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Writers:
Stephen J. Cannell (created by)
Roy Huggins (created by)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Release Date:
13 September 1974 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 22 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of the greatest See more (43 total) »

Cast

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James Garner ... Jim Rockford (122 episodes, 1974-1980)

Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (121 episodes, 1974-1980)

Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker (112 episodes, 1974-1980)
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Series Directed by
William Wiard (28 episodes, 1975-1979)
Lawrence Doheny (12 episodes, 1974-1976)
Ivan Dixon (9 episodes, 1975-1979)
Jerry London (8 episodes, 1974-1977)
Russ Mayberry (7 episodes, 1974-1977)
Reza Badiyi (7 episodes, 1977-1979)
Meta Rosenberg (6 episodes, 1976-1978)
Lou Antonio (5 episodes, 1974-1976)
Jackie Cooper (5 episodes, 1975-1976)
Jeannot Szwarc (3 episodes, 1975-1977)
Stephen J. Cannell (3 episodes, 1977-1979)
Corey Allen (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Stuart Margolin (2 episodes, 1974-1977)
Alexander Grasshoff (2 episodes, 1974)
Harry Falk (2 episodes, 1978)
Arnold Laven (2 episodes, 1978)
John Patterson (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Writing credits
Stephen J. Cannell (122 episodes, 1974-1980)
Roy Huggins (122 episodes, 1974-1980)
Juanita Bartlett (35 episodes, 1974-1979)
David Chase (20 episodes, 1976-1979)
Gordon T. Dawson (9 episodes, 1975-1979)
Rudolph Borchert (5 episodes, 1975-1980)
Chas. Floyd Johnson (4 episodes, 1975-1978)
Don Carlos Dunaway (4 episodes, 1975-1976)
Edward J. Lakso (4 episodes, 1975-1976)
Lester Wm. Berke (3 episodes, 1976-1980)
Donald L. Gold (3 episodes, 1976-1980)
Walter Dallenbach (2 episodes, 1976)
James Crocker (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
William R. Stratton (2 episodes, 1977)
David Taylor (2 episodes, 1977)
Rogers Turrentine (2 episodes, 1979)

Series Produced by
Stephen J. Cannell .... supervising producer / producer (121 episodes, 1974-1980)
Meta Rosenberg .... executive producer (121 episodes, 1974-1980)
Chas. Floyd Johnson .... producer / associate producer / ... (103 episodes, 1975-1980)
David Chase .... producer / supervising producer (67 episodes, 1976-1979)
John David .... associate producer (23 episodes, 1978-1980)
J. Rickley Dumm .... associate producer (16 episodes, 1978-1979)
William F. Phillips .... associate producer (14 episodes, 1974-1975)
Juanita Bartlett .... producer / supervising producer (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
Jo Swerling Jr. .... supervising producer / associate executive producer (6 episodes, 1974)
Lane Slate .... producer (4 episodes, 1975-1976)
 
Series Original Music by
Pete Carpenter (118 episodes, 1974-1980)
Mike Post (118 episodes, 1974-1980)
Artie Kane (2 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Cinematography by
Andrew Jackson (84 episodes, 1976-1980)
Lamar Boren (37 episodes, 1974-1976)
 
Series Film Editing by
George R. Rohrs (45 episodes, 1974-1979)
Diane Adler (28 episodes, 1976-1979)
Buford F. Hayes (20 episodes, 1974-1977)
Rod Stephens (14 episodes, 1977-1980)
John J. Dumas (6 episodes, 1974-1975)
I. Robert Levy (5 episodes, 1975-1976)
John Kaufman (3 episodes, 1975)
Fred Baratta (2 episodes, 1974)
Edward A. Biery (2 episodes, 1974)
Jerry Dronsky (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Casting by
Dodie McLean (14 episodes, 1978-1980)
 
Series Art Direction by
Robert Crawley Sr. (120 episodes, 1974-1980)
Robert Luthardt (2 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Robert L. Zilliox (97 episodes, 1975-1980)
Gary Moreno (22 episodes, 1974-1975)
Ed Baer (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Costume Design by
Kent Warner (33 episodes, 1978-1980)
 
