The Rockford Files (1974-1980) were always one of my favorite TV shows, both when on the air and whenever I could find since — in syndication, or on DVD and Hulu. In the former era, I thrilled to the complicated plots and oddball characters, and enjoyed the easy-going ruthlessness of James Garner’s Jim Rockford. Today, in addition to all that, each episode provides an instant return to the Los Angeles where I grew up — a place and time I despised then, but have since become somewhat nostalgic for.
Obviously, I was not the only Rockford fan who missed the genial detective: in the 1990s eight made-for-TV movies were issued; the first four of these are on this DVD. Not surprisingly, it is an older if not always wiser Rockford that Garner portrays — less given to running and fisticuffs, but still sharp (and not incapable of the physical stunts if he really has to use them). More after the jump: