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WANTED: PRIVATE EYE, MIDDLE-AGED, TOUGH, SENSITIVE, RESOURCEFUL, AND ONE OF GOD'S LONELY MEN

 Sifting through the DVD season-by-season collection of The Rockford Files (the show ran from 1974-80), undoubtedly one of the finest television procedurals ever (right alongside Columbo, and like that show, a procedural that devoted as much time to atmosphere, setting, and character as it did to the how and why of the case-of-the-week), it struck me how wistful and essentially broken James Garner’s Jim Rockford actually was.