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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.