James Garner stars as Jim Rockford, a private investigator who lives and works in his trailer in Malibu, Los Angeles. Jim is an ex-con who had been imprisoned for five years in San Quentin for armed robbery which he did not commit and for which he was later pardoned.
Jim has a quarter page advertisement in the Yellow Pages, drives a gold Pontiac Firebird and has an answering machine, which plays at the beginning of every File; "This is Jim Rockford, at the tone leave your name and message and I'll get back to you". A person then leaves a message which has no relevance to the episode but is often humorous.
This action packed 70's series shows Jim avoiding trouble in the form of ex-cons he associated with in prison, as well solving crimes. Somehow, Jim's laid-back, easy charm always make sure he comes out on top. Look out for guest appearances from characters from the Magnum PI series.