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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The show was a co-production between three companies, the production companies owned by Roy Huggins and James Garner and Universal Television (Studios). Garner sued Universal claiming he was not being paid his share of the syndication profits. After several years of litigation, Universal settled out of court with Garner. Exact terms are not known, and it was agreed between the parties that the settlement would remain confidential. Cherokee Productions was the name of Garner's production company, which was known to own 37.5% of the series, leaving 62.5% to be split between Huggins company and Universal, but it was not known how much of the show was owned by each after Cherokee's share. 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 »


Armand Teasdale: I am a good judge of people, and that is a fine young man, with a remarkable character.
Jim Rockford: No doubt about it, Lance is perfect. It's his only flaw.
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The message left on the answering machine at the opening credits changes from episode to episode, always introducing another case. See more »


The Rockford Files
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Written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
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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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