The Rockford Files
Posted Mar 19, 2005 @ 3:47 PM
From Jim's crazy answering machine to his trashy trailer and his cool Firebird, this show was it. Where else could you see a guy lose over half of his fights and still be cool? He was part private eye and part con man, with a gun hidden in the cookie jar to boot. Classic! Rocky was such an old mother hen, but you had to love him. Jim and Dennis took turns hauling each others' butts out of trouble, and then there was Angel.
Yep, this show stands with Columbo as a classic from the '70's that will never die.
Posted Mar 19, 2005 @ 4:55 PM
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Posted Mar 19, 2005 @ 6:41 PM
And as my daughter (age 9) likes to ask, "Is Angel in this one?"
Why is Tru Calling on DVD and not TRF?
Posted Mar 19, 2005 @ 7:00 PM
Edited by cyberducks, Mar 19, 2005 @ 7:12 PM.
Posted Mar 19, 2005 @ 7:10 PM
Posted Mar 19, 2005 @ 8:42 PM
Its true that sometimes the solutions were a bit gimmicky, but Garner carried it off so well that it didn't matter. The characterizations were rich and the storytelling was fresh. Word to James Garner's recent award, and another amen from me hoping for Rockfish on DVD sometime before 2015.
Posted Mar 19, 2005 @ 9:22 PM
His lawyer/girlfriend looks like Gina from Nip/Tuck.
P.S. I love teasing my brother-in-law by listing my evidence of Rockford's gayness.
P.P.S. I really like in the opening credits when you see Rockford choosing a cut of meat at the grocery store. It's like, I'm just a normal dude in some fucked up circumstances, man.
Edited to Add: I hate Angel so much!! He disgusts me!! Such an ugly two-faced monkey weasel!
Edited by NoFatChicks, Mar 19, 2005 @ 9:29 PM.
Posted Mar 19, 2005 @ 9:33 PM
I agree with Cyberducks on how women were treated on the show. I can't imagine characters like Beth the lawyer and Rita the hooker being written with that much nuance and depth and the characters treated with as much respect on any other show of that decade - or later decades, come to think of it.
Another nod should go to The Rockford Files's influence on some later classic shows. Sometime ago, I posted on one of the Sopranos' threads, how many of the quirky aspects of the modern day TV mobsters seem to have their genesis in some of the Rockford guest characters - the gay mobster having the affair with the entertainer, the emotionally ill Mob wife/sister who believed what she read in the tabloids, the first generation mob fellow who was humiliated by a practical joke at his birthday party, the old time mafioso who got religion, etc. (I know David Chase wrote for both).
Edited by dustylil, Mar 19, 2005 @ 9:35 PM.
Posted Mar 19, 2005 @ 9:34 PM
TRF was also one of the first shows to deal with homosexuality. In one ep (can't remember titles, sorry) a mobster ordered a hit on his son because he (the son) was gay. Very low-key, matter-of-fact stuff, well-written, well-played.
I think women fared well on this show, they were appreciated, but not turned into the usual sex object, so typical of this genre. And the plots were pretty damn clever, funny, and often quite unpredictable.
That's kind of the whole point. Maybe you are missing something.
I hate Angel so much!! He disgusts me!! Such an ugly two-faced monkey weasel!
Posted Mar 19, 2005 @ 9:42 PM
Posted Mar 19, 2005 @ 10:10 PM
I love teasing my brother-in-law by listing my evidence of Rockford's gayness.
Jim Rockford? Gay? I just can't see it even in jest. Garner/Rockford was the poster boy for straightness.
Now, if you wanna talk about Richie Brocklemanů
And yeah, you are kind of missing the point about Angel. He was always the thorn in Jim's side whenever it was least convenient. Its baffling to me that Jim never gave him a full beatdown at some point. If he didn't want to do it himself, he could always have sicked Gandy Fitch on him.
Posted Mar 19, 2005 @ 10:22 PM
But there's also that fantastic seedy world that surrounds him. There was the 1950s film noir sensibility, in a 1970s world. Nobody watching wanted to live Jim Rockford's life, and yet it was eminently watchible.
