The Best Episodes of The Rockford Files

The Farnsworth Stratagem

#1 - The Farnsworth Stratagem 8.89

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...

Directors: Lawrence Doheny
White on White and Nearly Perfect

#2 - White on White and Nearly Perfect 8.60

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...

Directors: Stephen J. Cannell
Drought at Indianhead River

#3 - Drought at Indianhead River 8.57

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.

Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Joey Blue Eyes

#4 - Joey Blue Eyes 8.57

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?

Directors: Lawrence Doheny
The No-Cut Contract

#5 - The No-Cut Contract 8.50

Season 2 - Episode 15

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
Feeding Frenzy

#6 - Feeding Frenzy 8.50

Season 3 - Episode 4

Love is put to the test when Sandy, Rockford's fiancée, asks him to help her father return the half-million dollars he stole three years earlier from an oil company.

Directors: Russ Mayberry, Lester William Berke, Donald Gold
The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company

#7 - The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company 8.50

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.

Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Crack Back

#8 - Crack Back 8.40

Season 3 - Episode 21

Attorney Beth Davenport hires Rockford to help her locate a witness who can help prove her football player client innocent—but the rules of the game change when she herself becomes the target of a stalker.

Directors: Reza Badiyi
There's One in Every Port

#9 - There's One in Every Port 8.40

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.

Directors: Meta Rosenberg
The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club

#10 - The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club 8.38

Season 2 - Episode 13

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
Beamer's Last Case

#11 - Beamer's Last Case 8.33

Season 4 - Episode 1

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.

Directors: Stephen J. Cannell, Booker Bradshaw, Calvin Kelly
The Deep Blue Sleep

#12 - The Deep Blue Sleep 8.25

Season 2 - Episode 5

Beth hires Jim to investigate the death of her friend, a fashion model and the connection between the fashion house and organized crime...

Directors: William Wiard, Chas. Floyd Johnson
The Oracle Wore a Cashmere Suit

#13 - The Oracle Wore a Cashmere Suit 8.22

Season 3 - Episode 2

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
A Portrait of Elizabeth

#14 - A Portrait of Elizabeth 8.20

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.

Directors: Meta Rosenberg
The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers (1)

#15 - The Trees, the Bees and T.T. Flowers (1) 8.17

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.

Directors: Jerry London
The Becker Connection

#16 - The Becker Connection 8.14

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.

Directors: Reza Badiyi, Chas. Floyd Johnson, Ted Harris
A Bad Deal in the Valley

#17 - A Bad Deal in the Valley 8.12

Season 2 - Episode 22

Nothing is as it seems when Rockford's old flame, a real estate tycoon, hires him to deliver a package that turns out to contain $100,000 in counterfeit money. She claims not to have known and is then mysteriously kidnapped.

Directors: Jerry London
The Italian Bird Fiasco

#18 - The Italian Bird Fiasco 8.10

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.

Directors: Jackie Cooper
So Help Me God

#19 - So Help Me God 8.00

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.

Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
This Case Is Closed (2)

#20 - This Case Is Closed (2) 8.00

Season 1 - Episode 7

Jim is ordered off the case but this proves difficult after the fiance Jim was investigating is found dead and the mob and the FBI still want answers, so JIm must track the real killer...

Directors: Bernard L. Kowalski
Rattlers' Class of '63

#21 - Rattlers' Class of '63 8.00

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.

Directors: Meta Rosenberg
Dirty Money, Black Light

#22 - Dirty Money, Black Light 8.00

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.

Directors: Stuart Margolin
Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job (1)

#23 - Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job (1) 8.00

Season 5 - Episode 20

PART 1 Jim helps Ritchie Brockleman set up a big con in order to retrieve money which the villain extorted from Ritchie's father...

In Hazard

#24 - In Hazard 7.89

Season 2 - Episode 18

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
Gearjammers (2)

#25 - Gearjammers (2) 7.88

Season 2 - Episode 4

Part 2 - In this exciting conclusion to this two-part episode, the mob boss continues to hunt for Rocky, while Rockford teams up with the police to solve the trucking case, which is speeding towards disaster.

Directors: William Wiard, Stephen J. Cannell