The BEST episodes written by Douglas Heyes

Summer 1854 - Autumn 1856
177 votes

#1 - Summer 1854 - Autumn 1856

North and South - Season 1 - Episode 4

The Hazards visit the Mains in South Carolina. Billy discovers how vain and wicked Ashton can be and falls in love with Ashton's younger sister Brett. George's sister Virgilia helps one of the local slaves escape and gets into trouble. Orry and Madeline become secret lovers. Billy and Charles graduate from West Point, and both families attend the graduation. Ashton sleeps with many of Billy's friends and gets pregnant.

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Spring 1857 - November 1860
200 votes

#2 - Spring 1857 - November 1860

North and South - Season 1 - Episode 5

Madeline is drugged by Justin and disappears from society, even seeming to forget her love for Orry. Ashton marries James Huntoon, an ambitious but easily-manipulated South Carolina politician. Orry visits George, but they have a serious argument over the issue of slavery. Orry doesn't want Brett to marry Billy because of the growing tensions between the North and South.

November 6, 1860 - April 1861
170 votes

#3 - November 6, 1860 - April 1861

North and South - Season 1 - Episode 6

Having fought with Orry and fled to Ashton's house in Charleston, Brett meets Billy who is stationed at Fort Sumter. George visits Orry and the two apologize to each other. Orry gives Brett permission to marry Billy. South Carolina secedes from the Union, infuriating Orry.

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Spring 1848 - Summer 1854
207 votes

#4 - Spring 1848 - Summer 1854

North and South - Season 1 - Episode 3

George gets married to Constance and Orry is his best man. Orry's father dies and Orry inherits the family plantation. His first act is to fire the brutal Salem Jones as overseer. Jones vows revenge. Orry's cousin Charles, who doesn't have good relations with the Main family, is challenged to a pistol duel in a dispute over a woman. Orry helps Charles to survive the duel and they become friends. The Mains visit the Hazards in Pennsylvania.

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Autumn 1844 - Spring 1848
215 votes

#5 - Autumn 1844 - Spring 1848

North and South - Season 1 - Episode 2

Bent continues his cruelty towards George, Orry, and their friends. The men, with some help from other cadets, make Bent a fool and he is forced to leave the Academy. When Bent learns of George and Orry's involvement, he promises them he will have revenge. George and Orry graduate from West Point. They leave to fight in the Mexican War. During the Battle of Churubusco, Bent, who has used his political connections to obtain a superior rank, orders George and Orry to lead a suicidal charge against the Mexican forces.

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The Million Dollar Round Up
2 votes

#6 - The Million Dollar Round Up

McCloud - Season 3 - Episode 5

A dying Roman mobster wills his ""Saracen Horse,"" a jewel-encrusted green jade treasure, to any of his criminal colleagues who can take possession of it.

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Alias Smith and Jones
147 votes

#7 - Alias Smith and Jones

Alias Smith and Jones - Season 1 - Episode 1

Two non-violent bandits begin to feel the inroads of high technology and decide to try and earn a pardon from the Governor of Wyoming.

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Summer 1842 - Summer 1844
228 votes

#8 - Summer 1842 - Summer 1844

North and South - Season 1 - Episode 1

Young Southerner Orry Main, the only son of a wealthy South Carolina plantation owner, goes to West Point. During the journey, he meets and falls in love with beautiful New Orleans French-Creole Madeline Fabray. In New York City Orry meets Northerner George Hazard, the second son of a wealthy Pennsylvania steel-factory owner, who is also on his way to West Point. They soon become close friends. At the Academy, they meet the amoral egomaniac Elkanah Bent, a fellow cadet from Georgia. Bent, who becomes the main villain in the miniseries, is a handsome, smooth-talking man who hides his evil, twisted nature beneath his charm and good looks. Bent takes an instant dislike to Orry and George and uses his status as their drillmaster to constantly harass them.

