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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Constance Towers and Jimmy Weldon star in “The Big Cheese,” one of the best episodes of the entire series, airing Dec. 7, 1979

THE BIG CHEESE Original Air Date: December 7, 1979 Synopsis. Undercover treasury agent Sally Sternhagen (played by Constance Towers) helps Rockford unravel the mystery that links the fatal stabbings of his longtime friend Eddie Hellinger and an accountant named Arnold … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Shelley Fabares, Richard Schaal, and Sid Haig star in “Caledonia—It’s Worth a Fortune,” the episode that also marked Stuart Margolin’s debut as a director, airing Dec. 6, 1974

CALEDONIA—IT’S WORTH A FORTUNE! Original Air Date: December 6, 1974 Synopsis. Gerald Hyland, convicted of embezzling more than four million dollars several years before, is brutally beaten by two prison inmates. Before slipping into a coma, Hyland leaves his wife … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: “The Resurrection of Angie” airs on Dec. 5, 1975

THE RESURRECTION OF ANGIE Original Air Date: December 5, 1975 Synopsis. Angie Perris receives a late-night phone call from her brother Tom, a stockbroker. Tom wants Angie to remove an envelope from his safe, but is abducted before he can … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Cheryl Ladd stars in “Death by Resurrection,” an episode of SWITCH, airing Dec. 2, 1975, that would soon trigger one of the most colorful chapters in Rockford Files history

In the summer of 1975, production began on Switch (CBS, 1975-1978), a caper series, starring Robert Wagner and Eddie Albert, that was produced by Glen Larson. Hoping to emulate the blend of action and humor that made The Rockford Files … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Joan Van Ark stars in “Resurrection in Black and White,” airing Nov. 7, 1975

RESURRECTION IN BLACK AND WHITE Original Air Date: November 7, 1975 Synopsis. Investigative reporter Susan Alexander (played by Joan Van Ark) believes that Dave Krueger was wrongfully convicted of the brutal murder of his girlfriend Cheryl Wilson six years before. … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: “The Empty Frame,” James Luisi’s favorite episode, airs on Nov. 3, 1978

THE EMPTY FRAME Original Air Date: November 3, 1978   Synopsis. Despite a security force led by Lieutenant Chapman, political activists crash a party honoring the appointment of Aaron Kiel to the Los Angeles Police Commission and steal a set … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Joan Van Ark and Paul Michael Glaser star in “Find Me If You Can,” airing Nov. 1, 1974

FIND ME IF YOU CAN Original Air Date: November 1, 1974 Synopsis. Barbara Kelbaker (played by Joan Van Ark) approaches Rockford with an unusual request: she wants to hire him to find out if she can be “found.” But Barbara … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Stefanie Powers and Sherry Jackson star in “The Real Easy Red Dog,” airing Oct. 31, 1975

THE REAL EASY RED DOG Original Air Date: October 31, 1975   Synopsis. A woman who identifies herself as Jennifer Sandstrom hires Rockford to delve into the apparent suicide of her sister Alice. Jim doesn’t realize that his client is … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: “Kill The Messenger,” Joe Santos’ favorite episode, airs on Oct. 27, 1978

KILL THE MESSENGER Original Air Date: October 27, 1978   Synopsis. As a nervous Becker prepares to take the examination for lieutenant, he’s assigned a departmental hot potato: the homicide of parole officer Eileen Towne, wife of Deputy Chief of … Continue reading

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This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: Part 2 of “Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Will Never Die” airs on Oct. 26, 1979

ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WILL NEVER DIE (conclusion) Original Air Date: October 26, 1979 Synopsis. Pop music superstar Tim Ritchie, already facing a palimony lawsuit by his former live-in girlfriend Diane Bjornstrom, hires Rockford to locate his record producer and … Continue reading

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