The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
James Garner ...  Jim Rockford 122 episodes, 1974-1980
Noah Beery Jr. ...  Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford 121 episodes, 1974-1980
Joe Santos ...  Dennis Becker 112 episodes, 1974-1980
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Series about an ex-convict-turned-private-investigator named Jim Rockford who would rather run away than fight and would rather go fishing than work. He isn't a coward, and he isn't lazy -- just rather on the cautious side, that's all. And he bears a very strong resemblance to Western television hero Bret Maverick. Rockford is sometimes assisted (and sometimes deterred) in his cases by friends Dennis Becker (a police detective), Evelyn "Angel" Martin (his cowardly former cellmate) and pretty Beth Davenport (his lawyer). Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jim Rockford, Private Investigator See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(123 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Rockford drove a Pontiac Firebird Esprit, not a Trans-Am as is often thought (though they are very similar). Although the colour of the car was referred to during the series as brown, light brown, or even brown on brown, the actual "official" Pontiac colour of the car was "copper mist". The car used was a new model for the 1974 to 1978 years, which for the first time was carried over to the sixth season and not replaced with a new model, because James Garner was not a fan of the new front end fascia of either the 1979 or 1980 models of the car. See more »

Goofs

Even though Jim Rockford always drives a current model Firebird, many episodes feature stock footage shot with older models, especially in the 1975-77 seasons. See more »

Quotes

Karen Hall: You met up with the Surete; they actually followed me. That's why I had that horrible feeling I was being watched. And they're the ones who ransacked my room.
Jim Rockford: Oh no, not nearly so simple. Your room was ransacked by an Olympic wrestling champion and a German ex-neurosurgeon.
Karen Hall: What? Who are they?
Jim Rockford: That's multiple choice. They're were either two former members of Wermacht Intelligence, two old friends of your father's or two cops from East Berlin.
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Crazy Credits

The message left on the answering machine at the opening credits changes from episode to episode, usually as some kind of gag. Occasionally it dealt with some part of the forthcoming story. Frequently the voice was of supporting actors on the show, either as themselves or as a completely unrelated character. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Richie Brockelman, Private Eye (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

The Rockford Files
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Written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
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One of the better shows of all time
24 May 2003 | by mm-39See all my reviews

I grew up watching this show, and it's still on cable. I can watch it over and over and still be entertained. Rockford has bad luck, gets hurt, and Chapman at the police office hates him. Somehow, through cons, dirty tricks, smarts, and very slick moves James finds a way to survive. The humor in this show is great. Like the time he soaps the bathroom floor. 10/10


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