The Rockford Files (TV Series 1974–1980) Poster



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The Rockford Files (2010) (TV Movie)


Richie Brockelman, Private Eye (1978) (TV Series)


Black Diamonds (1940)
In the episode "Irving the Explainer", a poster for this movie is seen hanging on a wall.

Referenced in 

Columbo: An Exercise in Fatality (1974) (TV Episode)
Columbo and Milo meet on the very beach where Rockford's trailer was located. During one season one episode, a long shot of Rockford's beach shows Columbo car in the parking lot. Milo's secretary is played by Gretchen Corbett and was a semi-regular cast member on Rockford. And this episode was originally broadcast two days after the premier of Rockford Files.
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1978) (TV Special)
Announced as nominee
Saturday Night Live: The Rolling Stones (1978) (TV Episode)
referenced by Desi Arnaz Jr in Shiller's Reel
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: James Garner/Ellen Burstyn/David Letterman/Rod Dornsife (1978) (TV Episode)
James Garner talks about filming his series
Saturday Night Live: Walter Matthau (1978) (TV Episode)
Title on Fred Silverman's TV schedule board
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocketship X-M (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Goodnight, Rockford dad"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: King Dinosaur (1990) (TV Episode)
Joel: "Rockford turn! Backwards Starsky!"
Fourth Story (1991) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by name.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Stranded in Space (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: "I want Rockford in my office."
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: James Garner/Ron Shock/Pete Rose (1991) (TV Episode)
James Garner comments on his former series
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Star Force: Fugitive Alien II (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: "I want Rockford dead!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja I (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom hums "The Rockford Files" theme song.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja II (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow: "How about Jim Rockford?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) (TV Episode)
"Comes with his own Rockford Camero"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Human Duplicators (1992) (TV Episode)
"I want you to follow Mr. Rockford and see that he has an accident that takes him off the case, permanently". Theme song is hummed.
Beavis and Butt-Head: Citizen Butt-head (1993) (TV Episode)
Jim Rockford mentioned
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: Hey, cut out the Rockford music, I'm Mitchell.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teen-Age Crime Wave (1994) (TV Episode)
Tom hums "The Rockford Files" theme.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Last of the Wild Horses (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow hums part of the theme song.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Danger!! Death Ray (1995) (TV Episode)
Tom: "The Rockford Files: European Vacation"
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: Clip Job (1995) (TV Episode)
Harry Medfly mentions the show.
For a Few Lousy Dollars (1995)
mentioned in dialogue
NewsRadio: Big Brother (1998) (TV Episode)
Theme song in Jimmy's answering machine recording
Where's Marlowe? (1998)
Murphy says "maybe we should be a show, like Boone, P.I. or the Boone Files
The Sopranos: 46 Long (1999) (TV Episode)
Big Pussy complains: "I'm fuckin' Rockford over here!"
Freaks and Geeks: I'm with the Band (1999) (TV Episode)
Neil mentions Rockford
High Fidelity (2000)
Living in Fear (2001) (TV Movie)
The license plate on Chuck Hausman's blue mustang is the same as the one on the Firebird that Jim Rockford drove in _The Rockford Files (1974-1980)_. California 853 OKG.
Showtime (2002)
Taken (2002) (TV Mini-Series)
Taken: Charlie and Lisa (2002) (TV Episode)
In 1986, Nina compares the fact that Lisa lives in a trailer park to Jim Rockford's living arrangements.
Frasier: Door Jam (2003) (TV Episode)
Referenced throughout the entire episode, since Daphne and Martin start watching it together.
Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do (2003) (TV Special)
Jim Rockford is mentioned by Vic and Bob
Unleashing the Beast: Making 'The Howling' (2003) (Video)
mentioned once
Gone, But Not Forgotten (2003)
talked about
The Ghouls (2003)
Eric is sarcastically called Rockford
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Charlie's Angels' (2004) (TV Movie)
Title on board behind Fred Silverman
