Handsome, charmed PI Lance White (Tom Selleck) may speak lines that sound like they're from a 1940s B movie, but everyone is so attracted to him they hang on his every word. That is, everyone except ...
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.
Many detective or police series airing in the 1970s debuted with a TV-movie. The Rockford Files was no exception, debuting with a two-hour pilot that aired March 27, 1974. After the usual summer reruns common at the time of only three networks (ABC, CBS, NBC), the regular season for this, like other network TV series, started in September. See more »
Throughout the series, Los Angeles police cars are depicted as having 2 rotary beacons; in the early to mid 1970s, Los Angeles police cars had 2 red lights with amber flashers on the back. See more »
[Rockford knocks out a thug with one punch]
Ow! If I could do that without a roll of quarters in my hand, I'd be a terror.
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The credits for guest stars, writers and other upper-level crew did not always appear right away, sometimes appearing as late as ten minutes into the episode. See more »
I thought this was one of the better private dick programs. Rockford was a realistic guy, making statements like: "I'm not going in there, I could get KILLED!" Wise guys like Bogart would have bravely gone in and cleaned house, and looked corny doing it. Issac Hayes wasn't listed as a player, but was on enough to have been - if memory serves he did become a regular for awhile. Hayes added a nice touch to the show with his tough image and his reference to Rockford as "Rockfish", which drove Rockford nuts. Don't miss Stuart Margolin as the sleazy "Angel", one of his better parts.
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