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‘Maverick’ as a TV Western featuring James Garner (2011)

In this clip from ‘Pioneers of Television: Westerns’ (2011) James Garner’s TV series ‘Maverick’ is looked at. It features an interview with Garner himself (he hasn’t done many in recent years) and also with the late, great Stephen J. Cannell who was profoundly influenced by the show and Garner’s performance in it. Stefanie Powers and Pat Crowley are interviewed briefly as well. Garner’s favorite and little known Western series, “Nichols” is referred to, but no clip is shown. A brief clip of “Support Your Local Sheriff” is shown, shamefully almost implying that it is from an episode of “Nichols.”

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24 Responses to “‘Maverick’ as a TV Western featuring James Garner (2011)”

  1. postalworker66 says:

    james garner is my favorite actor i love anything about him. wish there were more actors like him know. thanks for the clip

  2. bossyboots55 says:

    I just watched THE OUTLAW with james garner. had a lot of laughs! enjoyed the movie so much. Thank god for actors like him !

  3. bossyboots55 says:

    i love james of the last gentlemen !

  4. jerico641 says:

    Unfortunately, it’s been my experience that conservatism is not only a socio-political ideology, but can be used to describe the imagination, curiosity, and overall native intelligence of most right wingers in this country. I don’t know where you got your information regarding liberals and/or democrats, but I’ve compiled mine purely through personal experience. I am by popular definition a liberal, and I have a job; and I don;t advocate everyone living under subsidies.

  5. elliottrainbow says:

    @jerico641 So, only people with low intelligence can be conservative? Gee, I thought it was the other way around. I mean, how much intelligence does it take to cash a welfare check once a month or use food stamps? Most liberals (yes, I mean Democrats) are either on the government handout or agree that the government should take care of everyone. Why don’t they get a job and take care of themselves? Maybe they are too busy screwing and making babies for the government to take care of.

  6. Spiritualseeker2007 says:

    One of the best actors ever full stop

  7. jerico641 says:

    Man, I sure hope so…

  8. xaviqaz says:

    @jerico641 And James Garner is arch democrat

  9. jerico641 says:

    Because I thought he was more intelligent than that, obviously.

  10. elliottrainbow says:

    @jerico641 Why does it sadden you to learn that Kelsey Grammer is a conservative?

  11. jerico641 says:

    It doesn’t surprise me that Kelsey Grammar is narrating this; he’s apparantly an arch conservative. I was surprised (and saddened) to learn that.

  12. tothepit says:

    This is Jim Rockford at the tone leave your name & message & I’ll get back to you.

  13. 3642130 says:

    Damn right! You can’t find a better more authentic American. If you stud this man you’ll learn just how damn cool and humble he is. Wayyyyy ahead of his time.

  14. AAyyRR says:

    James had a stroke about three years ago, he has been very frail since, in fact he had to learn to speak again. He has had a quintuple heart bypass and a his knees replaced, but not plastic surgery. He is also 83 now, he was only 29 when Maverick first aired. The last series he appeared in was ’8 Simple Rules’ which finished in 2006. Since then it’s been voice work.

  15. shimokita2 says:

    Has he had plastic surgery – around his eyes?

    I barely recognized him. Couldn’t believe it was him at first.

  16. bayern4316 says:

    Jimbo! =)

  17. quilindania says:

    James Garner, uno de los mejores actores de todos los tiempos. Cada una de sus películas son verdaderos clásicos del cina mundial.

  18. Hikikomori013 says:

    My favorite episode was the “Gunsmoke” parody. Pure gold.

  19. grabbber says:


  20. tulllguy says:

    I prefer Rockford.

  21. carolcoh says:

    This is my favorite part of the Pioneers of Television: Westerns. I’m so glad to see it here. I’m hoping the complete first season of Maverick comes out soon to add to Gun Shy, Shady Deal at Sunny Acres and Pappy. All so good and so funny and fun to watch.

  22. Onlymusical says:

    Garner was especially gracious in his comments about Jack Kelly, who played his character’s brother Bart Maverick. Their scenes together were always pure magic. What a fantastic series this was, the best one ever filmed, period. Much of the first two seasons hold up as well as any movie. “Shady Deal at Sunny Acres,” the stunning episode harvested for all the clips here, was ripped off for the first half of the movie “The Sting,” which wasn’t a hundredth as good as the Maverick episode.

  23. Onlymusical says:

    This is extremely well done and the best possible sample of this new documentary series.

  24. MorganLver says:

    I really enjoyed this!

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