The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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Backlash of the Hunter 

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



(teleplay by), (story by) (as John Thomas James)

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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
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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27 March 1974 (USA)  »

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Originally shown as a 2-hour movie pilot, it was not part of the original numbering of the series. Later it was added on as episode '0', and it was also later shown in 2 parts; both as a repeat, and in syndication. See more »


There are no bullet impacts in the sand during most of the strafing runs in the desert, but in a couple of the shots there is, so there should be impacts seen from most of the runs. See more »


Jim Rockford: You got to be one of the dumbest looking apes I ever saw.
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Followed by The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise (1995) 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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