This date in MAVERICK TV history: “Gun-Shy,” the famous episode of MAVERICK that parodied GUNSMOKE, aired for the first time on Jan. 11, 1959

  1. GUN-SHY
    Original Airdate: 
    January 11, 1959

Synopsis. In Elwood, Kansas, Bret’s efforts to track down $500,000 in hidden gold run afoul of the town’s stalwart but dimwitted marshal, Mort Dooley. 

The most famous episode of the original Maverick, “Gun-Shy” scored a whopping 49 share in the Nielsen ratings on the night it originally aired. Meaning, of all the TV sets that were in use between 7:30pm and 8:30pm on Sunday, January 11, 1959, one out of every two were tuned in to Maverick.

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1 Response to This date in MAVERICK TV history: “Gun-Shy,” the famous episode of MAVERICK that parodied GUNSMOKE, aired for the first time on Jan. 11, 1959

  1. Richard Tuosto says:

    wasn’t there a reference to Have Gun Will Travel in this episode? I thought I heard a line that went something like ” just a couple weeks ago we had a gunman come through passing out business cards” or something like that. An obvious reference to Paladin.

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