The Rockford Files is an American television drama series which was broadcast on the NBC from September 13, 1974 to January 10, 1980.
250px-The Rockford Files (title screen)

Title screen

The show stars James Garner as Los Angeles-based private investigator James "Jim" Rockford. The cast included Noah Beery as Rockford's father Rocky, Joe Santos as his friend, LAPD Det. Dennis Becker, and Stuart Margolin as Rockford's former prison buddy "Angel" Martin, who helps Rockford and causes him trouble in equal measures.

The Rockford Files was developed by Stephen J. Cannell and Roy Huggins to feature Rockford as an anti-hero private detective. Having served five years in San Quentin after a wrongful conviction, Rockford lives on the beach in a run-down mobile home, which also serves as his office. Although he seems to be perpetually short of money, Rockford drives a late-model gold Pontiac Firebird Esprit, which became one of the show's icons.

John Rogers, Chris Downey and Dean Devlin consider The Rockford Files as a major influence on the development of Leverage. John Rogers cites elements of the season five episode "Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job" as contributing major plot components to The Second David Job.


Season 2Edit

  • "The Lost Heir Job"
    • Tara Cole's character is introduced much like a female client is introduced in a Rockford mystery.
    • Jimmy Papadokalis is akin to the greasy lawyer alias that Jim Rockford would often take.
  • "The Top Hat Job" - Any punch-in-the-gut ending in the target landing in a chair. John Rogers always points these out as a nod to James Rockford.

Season 3Edit

  • "The Jailhouse Job" - Rockford Private Correctional Facility is a nod to James Rockford.
  • "The Reunion Job" - Alec Hardison reveals that Nathan Ford has all the seasons of The Rockford Files in his Netflix Queue.
  • "The Boost Job" - Much of this episode is based off a two-part episode of The Rockford Files called "Never Send a Boy King To Do a Man's Job". Rockford, disguised as a foolhardy rich man, manipulates his target into racing him for pink slips which results in Rockford taking his custom race car, much to the target's chagrin. This entire scene plays out almost identically in The Boost Job.
  • "The Three-Card Monte Job" - Jimmy Papadokalis makes another appearance.


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