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Airing on ABC from 1957 to 1962, Maverick appeared at a key moment
in television Western history and provided a distinct alternative
to the genre's usual moralistic lawmen in its hero, Bret Maverick.
A non-violent gambler and part-time con man, Maverick's principles
revolved around pleasure and not power, and he added humor, satire,
and irony to the usually grim-faced Western. In this study of
Maverick, author Dennis Broe details how the popular series mocked,
altered, and undermined the characteristics of other popular
Westerns, like Gunsmoke and Bonanza. Broe highlights the
contributions made by its creators, its producer, Roy Huggins, and
its lead actor, James Garner, to a format that was described as
"the American fairy tale." Broe describes how Garner and Huggins
struck blows against a feudal studio system that was on its last
legs in cinema but was being applied even more rigidly in
television. He considers Maverick as a place where multiple
counter-cultural discourses converged-including Baudelaire's
Flaneur, Guy DeBord's Situationists, and Jack Kerouc's Beats-in a
form that was acceptable to American households. Finally, Broe
shows how the series' validation of Maverick's outside-the-law
status punctured the Cold War rhetoric promoted by the "adult"
Western. Broe also highlights the series' female con women or
flaneuses, who were every bit the equal of their male counterparts
and added additional layers to the traditional
schoolteacher/showgirl Western dichotomy. Broe demonstrates the
progressive nature of Maverick as it worked to counter the
traditional studio mode of production, served as a locus of
counter-cultural trends, and would ultimately become the lone
outpost of anti-Cold War and anti-establishment sentiments within
the Western genre. Maverick fans and scholars of American
television history will enjoy this close look at the classic
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