The Rockford Files (1978) – The House on Willis Avenue

  Season four of The Rockford Files comes to a close with this feature-length episode that aired 24 February, 1978, and was written by Cannell himself. The phone gag this time around features a call from the phone company, advising him that there is  an end to his service coming… in two minutes. And I…

The Rockford Files (1977) – Crack Back & Dirty Money, Black Light

  Season 3 of The Rockford Files comes to a close with these two episodes. First up is Crack Back, written by Juanita Bartlett, and aired, originally on 25 March, 1977. Knowing Bartlett had written this one, told me that it would be very character driven, and it did not disappoint. The phone gag this…

Magnum, P.I. (1981) – All Roads Lead to Floyd & Adelaide

  Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) has a lot of fun this week, and I, as always, was happy to go along for the ride. First up, we have All Roads Lead to Floyd, which aired 12 March, 1981, and featured Rockford Files’ Noah Beery Jr. as the titular Floyd. Babs Grehosky wrote the teleplay alongside…

The Rockford Files (1977) – To Protect and Serve Parts 1 & 2

  A cop groupie causes all manner of trouble in the two-parter I look at this week. David Chase wrote this episode, which originally aired 11 March, 1977 with the second part following a week later on 18 March. The phone gag for the first episode featured a female friend of Rocky’s (Noah Beery Jr.)…

The Rockford Files (1976) – Return to the 38th Parallel & Piece Work

  Ned Beatty and Veronica Hamel make return appearances in this week’s installment of The Rockford Files, and Jim (James Garner) has his hands full. First up is Return to the 38th Parallel, which originally aired 10 December, 1976. It was written by Walter Dallenbach, and its phone gag features an insurance company calling to…

The Rockford Files (1976) – So Help Me God & Rattlers Class of ’63

  Private investigator Jim Rockford (James Garner) gets into it this week, with this double dose of episodes. First up is a courtroom thriller entitled, So Help Me God, written by Juanita Bartlett that aired 19 November, 1976. The phone gag this week features a call from a dentist’s office telling Jim he can’t put…