

Bret finds himself one of three men secretly defending a deserted government fort against war hungry Indians. He succeeds in scaring them off by clever trickery. But a suspicious Indian chief causes him to reconsider.

star 6.90
10 votes
Writers: Richard Carr, Robert L. Jacks
The Naked Gallows

#8 - The Naked Gallows

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 15, 1957

Bart pokes his nose into an unsolved murder case and ends up facing the business end of a killer's .45.

star 7.00
14 votes
Directors: Abner Biberman
Writers: Howard Browne
Mano Nera

#9 - Mano Nera

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 23, 1960

Looking for a peaceful and profitable poker game in New Orleans, Bart is plunged into a mysterious murder involving the Black Hand society.

star 7.00
2 votes
Writers: Leo Gordon, Paul Leslie Peil, Tom Kilpatrick
A Bullet for the Teacher

#10 - A Bullet for the Teacher

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 30, 1960

In St. Joseph, Missouri, Beau Maverick wins half-ownership of the Golden Wheel Casino. The business venture is short-lived when his partner, Rand Storm, is shot to death by Flo Baker. Storm was a notorious ladies' man and Flo, a female entertainer, was resisting his advances. Just before he dies, Rand tells his younger brother, Luke, that the shooting was an accident. But Luke has Beau framed for murder so that he can take over the business.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Coles Trapnell
Writers: Barry Cohon, Larry Franklin, Leo Gordon, Paul Leslie Peil
Bolt from the Blue

#11 - Bolt from the Blue

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 27, 1960

Beau Maverick befriends a prospector named Ebenezer Bolt. Maverick is unaware that Bolt is the partner of notorious horse thief Benson January. An angry posse mistakes Beau for January and is determined to hang him. A young lawyer manages to halt the proceedings until Maverick can have a trial. Beau's conviction seems imminent when the lawyer locates a notorious "hanging judge" and a woman whose sister was engaged to January identifies Maverick as the horse thief.

star 7.00
3 votes
Directors: Robert Altman
Writers: Robert Altman
Kiz

#12 - Kiz

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 4, 1960

Beau Maverick crashes a party in Virginia City thrown by eccentric socialite Kiz Bouchet. Kiz has a penchant for smoking cigars, playing poker, and fighting fires. Recognizing Beau as a fellow free spirit, she hires him to protect her. She believes her life is in danger. Beau discovers that Kiz's cousin Melissa, along with family doctor Pittman and attorney Hanford, are plotting to have Kiz judged incompent so they can split her $2 million inheritance. Beau comes up with a scheme to turn the tables on Melissa.

star 7.00
2 votes
Directors: Robert Douglas
Writers: László Görög, Leo Townsend
Dodge City or Bust

#13 - Dodge City or Bust

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 11, 1960

Chivalrous Bart saves the life of a beautiful woman. His reward? A place on the wanted list for robbery and murder.

star 7.00
3 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: Herman Epstein
The Devil's Necklace (1)

#14 - The Devil's Necklace (1)

Season 4 - Episode 31 - Aired Apr 16, 1961

Bart just made the deal of a lifetime: he blindly purchased a wagonload of merchandise - including a bound and gagged Indian girl.

star 7.00
2 votes
Directors: Paul Landres
Writers: Coles Trapnell, Don Tait, William Bruckner
One of Our Trains is Missing

#15 - One of Our Trains is Missing

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 22, 1962

While trying to get a young girl's romance back on the right track, Bart gets involved in a train robbery to end all train robberies.

star 7.00
3 votes
Directors: Lee Sholem
Writers: Robert Vincent Wright
The Wrecker

#16 - The Wrecker

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 1, 1957

Bart takes to the sea after buying a derelict cargo ship. The wreck is extremely valuable and he wants to know why.

star 7.04
23 votes
Directors: Franklin Adreon
Writers: Robert Louis Stevenson, Russell Hughes
Burial Ground of the Gods

#17 - Burial Ground of the Gods

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Mar 30, 1958

Bart Maverick is in search of a thief who stole his money but gets sidetracked into accompanying a young woman searching for her missing husband into forbidden Sioux territory.

star 7.08
12 votes
Directors: Douglas Heyes
Writers: Douglas Heyes
Comstock Conspiracy

#18 - Comstock Conspiracy

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 29, 1957

Arriving in the mining boom town of Virginia City, Bret gets involved with a mining engineer in his struggle for improved working conditions.

star 7.13
15 votes
Directors: Howard W. Koch
Writers: Gene Levitt
The Seventh Hand

#19 - The Seventh Hand

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 2, 1958

Samantha Crawford arranges for Bret to sit in on a high stakes poker game but he's the fall guy when the game gets robbed.

star 7.14
14 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Howard Browne, Russell Hughes
Stampede

#20 - Stampede

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 17, 1957

Bret and Dandy Jim Buckley bet heavily on a boxing match but when their fighter withdraws it's up to Bret himself to step into the squared circle.

star 7.15
20 votes
Directors: Abner Biberman
Writers: Gerald Drayson Adams
The Burning Sky

#21 - The Burning Sky

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 23, 1958

In the desert, an Indian ambush leaves Bart and other stagecoach passengers to battle their attackers, each other, and the sun.

star 7.17
12 votes
Directors: Gordon Douglas
Writers: Howard Browne, Russell Hughes
The Judas Mask

#22 - The Judas Mask

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 2, 1958

Bart tails a pretty cancan dancer who stole his money only to find himself being followed by two very sinister characters.

star 7.17
6 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Gene Levitt
Day of Reckoning

#23 - Day of Reckoning

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 2, 1958

Fearless Bret feels it's about time someone did something about the town bully so he asks the townspeople to do something.

star 7.21
14 votes
Writers: Carey Wilber
The Savage Hills

#24 - The Savage Hills

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 9, 1958

Against his better judgment, Bart teams up with Samantha Crawford to recover stolen Treasury plates.

star 7.21
14 votes
Directors: Douglas Heyes
Writers: Gerald Drayson Adams
The Third Rider

#25 - The Third Rider

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 5, 1958

Bart gets involved with two devious couples in this episode which sees him trying to clear himself of a bank robbery and a murder.

star 7.25
16 votes
Directors: Franklin Adreon
Writers: George F. Slavin