Watch The Rockford Files Online - Full Episodes
Centering on the character of California based private investigator Jim Rockford, played by James Garner The Rockford Files was a hit American crime drama that has achieved cult following through its often repeated shows. The Rockford Files was groundbreaking at the time of production during the mid to late 1970's because its title character was not a rich playboy like many of the TV private investigators of the same time period. Lead actor James Garner's ill health and a spiraling budget are usually given as reasons for the cancellation of the show after a six year run in 1980.
The plot of The Rockford Files includes stand alone stories told each week and a series of story arcs that cover a season and beyond mostly covering the relationship of Rockford with his friends and family. Throughout the original run of The Rockford Files between 1974 and 1980 the main relationship the title character maintains is with his father, played by Noah Beery Jr. A story arc that extends across the seasons of the show is that of Rockford and his long time friend Sgt. Dennis Becker of the Los Angeles Police Department; Rockford often calls Becker for assistance with his cases and leaves his friend feeling the wrath of his superiors in the LAPD for the friendship the two men share.
In each episode Rockford accepts a new case in an attempt to pay off the creditors who are generally chasing him throughout the 122 episodes of the show. Rockford generally attempts to avoid cases that will bring him into contact with live cases being investigated by the LAPD; although his cases do often cross into those investigated by the police.
The Rockford Files has been in syndication throughout the world since the 1970's and returned for eight reunion TV movies in the 1990's featuring the surviving members of the original cast. Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell; much of the success of the show is put down to the quality of the writing completed by later TV successes David Chase and Juanita Bartlett.
The Rockford Files Full Episode Guide:
Season 6 (12 full episodes)
Episode 12 - Deadlock in Parma
First Aired: January 10, 1980
Episode 11 - Just a Coupla Guys
First Aired: December 14, 1979
Episode 10 - The Big Cheese
First Aired: December 07, 1979
Episode 9 - No Fault Affair
First Aired: November 30, 1979
- Episode 8 - The Hawaiian Headache
- Episode 7 - Nice Guys Finish Dead
- Episode 6 - Love Is the Word
- Episode 5 - Only Rock 'n' Roll Will Never Die (2)
- Episode 4 - Only Rock 'n' Roll Will Never Die (1)
- Episode 3 - Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs (2)
- Episode 2 - Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs (1)
- Episode 1 - Paradise Cove
Season 5 (22 full episodes)
- Episode 22 - A Different Drummer
- Episode 21 - Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's J...
- Episode 20 - Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's J...
- Episode 19 - A Material Difference
- Episode 18 - The Return of the Black Shadow
- Episode 17 - The Man Who Saw the Alligators
- Episode 16 - The Deuce
- Episode 15 - Guilt
- Episode 14 - The Battle-Ax and the Exploding Cigar
- Episode 13 - With the French Heel Back, Can the Ne...
- Episode 12 - Local Man Eaten by Newspaper
- Episode 11 - A Fast Count
- Episode 10 - Black Mirror (2)
- Episode 9 - Black Mirror (1)
- Episode 8 - A Good Clean Bust With Sequel Rights
- Episode 7 - A Three-Day Affair With a Thirty-Day ...
- Episode 6 - The Empty Frame
- Episode 5 - Kill the Messenger
- Episode 4 - White on White and Nearly Perfect
- Episode 3 - The Jersey Bounce
- Episode 2 - Rosendahl and Gilda Stern Are Dead
- Episode 1 - Heartaches of a Fool