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Shady Deal at Sunny Acres
8 votes

#9 - Shady Deal at Sunny Acres

Maverick - Season 2 - Episode 10

Bret, helpless against a crafty banker (John Dehner) who robbed him, bides his time while Bart and friends set up an elaborate con game.

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Two Tickets to Ten Strike
9 votes

#10 - Two Tickets to Ten Strike

Maverick - Season 2 - Episode 24

Bret Maverick suspicions are aroused when he is forced to leave Ten Strike, New Mexico. Determined to stand his ground, Maverick stays in Ten Strike long enough to uncover a bizarre plot of murder and blackmail. Two gunmen, Vic Nolan (Adam West) and Eddie Burke (William Gordon), try to scare Maverick out of town.

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The Strange Journey of Jenny Hill
9 votes

#11 - The Strange Journey of Jenny Hill

Maverick - Season 2 - Episode 26

Bret accompanies a beautiful singer (Peggy King) on a search for her missing husband and finds himself falling helplessly in love.

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Who Says You Can't Make Friends in New York City
10 votes

#12 - Who Says You Can't Make Friends in New York City

McCloud - Season 1 - Episode 2

(NOTE: For televised repeats, this episode was known as "Man from Taos, Part 1"). McCloud goes to help a lady in distress, but gets caught in a shootout that sends him back to Taos on Chief Clifford's orders. At the last minute, the Chief is kidnapped to force McCloud to act as a courier to Paris.

Two Beggars on Horseback
9 votes

#13 - Two Beggars on Horseback

Maverick - Season 2 - Episode 17

Bret and Bart's devotion to one another is tested when they're offered a deal that can mean $10,000 for one of them, but just one.

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Alias Bart Maverick
14 votes

#14 - Alias Bart Maverick

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).

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The Day They Hanged Bret Maverick
21 votes

#15 - The Day They Hanged Bret Maverick

Maverick - Season 2 - Episode 1

Bret attends a hanging under very uncomfortable conditions: he's the intended victim.

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The Housekeeper
91 votes

#16 - The Housekeeper

Night Gallery - Season 1 - Episode 5

A dabbler in black magic schemes to switch his rich wife's cold persona for a warm, loving soul.

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The Quick and the Dead
16 votes

#17 - The Quick and the Dead

Maverick - Season 1 - Episode 12

The only person who can clear Bret of a robbery charge has been marked for death by the notorious gunfighter/gambler Doc Holliday.

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22 votes

#18 - Brenda

Night Gallery - Season 2 - Episode 21

A love story about a friendless teenager and the strange creature she traps in an abandoned quarry.

Escape to Tampico
6 votes

#19 - Escape to Tampico

Maverick - Season 2 - Episode 6

In Mexico, Bret tries to trick an American renegade into returning to the U.S. where he's wanted for murder.

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The Dead Man
94 votes

#20 - The Dead Man

Night Gallery - Season 1 - Episode 4

An experiment in hypnosis leads to a terrifying conclusion when a physician attempts to revive his subject from death.

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Plunder of Paradise
11 votes

#21 - Plunder of Paradise

Maverick - Season 1 - Episode 24

There's gold in them thar hills, and Bart Maverick and Big Mike McComb are out to get it. But so are four nasty Mexican banditos.

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Burial Ground of the Gods
12 votes

#22 - Burial Ground of the Gods

Maverick - 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.

10 votes

#23 - West

The Virginian - Season 1 - Episode 10

Seeking some excitement in his life, Trampas joins a groups of older cowboys (Steve Cochran, James Brown, Claude Akins) who set off to find adventure in what they still believe is the wild, lawless West. However, their outdated attitudes lead them into trouble and eventually, tragedy.

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Prey of the Cat
4 votes

#24 - Prey of the Cat

Maverick - 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.

Our Man in Paris
0 votes

#25 - Our Man in Paris

McCloud - Season 1 - Episode 7

(NOTE: For televised repeats, this episode was known as "Man from Taos, Part 2"). In Paris, McCloud and a stewardess try to locate a mysterious arms smuggler with ties to an American mogul and a New York gubernatorial candidate.

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