Written by me@grafxflow
15 Jul, 2021
Only recently I started watching the The Rockford Files via my Blu-ray player and started placing it in my classic 70's collection along side the likes of Columbo. So for my reference I decided to place the episodes with photos as an easy catchup of my favourite episodes.
Note: You will recognise loads of people who appear in other programes of that era, such as Columbo, Battlestar Galactica etc.
I also can't take the credit for the descriptions since I just copied them from the official boxset.
Rockford is approached by a young woman trying to find out whether her father was murdered or, as reported, committed suicide.
Broadcast: 27th March 1974
Jim Rockford is hired by the heir to a family fortune to find the slayers of his parents, although police are convinced the heir is guilty of the crime.
Broadcast: 13th September 1974
When private-eye Rockford succumbs to the pressures of his attorney friend to investigate a homicide involving a screenwriter, he suddenly becomes a target of would-be assassins.
Broadcast: 20th September 1974
A wealthy Texan's wife, enjoying the affluent life, is suddenly confronted by a hoodlum who remembers her jumping bail on a minor charge and tries to blackmail her to insure hs silence.
Broadcast: 27th September 1974
In doing a favor for a longtime friend, Rockford checks on a philandering husband and finds him dead under mysterious circumstances.
Broadcast: 4th October 1974
Rockford disguises himself as a coffin salesman, a psychiatrist and an Internal Revenue agent as he pursues a strange trail left by a missing beauty.
Broadcast: 11th October 1974
A tycoon hires Rockford to investigate his prospective son-in-law, suspecting his portfolio is too good to be true. Part 2.
Broadcast: 18th October 1974
Rockford believes that an insurance company was taken for $400,000 in settling with the lone survivor of a plane crash.
Broadcast: 25th October 1974
A girl hires Rockford to find out who she is, and the baffling trail leads the private eye to Denver and an underworld kingpin.
Broadcast: 1st November 1974
Rockford is hired to trail a girl just released from prison, hoping she will lead him to $1 million.
Broadcast: 8th November 1974
A businessman hires Rockford to find his missing girlfriend, but doesn't inform the private eye that she's made off with $250,000.
Broadcast: 15th November 1974
Hired by a convict's wife to find a fortune hidden on a ranch, Rockford encounters obstacles on both sides of the law in pursuit of the case.
Broadcast: 6th December 1974
Kidnappers knock out Jim Rockford while abducting a client from his trailer who was involved in a stock price manipulation.
Broadcast: 20th December 1974
Rockford and his client "burglarize" a print shop, searching for clues which will lead to stock market fixing and homicide.
Broadcast: 27th December 1974
The operator of a boutique shop hires Rockford again to solve the homicide of her friend, this time involving a state senator and a conman.
Broadcast: 3rd January 1975
Rockford launches a search for his girlfriend who has disappeared suddenly, and the trail leads to a fugitive syndicate chief.
Broadcast: 17th January 1975
A convict hires Rockford under the pretext that he wants to find his girl, when he actually is after her jewelry. Rockford then gets into a battle of wits over a pearl necklace and a pretty woman.
Broadcast: 24th January 1975
Rockford does a favor for a former fiancee and is promptly plunged into a tug-o-war between police and the underworld. She persuades him to check on a "friend" under the pretence that she is being victimised by a loan shark.
Broadcast: 31st January 1975
Rockford's uncanny knowledge of fashion models' quirks leads to the solution of a homicide which involves a model, a dentist, a photographer and the underworld.
Broadcast: 7th February 1975
A playboy who is suspected in the death of his wealthy wife turns to his former prison cellmate, Rockford, to prove his innocence.
Broadcast: 14th February 1975
Although police write off a rookie's death as accidental, Rockford reopens the case which causes repercussions in police and underworld circles.
Broadcast: 21st February 1975
A stock car driver dies in what police term a traffic mishap, but Rockford, hired by the victim's wealthy mother, reopens the case and uncovers a clever insurance-claim racket.
Broadcast: 28th February 1975
Jim is hired to deliver an insurance check to a recording artist, but discovers she is the prisoner of a syndicate who is exploiting her.
Broadcast: 7th March 1975
Private-eye Jim Rockford welcomes home his childhood foster brother, who is now worth millions through a franchise scheme, and is induced to protect him from the underworld.
