DVD review: 'Maverick: The Complete First Season'

DVD review: ‘Maverick: The Complete First Season'
BY GENE TRIPLETT etriplett@opubco.com Published: May 18, 2012

Garner and Kelly would continue to appear together occasionally, as in the season finale, “Seed of Deception,” when the brothers Maverick are mistaken for Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, and are targeted for death by a gang of crooked cowboys plotting a bank robbery. But Kelly never achieved Garner's level of popularity, even after Garner left at the end of the third season over a contract dispute.

Other Warner TV stars-in-waiting make occasional appearances in the show's first season, including Peter Brown (“Lawman”), Edd Byrnes (“77 Sunset Strip”), and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (also “77 Sunset Strip”), who debuts his recurring role as the amusingly refined con artist Dandy Jim Buckley.

Of all those in Warners' late-'50s TV stable, Garner found the greatest big-screen success, and this is the show that launched his career.

He's still fun to watch as he brings his genuine laid-back Oklahoma demeanor to one of early television's most memorable characters, and the series remains standing as one of the best of that era. For winning entertainment, it's a sure bet.

— Gene Triplett

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