Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Series / TheRockfordFiles

Go To



* WarHero: Jim Rockford served during the Korean War and was awarded the Silver Star. The combat experience shows, as he's very calm under pressure and isn't intimidated by guns.

to:

* WarHero: Jim Rockford served during the Korean War and was awarded the Silver Star. The combat experience shows, as he's very calm under pressure and isn't intimidated by guns. He ''respects'' them -- he's not an idiot -- but he's not intimidated by them.


** The show's penultimate episode, "Just a Coupla Guys", was also intended as one of these. Widely held to be the worst ''Rockford Files'' episode by a considerable distance, Jim Rockford's role in the story is fairly peripheral, as it instead revolves around two bumbling doofuses trying to ingratiate their way into the New Jersey mob. The proposed spin-off would have chronicled their on-going attempts to strike it rich by impressing the local mafia don ... but somehow, NBC didn't see aeries potential in a chronicle of New Jersey mafia life as written by ''Rockford Files'' scribe David Chase. (To be fair, ''no-one'' could have -- at least not if all they had to go by was this laughless, suspenseless, glacially-paced episode. It wasn't until 20 years later that Chase came up with Series/TheSopranos .)

to:

** The show's penultimate episode, "Just a Coupla Guys", was also intended as one of these. Widely held to be the worst ''Rockford Files'' episode by a considerable distance, Jim Rockford's role in the story is fairly peripheral, as it instead revolves around two bumbling doofuses trying to ingratiate their way into the New Jersey mob. The proposed spin-off would have chronicled their on-going attempts to strike it rich by impressing the local mafia don ... but somehow, NBC didn't see aeries series potential in a chronicle of New Jersey mafia life as written by ''Rockford Files'' scribe David Chase. (To be fair, ''no-one'' could have -- at least not if all they had to go by was this laughless, suspenseless, glacially-paced episode. It wasn't until 20 years later that Chase came up with Series/TheSopranos .Series/TheSopranos.)


*** Megan makes Rockford's lawyer Beth Davenport look like a comparative slacker, although Beth is still ''somewhat'' improbably young for her position. Though Beth's age wasn't explicitly stated, when she first appeared, Beth's portrayer Gretchen Corbett was a youthful-looking 27 years old. 27 is the average age of a freshly-minted law school graduate -- but Beth was already a firmly established lawyer with a fancy office at a big, well-respected firm (though not a full partner).

to:

*** ** Megan makes Rockford's lawyer Beth Davenport look like a comparative slacker, although Beth is still ''somewhat'' improbably young for her position. Though Beth's age wasn't explicitly stated, when she first appeared, Beth's portrayer Gretchen Corbett was a youthful-looking 27 years old. 27 is the average age of a freshly-minted law school graduate -- but Beth was already a firmly established lawyer with a fancy office at a big, well-respected firm (though not a full partner).



** The show's penultimate episode, "Just a Coupla Guys", was also intended as one of these.

to:

** The show's penultimate episode, "Just a Coupla Guys", was also intended as one of these. Widely held to be the worst ''Rockford Files'' episode by a considerable distance, Jim Rockford's role in the story is fairly peripheral, as it instead revolves around two bumbling doofuses trying to ingratiate their way into the New Jersey mob. The proposed spin-off would have chronicled their on-going attempts to strike it rich by impressing the local mafia don ... but somehow, NBC didn't see aeries potential in a chronicle of New Jersey mafia life as written by ''Rockford Files'' scribe David Chase. (To be fair, ''no-one'' could have -- at least not if all they had to go by was this laughless, suspenseless, glacially-paced episode. It wasn't until 20 years later that Chase came up with Series/TheSopranos .)

Added DiffLines:

* ImprobableAge: Dr. Megan Daugherty (played by 28-year-old Kathryn Harrold) was introduced in a 1978 episode as a psychiatrist with a well-established, thriving practice. Normally, a psychiatrist would require about 12 years of post-secondary education, meaning they would graduate around the age of 29 before even being able to ''start'' their practice. Then, in the reunion movies, it was repeatedly mentioned (and shown in flashback) that Megan was 15 during the Easter weekend of 1971, at which point she was a high school student who had not yet lost her sight. This would have made her ''22'' in 1978 -- and meant that between '71 and '78 she managed to finish at least two years of high school, then somehow cram 12 years of university into about four, and then establish a busy practice for a couple of years, ''all while making the adjustment to having unexpectedly gone blind''. This utterly ludicrous timeline isn't even a case of multiple writers muddying up continuity; all of Megan's appearances were written by David Chase.
*** Megan makes Rockford's lawyer Beth Davenport look like a comparative slacker, although Beth is still ''somewhat'' improbably young for her position. Though Beth's age wasn't explicitly stated, when she first appeared, Beth's portrayer Gretchen Corbett was a youthful-looking 27 years old. 27 is the average age of a freshly-minted law school graduate -- but Beth was already a firmly established lawyer with a fancy office at a big, well-respected firm (though not a full partner).


