ROCKFORD FILES: 1ST SEASON

PILOT. THE ROCKFORD FILES (called BACKLASH OF THE HUNTER in syndication)
Rockford investigates a murder case that has been abandoned by the police, shoots the murderers' plane out of the sky, and then gets arrested for it! Some interesting features in this pilot are that Jim's father is played by a different actor and Jim admits he spent time in prison for an armed robbery he did not commit (Never mentioned again in the series). Guest stars Billy Mumy (Lost In Space) and Linsay Wagner.

1. THE KIRKOFF CASE
Though police have closed the case as unsolved, Larry Kirkoff remains a suspect. He hires Rockford for a $20,000 fee to "solve the case." Rockford has qualms about the case since he feels it could lead to Larry and a "no pay." His investigation, however, points to two other possible suspects: Tawnia, the late Kirkoff's mistress; and the cowboy Travis, believed to have been Mrs. Kirkoff's paramour. The trail leads to the underworld and some strange relevations.

2. THE DARK AND BLOODY GROUND
When private-eye Jim Rockford succumbs to the pressures of his attorney friend, Beth, to investigate a homicide involving a screenwriter, he suddenly becomes a target of would-be assassins himself.

3. EXIT PRENTISS CARR
Rockford, doing a favour for a longtime friend, checks on a philandering husband and finds him dead under mystenous circumstances. Police term the death a suicide but Rockford pursues further, uncovering a ring of blackmailers.

4. IN PURSUIT OF CAROL THORNE
Rockford is hired to trail a young beauty just released from prison in hope she will lead him to the recovery of a million dollars taken in a robbery three years earlier.

5. SAY GOODBYE TO JENNIFER
Rockfords uncanny knowledge of fashion models quirks leads to the solution of a homicide in which a model, a dentist, a photographer and the underworld are involved.

6.THE DEXTER CRISIS

Dexter hires Rockfordto locate Susan, who is missing from her apartment, shared by fellow coed Louise. While getting needed information from Louise, he is saddled with her "partnership" and the two follow a trail to Las Vegas. Susan is spotted, but the assignment is complicated by a second private detective, Higby, who seems to be following the same trail.

7. CHARLIE HARRIS AT LARGE
Playboy, Charlie Harris, suspected in the death of his wealthy wife, turns to his former prison cellmate, Rockford, to prove his innocence, claiming Linda, a mysterious beauty, as his alibi. Rockfords efforts to track Linda down are hampered both by her unsavory husband and the police, led by Sgt. Garvey, who would like to put Rockford and Charile away.

8. THE COUNTESS
While Deborah and rough-hewn Ryder enjoy the affluent life, she suddenly is confronted by hoodlum Carl, who remembers her jumping bail on a minorcharge some years back. When Carl is fatally shot, Rockford suddenly becomes the prime suspect.

9. FIND ME IF YOU CAN
A beautiful young girl hires Rockford to find Out who she really is.

10. AURA LEE, FAREWELL
Sara, operator of a boutique, is convinced her employer and friend, Aura Lee, did not die of a drug overdose, as police reported. Rockford's investigation reveals that Sen. Murdock gave Aura Lee a "lift" in his car shortly before she was found dead, and that conman Dirk also was a "friend" of Aura Lee's.

11. CALEDONIA, IT'S WORTH A FORTUNE!

Rockford, hired by a convict's wife to find a fortune stashed on a ranch, discovers obstacles on both sides of the law as he pursues the case.

12. TALL WOMAN IN RED WAGON
Sandra hires Rockford to find her six-foot-tall newspaperco-worker, Charlotte, who had cleared out with her red station wagon. The trail uncovers an underworld connection and leads to a cemetery, a pullman train and a strange doctor's office.

13. THE BIG RIPOFF
Working on a theory that an insurance company was taken tor $400,000 in settling with a lone plane crash survivor, Rockford turns up a plot laced with chicanery. Rockford is hired by Nancy to find out if her lover, Steve, died accidentally or was done in by his wife, Ginny, who "miraculously" survived the crash.

14. PROFIT AND LOSS- PART I
Kidnappers knock out Rockford while abducting a client from his trailer during stock market manipulations. Fielder, head of hugh conglomerate, Financial Dynamics, Inc., warns Rocktord that the "kidnapping" of his top aide never occurred and for Rockford to quit prying.

15. PROFIT AND LOSS- PART II
Rockford and his client, Doris, "burglarize" a print shop, searching for clues which will lead to stock market fixing and homicide. Their print shop 'caper not only draws police but smokes out the ugly side of Fielder.

16. COUNTER GAMBIT
Convict Moss hires Rockford under the pretext that he wants to find his girl when he actually is after her jewelry. Rockford finds the girl and the jewelry but needs help from his former prison buddy, Angel, to outsmart Moss and his partner, Crown.

17. THE FOUR POUND BRICK
After police writeoff a rookie's death as accidental, Rockford is hired by his father Joseph and the mother of the dead officer, Kate, an old family friend, to find out what really happened.

18. CLAIRE
Claire persuades Rockford to check on a "friend" under the pretense that she is being 'victimized by a loan shark, but the "friend" is really a missing narcotics officer; and Claire has underworld connections.

19. SLEIGHT OF HAND
After Rockford and Karen return from an outing, she vanishes and her next-door neighbour is found slain. Rockford then launches a search for his girlfriend, and the trail leads to a fugitive syndicate chief.

20. ROUNDABOUT
Rockford travels to Las Vegas to deliver an insurance check to a beautiful young recording artist, Nancy, but discovers she is a prisoner of a syndicate which is exploiting her. Rockford finds Nancy in a dingy hotel room, where syndicate hoodlums assault him and steal the $10,000 cheque.

21. JUST BY ACCIDENT
Stock car driver Billy Jo dies in what police term a traffic mishap, but Rockford, hired by the victim's wealthy mother, Louise, reopens the case and uncovers a clever insurance claim racket.