My 10 Best Episodes of "The Rockford Files"

by jazzkinnison | created - 21 Jul 2014 | updated - 21 Jul 2014 | Public

I love TV. It's been a constant companion through the years when I've needed one and had nothing else around to be there for me. Comedies can make me forget about my troubles and make me laugh when I need to the most. Dramas can bring me inside a world I don't know while making me feel emotions and contemplate issues I might not otherwise. I am going to be making some lists of what I think are the 10 best episodes of various comedies and dramas I love. If you haven't watched some of these series, I hope I give you some ideas for episodes you can watch that may make you love them.

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1. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
Episode: Sleight of Hand (1975)

TV-PG | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Jim's girlfriend suddenly disappears with no clue as to how or why. Lt. Diel thinks Rockford is probably responsible for her disappearance and orders him to stay away from the case. But Jim can't stop until he finds out what happened.

Director: William Wiard | Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Tom Atkins

Votes: 185

2. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
Episode: The Farnsworth Stratagem (1975)

TV-PG | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Dennis pleads with Jim to untangle him from a timeshare con, without Dennis' boss, Jim's nemesis Lt. Diehl, finding out he's a victim too. Rockford's a lot more interested when a friend of ... See full summary »

Director: Lawrence Doheny | Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Linda Evans

Votes: 161

3. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
Episode: Chicken Little Is a Little Chicken (1975)

TV-PG | 50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Angel asks Jim to help him collect some money from someone who supposedly welshed on a deal. Not surprisingly he hasn't told Jim the whole truth, which includes two very angry hoods who want money Angel owes them.

Director: Lawrence Doheny | Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Stuart Margolin

Votes: 150

4. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
Episode: So Help Me God (1976)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Jim gets called before a grand jury where he promptly gets thrown into jail for contempt.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, William Daniels

Votes: 160

5. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
Episode: Rattlers' Class of '63 (1976)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Angel is working a con involving the sale of a landfill, and unknown to him or Jim, it happens to be the location of a dead body from an unsolved case from twelve years before. The people who put it there don't want it found.

Director: Meta Rosenberg | Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Stuart Margolin

Votes: 101

6. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
Episode: Hotel of Fear (1977)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Accidently witnessing a murder makes Angel Martin the police's prime witness in the trial of the murderer.

Director: Russ Mayberry | Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Gerald McRaney

Votes: 107

7. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
Episode: The Becker Connection (1977)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Rockford's newest case is to clear his friend Dennis Becker, who is suspected of selling drugs to deal with his financial problems.

Director: Reza Badiyi | Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Jack Carter

Votes: 106

8. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
Episode: The Paper Palace (1978)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A prostitute (Rita Moreno) hires Jim to find out who has been sending her death threats.

Director: Richard Crenna | Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, James Luisi

Votes: 83

9. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
Episode: Rosendahl and Gilda Stern Are Dead (1978)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A doctor's murder has direct connections to the Mob, and Jim comes to the assistance of hooker friend Rita Capcovik (Rita Moreno) when she finds herself entangled in it.

Director: William Wiard | Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Abe Vigoda

Votes: 89

10. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
Episode: A Material Difference (1979)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Jim finds himself being dragged into a complicated situation when Angel's con job as a hit man for hire goes awry.

Director: William Wiard | Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Michael McGuire

Votes: 97



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