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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Besides Rockford's signature Pontiac Firebird Esprit, some major characters had signature cars as well. Joe "Rocky" Rockford (Noah Beery, Jr.), Jim's father, drove a two-tone gray-and-maroon 1975 GMC K-15 Sierra Classic pickup truck. Elizabeth "Beth" Davenport (Gretchen Corbett), Jim's lawyer and sometime girlfriend, drove a yellow 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa during the first season and a red 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450 SL (R107) for the second through fourth seasons. Angel Martin (Stuart Margolin), Jim's shifty best friend, drove a white 1965 Cadillac DeVille convertible he nicknamed "Lucille". See more »


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 »


Jim Rockford: [Grabbing Angel by the lapel and throat & walking him back against a fence] Angel, you are driving me crazy, you understand me, I'm going crazy, I can't take it anymore!
Angel Martin: Jimmy!
Jim Rockford: Years and years and years, I'm goin out of my mind, with your stupid and ridiculous lies and games, year after year!
Angel Martin: You're jammin' my windpipe!
Jim Rockford: [ripping his hands from Angel's neck, showing Angel his trembling hands] Look at me, look at me, look at me!
Angel Martin: Jimmy?
Jim Rockford: Just don't say anything, just don't - say - anything!
Angel Martin: Jimmy?
Jim Rockford: [...]
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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 »


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


The Rockford Files
(Main Title Theme)
Written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
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Great Characters
20 April 2002 | by (Noth Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

Although this series may look like just another private eye series from the 1970's, it is so much more. The show has great one liners, interesting cases, maybe one or two too many car chases, but above all, the show has some great characters. Every episode has interesting, unusual, complex characters running through it. Jim Rockford himself is a private detective but also a former con man and he is not above pretending to be another person or pulling a con in order to help solve his cases. The writing and acting were always top notch and it is no wonder that alumni from this show went on to do such projects as "Magnum, P.I.", "Wiseguy," and "The Sopranos." Enjoy, you will laugh, you will be surprised and you will be impressed.

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