Broadcast: 12th September 1975
Jim combats a group perpetrating a fraud on his friend Det. Becker, with a scheme using jack-hammers and an oil rig.
Broadcast: 19th September 1975
Jim searches frantically for his father, Rocky, who becomes the target of assassins after he observes an underworld payoff.
Broadcast: 26th September 1975
Though assassins fail to get Rocky the first time, they continue their effort while Rockford and the police zero in on a bizarre hijacking scheme.
Broadcast: 3rd October 1975
Jim Rockford's search for a missing model uncovers a homicide trail through a leading fashion studio.
Broadcast: 10th October 1975
While trying to recover $10,000 stolen by a salesman, Rockford uncovers a huge land swindle.
Broadcast: 17th October 1975
A woman private eye dupes Rockford into working as her decoy on a phony case.
Broadcast: 31st October 1975
Jim is hired by a magazine writer to help her free a convict she's convinced is innocent of homicide.
Broadcast: 7th November 1975
Jim is tricked into helping collect a debt owed to his cellmate Angel and together they become the targets of an underworld mobster.
Broadcast: 14th November 1975
Rockford investigates the "traffic" death of his old Army commander at the request of the officer's daughter, and uncovers an arms smuggling ring.
Broadcast: 21st November 1975
While waiting for his car to be repaired in the small town of Pastoria, Rockford uncovers a criminal scheme concocted by the local prosecutor, the sheriff and the mayor.
Broadcast: 28th November 1975
A bookkeeper hires Rockford to find her missing brother, a stockbroker who is also being sought by federal agents.
Broadcast: 5th December 1975
Rockford poses as a newspaper publisher when he infiltrates a "charity" club for a mysterious client who suspects a rigged gambling operation.
Broadcast: 19th December 1975
A one-time prostitute, now well married, holds the key to a slaying of the wife of a former cellmate of Rockford who has served 20 years for the crime.
Broadcast: 9th January 1976
A small-time quarterback makes Rockford the target of both mobsters and federal agents when he implicates him in a blackmail scheme.
Broadcast: 16th January 1976
A suave eastern lawyer hires Jim to investigate charges of larceny in the western office of a company he represents.
Broadcast: 23rd January 1976
An ex-convict trying to go straight hires Rockford to combat efforts by his former associates to move in on his legitimate business.
Broadcast: 30th January 1976
Attorney Beth Davenport enlists the help of Rockford when she discovers that some of her clients have activities that extend into the underworld and she has become the target of an assassin.
Broadcast: 6th February 1976
Rockford purchases a rare sculpted bird and the art treasure involves him with an international smuggling ring.
Broadcast: 13th February 1976
Rockford searches for the granddaughter of Rocky's old pal, Pete Preli, but his investigation uncovers a plot to gobble up real estate, including Preli's property in a rundown end of town.
Broadcast: 20th February 1976
A double-dealing old friend of Rockford's - a cop turned private eye - tries to help a questionable client obtain a basketball franchise.
Broadcast: 12th March 1976
A real estate entrepreneur uses her former boyfriend - an unwitting Jim Rockford - to transport counterfeit money for a grandiose land scheme.
Broadcast: 19th March 1976
An airline stewardess becomes the target of an assassin for no apparent reason, until Rockford's sleuthing reveals an explanation.
Broadcast: 24th September 1976
A phony psychic fingers Jim in the death of a dope pusher while ostensibly helping the police solve the slaying - but he's really only furthering his efforts to rob the dead man.
Broadcast: 1st October 1976
Jim and Rocky become custodians of a 9-year-old girl who has apparently been abandoned by her father.
Broadcast: 8th October 1976
Jim's efforts to return a half million dollars stolen from an oil company by his fiancee's repentant father runs into complications.
Broadcast: 15th October 1976
Jim searches for his friend Angel, whose windfall riches from real estate are actually part of a tax swindle plan.
Broadcast: 5th November 1976
Rocky's luck is short-lived after he hits a bonanza in an oil rights lottery. Two toughs rough him up, demanding that he sign away his rights.
Broadcast: 12th November 1976
Rockford is summoned before a grand jury concerning the alleged kidnapping of a union official, and before he is through they cite him for contempt and put him in a federal prison.
Broadcast: 19th November 1976
Angel's wedding plans turn out to be a ploy in a gigantic real estate scheme, and the Armenian brothers of the bride set out to get revenge.
