The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 0

Backlash of the Hunter (27 Mar. 1974)

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Jim helps a young girl who's father was murdered and LAPD has closed the case on without finding the killer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Grimes
Mildred Elias
Robert Donley ...
Pat Renella ...
Morrie Talbot
Dr. Ruben Seelman
Ted Gehring ...
Norm Mitchell
Joshua Bryant ...
Capt. Harry Dell
Bill Quinn ...
Harry Butler
Robert Williams ...
Arnold Demura (as Robert B. Williams)
Claude Johnson ...


Private investigator Jim Rockford is hired by a beautiful young woman to solve the murder of her father, a homeless man found beneath a pier two months earlier. The killing was never solved by the police. Written by Marty McKee <>

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Jim's Yellow Page ad for "The Rockford Agency" is seen at the beginning of this episode, with two interesting pieces of information shown, and one important piece of information missing. The first interesting thing is "Our trained investigators have specialized in closed cases since 1968, Criminal Only." The second interesting thing is Jim's address is given as 2354 Ocean Blvd., Los Angeles, an address which does not correspond to any address ever given for Rockford, who was located at 29 Cove Road, Malibu. The important piece of information missing is there is no telephone number in the ad. See more »


Rockford and Sara are hiding among the rocks in the desert to protect themselves from Jerry shooting at them from the plane. Rockford shoots three times at the plane on its first pass and five more times when it flies over again a few moments later. It was a regular six-shot revolver, and we don't see him reload. See more »


Message on answering machine: Billings. LAPD. You know Thursday is Chapman's 20th year and we're giving a little surprise party at the Captain's. I think you should come. By the way, we need 5 bucks for the present.
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Followed by The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime (1996) See more »

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Most Well-Written TV Series Ever
27 February 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is far and away the best detective series ever on television; in fact the only TV series that I like even better is Garner's earlier show, "Maverick." The writing and acting are in a class by themselves, and the viewer gets an anti-establishmentarian feast of people in authority acting like asses in every show, exactly like real life. Every episode of this series is its own little masterpiece. And if you see some real similarities between this show and "The Sopranos," it's because "Sopranos" creator David Chase wrote many of the later "Rockford Files" episodes. This is one of the rare network series that never insulted a viewer's intelligence, and features some of the best writing you'll ever see anywhere. Period.

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