Bret Maverick is a 1981-82 American Western television series starring James Garner in the role that made him famous in the 1957 series Maverick: a professional poker player traveling alone year after year through the Old West from riverboat to saloon. In this sequel series, Maverick has settled down in Sweetwater, Arizona Territory, where he owns a ranch and is co-owner of the town's saloon. However, Maverick is still always on the lookout for his next big score, and continues to gamble and practice various con games whenever the chance arises. The series was developed by Gordon Dawson, and produced by Garner's company Cherokee Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
In what may very well be the last of the great poker games in the Old West, Bret wins ownership of the saloon and decides to settle down in the town of Sweetwater in the Arizona Territory. (Part 1 of 2)
Former sheriff Tom Guthrie joins Bret as partner in the Red Ox saloon, to the dismay of the townspeople who just booted the old-fashioned lawman out of office.
Maverick's reluctance to sell his ranch, the Lazy Ace, is the major stumbling block to bringing the railroad into Sweetwater.
A barn-raising celebration at Maverick's ranch helps him conceal Billy the Kid from authorities.
Women's suffrage catches fire in Sweetwater and no one feels the heat more than Maverick, who's just won a Chinese girl in a poker game.
Teddy Roosevelt comes to town to present an Indian chief with a horse from the president, but Maverick ends up winning the stallion.
Eastern financial interests attempt a takeover of Sweetwater businesses.
It looks like Maverick is going to be hanged, unless he agrees to sell his life story to an ambitious historian.
An old flame of Bret's shows up in Sweetwater, pursued by two homicidal brothers she swindled.
A stranger arrives in town, claiming to be in the process of finishing an epic ballad on the life and death of Bret Maverick.
Vigilantes take over the Red Ox saloon and put former sheriff Tom Guthrie on trial for crimes he allegedly committed in the past.
Six men who each want to gain a reputation as the one who killed the famous Bret Maverick have followed a western pulp writer to Sweetwater.
When a stagecoach is attacked by Apaches and a woman is killed, the angry townspeople want to call in the cavalry.
Bret exposes a crooked magician who is performing at the Red Ox.
A religious charlatan dupes the townpeople so that he can obtain the rights to their land.
Bret masterminds a con to get back the townsfolk's land, which was legally stolen by the clever leader of a religious cult.
Maverick and Guthrie are suckered into agreeing to protect a shipment of gold from a ruthless band of outlaws.
Tom Guthrie, who is trying to get re-elected as sheriff, tries to get Maverick to keep a low profile, but Bret is working on the biggest con of his life and isn't going to stop now.