The 70's offered an excellent cornucopia of TV detective dramas: "Baretta," "Kojack," "Columbo," and "Ironside" to name a few, but perhaps no other private eye on television has been more realistically portrayed than James Garner's Jim Rockford of "The Rockford Files."
This is a well-produced set including a short interview with Jim Garner shortly before he died in 2004. Transfers are clean, the sound is excellent, and I experienced no technical issues with my DVD set. Enjoying a highly successful run during prime time in the 70's, the series was characterized by excellent acting not only with James Garner in the lead, but also with supporting players like Noah Berry Jr, Stuart Margolin, Joe Santos, among others. Loosely based on the character of private detective Phillip Marlowe, Garner was ideally cast.
Ex-con now turned private eye, Jim Rockford was a refreshing antithesis to Mickey Spillane's tough-guy Mike Hammer; Rockford is not a wimp, but would rather talk his way out of a fight if he could. And that is part of his appeal: he is an "Everyman" who is, of course, flawed and not necessarily heroic, but principled where his clients and close friends are concerned.
The brainchild of Steven J. Cannell, this was the series that made him a household name for the popular television dramas produced during the 1970's. When the series aired initially, I was too young to appreciate "The Rockford Files" finding it rather slow, but now, thanks to this excellent DVD collection, I can now savor this series and enjoy one of TV's most charismatic and enduring characters.