Broadcast: 26th November 1976
An old Army buddy inveigles Rockford into accepting a client who says she is looking for her missing sister, but the trail leads instead to stolen art objects.
Broadcast: 10th December 1976
Jim Rockford is hired by an insurance company to check out an accident claim, and finds himself in the middle of a syndicate's gun-running operation.
Broadcast: 17th December 1976
Rockford's attorney pressures him into helping her brilliant cousin who is suspected of slaying his boss, and Jim's investigation uncovers a web of bribery and conspiracy in a multinational corporation.
Broadcast: 24th December 1976
Jim is taken by a father-daughter team of con artists who rob him and others of $200,000 at a private poker party.
Broadcast: 7th January 1977
Rockford's clients are fellow private investigators who are being illegally forced out of business by a conglomerate agency which goes to elaborate means, including homicide, to stamp out competition.
Broadcast: 14th January 1977
Rockford helps an old friend get out of a senior citizens hospital where his daughter and son-in-law have committed him.
Broadcast: 21st January 1977
Jim Rockford succeeds in freeing T.T. Flowers from the sinister rest home where his scheming daughter and son-in-law had him committed, but the old man panics.
Broadcast: 28th January 1977
Det. Becker is suspended from the force when he is suspected of dealing drugs, but when Rockford investigates he uncovers a narcotics ring complete with a crooked cop.
Broadcast: 11th February 1977
A prison crony of Rockford's, at Jim's suggestion, goes to work for a former parole officer turned detective who is secretly trying to deprive Rockford of a large fee.
Broadcast: 18th February 1977
A young Vietnamese woman, working for an American family, hires Rockford to locate her brother, a refugee. The trail leads to a bizarre kidnapping plot involving three ex-soldiers, a CIA agent and a stolen Army payroll.
Broadcast: 25th February 1977
A police buff causes problems for Det. Becker when she involves herself in Rockford's search for a mobster lawyer's missing fiancee.
Broadcast: 11th March 1977
Rockford plots the spectacular rescue of a young woman whom mobsters are trying to eliminate, but an enthusiastic police buff reveals the location of the woman's new hideout.
Broadcast: 18th March 1977
Jim is hired by attorney Beth Davenport to locate a missing witness who will provide an alibi for her client, a football player accused of homicide.
Broadcast: 25th March 1977
When Rocky suddenly starts receiving large amounts of money in the mail, both federal agents and mobsters are interested.
Broadcast: 1st April 1977
While Jim Rockford is on vacation, a fantasizing mechanic assumes his identity, uses his credit cards, and manages to foil a Mafia takeover of the taxicab business.
Broadcast: 16th September 1977
A best-selling author hires Rockford to investigate threats against her life, but Jim becomes the murder assailant's next target.
Broadcast: 23rd September 1977
Troubles mount for Jim when his gun is found at the scene of a homicide, and his alibi - that it was stolen from his cookie jar - adds little to his defense.
Broadcast: 30th September 1977
Jim helps his friend Gandolph Fitch protect Fitch's girlfriend from her brutal ex-husband and finds himself confronting a dangerous gang of counterfeiters.
Broadcast: 14th October 1977
A terrified young woman seeks Rockford's aid, pitting him against agents of a crime syndicate and an intelligence organization.
Broadcast: 21st October 1977
A comic leaves Jim hanging with a homicide charge rather than admit to poilce that he has a file-card box of jokes.
Broadcast: 4th November 1977
Rockford does a favor for a hippie-type girl camped at the beach, and his good deed turns into a nightmare, placing his life in jeopardy.
Broadcast: 11th November 1977
Jim becomes involved with an old murder case, the French state police and German gangsters in a search for a priceless missing painting.
Broadcast: 18th November 1977
Rockford is hired by a small town's citizens as a hit man to find and dispose of a girl who could reveal their tax dodge to the IRS.
Broadcast: 25th November 1977
Angel, slated to testify against a syndicate hit man, lives it up in posh hotels under police protection until the suspect is freed on a technicality.
Broadcast: 2nd December 1977
Rockford masquerades as a wealthy oil baron and risks his life to check out a company's claim that it has developed a new offshore oil recovery device.
Broadcast: 9th December 1977
Rockford pursues a vacationing family who are unaware that they are in possession of an extremely valuable stolen diamond.
