The Rockford Files

The BEST episodes of The Rockford Files

Every episode of The Rockford Files ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The Rockford Files!

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.

Last Updated: 8/4/2022Network: NBC
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The House on Willis Avenue (2)
star
9.50
30 votes

#1 - The House on Willis Avenue (2)

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 2/24/1978

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.

Directors: Hy Averback
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The House on Willis Avenue (1)
star
9.00
45 votes

#2 - The House on Willis Avenue (1)

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/24/1978

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

Directors: Hy Averback
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White on White and Nearly Perfect
star
8.24
114 votes

#3 - White on White and Nearly Perfect

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/20/1978

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...

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Chicken Little is a Little Chicken
star
8.17
107 votes

#4 - Chicken Little is a Little Chicken

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/14/1975

The situation is anything but heavenly when Rockford's old cellmate leads him to an underworld of gangsters and gambling. When the two become the target of a mob boss, they hope a fake funeral will be the answer to their prayers.

Directors: Lawrence Doheny
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Irving the Explainer
star
8.14
72 votes

#5 - Irving the Explainer

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/18/1977

The legacy of a famous director haunts Rockford as he digs into the man's past and discovers Nazi sympathies and a missing painting worth millions.

Directors: James Coburn
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The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club
star
8.13
79 votes

#6 - The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/19/1975

Posing as a newspaperman, Rockford goes undercover in a charity gambling operation that his client believes is rigged. When investigation leads him to the district attorney's office, Rockford realizes that the odds are stacked against him.

Directors: James Garner
The Competitive Edge
star
8.09
47 votes

#7 - The Competitive Edge

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/10/1978

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.

Directors: Harry Falk
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Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job (1)
star
7.89
45 votes

#8 - Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job (1)

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/3/1979

Jim helps Ritchie Brockleman set up a big con in order to retrieve money which the villain extorted from Ritchie's father.

Directors: William Wiard
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The Italian Bird Fiasco
star
7.83
90 votes

#9 - The Italian Bird Fiasco

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/13/1976

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.

Directors: Jackie Cooper
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Hotel of Fear
star
7.81
53 votes

#10 - Hotel of Fear

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/2/1977

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?

Directors: Russ Mayberry
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The Oracle Wore a Cashmere Suit
star
7.78
106 votes

#11 - The Oracle Wore a Cashmere Suit

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/1/1976

Rockford is double-crossed by the supernatural when a psychic points to him as the potential killer of a suddenly wealthy dope pusher.

Directors: Russ Mayberry
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The Hammer of C Block
star
7.78
94 votes

#12 - The Hammer of C Block

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/9/1976

Gandy Fitch, Rockford's former cellmate, is released from prison after serving twenty years for the murder of his wife. Still claiming his innocence, he hires Rockford to track down the real killer.

Directors: Jerry London
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The No-Cut Contract
star
7.76
89 votes

#13 - The No-Cut Contract

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/16/1976

Rockford finds himself in a fixed game when a small-time pro quarterback implicates him in a blackmail ploy. Wanted by both the feds and the mob, Rockford struggles to clear his name.

Directors: Lou Antonio
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Drought at Indianhead River
star
7.76
93 votes

#14 - Drought at Indianhead River

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/5/1976

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.

Directors: Lawrence Doheny
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Beamer's Last Case
star
7.70
61 votes

#15 - Beamer's Last Case

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/16/1977

Even if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Rockford's not feeling the love when he returns from a vacation and finds that someone has taken on his identity and antagonized his clients.

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The Reincarnation of Angie
star
7.69
85 votes

#16 - The Reincarnation of Angie

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/5/1975

Believing that her stockbroker brother has been abducted by the mob, a bookkeeper hires Rockford. But once he's on the case, Rockford finds himself the object of another investigation, the feds'.

Directors: Jerry London
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The Real Easy Red Dog
star
7.69
98 votes

#17 - The Real Easy Red Dog

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/31/1975

Nothing is as it seems when Rockford is duped by a beautiful private eye who uses him as a decoy to deceive the police. What starts off as a suicide investigation leads to stolen jewels, missing babies and murder.

Directors: Ivan Dixon
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In Hazard
star
7.69
89 votes

#18 - In Hazard

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/6/1976

When she finds herself in jail, Beth realizes that her clients have ties to the underworld. With her life in danger, she desperately turns to Rockford for help.

Directors: Jackie Cooper
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The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company
star
7.68
90 votes

#19 - The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/17/1975

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.

Directors: Lawrence Doheny
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A Deadly Maze
star
7.66
58 votes

#20 - A Deadly Maze

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/23/1977

The pressure is on when a bizarre scientist asks Rockford to look into the disappearance of his wife in order to study Rockford's reaction to frustration.

Directors: William Wiard
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Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job (2)
star
7.65
34 votes

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

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/3/1979

The con continues and proves successful when one of the fellow con-artists appears to make of with the check.

Directors: William Wiard
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The Becker Connection
star
7.63
88 votes

#22 - The Becker Connection

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/11/1977

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

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A Portrait of Elizabeth
star
7.62
87 votes

#23 - A Portrait of Elizabeth

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/23/1976

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.

Directors: Meta Rosenberg
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To Protect and Serve (1)
star
7.62
79 votes

#24 - To Protect and Serve (1)

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/11/1977

Rockford's search for a gangster lawyer's missing fiancée is complicated by a civilian with an unfortunate passion for police work.

Directors: William Wiard
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Counter Gambit
star
7.62
100 votes

#25 - Counter Gambit

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/24/1975

Jim is hired by a former prison mate to recover a pearl necklace stolen by his girlfriend, and after locating it, Jim is charged with stealing it and so must ask the victim and his old friend Angel to help him out...

Directors: Jackie Cooper
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