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.

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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 <mmckee@wkio.com>

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27 March 1974 (USA)  »

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

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During the car chase near the end of the show (just before the airplane shows up), the rear window of Rockford's car is missing and then reappears. The window continues to disappear and reappear several times. See more »

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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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Referenced in Frasier: Door Jam (2003) See more »

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One of a kind
23 June 2002 | by (Monroe, Washington) – See all my reviews

Does it get better than this?

Car chases. The mob. The damsel in distress in nearly every episode. And good ol' Jim Rockford, always in one fix or another, but with a heart of gold, a silver tongue and a printing press in his car so that he can create a fake business card for every occasion.

Much of this series was 70's stereotype, but James Garner absolutely carried it. His magnetism, good guy/tough guy persona and yet his utterly human characteristics (living in a trailer, always being chased by bill collectors or auditors, hurting his hand when delivering a right cross to a bad guy) have never been equaled since.

I used to race home when I was a kid and plant myself in front of the television when it showed on daytime reruns during the early 80's. For a long time, it seemed to disappear from television altogether, then sporadically ran on networks like TNN. I was delighted when TV Land purchased the rights and began showing it daily at 9:00 Pacific. It's been moved to 10:00, but I'll gladly stay up the extra hour to watch it.

What a great show. The television movies were good in their nostalgic way, but nothing matches (nor will ever match) the charm, humor and quality of the original.

10/10.


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