Broadcast: 16th December 1977
Jim is duped by a seemingly deranged scientist, who puts him through an elaborate stress exercise under the guise of investigating a homicide.
Broadcast: 23rd December 1977
Rocky's partner in a roadside restaurant business is plagued by a vengeful, retired FBI agent.
Broadcast: 6th January 1978
A washed-up author inveigles Jim into researching a project involving the graduating class of '62, and in the process Rockford uncovers a homicide.
Broadcast: 13th January 1978
A "Professional Escort" hires Rockford to investigate when she is assaulted by two men for no apparent reason.
Broadcast: 20th January 1978
After receiving a death threat, Jim decides that the caller meant to contact a playboy whose name is listed next to his in the telephone book.
Broadcast: 27th January 1978
Rockford is mistakenly abducted by the CIA and involved in a plot to help an heiress escape from her husband.
Broadcast: 3rd February 1978
Jim follows the trail of a banker who has skipped bail, to a mental institution where he unwillingly becomes a patient.
Broadcast: 10th February 1978
Rockford investigates the hazing death of a young college friend and, in the process, uncovers a second kidnapping-homicide involving a wealthy Arab student.
Broadcast: 17th February 1978
Jim is joined by neophyte detective Richie Brockelman to probe the suspicious traffic death of a semi-retired private eye, and the trail leads to a conglomerate executive and a plot to gain international power through an elaborate computer system.
Broadcast: 24th February 1978
A country recording artist is double-crossed by his business manager, who has involved him with rival mobs in the Chinese-American underworld.
Broadcast: 22nd September 1978
Rita seeks Jim's protection after she witnesses an underworld assassination and is accused of the murder.
Broadcast: 29th September 1978
Jim Rockford is framed for the slaying of a notoriously tough hood and must turn for help to a disbarred lawyer to keep from going to jail.
Broadcast: 6th October 1978
Rockford's search for a missing girl is hampered by another detective hired to work on the case.
Broadcast: 20th October 1978
Jim jeopardizes his friendship with detective Becker when he begins investigating the murder of the deputy police chief's philandering wife.
Broadcast: 27th October 1978
Jim is hired by an insurance company to babysit an ex-cop turned TV actor who keeps getting into trouble.
Broadcast: 3rd November 1978
Jim is hired to protect an Arabian princess from her family after she disgraces them by becoming involved in a real-estate swindle.
Broadcast: 10th November 1978
Jim and his old nemesis, Lt. Chapman, are forced to cooperate to recover valuable paintings stolen from the new police commissioner.
Broadcast: 17th November 1978
Jim becomes romantically involved with a blind psychologist who is being harrassed by an unknown assailant.
Broadcast: 24th November 1978
Rockford investigates charges of bribery and murder against the manager of a promising young boxer.
Broadcast: 1st December 1978
Jim becomes the target of a sleazy scandal newspaper while investigating a murder.
Broadcast: 8th December 1978
A fashion model friend of Jim is found dead on the ground below her balcony. The police believe it's suicide, but having gotten a desperate phone call from her, Jim believes it's murder.
Broadcast: 5th January 1979
Jim, arrested in a stolen car filled with weapons, becomes a pawn in a deadly game of illegal gun-running.
Broadcast: 12th January 1979
Jim faces painful memories when investigating the attempted murder of a former girlfriend.
Broadcast: 19th January 1979
Rockford ends up in a deadly game of blackmail when he tries to clear a drunk driver falsely accused of murder.
Broadcast: 26th January 1979
An ex-con believes Rockford to be responsible for his imprisonment and seeks revenge.
Broadcast: 10th February 1979
A friend of Rockford's infiltrates a motorcycle gang to avenge their attack on his sister and Jim.
Broadcast: 17th February 1979
Angel poses as a high-priced hit man, but it's Rockford who must save his life when Angel collects the fee but fails to deliver the goods.
Broadcast: 24th February 1979
Rockford and his pal Richie Brockelman devise an elaborate scheme to get Richie's father's business back from the hands of gangsters.
Broadcast: 3rd March 1979
Rockford, hospitalized following an accident, sees a transplant organ removed from an unaware and very much alive donor.
Broadcast: 13th April 1979
Rockford's peaceful life is upset by a hard-nosed woman appointed by the court to collect $35,000 in a judgment from the detective for allegedly injuring a neighbor with his car.
