The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator.
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 Jim Rockford (122 episodes, 1974-1980)
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 Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (121 episodes, 1974-1980)
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 Dennis Becker (112 episodes, 1974-1980)
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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 <mmckee@wkio.com>

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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 »

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Throughout the series, the Los Angeles Police Department responds to calls at Rockford's trailer in Malibu although it is not part of their jurisdiction. The Los Angeles County Sheriff would be the proper agency. See more »

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Jim Rockford: A senator and a bus driver? What's the connection?
Lance White: This is just a hunch but I'd say the bus driver had something on the senator. Like maybe the senator was having an affair with the bus driver's wife.
Jim Rockford: Lance, where did that come from?
Lance White: It didn't come from anywhere Jim it's just a hunch. I get a hunch, it turns out to be right and the case is solved. I don't know how you make a living as a private eye Jim. You don't seem to know any of this stuff.
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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 »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Rolling Stones (1978) See more »

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The Rockford Files
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Written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
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A Classic Detective Show
13 March 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This was probably the greatest part James Garner ever played. He was essentially playing himself, an easy going guy caught in oddball situations mainly brought on by loony clients or by his former ex-con friends. The character of Jim Rockford was not unlike his other defining role of Bret Maverick. Also, the supporting cast was great as well. Noah Beery Jr. was perfect as Rocky, Jim's father, who was always trying to get his "Sonny" to give up the detective business and join him in the trucking business. Joe Santos was great as Dennis, Jim's main contact on the LAPD who reluctantly helped Jim by giving him information on various cases. Gretchen Corbett was great in her role as his girlfriend/lawyer Beth Davenport who would always be there to get him out of a jam. But, perhaps the most memorable character was Angel, played by Stuart Margolin. Angel was, and still is, the biggest weasel in television history. He would often be responsible for getting Jim into the odd predicaments he would get into.

Also of note, this was the first hit from the mind of Stephen J. Cannell after years of writing for Adam-12. Cannell is probably one of the greatest writers in television history and this is where it all began.


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