The Rockford Files is a private investigator television drama series that first ran on the NBC television network from 1974 to 1980. The extremely popular show also returned in 1994 as a series of movies on the CBS network. The show continues to run in syndication. The Rockford Files is known mainly for the charm and charisma of its main actor James Garner, who starred as Jim Rockford, who drove a classic golden Pontiac Firebird.
The show was one of the most popular and successful TV series ever made. It won five Emmys including Best Dramatic Series and Best Actor.
The Rockford Files television show was created by Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell. The television show was credited as a Public Arts / Roy Huggins Production in association with Cherokee Productions and Universal Studios which later became NBC Universal. Cherokee was the name of James Garner’s production company.
List of Primary Cast Members
- James Scott “Jim” Rockford (played by James Garner)
- Joseph “Rocky” Rockford (played by Noah Beery, Jr.)
- Detective Dennis Baker (played Joe Santos)
There is a long list of guest stars who joined the show.
The Rockford Files TV series’ memorable theme song was composed by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter. The Rockford Files TV theme song stayed on the radio charts for 44 weeks and even went to number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The TV show’s song won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement.
Rockford Files DVD
Following are some of the more popular Rockford Files season episodes on DVD available through Amazon.com:
- The Rockford Files – Season One on DVD – The first season includes all 23 episodes, including an interview with James Garner.
- The Rockford Files – Season Two on DVD – The second season set includes all 22 episodes, the original series pilot, and more.
- Season Three on DVD
- Season Four on DVD – The fourth season set includes all 21 episodes and a bonus episode from the fifth season, which stars Tom Selleck in a role that became the foundation for the hit TV show Magnum P.I.
- Season Five on DVD – Includes all episodes from the fifth season.
- The Rockford Files Television Series – Season Six on DVD – Includes all shows from the sixth season.
- Thirty Years of The Rockford Files: An Inside Look at America’s Greatest Detective Series (Paperback) – This book provides the inside scoop on the Rockford Files TV series including: interviews with actor James Garner, commentary from the show’s producers, writers, and actors, interesting factoids, behind the scenes photos, and more.
For more information, visit The Rockford Files Store at Amazon.com.
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