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Podcast of TV CONFIDENTIAL Show No. 541.1: Tribute to Norman Lloyd with guest Mark Dawidziak is available for listening on demand

Norman Lloyd and the Most Difficult Columbo of All Original Airdates: June 4-6, 2021 TVC 541.1: Mark Dawidziak, longtime TV critic for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer and author of The Columbo Phile and many other books on American pop culture, joins … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Rob Reiner and Dick Butkus star in “The No-Cut Contract,” airing Jan. 16, 1976

THE NO-CUT CONTRACT Original Air Date: January 16, 1976 Synopsis. Larry “King” Sturtevant, starting quarterback for the Southern Illinois Warriors—a second-rate team in a third-rate pro football league—knows that team owner Dale Fontaine has ties with the Chicago underworld, so … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Dyan Cannon stars in “If the Frame Fits…,” the third of the eight Rockford Files reunion movies produced for CBS, airing Jan. 14, 1996

IF THE FRAME FITS… Original Air Date: January 14, 1996 Synopsis. Falsely accused of murdering a rival detective, Rockford fights to clear his name despite a staggering circumstantial case against him and increasing animosity from his two longtime nemeses on … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Cleavon Little and Simon Oakland star in “Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones, But Waterbury Will Bury You,” airing Jan. 14, 1977

STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK YOUR BONES, BUT WATERBURY WILL BURY YOU Original Air Date: January 14, 1977 Synopsis. Waterbury Security Systems, one of the largest detective agencies in the world, has been systematically disenfranchising independent private investigators as part … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Anthony Zerbe, Arlene Golonka, and Fredd Wayne star in “The Gang at Don’s Drive-In,” airing Jan. 13, 1978

THE GANG AT DON’S DRIVE-IN Original Air Date: January 13, 1978 Synopsis. Anthony Zerbe stars as Jackson Skowron, a once promising writer whose career has run aground in the twenty years since his only success, the bestselling novel Free Fall … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Marge Redmond stars in “The Battle-Ax and the Exploding Cigar,” airing Jan. 12, 1979

THE BATTLE-AX AND THE EXPLODING CIGAR Original Air Date: January 12, 1979 Synopsis. Down and out after a brutal gambling trip to Las Vegas, Rockford bums a ride back to L.A. from a man named Petrankus in exchange for doing … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: “Deadlock in Parma,” the final episode of the NBC Rockford Files series, airs on Jan. 10, 1980

DEADLOCK IN PARMA Original Air Date: January 10, 1980 Synopsis. Jim vacations in nearby Parma with his friend John Traynor, a member of the city council who is about to vote on an initiative that would legalize gambling in Parma, … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Joan Van Ark, Howard Duff, John Dehner, Steve Landesberg, and Jack Riley star in “There’s One in Every Port,” airing Jan. 7, 1977. This was the second of three Rockfords that borrowed the premise of the classic Maverick episode “Shady Deal at Sunny Acres”

THERE’S ONE IN EVERY PORT Original Air Date: January 7, 1977 Synopsis. Another con artist acquaintance plays Rockford for a chump. Jim is told that Eddie Marks could die of a kidney disorder unless he’s treated with a $50,000 dialysis … Continue reading

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This date in MAVERICK TV history: “Dead Man’s Hand,” the conclusion of a two-part episode of the short-lived series YOUNG MAVERICK, aired on Jan. 2, 1980. Guest stars included James Woods and a pre-KNOTS LANDING Donna Mills

4./5. DEAD MAN’S HAND (Two-parter) Original Airdates: December 26, 1979 and January 2, 1980 Synopsis. Trouble ensues for Ben Maverick when he inherits a pat hand from a gambler who died during a high-stakes poker game. Young Maverick (CBS, 1979-1980) was … Continue reading

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This date in MAVERICK TV history: Donna Mills, James Woods, and Howard Duff star in “Dead Man’s Hand,” the first of a two-part episode of YOUNG MAVERICK, airing Dec. 26, 1979

4./5. DEAD MAN’S HAND (Two-parter) Original Airdates: December 26, 1979 and January 2, 1980 Synopsis. Trouble ensues for Ben Maverick when he inherits a pat hand from a gambler who died during a high-stakes poker game. Young Maverick (CBS, 1979-1980) was … Continue reading

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