The BEST Episodes of The Rockford Files
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jun 4, 2020
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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?
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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'.
#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...
#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...
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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...