The Worst Episodes of Maverick

Last Updated: Mar 27, 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.

The Witch of Hound Dog

#1 - The Witch of Hound Dog

Season 4 - Episode 8

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 4.50
2 votes
Directors: Leslie Goodwins
Writers: Mae Malotte
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The Bold Fenian Man

#2 - The Bold Fenian Man

Season 4 - Episode 14

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
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Last Stop Oblivion

#3 - Last Stop Oblivion

Season 4 - Episode 22

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
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Benefit of the Doubt

#4 - Benefit of the Doubt

Season 4 - Episode 30

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
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A Tale of Three Cities

#5 - A Tale of Three Cities

Season 3 - Episode 6

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

star 6.63
8 votes
Writers: Leo Townsend, Robert Vincent Wright
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Prey of the Cat

#6 - Prey of the Cat

Season 2 - Episode 12

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 7.00
2 votes
Directors: Douglas Heyes
Writers: Douglas Heyes
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Mano Nera

#7 - Mano Nera

Season 4 - Episode 6

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
1 votes
Writers: Leo Gordon, Tom Kilpatrick, Paul Leslie Peil
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Bolt from the Blue

#8 - Bolt from the Blue

Season 4 - Episode 11

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
2 votes
Directors: Robert Altman
Writers: Robert Altman
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Kiz

#9 - Kiz

Season 4 - Episode 12

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
1 votes
Directors: Robert Douglas
Writers: Leo Townsend, László Görög
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The Devil's Necklace (1)

#10 - The Devil's Necklace (1)

Season 4 - Episode 31

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: William Bruckner, Don Tait, Coles Trapnell
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Marshal Maverick

#11 - Marshal Maverick

Season 5 - Episode 10

Bart is closer to tears than laughter when he is forced to battle the funniest - and fastest - gun in the West.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Sidney Salkow
Writers: Arnold Belgard, James O'Hanlon
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The Naked Gallows

#12 - The Naked Gallows

Season 1 - Episode 13

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

star 7.09
11 votes
Directors: Abner Biberman
Writers: Howard Browne
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The Judas Mask

#13 - The Judas Mask

Season 2 - Episode 7

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

star 7.20
5 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Gene Levitt
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The Ghost Soldiers

#14 - The Ghost Soldiers

Season 3 - Episode 9

Bret finds himself one of three men secretly defending a deserted government fort against War Hungry Indians. Maverick succeeds in scaring them off by clever trickery. But a suspicious Indian chief (Paul Clarke) causes him to reconsider.

star 7.25
8 votes
Writers: Richard Carr, Robert L. Jacks
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The Wrecker

#15 - The Wrecker

Season 1 - Episode 11

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

star 7.27
15 votes
Directors: Franklin Adreon
Writers: Russell Hughes, Robert Louis Stevenson
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Burial Ground of the Gods

#16 - Burial Ground of the Gods

Season 1 - Episode 26

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 7.29
7 votes
Directors: Douglas Heyes
Writers: Douglas Heyes
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Dade City Dodge

#17 - Dade City Dodge

Season 5 - Episode 1

Bart tries to track down Pearly Gates, a smooth con man who cheated him out of $5000.

star 7.29
7 votes
Directors: Irving J. Moore
Writers: George F. Slavin
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The Savage Hills

#18 - The Savage Hills

Season 1 - Episode 20

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

star 7.30
10 votes
Directors: Douglas Heyes
Writers: Gerald Drayson Adams
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Day of Reckoning

#19 - Day of Reckoning

Season 1 - Episode 19

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

star 7.33
12 votes
Writers: Carey Wilber
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The Bundle from Britain

#20 - The Bundle from Britain

Season 4 - Episode 1

This is the episode that introduces Roger Moore as Cousin Beauregard Maverick. Beau is considered the ""white sheep"" of the family because he had the misfortune of earning a medal in the Civil War. (He had won the medal purely by accident.) Pappy had banished him to England for five years because no Maverick had ever been a hero. Bart Mavrick greets Beau upon his return to America and enlists his cousin to impersonate the son of the Marquis of Bognor, who had been indentured to work on a ranch in Wyoming for six months. The Maverick cousins stand to earn $4,000, but the play goes awry when Beau is kidnapped by a man who wants to settle a grudge with the Marquis.

star 7.33
6 votes
Writers: Ron Bishop, Primo Saxon
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Yellow River

#21 - Yellow River

Season 2 - Episode 20

After losing his money in a bank robbery, Bart invests in a get-rich-quick deal with a beautiful — but not-so-dumb — blonde.

star 7.38
8 votes
Writers: Howard Browne
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The Seventh Hand

#22 - The Seventh Hand

Season 1 - Episode 23

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 7.40
10 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Howard Browne, Russell Hughes
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Game of Chance

#23 - Game of Chance

Season 2 - Episode 15

Bret and Bart are pursuing the same woman. What's the attraction? The $10,000 she copped from them.

star 7.40
5 votes
Directors: James V. Kern
Writers: Gene Levitt
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Royal Four Flush

#24 - Royal Four Flush

Season 3 - Episode 2

Bart double-crosses a double-crosser — and winds up hogtied and kidnapped, with only his wits as a weapon with which to save his neck.

star 7.42
12 votes
Directors: Arthur Lubin
Writers: Gerald Drayson Adams, Bob Barbash
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Alias Bart Maverick

#25 - Alias Bart Maverick

Season 2 - Episode 3

Bart meets a gentleman after his own heart — who skips town with his money, and leaves him to face a murder rap and a man-hungry female (Arlene Howell).

star 7.43
14 votes
Directors: Douglas Heyes
Writers: Douglas Heyes
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