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RETROTV OF THE DAY

The Rockford Files is an American detective drama television series starring James Garner that aired on the NBC network between September 13, 1974, and January 10, 1980.

The show has remained in syndication to the present day.

RETROTV OF THE DAY ROCKFORD FILES

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Garner portrays Los Angeles–based private investigator Jim Rockford.

With Noah Beery Jr. in the supporting role of his father, Joseph Rockford, a retired truck driver nicknamed “Rocky”.

The show was created by Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell.

Huggins created the television show Maverick (1957–1962), which starred Garner, and he wanted to recapture that magic in a “modern day” detective setting.

He teamed with Cannell, who had written for Jack Webb‘s Mark VII Productions such as Adam-12 and Chase (1973–1974, NBC), to create The Rockford Files.

The show was credited as “A Public Arts/Roy Huggins Production” along with Cherokee Productions in association with Universal Television.

Cherokee was owned by Garner, with partners Meta Rosenberg and Juanita Bartlett, who doubled as story editor during most of The Rockford Files run.

p style=”background: white”>In 2002, The Rockford Files was ranked No. 39 on TV Guides 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.[1]

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