The BEST Episodes of The Rockford Files

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 4, 2020

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.

The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club

#1 - 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 8.83
54 votes
Directors: James Garner
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
The House on Willis Avenue (2)

#2 - 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 8.33
6 votes
Directors: Hy Averback
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
Irving the Explainer

#3 - 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 8.24
46 votes
Directors: James Coburn
Writers: David Chase
The House on Willis Avenue (1)

#4 - 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 8.12
17 votes
Directors: Hy Averback
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The Farnsworth Stratagem

#5 - The Farnsworth Stratagem

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 19, 1975

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

star 8.11
87 votes
Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
Beamer's Last Case

#6 - 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 8.06
49 votes
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The Italian Bird Fiasco

#7 - 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 8.00
81 votes
Directors: Jackie Cooper
Writers: Edward J. Lakso
Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job (2)

#8 - 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 8.00
30 votes
Hotel of Fear

#9 - 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 7.98
46 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job (1)

#10 - 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 7.97
39 votes
Chicken Little is a Little Chicken

#11 - 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 7.96
79 votes
Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
Dirty Money, Black Light

#12 - Dirty Money, Black Light

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 1, 1977

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 7.95
43 votes
Directors: Stuart Margolin
Writers: David C. Taylor
The Competitive Edge

#13 - 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 7.94
16 votes
Directors: Harry Falk
Writers: Gordon Dawson
Crack Back

#14 - Crack Back

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 25, 1977

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.

star 7.93
46 votes
Directors: Reza Badiyi
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
In Hazard

#15 - 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 7.91
80 votes
Directors: Jackie Cooper
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
The No-Cut Contract

#16 - 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 7.91
78 votes
Directors: Lou Antonio
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The Real Easy Red Dog

#17 - 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 7.89
83 votes
Directors: Ivan Dixon
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The Reincarnation of Angie

#18 - 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 7.88
75 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
A Material Difference

#19 - A Material Difference

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 24, 1979

Angel poses a high priced hitman but Jim must help when he collects his fee without making his hit, but the victim is apparently still killed, whilst Naval Intellegence and the Russians take an interest in the case and blue jeans...

star 7.81
43 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers: Rogers Turrentine
This Case is Closed (2)

#20 - This Case is Closed (2)

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 18, 1974

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

star 7.79
58 votes
Writers: John Thomas James, Stephen J. Cannell
A Deadly Maze

#21 - 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 7.71
48 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company

#22 - 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 7.70
77 votes
Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
The Becker Connection

#23 - 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 7.66
79 votes
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 7.65
79 votes
Directors: Meta Rosenberg
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
The Empty Frame

#25 - The Empty Frame

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 3, 1978

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 7.64
74 votes
Directors: Corey Allen
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell