The Worst Episodes of The Rockford Files

Last Updated: May 21, 2019

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.

Just a Coupla Guys

#1 - Just a Coupla Guys

Season 6 - Episode 11

Jim travels to New Jersey to help a reformed mob boss, who two punks are trying to get into the mob through.

star 6.85
13 votes
Roundabout

#2 - Roundabout

Season 1 - Episode 23

Jim is hired to pass on the inheritance to a young woman in Las Vegas, who acts very strangly and appears not to really want the money...

star 6.95
20 votes
Directors: Lou Antonio
Writers: Edward J. Lakso, Mitchell Lindemann
Paradise Cove

#3 - Paradise Cove

Season 6 - Episode 1

Although he is trying to be evicted from Paradise Cove and is subject to an audit for a Court Judgment, Jim investigates an old mystery involving whiskey and gold bullion...

star 7.10
21 votes
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell
Only Rock 'n' Roll Will Never Die (2)

#4 - Only Rock 'n' Roll Will Never Die (2)

Season 6 - Episode 5

Jim finds a missing Record Producer murdered and believes it is linked to a talent agency ran by organised crime...

star 7.15
13 votes
Love Is the Word

#5 - Love Is the Word

Season 6 - Episode 6

Jim meets with Megan who asks for his help in clearing her fiance of murder charges...

star 7.15
13 votes
Directors: John Patterson
Writers: David Chase
The Queen of Peru

#6 - The Queen of Peru

Season 4 - Episode 12

A dangerous beachside transaction between Rockford and some jewel thieves has a change of fortune when a family barbecuing nearby happens upon the priceless gems.

star 7.16
19 votes
Directors: Meta Rosenberg
Writers: David Chase
No Fault Affair

#7 - No Fault Affair

Season 6 - Episode 9

Rita Capkovic stays with Jim after she is beaten up by her pimp when she wants to find a new line of work...

star 7.18
11 votes
Directors: Corey Allen
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
The Prisoner of Rosemont Hall

#8 - The Prisoner of Rosemont Hall

Season 4 - Episode 20

Hazing rituals at a local fraternity get fatally out of control when Rockford's young friend and an Arab student are murdered.

star 7.19
16 votes
Directors: Ivan Dixon
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell, David Chase
Caledonia - It's Worth a Fortune!

#9 - Caledonia - It's Worth a Fortune!

Season 1 - Episode 12

Hired by Jolene Hyland, Jim helps her try and locate a fortune buried somewhere in Caledonia by her terminally ill husband Gerry, whose former partner Leonard wants a peice of the action...

star 7.20
35 votes
Directors: Stuart Margolin
Writers: Juanita Bartlett, John Thomas James
Just by Accident

#10 - Just by Accident

Season 1 - Episode 22

Jim invesitgates the death of a man on behlaf of his mother, an old friend, but stumbles into a insurance scam...

star 7.20
30 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: Charles Sailor, Eric Kalder
The Four Pound Brick

#11 - The Four Pound Brick

Season 1 - Episode 21

Jim invesitgates the death of a Rookie Police Officer on behalf the mother, a good friend of Rocky's...

star 7.21
28 votes
Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Writers: Juanita Bartlett, Leigh Brackett
Second Chance

#12 - Second Chance

Season 4 - Episode 4

An illustrious singer is in the spotlight when Rockford and his former cellmate, Gandy, work to find the person who wants her silenced forever.

star 7.25
20 votes
Directors: Reza Badiyi
Writers: Gordon Dawson
Irving the Explainer

#13 - Irving the Explainer

Season 4 - Episode 8

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 7.26
19 votes
Directors: James Coburn
Writers: David Chase
Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs (2)

#14 - Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs (2)

Season 6 - Episode 3

Jim traces a killer via a barman, florist and gangster in order to establish who ordered the Princess' friend killed...

star 7.27
11 votes
A Different Drummer

#15 - A Different Drummer

Season 5 - Episode 22

Hospitalized by an accident, Jim is convinced he sees a doctor perform an organ extraxion on a live patient...

star 7.29
14 votes
Directors: Reza Badiyi
Writers: Rudolph Borchert
Claire

#16 - Claire

Season 1 - Episode 18

Jim has some trouble with a gangsters and an ill-tempered Police Captain. when he helps his old girlfriend Claire....

star 7.29
28 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell, Edward J. Lakso
Three Day Affair with a Thirty Day Escrow

#17 - Three Day Affair with a Thirty Day Escrow

Season 5 - Episode 7

Jim is taken before a family of Arabs who want to know why his client hired him to find thier missing daughter. JIm must find the client, the daughter and figure how the cas eis contected to a Real Estate broker...

star 7.30
20 votes
Directors: Ivan Dixon
Writers: David Chase
Local Man Eaten by Newspaper

#18 - Local Man Eaten by Newspaper

Season 5 - Episode 12

While investigsting a tabloid newspaper who are stealing medical information on celebrities, Jim recieves some bad press after his client, the celebrity doctor is shot dead...

star 7.33
18 votes
Directors: Meta Rosenberg
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
This Case Is Closed (1)

#19 - This Case Is Closed (1)

Season 1 - Episode 6

Whilse investigating the fiance of Warren Jamison's daughter, Jim experiences some strange events which include kidnapping by the mob and the FBI who are anxious to get a statement - it all relates back to Jim recent trip to Newark...

star 7.34
32 votes
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell, John Thomas James
The Battle-Ax and the Exploding Cigar

#20 - The Battle-Ax and the Exploding Cigar

Season 5 - Episode 14

Have Jim and a passenger are arrested after guns are found in a car Jim is suprised to learn his passenger has got off scott free and enlists the help of a Secretary who is concerned about the disapearance of one of her staff...

star 7.35
17 votes
Writers: Rogers Turrentine
A Fast Count

#21 - A Fast Count

Season 5 - Episode 11

A murder investigation leads Jim to a TV personality who is trying to frame a boxer's manager...

star 7.37
19 votes
Directors: Reza Badiyi
Writers: Gordon Dawson
Profit and Loss (2)

#22 - Profit and Loss (2)

Season 1 - Episode 14

PART 2 - LOSS After being charged with filing a false police report, Jim and Rocky continue to investigate Fiscal Dynamics Incorporated...

star 7.37
32 votes
Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell, John Thomas James
The Man Who Saw the Alligators

#23 - The Man Who Saw the Alligators

Season 5 - Episode 17

When a hit-man Jim helped imprison is released threatening revenge, Jim goes into hiding, but Angel unfortunately reveals his friends hideout...

star 7.38
16 votes
Directors: Corey Allen
Writers: Roy Huggins
Guilt

#24 - Guilt

Season 5 - Episode 15

Jim aids his former fiance whose life has been threatened by a mystery figure...

star 7.39
18 votes
Directors: William Wiard
Writers: Juanita Bartlett
The Big Ripoff

#25 - The Big Ripoff

Season 1 - Episode 8

A life insurance investigation becomes more complicated than first appeared when Jim belives the insuree is still alive...

star 7.39
41 votes
Writers: Robert Hamner, Jo Swerling Jr., John Thomas James