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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 <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Release Date:

13 September 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jim Rockford, Private Investigator  »

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After the death of James Garner on July 19, 2014, Joe Santos is the only original surviving cast member of the show. 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 »


Jim Rockford: But I will need a diversion so I can get back to Bloomberg's room and try to talk to him.
Angel Martin: Ohh. Now we're getting to the nitty-gritty. Now it's beginning to make sense. 'Come on over to Rocky's, Angel.' Serve my favorite food. First time I been invited over here for so much as a glass of water.
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford: I could use a little help in the kitchen with the coffee and dessert.
Angel Martin: Forget about the dessert, you don't buy Angel Martin with a couple of drumsticks and some redeye gravy.
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Crazy Credits

The message left on the answering machine at the opening credits changes from episode to episode, always introducing another case. See more »


Referenced in Careless (2007) See more »


The Rockford Files
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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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