The BEST Episodes of The Rockford Files

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Network: NBC

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.

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The House on Willis Avenue (2)

#1 - The House on Willis Avenue (2)

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 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.

star 9.50
30 votes
Directors: Hy Averback
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The House on Willis Avenue (1)

#2 - The House on Willis Avenue (1)

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 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.

star 9.02
43 votes
Directors: Hy Averback
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
White on White and Nearly Perfect

#3 - White on White and Nearly Perfect

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 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...

star 8.24
111 votes
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
Irving the Explainer

#4 - Irving the Explainer

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 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.

star 8.15
71 votes
Directors: James Coburn
Writers: David Chase
Chicken Little is a Little Chicken

#5 - Chicken Little is a Little Chicken

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 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.

star 8.15
104 votes
Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club

#6 - The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 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.

star 8.15
74 votes
Directors: James Garner
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
The Competitive Edge

#7 - The Competitive Edge

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 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.

star 8.07
45 votes
Directors: Harry Falk
Writers: Gordon Dawson
Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job (1)

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

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 3, 1979

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

star 7.86
43 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers:
The Italian Bird Fiasco

#9 - The Italian Bird Fiasco

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 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.

star 7.82
88 votes
Directors: Jackie Cooper
Writers: Edward J. Lakso
Hotel of Fear

#10 - Hotel of Fear

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 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?

star 7.78
51 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
The Hammer of C Block

#11 - The Hammer of C Block

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.77
91 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: Gordon Dawson
Drought at Indianhead River

#12 - Drought at Indianhead River

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.76
89 votes
Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The No-Cut Contract

#13 - The No-Cut Contract

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.76
87 votes
Directors: Lou Antonio
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The Oracle Wore a Cashmere Suit

#14 - The Oracle Wore a Cashmere Suit

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.75
103 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: David Chase
The Real Easy Red Dog

#15 - The Real Easy Red Dog

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.69
93 votes
Directors: Ivan Dixon
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The Reincarnation of Angie

#16 - The Reincarnation of Angie

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 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'.

star 7.67
81 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company

#17 - The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.67
87 votes
Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
In Hazard

#18 - In Hazard

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 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.

star 7.64
86 votes
Directors: Jackie Cooper
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
Beamer's Last Case

#19 - Beamer's Last Case

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 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.

star 7.64
58 votes
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job (2)

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

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 3, 1979

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

star 7.63
32 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers:
The Becker Connection

#21 - The Becker Connection

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 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.

star 7.62
85 votes
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
Counter Gambit

#22 - Counter Gambit

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 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...

star 7.62
97 votes
Directors: Jackie Cooper
Writers: Howard Berk, Juanita Bartlett
A Deadly Maze

#23 - A Deadly Maze

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.62
55 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
A Portrait of Elizabeth

#24 - A Portrait of Elizabeth

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.61
84 votes
Directors: Meta Rosenberg
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
Coulter City Wildcat

#25 - Coulter City Wildcat

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 12, 1976

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 7.59
79 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Don Carlos Dunaway