This show just towered above every other cop or PI drama of it's day. Columbo was the only one to challenge it for quality, and really it was such a different approach the two didn't infringe on each other.
It also had a delightful cynicism (part of the noir sensibility), which I haven't seen since, until this season's Veronica Mars--which also takes place in a seaside California community with both wealthy and seedy sides.
Posted Mar 20, 2005 @ 12:41 AM
All of this talk of Rockford makes me want to watch this show again - why aren't there any DVD's? Considering all the crap that is out on DVD...
Posted Mar 20, 2005 @ 12:44 AM
Posted Mar 20, 2005 @ 1:39 AM
Is Rockford shown in reruns anywhere? I know TVLand used to have it and so did WGN and TNN, but I think its disappeared off the air.
Posted Mar 20, 2005 @ 2:56 AM
Posted Mar 20, 2005 @ 3:31 AM
Reminds me of Lance White before TS was Magnum, as I awkwardly try to stay on topic.
ETA: Forgot to factor in the time difference. It just ended. It was the one with Sky, the hippie. God, I love this show!
Edited by Tick Tock, Mar 20, 2005 @ 5:26 AM.
Posted Mar 20, 2005 @ 10:29 AM
It's shown on WGN every weekday around noon in California (11 am?) and sometimes late at night on the weekends.
Is Rockford shown in reruns anywhere?
The Sky the Hippie one is one of my all-time favorites. I got so happy last night when that one came on. So well written, cast, and acted.
Word to all the good things the rest of you have said about this show -- it's a gem. Years ago I read a review of this series where the guy said, "Why anyone would watch this tire squealer is beyond me!" I love TRF, but ever since then I've observed that there's a "tire squealing" scene in almost every episode. Don't know why they felt they had to do that. every. time. Fortunately, the show is so much more than that.
Edited to add: TRF has really suffered from editing to fit in more commercials. Sometimes the episodes are so butchered that the plots are unintelligible. There oughta be a law! I'm looking forward to the DVDs.
Edited by indigo4, Mar 20, 2005 @ 10:36 AM.
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Posted Mar 22, 2005 @ 12:43 PM
I have been known to going into my "This is Jim Rockford. Please leave your name at the tone" spiel whenever I hear an old-fashioned rotary phone ring on TV. They have such a cool, distinctive ring, those old phones. It kind of echoes and fades out, I guess because they used to have a real bell inside.
My favorite Rockford pairing was with the blind psychiatrist. They had a great relationship.
Posted Mar 22, 2005 @ 3:08 PM
Posted Apr 18, 2005 @ 6:47 PM
Made all the funnier by James Garner's reactions. And don't forget that very conspicuous convertible Lance White (Selleck) drove. Wasn't it white with red interior?
NoFatChicks: I did enjoy the episode where Tom Selleck plays a P.I. who has all the luck in the world, his hunches always pan out, and the ladies are dying for him. Jim has to sit back and watch him pick up some P.I. of the Year award. That was some funny stuff.
You were the only person in your health club who recognized the Rockford Files theme? I never thought I'd hear that. Next thing you know, people won't know the Dragnet theme.
I'm glad Jimmy and Rocky are back on WGN.
Posted May 10, 2005 @ 10:49 AM
I even watched and taped the two-hour pilot episode. Quite different from subsequent episodes, especially the lighting and camera angles. There was a different actor playing Rocky but he just didn't have the chemistry with James Garner that Noah Beery did.
Posted Jun 18, 2005 @ 8:19 PM
Also, "Never Send A Boy King To Do A Man's Job" was better than The Sting.
Posted Jul 14, 2005 @ 3:41 PM
Posted Jul 14, 2005 @ 4:03 PM
"Y'know, some people would say that a con that involves both of the principals getting beaten up by the mark must have some basic flaw..."
Posted Jul 18, 2005 @ 10:22 PM
Somebody with a better memory remind me who played his lawyer, Beth (was that her name?).