Sunday, July 20, 2014

James Garner — and Jim Rockford — RIP

By William Norman Grigg

Like many men of a certain age, I grew up watching “The Rockford Files,” which chronicled the adventures of James Garner’s witty, inventive, and often over-matched private investigator, Jim Rockford. Well-written and refreshingly cynical, that series also provided some perceptive and prescient critiques of the American police state when it was in its relative infancy.

The following season offered an episode entitled “The House on Willis Avenue” that anticipated the NSA’s computerized Panopticon state, which should have been strangled in the crib:

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1 comment:

  1. My favorite TV show ;)
    It also showed government's true nature. How people in it and working for it used their powers for their own interests.