The Best Episodes of The Rockford Files

Last Updated: Nov 14, 2018

Emmy® winner 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.

The House on Willis Avenue (2)

#1 - The House on Willis Avenue (2)

Season 4 - Episode 22

Part 2 Jim and Ritchie continue to investigate their mentor's death and follow leads to a massive computer data storage company who have a plot in a desert canyon...

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Hy Averback
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job (2)

#2 - Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job (2)

Season 5 - Episode 21

The con continues and proves sucessful when one of the fellow one artists appears to make of with the cheque...

star 8.33
3 votes
Drought at Indianhead River

#3 - Drought at Indianhead River

Season 3 - Episode 5

Rockford's former cellmate strikes it rich in real estate, but when his underworld connections take offense, it's up to Rockford to get them both to safer ground.

star 8.31
16 votes
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The House on Willis Avenue (1)

#4 - The House on Willis Avenue (1)

Season 4 - Episode 21

Part 1 When his mentor is found dead in a road accident, Jim teams up with young PI Ritchie Brockleman following up leads on a murder and find a lot more than they bargained for...

star 8.31
13 votes
Directors: Hy Averback
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The Farnsworth Stratagem

#5 - The Farnsworth Stratagem

Season 2 - Episode 2

When Dennis is conned into investing in a hotel for mobsters, Jim impersonates a Texas Oil Man to get his friends money back...

star 8.27
22 votes
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
Kill the Messenger

#6 - Kill the Messenger

Season 5 - Episode 5

Jim helps Dennis who, while studying for his promotion to Lieutenant , is handed the murder investigation of the Deputy Police Cheif's wife...

star 8.25
24 votes
Directors: Ivan Dixon
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
So Help Me God

#7 - So Help Me God

Season 3 - Episode 7

The American justice system doesn't seem to be working in Rockford's favor when he is brought in to testify about the kidnapping of a union official and is then arrested for contempt before he can finish collecting his defense materials.

star 8.25
12 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers (2)

#8 - The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers (2)

Season 3 - Episode 15

Part 2. The drama continues as Rockford helps Flowers to escape, but then the older man takes drastic steps in an effort to hold on to his land.

star 8.23
13 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: Gordon Dawson
The Becker Connection

#9 - The Becker Connection

Season 3 - Episode 16

When Detective Becker is accused of stealing drugs from the police evidence room, Rockford comes to his defense and uncovers a police setup.

star 8.14
21 votes
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
A Portrait of Elizabeth

#10 - A Portrait of Elizabeth

Season 2 - Episode 16

Beth's latest beau hires Rockford to investigate the disappearance of cashier's checks. What begins as a routine job leads Rockford and his friend into a world of music, art...and murder.

star 8.09
23 votes
Directors: Meta Rosenberg
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The Hawaiian Headache

#11 - The Hawaiian Headache

Season 6 - Episode 8

Jim is lured to Hawaii and tricked into helping his former Army commander with a CIA related investigation...

star 8.08
12 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers (1)

#12 - The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers (1)

Season 3 - Episode 14

Part 1. At his father's urgent request, Rockford comes to the aid of an old man who has been committed to a hospital by his daughter and son-in-law.

star 8.08
13 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: Gordon Dawson
Rattlers' Class of '63

#13 - Rattlers' Class of '63

Season 3 - Episode 8

Angel thinks he's marrying his way into a fortune, but his new wife's family may also be guilty of using this unholy union to scheme their way into ill-gained riches.

star 8.00
15 votes
Directors: Meta Rosenberg
Writers: David Chase
White on White and Nearly Perfect

#14 - White on White and Nearly Perfect

Season 5 - Episode 4

Jim works with Lance White, a fellow who is so perfect it seems unreal, when investigating the kidnapping of the daughter of a prominant weapons industrialist...

star 8.00
17 votes
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
Joey Blue Eyes

#15 - Joey Blue Eyes

Season 2 - Episode 17

An ex-convict looks to Rockford to help him remain on the straight and narrow when the mob shows an interest in his legitimate restaurant business. Can Rockford help him keep too many cooks out of his kitchen?

star 8.00
14 votes
Writers: Walter Dallenbach
There's One in Every Port

#16 - There's One in Every Port

Season 3 - Episode 12

Lady Luck is not on his side when Rockford is swindled in a poker game by a father-daughter con team, and he decides to take whatever steps are necessary to get back his stolen cash.

star 8.00
16 votes
Directors: Meta Rosenberg
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
Dirty Money, Black Light

#17 - Dirty Money, Black Light

Season 3 - Episode 22

When Rockford's father begins receiving large amounts of cash in the mail, both the mob and the Feds are interested in his new good fortune.

star 8.00
12 votes
Writers: David C. Taylor
The Italian Bird Fiasco

#18 - The Italian Bird Fiasco

Season 2 - Episode 19

Posing as an art dealer, Rockford purchases a rare sculpture of a bird for a client. When he is attacked leaving the auction, he realizes that he's just flown into a flock of trouble.

star 8.00
18 votes
Directors: Jackie Cooper
Writers: Edward J. Lakso
The Competitive Edge

#19 - The Competitive Edge

Season 4 - Episode 19

Crazy is as crazy does, and Rockford's heading for the mental ward when a health club doctor unmasks his top-secret cover and attributes his weird behavior to psychological problems.

star 8.00
11 votes
Directors: Harry Falk
Writers: Gordon Dawson
Heartaches of a Fool

#20 - Heartaches of a Fool

Season 5 - Episode 1

When Rocky is hi-jacked and injured while delivering sausages, Jim investigates the sausage company through their spokesperson; a country and western singer...

star 8.00
18 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
Hotel of Fear

#21 - Hotel of Fear

Season 4 - Episode 10

Angel's living the high life in return for his testimony against a hit man. But does living in the lap of luxury mean he'll pay the ultimate price?

star 8.00
15 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company

#22 - The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company

Season 2 - Episode 6

While stranded in a desert town, Rockford has $10,000 — money for a client's bail — stolen. He turns to his father and Fast Harry, an ex-con friend, to help him find both the money and the thief, and in the process they uncover an intricate real estate swindle.

star 7.95
19 votes
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
The Empty Frame

#23 - The Empty Frame

Season 5 - Episode 6

After the police and most prominant members of the community are literaly caught with thier trousers down by a group of Art theives, Jim is hired by the owners to locate the missing pictures. Meanwhile Angel is exherting new influences after his borther in law is named a Police Chief...

star 7.95
19 votes
Directors: Corey Allen
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
Coulter City Wildcat

#24 - Coulter City Wildcat

Season 3 - Episode 6

Rocky thinks his luck has finally changed when he wins a piece of land in an oil-rights lottery, but he's soon hounded by some sore losers who want his winnings for themselves.

star 7.94
18 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Don Carlos Dunaway
Foul on the First Play

#25 - Foul on the First Play

Season 2 - Episode 21

After learning that the parole officer who hired him is actually a private detective, Rockford works to even the score in this case about a basketball franchise and the would-be owner who refuses to play by the rules.

star 7.94
18 votes
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell