The Rockford Files (1974–1980)
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The Family Hour 

Jim and Rocky find an abandoned young girl that leads to Jim finding and helping her father.


William Wiard


Roy Huggins (created by), Stephen J. Cannell (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
James Garner ... Jim Rockford
Noah Beery Jr. ... Joseph 'Rocky' Rockford (as Noah Beery)
Joe Santos ... Dennis Becker
Burt Young ... Stuart Gaily
Ken Swofford ... DEA Agent Al Jollett
Kim Richards ... Marin Rose Gaily
Paul Koslo ... Pittson
Stuart Margolin ... Angel Martin
Janice Carroll Janice Carroll ... Duty Clerk
Marged Wakeley Marged Wakeley ... Aunt Cecil Goss
Adrian Ricard Adrian Ricard ... Receptionist


Jim and Rocky find an abandoned young girl that leads to Jim finding and helping her father.

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Release Date:

8 October 1976 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title refers to the 'family hour' (aka family viewing hour), a policy established in 1975, by the (US) Federal Communications Commission, where each TV network had to air "family-friendly" programming during 1st hour of prime time lineup (8 to 9 p.m.). See more »


On the close up of Stu's driver's license, even though it states he was born in 1933, the place reserved for his age is blank. See more »


Marin Rose Gaily: [Marin's being held hostage, in e car, and Rockford's now put in the backseat along side her] I hate you.
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Features Let's Make a Deal (1963) See more »

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Little Girl Abandoned
8 April 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

James Garner and Noah Beery, Jr., are about to go on a fishing trip when Garner finds little Kim Richards on the beach near his trailer. Her dad Burt Young abandoned her when a couple of nasty dudes with weapons were tailing them. Even Rocky kind of melts when Richards says mom has died and daddy has left her with those people chasing him.

It's quite a story involving a dope peddling racket and Drug Enforcement Agency with hard nosed Ken Swofford as the lead investigator chasing Young. But don't believe everything you hear from the guest stars here and that even includes Richards at some points.

Nice enough episode and I think Noah Beery, Jr. gets center stage in this one along with the guest stars. In the end it turns into quite a haul for Joe Santos. Even Stuart Margolin gets briefly into the act when Garner needs his conman skills to nail the bad guys.

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