The Rockford Files: Season 1, Episode 1

The Kirkoff Case (13 Sep. 1974)

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Rockford is hired by Larry Kirkoff to find the identity of his parents killer. There are a number of possible suspects including Travis Buckman and Tawnia Baker who were lovers of Mrs. and ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Tawnia Baker
Travis Buckman
Larry Kirkoff
Philip Kenneally ...
Muzzy Vinette
Milt Kogan ...
Al Dancer
Hostess (as Sandy De Bruin)
Dino Seragusa ...
Maritre D'
Dennis McCarthy ...
Calvin Carras
Parking Attendant
Melissa Mahoney ...


Rockford is hired by Larry Kirkoff to find the identity of his parents killer. There are a number of possible suspects including Travis Buckman and Tawnia Baker who were lovers of Mrs. and Mr. Kirkoff respectively. The police actually suspect Larry of the crime, but, lack of evidence prevents them from making a case against him. Rockford's investigation runs him afoul of some pretty bad men who want everyone to go on thinking Larry killed them. Written by tomtrekp

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13 September 1974 (USA)  »

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This was the first ever, regular episode, answering machine message heard, and it says: "Jim, it's Norma at the market. It bounced. You want us to tear it up, send it back, or put it with the others." There was a message heard before this episode, for the two-hour pilot movie, but it was not a regular episode. It was later numbered, unusually, as part one and part two of episode zero, when it was slipped into the rotation for network repeats and syndication. See more »


When Jim and Tawnia are eating at the drive-in, the tray attached to the car window changes. The outside of the car shots show the tray is empty, but when shown from inside the car it has a paper plate and napkin on it. See more »


Police Det. Dennis Becker: I'll tell you what I'm going to do, Jim: I'm going to fill this out, give it to patrol, but don't count on much.
Jim Rockford: Now what is that suppose to mean? I got kidnapped by two guys, and they beat the cool out of me, I'm making a legitimate complaint. What do you mean, "don't count on too much," I'm counting on you and this girl scout troop in here, to solve it.
Police Det. Dennis Becker: Shut up, would you? What do I have to do, spell it out for you? You know, you're not exactly Princess Margaret in this department. Every time...
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A nice kickoff opening story
26 May 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When I reviewed the whole series, I said that The Rockford Files was what series television is all about. The show got off to a great start with James Woods a rather nasty rich boy whom the cops suspect of killing his parents wanting to find out who did it.

Even the rich and obnoxious are entitled to hire Jim Rockford for $200.00 a day plus expenses. So Rockford goes digging first into the lovers of the deceased parents, Julie Sommars and Roger Davis as possible suspects.

After that it's the business associates of the late father and it's here where James Garner makes an alliance of sorts with Sommars. Sommars makes no doubt that she's a gold digger and Garner kind of likes that up front honesty.

In the end both murders are solved and Garner and Sommars may have a fling before she goes looking for another rich prospect.

One of the great strengths of The Rockford Files as a series is the gathering of such wonderful characters who showed up a few times in shows over the series run. In this episode we meet the first one, Noah Beery, Jr., as John Rockford. Garner's father who thinks this private detective business can be dangerous. It sure proves to be over the next several years.

A nice kickoff opening story.

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