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Maverick: Season 1
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James Garner shows how the West was won -- in a card game! -- in the comic adventures of Maverick. Wisecracking ladies' man Bret Maverick (Garner) and his more serious brother Bart (Jack Kelly) -- two handsome bachelors on the loose in the Wild West -- have more success at the game of poker than the game of love. Yet they keep trying their luck in one frontier outpost after another. And though cardsharps Bret and Bart would just as soon slip out of town quietly as face a gunman, when it's time for a showdown, don't bet against a Maverick.]]>
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When "Maverick" first appeared in 1957, it immediately set itself apart from most Western series thanks to its somewhat lighter approach and the magnetic character that Garner had created. While the first episodes of the season are generally more serious in tone than what "Maverick" became famous for, the sheer entertainment value and strong story telling is apparent right from the get-go with the pilot episode "War of the Silver Kings" which demonstrated the ability of Bret Maverick to quickly think on his feet.
The first seven episodes feature only James Garner, but it was taking too long to shoot each episode to fulfill the contract so they brought in Jack Kelly as Bret's brother Bart Maverick and they began splitting episodes. Kelly brought a much needed addition to the series with his unique personality and style which worked well with Garner. The series then began taking on the somewhat lighter tone that made "Maverick" famous.
This 27 episode collection on 7 DVDs is moderately priced and well packaged, though there are no extras whatsoever which is a little sad considering the long wait for this series to come to DVD. There is a small insert which gives a basic description of each episode and highlights the noteworthy guest stars. Otherwise, this collection is fairly bare bones though it does have some highly entertaining episodes such as the aforementioned "War of the Silver Kings".Read more ›
We have 124 episodes in the original Maverick & it was actually aired for five seasons, the last one only producing 13 episodes. James Garner was only in the first three seasons, Jack Kelly (though not casted originally) appeared in all five seasons, Roger Moore did one season (the fourth), while Robert Colbert appeared in two episodes the fourth season. James Garner was the real star & Maverick launched his career. Surprisingly, Roger Moore (James Bond) did well in his one season as cousin Beau.
If Warner Bros. ever decides to release this on dvd we will be in for a treat. I, for one, would buy this even if it is a single set. C'mon everybody... let's flood the airwaves at WB asking for this!
For those interested: About 50 episodes are available for viewing at [...] but downloading is not available. Their delivery system is not particularly good though, video will stop multiple times for several seconds. It's better than nothing.
I stumbled into looking for the DVDs and was amazed that they have not been released.
It was charming to read some of the comments of the "baby boomers" who were telling Warner to please release this series before they all died out! I second their words. But I would add this: all of my children (we had a large family) positively adore that series because they could sense right away its quality. I was able to scare up a half dozen episdoes of the series and they just watched them over and over. When they heard the great news about this upcoming release they were ecstatic. In fact, all ten of my children have already pre-ordered the set along with their aging Dad.
So, hats off to Warner - and may the rest of the series follow soon. And may they also bring back other classic Warner shows like the highly entertaining 77 SUNSET STRIP. And for those of you unfamiliar with MAVERICK I can highly recommend that you give this one a try. Its fine writing, breezy direction and charming performances will, I know, provide you with hours of solid entertainment.
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Garner is good...Jack kelly is just so-so...at times he is great. tried to watch the entire series but they started to charge $1.99 per episode even with a stars subscription. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Todd W.
Before I bought this for my dad as a gift, the only Maverick I knew of was the Movie with Mel Gibson. I recommend watching the movie. Very funny. Very clever. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Dragonfly Samurai
How could this not get 5 stars? All three of the Mavericks were great. When you could sit down and get suspense, humor and drama. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was one of the first TV shows I saw as a kid growing up in Iceland. It was broadcast through the American Naval base there. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Odinnthor
Some of the DVDs freeze up or skip sections. I was disappointed because I was unable to watch some of the programs. Bumber!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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