Archived News

December 10, 2005

My copy of the Season 1 DVD arrived yesterday from I have taken a picture of the reverse for those you are still deciding whether to get a copy. However, since you are visiting this site, that is probably not likely. Universal was also nice enough to create a companion website, even if it's currently empty.

The Dallas Morning News has a review by Tom Marstaud.

September 17, 2005

There's activity at discussing the features of the upcoming Rockford Files DVD. They have screenshots of DVD menus and bonus features. The official release date is December 6 this year.

September 12, 2005

It's coming!

Universal Home Video has finally announced that Season 1 of the Rockford Files on DVD will be available this December for $30. They are taking pre-orders. [This is the North American NTSC version. The European PAL version has been available for the past two weeks]

I hope they keep the opening and closing credits. It would help fill in the holes in the episode guides.

June 12, 2005

The Resources/Links page has been updated and outdated links removed.

A funny Onion parody with a Rockford reference from Lane Walker.

March 26, 2005

Ed Robertson has updated his definitive Rockford Files book. Formerly titled "This is Jim Rockford...", it is now "Thirty Years of The Rockford Files" and has been updated with a lot more information; it now runs over 400 pages (versus 200 for the original 1995 edition). Every Rockford fan should have a copy.

March 25, 2005

I've updated the credits for the Rockford movies based on new information from and the many fans of the show. Thanks for the information and keep the suggestions coming in!

February 5, 2005

James Garner received the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award for his work spanning over 50 years. Naturally, the song that played as he got his award was the theme from The Rockford Files. Congratulations!

October 20, 2004

Additional Paradise Cove pictures are available from the gallery. Thanks to Tim Wade for these pictures.

January 18, 2004

One of the most detaied views of Paradise Cove is available on the California Coastal Records Project. You can clearly see the wall behind Rockford's trailer, the Sandpiper restaurant, and the other homes above and around the parking lot. Time to watch the "Paradise Cove" episode.

September 10, 2003

I've started to run Google Ads on the home page. Don't worry, I'm not selling out :-)
Let's all spend a bit of time remembering what happened two years ago this week:

September 1, 2003

Amazon is taking customer feedback regarding a possible official release of the Rockford Files on DVD. Click here to let Universal know we want Rockford on DVD!.

January 16, 2003

The WGN SuperStation has begun showing The Rockford Files twice on weekdays at 11:00am and 10:30pm Central Time and THREE times on Sundays at 12:30am, 1:30am, and 10:00pm Central Time.

Upcoming showtimes are Central Time. The shows are being shown in order.

January 1, 2002

Happy New Year!

Starting today, TVLand cable channel will be showing The Rockford Files, after a terrible 2001 run on TNN. Too many commercials, popups, and deleted scenes on TNN prevented me from really enjoying the show, compared to the few episodes I have taped when it ran on KDOC. Hopefully, TVLand will be better for the show.

Check out a new Rockford Files fan site.

June 14, 2001

Court TV will be showing four of the Rockford Movies on Father's Day (June 17th). All times are Eastern/Pacific.

1:00 PM I Still Love L.A.
3:00 PM A Blessing in Disguise
5:00 PM Punishment and Crime
7:00 PM If the Frame Fits...
9:00 PM I Still Love L.A.
11:00 PM A Blessing in Disguise

January 18, 2001

TNN cable network will be airing Rockford Episodes starting January 22 at 2pm and 6pm (Eastern/Pacific) weekdays.

January 1, 2001

Happy New Year to all Rockford Fans!

Good news - Most of the Rockford Files movies are scheduled be shown on the CourtTV cable/satellite network. The first episode will air January 5th at 9pm EST. Please check their schedule for availability - Rockford shows are often bumped or cancelled.

October 2, 2000

CBS will try to air Godfather Knows Best, on October 5, 9pm ET/PT. However, CBS may preempt the show on the East Coast for the exciting VP debate. [Can't at least one network cater to the majority of Americans?]

September 1, 2000

CBS is airing the following Rockford Files movies:

Friends and Foul Play, September 2nd, 9pm Eastern
Godfather Knows Best, September 9th, 9pm Eastern
[Update: CBS has canceled the showing and replaced it with "Sleepless in Seattle". There must be more fans of Meg Ryan than Jim Rockford :-)]

July 30, 2000

James Garner will be on Jay Leno's Tonight Show 11:30pm on August 1st. See him and Clint Eastwood in the upcoming movie Space Cowboys.

May 2, 2000

Los Angeles/Orange County TV station KDOC has finally stopped airing the Rockford Files after a 5-year run. Southern California fans can call 949-442-9800 to request that Rockford be put back on as soon as possible.

[Update: Rockford is temporarily back on the KDOC schedule at 12 noon]

March 30, 2000

Two new Paradise Cove pictures have been posted. One is a bird's eye view of the pier and Sandcastle. The other is a picture of the real Rockford trailer. I've also updated the list of new Rockford Files resources. Looks like the show is getting more popular with age.

James Garner's birthday is coming up on April 7th. Happy Birthday Jimbo!

September 9, 1999

Stefan Nylen has generously provided the site with the Rockford Files theme song in MP3 format (1.1 Mb). This is not the original theme but a later rendition.

August 28, 1999

I finally visited Paradise Cove and had lunch at the former Sandcastle. Walking at the edge of the parking lot, one can imagine Jim coming back from the pier and saying - Where did all these people come from?

August 14, 1999

A lot of information regarding the Rockford TV movies have been updated using information from IMDB and other Rockford fans.

August 1, 1999

As mentioned in, CBS will air the Rockford movie If The Frame Fits on August 12 at 8pm. I have never seen this episode, and I am looking forward to it since it features Jim's guardian angel - Beth Davenport (Gretchen Corbett).

July 13, 1999

As mentioned in, CBS will air the Rockford movie Punishment and Crime on July 28 at 9pm. This is one of the two Rockford movies I've already seen and features Kathryn Harrold playing the part of Megan Dougherty. CBS is even promoting the movie on their website.

June 19, 1999

RG Naylor has given permission to post his episode reviews online. I hope this will give us new perspectives and reasons to see the episodes again.

June 9, 1999

Welcome to the new home of the Rockford Files Home page! Aaron Sumner announced on his college graduation from the University of Kansas. He created this site but is unable to keep it going.

I have copied his site and moved it to my modest server. I plan to update the site a bit with news I get from various sources and by watching the show.

I've updated the answering machine messages and the episode list using
information from Ed Robertson's book The Rockford Files.

Like Aaron before me, I do not have much time to devote to this site, but I would like to keep it alive for everyone to enjoy what is undoubtedly one of the best-written TV series of all time. I can be reached at

rockford_fan@NOSPAMthesandbox.netNOSPAM (you know what to do :-)