* TakeThat: Lance White is a parody of the impossibly lucky, flawless protagonists of other detective shows. Each of his two episodes also has a scene that parodies the ExtremeCloseUp framing that many cop shows used at the time.

to:

* TakeThat: Lance White is a parody of the [[BornLucky impossibly lucky, flawless lucky]], [[TheParagon flawless]] protagonists of other detective shows. Each of his two episodes also has a scene that parodies the ExtremeCloseUp framing that many cop shows used at the time.

Added DiffLines:

* TakeThat: Lance White is a parody of the impossibly lucky, flawless protagonists of other detective shows. Each of his two episodes also has a scene that parodies the ExtremeCloseUp framing that many cop shows used at the time.

Added DiffLines:

* WarHero: Jim Rockford served during the Korean War and was awarded the Silver Star. The combat experience shows, as he's very calm under pressure and isn't intimidated by guns.

Added DiffLines:

* BilledAboveTheTitle: 'James Garner in...The Rockford Files'.


Added DiffLines:

* TitleDrop: "Quickie Nirvana"


* OnlySaneMan: In "The Oracle Wore A Cashmere Suit," everyone but Jim[[note]]and Beth Davenport[[/note]] is won over by a famed psychic working with the police on the week's case; Jim thinks the man's a fraud. [[spoiler: The man ''is'' a fraud, but Jim can't prove anything.]]

to:

* OnlySaneMan: In "The Oracle Wore A Cashmere Suit," everyone but Jim[[note]]and Beth Davenport[[/note]] is won over by [[PolicePsychic a famed psychic working with the police police]] on the week's case; Jim thinks the man's a fraud. [[spoiler: The man ''is'' a fraud, but Jim can't prove anything.]]


* FutureFoil: In 1974-1980, Rockford being a struggling P.I. living in a beachside trailer and driving a new Firebird is cool. However, in the TV movies, seeing him about 20 years later still living in the trailer and driving a 15-20-year old Firebird (that was not even the legendary Trans Am as seen in Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit but rather a lower tier Esprit model) can be a bit sad as if he had made no progress in his life during all those years.

to:

* FutureFoil: In 1974-1980, Rockford being a struggling P.I. living in a beachside trailer and driving a new Firebird is cool. However, in the TV movies, seeing him about 20 years later still living in the trailer and driving a 15-20-year old Firebird (that was not even the legendary Trans Am as seen in Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit but rather a lower tier Esprit model) can be a bit sad as if he had made no progress in his life during all those years. To be fair, the trailer is MUCH bigger and better appointed, and the location is pretty unbeatable.


* CastingGag: "The Competitive Edge" features [[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh John Fiedler]] as a mental patient who thinks he is Film/JamesBond. The gag? [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Harold Sakata]] as fellow patient "John Doe".

to:

* CastingGag: "The Competitive Edge" features [[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh [[WesternAnimation/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh John Fiedler]] as a mental patient who thinks he is Film/JamesBond. The gag? [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Harold Sakata]] as fellow patient "John Doe".


* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: The series reunites Creator/JamesGarner and Creator/RitaMoreno after having appared together before in the film ''Film/{{Marlowe}}'', where Garner had also played a detective (the iconic title character Philip Marlowe) and Moreno's character also had a sordid job (albeit as an exotic dancer rathen than a call girl).

to:

* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: The series reunites Creator/JamesGarner and Creator/RitaMoreno after having appared together before in the film ''Film/{{Marlowe}}'', where Garner had also played a private detective (the iconic title character Philip Marlowe) and Moreno's character also had a sordid job (albeit as an exotic dancer rathen than a call girl).


* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: The series reunites Creator/JamesGarner and Creator/RitaMoreno after having appared together before in the film ''Film/{{Marlowe}}'', where Garner had also played a detective (the iconic title character Philip Marlowe) and Moreno's character also had a sordid job (albeit as an exotic dancer rathen than a call girl).



* ItWasHereISwear: A StalkerShrine to Beth makes a mysterious disappearance.
** Immediately subverted: she says "I saw them," Lt. Becker says "I'm sure you did," usually a lead-in to a patronizing "you're just stressed" until he points to tiny holes in the walls, saying "They were put up with pins."

to:

* ItWasHereISwear: A StalkerShrine to Beth makes a mysterious disappearance.
**
disappearance. Immediately subverted: she says "I saw them," Lt. Becker says "I'm sure you did," usually a lead-in to a patronizing "you're just stressed" until he points to tiny holes in the walls, saying "They were put up with pins."

Added DiffLines:

* BuryYourGays: Two episodes ("Requiem for a Funny Box" and "The Empty Frame") feature gay couples. Although they are presented sympathetically, three of the four gay characters end up murdered.

Added DiffLines:

* BerserkButton: He's a pretty relaxed guy overall, but ''don't'' threaten someone he cares about, particularly his father or Beth Davenport. A beating ''will'' commence.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 72

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report