The Rockford Files

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  • TV-PG
  • 1974
  • 6 Seasons
  • 8.1  (7,719)

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.

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Seasons
Deadlock in Parma
12. Deadlock in Parma
January 10, 1980
A fishing trip in Parma is interrupted when Jim agrees to cast a seemingly harmless proxy vote for his new friend, John Traynor. Before he knows it, Jim is tangled in a complex web of local power, greed and intimidation.
Just a Coupla Guys
11. Just a Coupla Guys
December 14, 1979
In a cross-country plot that takes him all the way to New Jersey, Jim comes to the aid of a mob boss who's trying to turn his life around. But two young thugs who are trying to get into the mob make his job all the more difficult.
The Big Cheese
10. The Big Cheese
December 7, 1979
Shortly before he was killed by powerful people, a reporter mailed Jim a provocative package proving that a union has connections to the mob. Now, as he takes on the case, Jim's own life is in serious danger.
No Fault Affair
9. No Fault Affair
November 30, 1979
Everyone's favorite prostitute, Rita Capkovic, is back -- but this time, she's been savagely beaten by her pimp. Jim offers her a place to stay while she recuperates, which doesn't sit well with his new girlfriend. Rita Moreno guest stars.
The Hawaiian Headache
8. The Hawaiian Headache
November 23, 1979
Jim and Rocky head to Hawaii to relax on a no-strings-attached "free" vacation -- but Jim isn't off duty for long. After running into his former Army commander, he gets drawn into a high-stakes CIA operation.
Nice Guys Finish Dead
7. Nice Guys Finish Dead
November 16, 1979
A Detective's Association ceremony turns sour when the keynote speaker -- a powerful senator -- turns up dead. Teaming with the ever-dashing P.I. Lance White, Jim tries to get to the bottom of the crime. Tom Selleck guest stars.
Love Is the Word
6. Love Is the Word
November 9, 1979
Blind psychologist Megan Doherty, the woman Jim helped -- and romanced -- the previous year, returns with a new problem: The man she's engaged to has been slapped with an inconvenient murder charge. Country singer Barbara Mandrell guest stars.
Only Rock 'n' Roll Will Never Die (2)
5. Only Rock 'n' Roll Will Never Die (2)
October 26, 1979
Jim wonders whether his search for a rock star's shady business manager is related to the musician's own highly publicized palimony trial. But Jim's ex-con pal is more concerned with his crush on a pretty music journalist.
Only Rock 'n' Roll Will Never Die (1)
4. Only Rock 'n' Roll Will Never Die (1)
October 19, 1979
An ex-con -- and former friend of Jim's -- hires the Paradise Cove P.I. to track down a rock star's missing business manager. But the case also leads Jim into a world of sex, drugs and trouble with the mob.
Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs (2)
3. Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs (2)
October 12, 1979
Jim works with Kendall Warren, the woman he was hired to protect, to find the person who's been trying to kill her. But when their prime suspect turns up dead, Jim and Kendall are left wondering where to look next. Lauren Bacall guest stars.
Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs (1)
2. Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs (1)
October 12, 1979
Jim accepts a royal request from a princess who fears that her best friend is being targeted by a ruthless killer. The clues come together at a gala costume party, where both Lt. Chapman and Angel are in attendance. Lauren Bacall guest stars.
Paradise Cove
1. Paradise Cove
September 28, 1979
In the wake of a dispute with his meddling neighbor, Jim finds himself slapped with a $35,000 damage suit and forced out of Paradise Cove. Mariette Hartley guest stars -- and earned an Emmy nomination for her efforts.
Description

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 is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (130 episodes). The series first aired on March 24, 1974.

Where to Watch The Rockford Files

The Rockford Files is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Rockford Files on demand at , IMDb TV and Peacock.

  • Premiere Date
    March 24, 1974
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (7,719)