All 23 episodes of the classic American television detective drama series, starring James Garner as Jim Rockford, the laid-back ex-con turned private investigator. In this series, a young man hires Jim to solve the murder of his parents, Jim helps a journalist track down her missing friend, and has difficulties delivering an inheritance to a young woman in Las Vegas. Episodes are: 'The Kirkoff Case'; 'The Dark and Bloody Ground'; 'The Countess'; 'Exit Prentiss Carr'; 'Tall Woman in Red Wagon'; 'This Case is Closed (Part 1)'; 'This Case is Closed (Part 2)'; 'The Big Rip-Off'; 'Find Me If You Can'; 'In Pursuit of Carol Thorne'; 'The Dexter Crisis'; 'Caledonia - It's Worth a Fortune'; 'Profit and Loss (Part 1)'; 'Profit and Loss (Part 2)'; 'Aura Lee, Farewell'; 'Sleight of Hand'; 'Counter Gambit'; 'Claire'; 'Say Goodbye to Jennifer'; 'Charlie Harris at Large'; 'The Four Pound Brick'; 'Just By Accident' and 'Roundabout'.
With a catchy Mike Post theme song, The Rockford Files
began each week with a new message on Rockford's telephone answering machine, usually a humourous indication that Rockford's life was always in some kind of financial disarray. James Garner
played this angle to the hilt, portraying Rockford as a nice guy who knew all the scams and wasn't above using them if it aided his case. His portrayal, and the show's excellent writing, attracted a wide variety of new and established guest stars, and these episodes feature appearances by Joseph Cotten, James Woods, Sharon Gless, Lindsay Wagner, James Cromwell, Suzanne Somers, Ned Beatty, and others, along with lesser-known but familiar TV regulars like Sian Barbara Allen and Mills Watson, all adding flavor to a series that was routinely hailed by mystery writers as one of the best private-eye shows in TV history. The Rockford Files
is a bona fide treat, setting the tone for even better episodes that followed in subsequent seasons. --Jeff Shannon