Series Production Management
Lester Wm. Berke .... unit manager (83 episodes, 1974-1978)
Zane Radney .... unit production manager (22 episodes, 1978-1979)
Sam Freedle .... unit production manager (11 episodes, 1979-1980)
Rowe Wallerstein .... unit manager (4 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Jones .... assistant director / first assistant director (59 episodes, 1974-1979)
Clifford C. Coleman .... assistant director / first assistant director (30 episodes, 1974-1979)
Leonard R. Garner Jr. .... second assistant director / first assistant director (23 episodes, 1978-1980)
David Menteer .... assistant director / first assistant director (20 episodes, 1976-1978)
Don Wilkerson .... dga trainee (14 episodes, 1978-1979)
David L. Beanes .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Robert J. Doherty .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1979)
Patrick A. Duffy .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1979)
Cal Naylor .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1979)
Jan R. Lloyd .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Art Department
Craig Binkley .... property master (68 episodes, 1974-1978)
William Fannon .... property master (34 episodes, 1978-1980)
 
Series Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound / sound mixer (105 episodes, 1975-1980)
Walt Jenevein .... sound effects editor (76 episodes, 1976-1980)
Thomas E. Allen .... boom operator (22 episodes, 1979-1980)
Vic Carpenter .... sound (13 episodes, 1974-1975)
John B. Schuyler .... boom operator (11 episodes, 1977)
John K. Kean .... sound (2 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Stunts
Bobby Ferro .... stunt driver (55 episodes, 1976-1980)
Tommy J. Huff .... stunt driver (11 episodes, 1974-1979)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (9 episodes, 1974-1978)
Bob Herron .... stunts (6 episodes, 1974-1977)
Larry Holt .... stunts (4 episodes, 1974-1978)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt double / stunt driver / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1980)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (2 episodes, 1974)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt driver (2 episodes, 1975)
Tom Glass .... truck stunts (2 episodes, 1975)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt driver (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Charles R. Young .... camera operator (55 episodes, 1977-1980)
Earl C. Williman .... lamp operator (23 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Casting Department
Dodie McLean .... casting (18 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Waldo .... costumes / costumes: women (88 episodes, 1974-1978)
 
Series Editorial Department
Ron Nichols .... colorist: digital remastering (77 episodes, 1976-1980)
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor (43 episodes, 1974-1976)
Steve Johnson .... colorist (23 episodes, 1974-1975)
 
Series Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (77 episodes, 1976-1980)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (77 episodes, 1976-1980)
Morrie McNaughton .... music editor (76 episodes, 1976-1980)
Hal Mooney .... music supervisor (43 episodes, 1974-1976)
Pete Carpenter .... composer: theme music (20 episodes, 1974-1979)
Mike Post .... composer: theme music (20 episodes, 1974-1979)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver / production driver (17 episodes, 1976-1979)
Frank Khoury .... driver (10 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Other crew
Juanita Bartlett .... executive story consultant / creative consultant / ... (109 episodes, 1974-1979)
Jack Cole .... title designer: main titles (43 episodes, 1974-1976)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jim Rockford, Private Investigator" - USA (syndication title)
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Runtime:
60 min (123 episodes)
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Trivia:
Rob Reiner guest starred in an episode as a washed-up football quarterback. To separate himself from his "All in the Family" (1971) character, "Meathead," Reiner played this part without his hairpiece.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
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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61 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
One of the greatest, 10 December 2005
Author: blanche-2 from United States

As essayed by James Garner, Jim Rockford is one of the best characters in TV history - in, I might add, one of the best series. The Rockford Files never ceased to be entertaining during its '70s run and remains so in syndication. There's something comfortable about the show, probably because of the well-drawn characters that we feel we know.

If we didn't love Rockford so much, I guess we'd call him a loser. But we love him too much and are pulling for him too much to ever call him a loser. He never has any money. He lives in a dilapidated trailer on the beach. He's not married. He was in prison, though he didn't commit the crime and was pardoned. Helluva way to treat one of our ex-servicemen (Korea). His father, Rocky, was a truck driver and wants his boy Jimmy to take it up. It's steady, and he might get beat up less.

Jimmy, however, would rather be a private investigator. In order to do this, he occasionally runs afoul of police lieutenant Chapman and gets his buddy Dennis in trouble for using the power of the police to do him a favor. He also sometimes winds up embroiled with his con friend and former cellmate, Angel Martin, always in trouble and always looking for the main chance. And if attractive attorney Beth Davenport isn't hitting him up for pro bono help, he needs her to bail him out of jail.

It all sounds a little sad but it's endlessly fun, with some really classic episodes and great dialogue. This is also the series that launched Tom Selleck. In two episodes, he played perfect detective Lance White, a man who, unlike Rockford, couldn't take a wrong step and is beloved by every human being with whom he came in contact. The juxtaposition between Rockford and White is hilarious.

As Rockford, Garner is perfect, and the cast uniformly excellent, particularly Noah Berry, Jr. as his dad. If the clothes and the cars are dated, the acting, the relationships, and the story lines are not. The Rockford Files is one of the classics.

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