This Date in ROCKFORD FILES History: “White on White and Nearly Perfect,” the first of two episodes starring Tom Selleck as Lance White, airs on Oct. 20, 1978

    Original Air Date:
    October 20, 1978
    Synopsis. While investigating the disappearance of the daughter of a millionaire industrialist, Rockford must also contend with Lance White, a rival private detective whose intrepid yet oblivious approach to their profession nearly gets them both killed.

    This episode introduced one of Rockford’s most memorable characters: Lance White, a rival private investigator with a knack for landing in situations that the pragmatic Jim Rockford would normally avoid. Series co-creator Stephen J. Cannell patterned White after gunslinger Waco Williams, the title character of one of the most famous Maverick episodes of all, “The Saga of Waco Williams.”

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