The Rockford Files (1974–1980)

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The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator.

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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
 Jim Rockford (122 episodes, 1974-1980)
 Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (121 episodes, 1974-1980)
 Dennis Becker (112 episodes, 1974-1980)


Series about an ex-convict-turned-private-investigator named Jim Rockford who would rather run away than fight and would rather go fishing than work. He isn't a coward, and he isn't lazy -- just rather on the cautious side, that's all. And he bears a very strong resemblance to Western television hero Bret Maverick. Rockford is sometimes assisted (and sometimes deterred) in his cases by friends Dennis Becker (a police detective), Evelyn "Angel" Martin (his cowardly former cellmate) and pretty Beth Davenport (his lawyer). Written by Marty McKee <>

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Release Date:

13 September 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jim Rockford, Private Investigator  »

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Rob Reiner guest starred in an episode as a washed-up football quarterback. To separate himself from his All in the Family (1971) character, "Meathead," Reiner played this part without his hairpiece. See more »


Throughout the series, Rockford's trailer, parked in a parking lot, has electricity and running water, yet there is no evidence of a power line or plumbing attached to the unit. See more »


Security Guard: Can I see your security passes?
Richie Brockelman: Sure!
Jim Rockford: No!
[punches security guard]
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Crazy Credits

The credits for guest stars, writers and other upper-level crew did not always appear right away, sometimes appearing as late as ten minutes into the episode. See more »


Referenced in The Big Bang Theory: The Spoiler Alert Segmentation (2013) See more »


The Rockford Files
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Written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
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good private eye tales
10 October 1999 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

I thought this was one of the better private dick programs. Rockford was a realistic guy, making statements like: "I'm not going in there, I could get KILLED!" Wise guys like Bogart would have bravely gone in and cleaned house, and looked corny doing it. Issac Hayes wasn't listed as a player, but was on enough to have been - if memory serves he did become a regular for awhile. Hayes added a nice touch to the show with his tough image and his reference to Rockford as "Rockfish", which drove Rockford nuts. Don't miss Stuart Margolin as the sleazy "Angel", one of his better parts.

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