The Rockford Files

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  • 10

    One of the most down to earth detective shows of all time

    By revbucky, Sep 09, 2011

    I love The Rockford Files! Everything from the great theme song to the cool James Garner. This show had it all. Most people could relate to the main character in one way or another. Have you ever been falsely accused? Ever had to pay for someone else's mistakes or crimes? Then you know how it feels to be in Jim Rockford's shoes.

    The storylines were well written and kept the viewer involved in each episode 'till the very end. It's always encouraging to see someone who has been down and out rise to the challenge and overcome adversity. If Jim Rockford could do it, so can we. I love The Rockford Files!moreless

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  • 10

    The rough and tumble exploits of human punchbag and P.I., Jim Rockford.

    By jd1975, Apr 11, 2008

    Despite the sometimes O.T.T action (Was Jim's head made from cast iron?) there's no doubting the quality and class of "The Rockford Files" From the sun kissed Mike Post theme tune, the car chases, the generally serious storylines, wry humour, and the ultra charismatic characters, the show is a winner. Sure there are the occasional turkey episodes, but even a classic is allowed the odd faux pas here and there. James Garner was refered to by Barry Norman as television's first true superstar, and "The Rockford Files" cemeneted his reputation as the everyman hero in a rough and tumble world where the good guys didn't always come out tops. 10/10.moreless

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  • 9.4

    this show was really good.

    By kevinb4444, Jul 18, 2007

    this is one of those shows you might not admit you used to watch, but I admit it. His car was pretty cool, he was always solving cases and he usually added a little humor to the situation. How can you not like this show, it had everything. It had action, adventure, drama and comedy. The cases he were on were actually interesting, I wish TV shows that are on today were even half as good as this show. If you haven't watched this show I'm sure you can rent it on video or something, it's a pretty decent show and it will always keep you entertained.moreless

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  • 7.5

    Influential detective series.

    By da_dunker, Apr 30, 2007

    This was probably the greatest part James Garner ever played. He was essentially playing himself, an easy going guy caught in oddball situations mainly brought on by loony clients or by his former ex-con friends. The character of Jim Rockford was not unlike his other defining role of Bret Maverick. Also, the supporting cast was great as well. Noah Beery Jr. was perfect as Rocky, Jim's father, who was always trying to get his "Sonny" to give up the detective business and join him in the trucking business. Joe Santos was great as Dennis, Jim's main contact on the LAPD who reluctantly helped Jim by giving him information on various cases. Gretchen Corbett was great in her role as his girlfriend/lawyer Beth Davenport who would always be there to get him out of a jam. But, perhaps the most memorable character was Angel, played by Stuart Margolin. Angel was, and still is, the biggest weasel in television history. He would often be responsible for getting Jim into the odd predicaments he would get into. Also of note, this was the first hit from the mind of Stephen J. Cannell after years of writing for Adam-12. Cannell is probably one of the greatest writers in television history and this is where it all began.moreless

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  • 10

    Classify this show? Classic, Personal Favorite, Trend Setter - where do I stop?

    By MorganLvr, Mar 29, 2007

    Of course a die hard James Garner fan like myself would naturally love this show. But Rockford was truly one of the greatest shows ever. With top notch writing, production values, incredible cast and of course the inimitable JG himself, no wonder it's still running all over the world.

    If you haven't seen it, treat yourself!

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  • 10

    Good Solid Crime/Sleuth TV

    By houbou, Mar 03, 2007

    James Garner surely found his niche with the character Jim Rockford. This show maybe be set in the 70s, but it's never lost it's appeal.

    Perhaps the fact that he wasn't too succesful, too clever, too bright, but still very charismatic was one of the many reasons for the show's success.

    Anyways, the truth is, you know good TV when you watch it and you are entertained and that's what Rockford Files' all about.


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  • 9.6

    "I don't do anything dangerous..."

    By jamoon2006, Feb 26, 2007

    I have found this series, first from A&E reruns and now with Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD, and it has become one of my new favorites. I love to watch an episode or two every night before bed.

    As a fan of mysteries and private detective stories, "Rockford" is great for me, because it reminds me so much of the spirit of Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald. Jim Rockford is the epitome of a private eye; on the case, but not without his own interests and self-preservation. He's a hero who doesn't carry a gun, would prefer not to fight, and gets grief from his dad. He's an everyman caught up in things that may seem over his head, but he wins out in the end with his brains and his charm.

    And like an everyman, he's surrounded by friends and colleagues who are some of the most "real" people on TV. The exasperated Dennis Becker, who wants only to get a window office and his pension; Beth Davenport (who wouldn't want a friend with benefits like Beth, who could also bail you out of legal trouble?); and of course, ex-con and scam artist extraordinare Angel Martin.

    "Rockford" wins because of the strength of James Garner and the cast, combined with some of the best mystery writing for TV other than the 1970s "Columbo" episodes. It's telling that the 1990s reunion movies are just as strong as the series. "Rockford" rules whenever you see it. How many other 1970s cop shows can you say hold up just as well today?moreless

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  • 10

    I had to watch it...

    By jerr7, Jan 19, 2007

    This is another show that goes a ways back and wish there also could be some more shows also, could you imangine of having a friend like angel that never even came close to being one, my gosh did he ever get poor rockford into so much trouble, ever where they turn it was jimmy help me, again and again, never was no end to the trouble he had caused but guess he really showed what a true friend could be like, besides really thumping him no telling how many times he would of like to done that, and his dad, they made a perfect pair as dad and son, loved his dad's truck, nice, and I know rockford had that old fire bird, which is a classic to its days now, yeah I would like more of these to come back, but know it couldnt happen, me and a friend use to watch it every sunday night and talk about it at school the next day, and that would be every week, great show, really hate that good things have to come to an end.moreless

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  • 10

    Hello this is Jim Rockford, leave your phone number I'll get back with you.

    By Inapendents, Jan 04, 2007

    The only show in history that starts off with a different phone message ever week. Then that unforgettable theme music. Hey Jim Bo, Rockfish, Jimmy Boy, and many more from the best sidekick of all time Angel. This is probalbly the best tv show of all time hands down. And it could have been better with some tweeks. Alot of great shows for their time and genre but this just blows all of them away. Firefly comes close now for me but forever the Rock was the greatest. Magnum was second for the genre of action drama but the Rockfish is just awesome. I mean he is so the regular American guy who you admire. Gets behind bills, knocked down, and burnt by Angel over and over but loyal to the core he takes him back. I just laugh thinking how many times Jim BO got the shaft because of Angel. If you never seen these episodes man you have missed American tv gold. A classic action drama. I mean plans that go hay wire but Jim always manages to pull it together and fix what's wrong. Decker and Rocky their to bail him out. And his car who could forget that. A Privat Eye for the ages. Just a really fine show.moreless

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