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This date in MAVERICK TV history: “Two Beggars on Horseback” aired on Jan. 18, 1959

TWO BEGGARS ON HORSEBACK Original Airdate: January 18, 1959 Synopsis. Bret and Bart each carry a $10,000 draft from the Gannet Express Company, only to discover that the company is about to go bankrupt. But Jessamy Longacre (guest star Patricia Barry) … Continue reading

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This date in MAVERICK TV history: “Maverick and Juliet,” the second of two episodes featuring Carole Wells, aired on Jan. 17, 1960

MAVERICK AND JULIET Original Airdate: January 17, 1960 Synopsis. Maverick meets The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn meets Romeo and Juliet as Bret and Bart finds themselves embroiled in a bitter feud between two families.  Guest star Carole Wells (Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats) makes … Continue reading

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This date in MAVERICK TV history: “Makin’ Tracks,” the last broadcast episode of YOUNG MAVERICK, aired on Jan. 16, 1980. Guest stars include Morgan Fairchild and John Hillerman

6. MAKIN’ TRACKS Original Airdate: January 16, 1980 Synopsis. An eighty-year-old Indian cardsharp will grant railroad officials right-of-way through his land―provided they can beat him in poker. An ill-fated attempt to update the Maverick formula of the late 1950s to … Continue reading

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This date in MAVERICK TV History: “The Cactus Switch,” featuring Edgar Buchanan and Fay Spain, aired on Jan. 15, 1961

THE CATCUS SWITCH Original Airdate: January 15, 1961 Synopsis. In Green River, Bart runs afoul of a husband-and-wife team of grifters and an escaped killer named Red Daniels.  “The Cactus Switch” was the fifth of five episodes featuring Edgar Buchanan, the … Continue reading

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Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 476.1: Hats Off to Skipper Alan Hale is now available online for listening on demand

Hats Off to Skipper Alan Hale Original Airdates: Jan. 10-12, 2020 TVC 476.1: This Week in TV History celebrates the life and legacy of actor Alan Hale (The Skipper on Gilligan’s Island) on the thirtieth anniversary of his passing. Topics … Continue reading

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This date in MAVERICK TV history: “Deadline: Sweetwater,” an episode of BRET MAVERICK featuring Ed Nelson and Joshua Bryant, aired on Jan. 12, 1982

DATELINE: SWEETWATER Original Airdate: January 12, 1982 Synopsis. A con artist with a trick neck plays a pivotal role in Maverick’s scheme to thwart a ruthless financial corporation from taking over Sweetwater.  The third of three attempts to revive Maverick in … Continue reading

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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

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 … Continue reading

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This date in MAVERICK TV history: “The Cruise of The Cynthia B” aired on Jan. 10, 1960

THE CRUISE OF THE CYNTHIA B Original Airdate: January 10, 1960 Synopsis. Bret finds himself in a battle over ownership of The Cynthia B, a legendary old schooner known as “the death ship” because each of its six previous owners died … Continue reading

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This date in MAVERICK TV history: “Family Pride” aired on Jan. 8, 1961

FAMILY PRIDE Original Airdate: January 8, 1961 Synopsis. In New Mexico, Beau finds himself rivals with a trio of con artists who keep getting the best of him. “Family Pride” was the first of four episodes helmed by John Ainsworth, the … Continue reading

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This date in MAVERICK TV history: “Poker Face,” featuring Nancy Hsueh, aired on Jan. 7, 1962

POKER FACE Original Airdate: January 7, 1962 Synopsis. Near Yuma, Arizona, notorious bandit Sebastian Bolanos challenges Bart to a high-stakes poker game in which $70,000—and the lives of five people—hang in the balance.   Guest stars include Nancy Hsueh, who became one of … Continue reading

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