The Notebook (2004)
When Duke is looking at old photos of himself, they're obvious stills from James Garner's "The Rockford Files" series.
Overhearing Ron (2004)
Jim Rockford is mentioned
Veronica Mars: Ruskie Business (2005) (TV Episode)
"How many cases you workin' on there, Rockford?"
Supernatural: The Usual Suspects (2006) (TV Episode)
Sam uses the name Jim Rockford to hide in the motel.
Psych: Meat Is Murder, But Murder Is Also Murder (2007) (TV Episode)
Uncle Burton mentions it.
Careless (2007)
mentioned in dialogue
Frost/Nixon (2008)
poster in NBC office
Family Guy: 420 (2009) (TV Episode)
Peter's siren song as a mermaid in a cutaway is the theme song.
Defendor (2009)
Mentioned by Arthur in dialogue with Dr. Park about 29 min. into the film.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.66 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $800 clue in the category "The Emmys"
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.132 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $400 clue in the category "Watching the Detectives"
Leverage: The Reunion Job (2010) (TV Episode)
Hardison says the complete series is in Nate's Netflix queue
Pioneers of Television: Crime Dramas (2011) (TV Episode)
James Garner and Stephen J. Cannell are pioneers of television crime dramas with "The Rockford Files".
Bob's Burgers: Sexy Dance Fighting (2011) (TV Episode)
"The Roquefort Files Burger"
Rizzoli & Isles: Virtual Love (2012) (TV Episode)
Jane says her mentors were Police Woman, Kojak and Jim Rockford.
Modern Family: Diamond in the Rough (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Bunheads: Channing Tatum Is a Fine Actor (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Sasha
The Big Bang Theory: The Spoiler Alert Segmentation (2013) (TV Episode)
Raj tells Howard that he watched a "Rockford Files" rerun with Mrs. Wolowitz.
Justified: Ghosts (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Saturday Night Live: Paul Rudd/One Direction (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the "Politics Nation" sketch
The Simpsons: The Winter of His Content (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Play It Again, Dick: Episode #1.1 (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
NCIS: Choke Hold (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by FBI Agent Leia Pendergast.
The Comeback: Valerie Saves the Show (2014) (TV Episode)
Ron mentions the show.
Bosch: Chapter Three: Blue Religion (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Sheila Delacroix.
Battle Creek: The Battle Creek Way (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Russ Agnew.
True Detective: Night Finds You (2015) (TV Episode)
The title character is mentioned in dialogue by Frank Semyon: "I'm waiting on this Velcoro burnout to make like Rockford?"
Love, Nina: Episode #1.2 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by George
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Pharrell Williams/Priyanka Chopra/Loretta Lynn (2016) (TV Episode)
Steve Higgins says that the show's opening theme is his favorite
Love, Nina: Episode #1.4 (2016) (TV Episode)
Max: "Time for Jim Rockford!"
The Goldbergs: George! George Glass! (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
The Ranch: Sittin' on the Fence (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned several times in dialogue.
The Cinema Snob: Silent Night, Bloody Night (2016) (TV Episode)
refers to a James Garner type as Jim Rockford.
Half in the Bag: Life and Power Rangers (2017) (TV Episode)
Mike mentions the show when talking about Hollywood adapting old properties
Mindhunter: Episode #1.10 (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Esther Mayweather.

Featured in 

Designing Women: Oh Dog, Poor Dog (1993) (TV Episode)
Bernice watches this on TV and calls the operator to speak to Jim Rockford.
The Sopranos: Pilot (1999) (TV Episode)
The theme is playing in the retirement home the Sopranos are visiting
TV Guide's 50 Best Shows of All Time: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (2002) (TV Special)
"The Rockford Files" is #39.
Miracle (2004)
On the Brooks' TV before the news of the Iran crisis
Britain's Favourite Detectives (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 26 in the Countdown
Lost in Adaptation: The Princess Diaries (2016) (TV Episode)
Clips shown

Spoofed in 

Kottan ermittelt: Hausbesuche (1983) (TV Episode)
The opening of this episode spoofs the opening of The Rockford Files, showing a message being left on an answering machine followed by the Rockford Files theme song over the opening.
Dead End (1985)
Parody of answering maching message "this is Jim Rockford --"
The Ryker Files (1996) (Video)

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