In 1914, Nichols, a soldier, sick of killing, returns to his Arizona hometown, named after his family, and is strong-armed into serving as Sheriff by the Ketcham clan, who run the area. ... See full summary »

Creator:

Frank Pierson
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1972   1971  

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Bret Maverick (1981–1982)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Set in Sweetwater, Arizona in the 1880s with solid citizen Bret owning a ranch and part of the Red Ox Saloon. Stable cast with varying stories, often centered on conflict between the ambitious sheriff and everyone else.

Stars: James Garner, Ed Bruce, Ramon Bieri
Mystery | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

California small town police chief investigates a suspicious death involving the victim's own dog that presumably killed its owner.

Director: James Goldstone
Stars: James Garner, Katharine Ross, Hal Holbrook
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A fellow PI tricks Rockford into taking on a treacherous case that makes him the target of a vengeful police department.

Director: Tony Wharmby
Stars: James Garner, John Amos, Joe Santos
Maverick (1957–1962)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Bret and Bart Maverick are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game.

Stars: Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Jim Rockford tries to help his friend's son rise out of poverty and homelessness, but soon discovers the young man's problems are far more complicated than he imagined.

Director: Tony Wharmby
Stars: James Garner, Damian Chapa, Joe Santos
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Emma is a divorced woman with a teen-aged son who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the widowed town druggist who steers business her way. Things ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Sally Field, James Garner, Brian Kerwin
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An aging easygoing private eye is hired to protect an actress whose latest movie is being boycotted by a group of religious fanatics.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: James Garner, Richard Romanus, Joe Santos
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When Jim is arrested in the death of a rival private investigator, it is left to Jim to prove his own innocence, with the help of Jess Wilding, an old friend of Rocky's, which Jim never knew about.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: James Garner, Dyan Cannon, Joe Santos
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Jim Rockford runs across an old flame, only to find that her cousin and his connections to the Russian Mob will put them all in great danger.

Director: David Chase
Stars: James Garner, Kathryn Harrold, Joe Santos
Tank (1984)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Sergeant Major Zack arrives at a new army base with his wife, son and Sherman tank. One night at a bar he "stops" a pimp/deputy from beating a girl. The corrupt sheriff uses Zack's son for revenge and Zack uses his tank.

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky
Stars: James Garner, Shirley Jones, C. Thomas Howell
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An friend of Jim's continues to seek his help for her murdered son, but when she winds up dead not long after an altercation with the mafia man, Jim must must do what it takes to put both her soul and her son's, at rest, himself.

Director: Stuart Margolin
Stars: James Garner, Marcia Strassman, Joe Santos
My Name Is Bill W. (TV Movie 1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This film reconstructs the true story of stockbroker William Griffith Wilson, a World War I veteran whose small drinking problem becomes a serious addiction after he loses his fortune in ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: James Woods, JoBeth Williams, James Garner
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
James Garner ...  Sheriff Frank Nichols 24 episodes, 1971-1972
Margot Kidder ...  Ruth 24 episodes, 1971-1972
Neva Patterson ...  Ma Ketcham / ... 24 episodes, 1971-1972
John Beck ...  Ketcham / ... 24 episodes, 1971-1972
Stuart Margolin ...  Mitch / ... 24 episodes, 1971-1972
John Harding John Harding ...  Salter 10 episodes, 1971-1972
Edit

Storyline

In 1914, Nichols, a soldier, sick of killing, returns to his Arizona hometown, named after his family, and is strong-armed into serving as Sheriff by the Ketcham clan, who run the area. Nichols, who doesn't believe in toting a gun, scoots around via a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The Ketchams install as Deputy their relative, Mitch Mitchell. The nasty Deputy has a dog named Slump, and Mitchell is very dumb. A business-savvy local gal has an undefined relationship with Nichols, but it's obvious there's lots of action in the back rooms of her saloon. The strict moral lines of traditional Westerns are absent in this very Vietnam War era show's view of the Old West's dying days: the Ketchams aren't all bad, and little-respected Sheriff Nichols wouldn't mind ripping off the town to head for Mexico. Written by David Stevens

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Western

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Garner as Nichols See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(23 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

James Garner claims that the show was cancelled after one season, because the wife of a Chevrolet executive (Chevrolet being the main sponsor of the series) saw an episode and said, "Well, this isn't Maverick", and Garner claims that the sponsors were expecting the show to be just another Maverick with a new can of paint slapped on it. The show took place in the early twentieth century, which was the end of the Old West and of course Maverick the show that brought Garner his fame took place in the Old West, and that is what they were expecting. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Loved the theme music, too!
4 January 2005 | by mmiscioneSee all my reviews

I, too, loved this show as a kid, but as other posters have written, no one else seems to remember it. Its setting -- an Arizona town at the twilight of the wild west era, but before the First World War -- was one reason that made it so compelling. Another was the odd horn solo theme music that I could still hum decades after the last time I heard it. A couple of years ago I managed to track down a recording of the tune from an online guy who specializes in old TV show themes. He was not familiar with the show or its music until I asked him to find it. He later told me that a few episodes had recently aired on TV Land or some other nostalgia TV channel. Years after Nichols was canceled, I read or heard somewhere that it was James Garner's favorite show. Go figure.


12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed