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Writers:
Stephen J. Cannell (created by)
Roy Huggins (created by)
Contact:
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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:
Reality Private Investigating 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:
In France the show was called "Deux cent dollars plus le frais", referring to Rockford's "200 Dollars a day plus expenses" rate.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Jim Rockford:What's wrong?
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford:I am THROUGH talking to you! Look at you, an inch or two to the right and you'd be missing that eye!
Jim Rockford:Yeah, but look at it this way, an inch or two to the left and he'd have missed me completely.
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97 out of 100 people found the following review useful.
Reality Private Investigating, 28 January 2003
Author: Simon Bar Sinister (sitdownbike) from The Great Northwest

This show destroyed the Private Detective show formula.

At the time, most TV PI's had cutie pie secretaries (Mannix' secretary Gail and Barnaby Jones' ex Miss America Lee Meriweather in particular), Jim Rockford had an answering machine...

All TV PI's had nice offices with dark wood paneling, Rockford's office was the living room of his decaying mobile home parked in the lot outside a diner...

It took at least 3 guys fighting dirty to subdue the average TV PI, even short, fat, aging Cannon. Jimmy was always the one getting his head handed to him unless he figured a way to sucker punch his opponent...

At the climax, other TV PI's would pull their guns, shoot it out with the baddies and save the day. Rockford's gun, often as not was still at home in his cookie jar...

TV PI's always had a friend on the police force who would gladly do favors, looking up DMV records, etc. Rockford's friend on the force was always getting in trouble for even knowing Rockford. The Captains & Lieutenants on the force universally viewed Jim as low life scum & not worth the time of day...

The average detective would go about his business, assembling clues to solve this weeks mystery. That is the way it was with Rockford except that he was always dealing with hustlers, con men, ex-convicts and the occasional ex-girlfriends, every one of whose purpose in life seemed to be the bedevilment and aggravation of Jim Rockford. Not to mention the recurring role of Jim's dad Rocky (deftly played by that Trojan actor, Noah Beery) who was always after Jim to give up PIing and do something "respectable" like truck driving.

When this show appeared on TV, every other PI looked dull and one by one they disappeared as they lost ground in the ratings.

This is also the show that put Steven J Cannell on the map. Nothing that he ever did subsequently equaled this. In fact most of it was crappy formula detective shows.

The Rockford Files is the REAL DEAL!

Simon Sez, CHECK IT OUT!

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