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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27 March 1974 (USA)  »

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There are two interesting commonalities between "The Rockford Files" and Hill Street Blues (1981). The first, which is fairly well known, is that the composer of the themes for both series is Mike Post and the themes from both shows were Billboard music chart hits. The second, lesser known commonality is that both shows featured a strong female attorney named Ms. Davenport--Beth Davenport in the case of "Rockford" and Joyce Davenport in the case of "Hill Street". Additionally, "Hill Street" premiered (January 15, 1981) almost exactly one year after the final original broadcast of "Rockford" on January 10, 1980; both were (and still are) considered groundbreaking in terms of style and emerging dramatic structures and elements; and both series were broadcast on NBC during their original runs. See more »

Goofs

Even though Jim Rockford always drives a current model Firebird, many episodes feature stock footage shot with older models, especially in the 1975-77 seasons. See more »

Quotes

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 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 Fourth Story (1991) See more »

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The Rockford Files
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Written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
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Very, very, very good television
28 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

I recall seeing one of the first episodes when it aired in October '74, and not being that impressed. In the end, I was hooked on this gentle but deceptively captivating series. It sums up what is best about episodic television when a good cast, writers and production crew gets together. Garner is perfect for the role doing his "everyman" schtick. His comedic ability is also put to very good use (the later episodes with "Lance White"

  • Tom Selleck - are just soo funny, as Garner is always left eating dust!).


The supporting roles are also extremely well filled. Simply extremely good television that everyone involved can feel proud of.


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