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Nichols: The Complete Series


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  • Actors: James Garner, Margot Kidder, Neva Patterson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive Collection
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2013
  • Run Time: 1225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ELMZ60M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I will savor every episode!
G. Brown
The made-on-demand discs in this set have excellent sound and picture quality.
Dana Hatcher
This is one of those rare shows that should've been a big hit!
Bela

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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Dana Hatcher on September 16, 2013
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James Garner has said for years that this is his favorite among all the series that he's done. Anything with Garner is worth watching, but this show really is something special. It's darker and more cynical than "Maverick" or "The Rockford Files," reflecting the Vietnam era in which it was produced. Created, produced, and sometimes written by Frank Pierson (later an Oscar winner for "Dog Day Afternoon"), it's also a very smart show with an excellent cast, including Neva Patterson, Stuart Margolin, Margot Kidder, and John Beck. For years, it's only been available among fans in bootlegged copies recorded from the Armed Forces Television Network. The made-on-demand discs in this set have excellent sound and picture quality. Like all of the TV series in the Warner Archive collection, there are no descriptions of the episodes and no air dates included with the DVDs. This is a list of the episodes. (Please note that there is a SPOILER in the description of the final episode.):
DISC ONE
1. Pilot (9/16/71)
gs: John Quade, Jesse Wayne, Florence Lake
Nichols, an 18-year Army veteran, leaves the service to get away from guns and violence, only to wind up as the reluctant sheriff of his hometown in Arizona, which is now controlled by the Ketcham family.
2. "The Siege" (9/23/71)
gs: Ricardo Montalban, Armand Alzamora, Stefan Gierasch
A band of Mexican rebel troops holds the entire town under siege while the leader has emergency dental surgery.
3. "The Indian Giver" (9/30/71)
gs: Michael Tolan, James Greene, Judson Pratt
Nichols gets a chance to get back at Ma Ketcham by backing an Indian who claims to hold the deed to the Ketcham ranch.
4.
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Cancelled after one season the humorous James Garner turn-of-the-century western focuses on the title character played by Garner who reluctantly agrees to become sheriff of the town named after his family. Nichols is an unconventional sheriff in a transitional titme; he refuses to carry a gun, rides a motorcycle and has something going on with Ruth (Margot Kidder)who owns the local saloon.

The series had a unique final episode with the writers/producers and star deciding to retool the show because they believed "Nichols" might get a shot at a second season. It didn't happen but that won't stop fans who enjoy Garner's wry sense of humor and quirky TV shows from enjoying this forgotten series.

Edit: I've confirmed that apparently the edition being sold by Amazon is DVD-R only while Warner Archive is (at the moment at least) selling pressed DVDs.

There are no subtitles (an idiotic move given that the audience for a classic show like this would benefit from having them).

The menu is static with no description of the various episodes or their original air dates.

The show looks pretty good although there are some issues with color timing in the pilot (meaning it wasn't adjusted during the transfer when they noticed a shift) and the image quality goes from exceptionally good, to decent all within the same episode. During the pilot for example when Nichols first arrives in town the image quality degrades clearly pulled from an inferior dupe (probably due to damage to the film). Contrast varies within the same scenes from one shot to the next going from lighter to darker within the span of a few shots.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By G. Brown on October 30, 2013
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At a time when shoot-`em-up westerns were popular television fare there came a thoughtful, well written, unusual series, Nichols. It immediately appealed to me because of the quirky, well-developed characters, and because the lead was intelligent and non-violent.

As a viewer, be prepared for a couple of things. First, the pace of episodes is pretty "leisurely." More attention is given to interactions than to big actions (like brawls and gunfights). The payoff for you, though, is that after a few episodes you will feel like you know the principals well. You'll recognize them as people in your own life, appreciating subtle satire in their predicaments. Also, you'll need to consider that the show is really more of a wry, witty, thoughtful comedy than a "wild western." Once you are "in synch" with the show, though, you'll be rewarded.

I have grown up with television, suckling on the teats of a black and white Silvertone as a baby, thrilled by our family's first color T.V., and today streaming high-definition content to my home theater. I'd place Nichols in my top ten of personal favorite television shows. I suspect it mirrors Garner's true personality more than any other of his films or shows, and it is VERY different from anything else I've ever seen. I am very grateful to Warner Bros. for releasing the DVD collection. I will savor every episode!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert Mcgoldrick on September 27, 2013
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I've watched all 24 episodes of this set and the quality is excellent. The disks were dual-layer allowing the excellent quality. If you like the actor,you like anything he's in and this is certainly true of James Garner. I have such good memories of watching this series when it ran in 1971-72,so sad it wasn't renewed. I had a copy of the bootleg,but it was dreadful,faded yellow with no color,just on watchable. I had better luck with a bootleg of the "Bret Maverick" series. Actually very good quality. Another good series cancelled to soon.
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