Broadcast: 28th September 1979
Rockford is hired by a princess to investigate several attempts on the life of her best friend.
Broadcast: 12th October 1979
A popular rock star, being sued for half his album profits by his ex-girlfriend, hires Rockford to find his missing producer.
Broadcast: 19th October 1979
Rockford shifts his attention to the "palimony" court case involving a rock star's ex-girlfriend, after the performer's best friend is found murdered.
Broadcast: 26th October 1979
A blind psychologist whom Jim once dated hires him to find her fiancee, who has disappeared.
Broadcast: 9th November 1979
Two young detectives help Jim solve the mysterious slaying of a Senator who was about to address a group of detectives.
Broadcast: 16th November 1979
Jim and his father win a Hawaiian vacation, where Rockford is dragooned into a "routine" intelligence errand by his old Army commander, "Howling Mad" Smith.
Broadcast: 23rd November 1979
A "Professional Escort" Jim helped to get off the streets returns and falls in love with him after suffering a beating at the hands of her sadistic pimp.
Broadcast: 30th November 1979
A reporter is slain after mailing Rockford a critical piece of evidence about a labor union-mob connection, but the package gets lost in the mail.
Broadcast: 7th December 1979
Two young men are forced to flee for their lives when their efforts to impress a former syndicate chief backfire.
Broadcast: 14th December 1979
When Jim agrees to be a proxy for his friend, a small-town councilman, he is caught between two sinister factions vying for control of the village.
Broadcast: 10th January 1980
He is a struggling private investigator operating in the greater Los Angeles area, and played by James Garner.
A retired truck driver played by Noah Beery Jr. (The role was played by actor Robert Donley in the 1974 pilot episode.)
He is Jim's friend on the Los Angeles Police Department - he was promoted to lieutenant in season five. Dennis was played by Joe Santos.
Angel is an untrustworthy, pathologically lying con artist whose schemes constantly get Jim in trouble, yet Jim remains his friend. He was played by Stuart Margolin.
She Jim's lawyer and sometime girlfriend (seasons 1–4). She is played by Gretchen Corbett.
Alex/Thomas Diehl, Becker's superior officer (seasons one-two and four) who also has an antagonistic relationship with Rockford. He was played by Tom Atkins.
He is Becker's Superior Officer (until Becker's promotion). He and Jim always despise each other. He was played by James Luisi.
Played by Pat Finley.
He was a brutal, violent acquaintance of Rockford from his prison days. He almost always calls Jim "Rockfish". He was played by Isaac Hayes.
He an impeccably dressed, chauffeur-driven, boastful P.I. who is nearly always on a hustle, usually to Rockford's misfortune. He is played by Louis Gossett Jr.
Jim's disbarred attorney friend. He was played by Bo Hopkins
He is a successful private investigator with an uncynical approach to the business. Jim is a bit jealous of Lance and considers him naive and lucky and likely to cause others to get hurt. He was played by Tom Selleck.
He is a young, idealistic and seemingly naive private investigator who seeks Jim's help from time to time. He was played by Dennis Dugan.
She is a blind psychiatrist who hires Jim. Their relationship eventually blossoms into a romance. Jim is upset in a later episode to learn that she has become engaged to another man. She was played by Kathryn Harrold.
He a blustery, arrogant, and often untrustworthy fellow private investigator. St. Cloud and Rockford grudgingly accept each other's assistance from time to time, trading insults along the way. He was played by Simon Oakland.
She was a call girl and occasional police informant who is targeted by a millionaire businessman because of her friendship with an elderly widow. She is played by Rita Moreno.
He is an auto mechanic who aspires to be a Private Investigator, and involves himself in Jim's affairs. He is played by James Whitmore, Jr.
He is a friend of Rocky's, who often performs odd jobs for Rocky and Jim. He is played by Al Stevenson.
He is seen frequently at the precinct or at crime scenes. The actor who played the part (Luis Delgado) was the brother-in-law of 'The Rockford Files' series co-creator Roy Huggins.
He was another recurring bit-part officer very occasionally seen at the precinct during seasons two-five. He was played by Bucklind Beery who is the son of Noah Beery (Joseph "Rocky" Rockford).
Captain McEnroe was played by Jack Garner (Real life brother of James Garner).
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