R.I.P. James Garner 1928-2014

James Garner

 

James Garner passed away July 19th at the age of 86. While primarily known as a television actor, Garner appeared in quite a few movies, from The Scrounger in The Great Escape to Duke in The Notebook. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Murphy’s Romance and, while he didn’t win that, he did have his Golden Globes and Emmys for Barbarians at the Gate and The Rockford Files.

Rockford Files

Jim Rockford and Bret Maverick were his quintessential roles. He played Rockford for six season and eight made-for-TV movies. Netflix is currently streaming all six seasons as well as his movies, Move Over Darling, Twilight, Dust to Glory, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. If you find six seasons too challenging, try Twilight, an excellent private eye movie starring Paul Newman.

Rest in peace, James Garner – you will be missed.

Invasion of the CW on Netflix Plus The Rockford Files

The torrent of television shows arriving on Netflix is showing no sign of letting up. The latest deluge is brought to you by the CW. These just arrived for viewing:

Ringer Season 1 (2011) – TV-14

“A young woman on the run from the mob poses as her wealthy twin sister to try and evade them, but soon discovers that her sister has a price on her head as well.”

Poor Sarah Michelle Gellar never found her footing after Buffy. Who would have thought that Allison Hannigan would have been the one to make it big from that show?

The Vampire Diaries Season 3

“Trapped in adolescent bodies, feuding vampire brothers Stefan and Damon vie for the affection of captivating teenager Elena, who attempts to unravel the many dark secrets of her hometown of Mystic Falls.”

I really enjoyed this show once I got past the first few episodes. Kevin Williamson’s writing is pretty snappy.

The Secret Circle Season 1 (2011) – Rated TV-14

“Six teenage witches form a coven in Chance Harbor, Washington.”

90210 Season 4

In this spinoff of the 1990s series, aspiring actress Annie and her adopted brother, Dixon, deal with nonstop drama at their exclusive new high school, where tumultuous friendships and roller coaster romances rule.

The Rockford Files (1974-1979) – Not Rated

“James Garner shines in this iconic 1970s series as Jim Rockford, a Los Angeles private eye with a trailer on the beach, a wisecrack on his lips and the intellect to crack every case. Not the usual loner, Rockford is hardboiled but never hard to like. Rockford’s biggest fans are his dad, Rocky (Noah Beery Jr.), and best friend, cop Dennis Becker (Joe Santos), who help him as he nabs bad guys on the dangerous but scenic streets of Los Angeles.”

Netflix has finally added more episodes of this iconic series.