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The Rockford Files 

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The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator.
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
James Garner ...  Jim Rockford 119 episodes, 1974-1980
Noah Beery Jr. ...  Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford 118 episodes, 1974-1980
Joe Santos ...  Dennis Becker 109 episodes, 1974-1980
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Storyline

James Garner stars as the offbeat Jim Rockford, an ex-con-turned-private-investigator who would rather fish than fight but whose instinct on closed cases is more golden than his classic Pontiac Firebird. From his mobile home in Malibu, this wisecracking private eye takes you on the cases of the lost and the dispossessed, chasing down seemingly long-dead clues in the sun-baked streets and seamy alleys of Los Angeles.

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Trivia

Reza Badiyi, who directed seven episodes of this show, also conceived the iconic title sequences for Hawaii Five-O (1968), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970), and Get Smart (1965). 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

Marcus Hayes: You have a hair-trigger, Mr.Finch.
Gandolph Finch: That's right, mouth... and you're sitting on the edge of a big disaster.
Marcus Hayes: I like him Jimmy. He's got pluck.
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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

Referenced in Love, Nina: Episode #1.4 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Rockford Files
(Main Title Theme)
Written by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter
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User Reviews

Very, very, very good television
28 July 2001 | by Gregster-5See all my reviews

I recall seeing one of the first episodes when it aired in October '74, and not being that impressed. In the end, I was hooked on this gentle but deceptively captivating series. It sums up what is best about episodic television when a good cast, writers and production crew gets together. Garner is perfect for the role doing his "everyman" schtick. His comedic ability is also put to very good use (the later episodes with "Lance White" - Tom Selleck - are just soo funny, as Garner is always left eating dust!). The supporting roles are also extremely well filled. Simply extremely good television that everyone involved can feel proud of.


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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

27 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jim Rockford, Private Investigator See more »

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