96 episodes

Two Hundred a Day is a podcast by Nathan D. Paoletta and Epidiah Ravachol. We are exploring the intensely weird and interesting world of the 70s TV detective show The Rockford Files. Half celebration and half analysis, we break down episodes of the show and then analyze how and why they work as great pieces of narrative and character-building.
In each episode of Two Hundred a Day, we watch an episode, recap and review it as fans of the show, and then tease out specific elements from that episode that hold lessons for writers, gamers and anyone else interested in making better narratives.

Two Hundred A Day Nathan Paoletta

    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 42 Ratings

Two Hundred a Day is a podcast by Nathan D. Paoletta and Epidiah Ravachol. We are exploring the intensely weird and interesting world of the 70s TV detective show The Rockford Files. Half celebration and half analysis, we break down episodes of the show and then analyze how and why they work as great pieces of narrative and character-building.
In each episode of Two Hundred a Day, we watch an episode, recap and review it as fans of the show, and then tease out specific elements from that episode that hold lessons for writers, gamers and anyone else interested in making better narratives.

    Roundabout

    Roundabout

    Nathan and Eppy return to Las Vegas in S1E22 Roundabout. Jim is hired for a straightforward gig to find an insurance beneficiary - Nancy, the beneficiary, isn't making much money as a Vegas lounge singer, but it seems simple enough to give her a check. But when she runs, then is grabbed by goons, Jim has to act fast to save his paycheck. The final episode of Season One takes us to the Vegas lounge, a clown selling hot dogs and the Hoover Dam. It's a fun one!


    We have another podcast: Plus Expenses. Covering our non-Rockford media, games and life chatter, Plus Expenses is available via our Patreon at ALL levels of support.


    Want more Rockford Files trivia, notes and ephemera? Check out the Two Hundred a Day Rockford Files Files!


    We appreciate all of our listeners, but offer a special thanks to our patrons. In particular, this episode is supported by the following Gumshoe and Detective-level patrons:



    Richard Hatem
    Brian Perrera
    Eric Antener
    Bill Anderson
    Dael Norwood's historical research
    Chuck from whatchareading.com
    Paul Townend, who recommends the Fruit Loops podcast
    Shane Liebling's Roll For Your Party dieroller app
    Jay Adan's Miniature Painting
    Jay Thompson, Matthew Lee, Kip Holley, Dave P, and Dave Otterson!


    Thanks to:



    Fireside.fm for hosting us
    Audio Hijack for helping us record and capture clips from the show
    Spoileralerts.org for the adding machine audio clip
    Freesound.org for other audio clips
    Support Two Hundred A Day

    • 1 hr 33 min
    The Dexter Crisis

    The Dexter Crisis

    Nathan and Eppy go to Vegas in S1E10 The Dexter Crisis. Jim is hired by the titular Dexter to find Susan, his mistress who suddenly took off, and quickly ends up partnered with her roommate Louise as they head to the only lead they have: Las Vegas. They find Susan quickly enough, but then a sudden attack, a rival PI and a mysterious suitcase complicate the story. Jim needs to find out what's going on to get paid, and the chase takes us down a number of scenic Nevada byways. A fun episode that features some foundational Rockfordishness, we enjoyed it despite a few little dangling plot threads.


    We have another podcast: Plus Expenses. Covering our non-Rockford media, games and life chatter, Plus Expenses is available via our Patreon at ALL levels of support.


    Want more Rockford Files trivia, notes and ephemera? Check out the Two Hundred a Day Rockford Files Files!


    We appreciate all of our listeners, but offer a special thanks to our patrons. In particular, this episode is supported by the following Gumshoe and Detective-level patrons:



    Richard Hatem
    Brian Perrera
    Eric Antener
    Bill Anderson
    Dael Norwood's historical research
    Chuck from whatchareading.com
    Paul Townend, who recommends the Fruit Loops podcast
    Shane Liebling's Roll For Your Party dieroller app
    Jay Adan's Miniature Painting
    Jay Thompson, Matthew Lee, Kip Holley, Dave P, and Dave Otterson!


    Thanks to:



    Fireside.fm for hosting us
    Audio Hijack for helping us record and capture clips from the show
    Spoileralerts.org for the adding machine audio clip
    Freesound.org for other audio clips
    Support Two Hundred A Day

    • 1 hr 26 min
    The Becker Connection

    The Becker Connection

    Nathan and Eppy get to see Jim helping out a friend in S3E16: The Becker Connection. Becker's been moonlighting with the Narco squad, and suddenly some stolen heroin shows up in his car tire! Suspended while under investigation by internal affairs, Dennis turns to Jim for any help he can provide - which involves Angel, a washed-up Vegas comedian, and turning the tables on a crooked cop. We get to see a lot of good character beats woven into a fun plot, and found this one a great episode that really delivers what we tune into the show for!


    In our Answering Machine segment we mention:



    The Twinkie Defense (Wikipedia)
    The Maintenance Phase podcast (their episode on the Twinkie Defense is from 11/2020)
    The Rockford Files movies are available to buy on Amazon (Collection 1) (Collection 2)


    We have another podcast: Plus Expenses. Covering our non-Rockford media, games and life chatter, Plus Expenses is available via our Patreon at ALL levels of support.


    Want more Rockford Files trivia, notes and ephemera? Check out the Two Hundred a Day Rockford Files Files!


    We appreciate all of our listeners, but offer a special thanks to our patrons. In particular, this episode is supported by the following Gumshoe and Detective-level patrons:



    Richard Hatem
    Brian Perrera
    Eric Antener
    Bill Anderson
    Dael Norwood's historical research
    Chuck from whatchareading.com
    Paul Townend, who recommends the Fruit Loops podcast
    Shane Liebling's Roll For Your Party dieroller app
    Jay Adan's Miniature Painting
    Jay Thompson, Matthew Lee, Kip Holley, Dave P, and Dave Otterson!


    Thanks to:



    Fireside.fm for hosting us
    Audio Hijack for helping us record and capture clips from the show
    Spoileralerts.org for the adding machine audio clip
    Freesound.org for other audio clips
    Support Two Hundred A Day

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Irving the Explainer

    Irving the Explainer

    Nathan and Eppy dive into one of the most oddball episodes, S4E8 Irving the Explainer. It's an intentionally obtuse episode that really benefits from seeing it cold - if you haven't, be warned that we might spoil the fun with our discussion! Written by David Chase, this episode seems to be a pretty polarizing one, and we talk about the various lenses through which you can view it to find the fun. Content warning: the episode isn't really about Naziism, but it contains references to Nazis and Nazi sympathizers, and includes newsroom footage of Hitler in the opening credits.


    We have another podcast: Plus Expenses. Covering our non-Rockford media, games and life chatter, Plus Expenses is available via our Patreon at ALL levels of support.


    Want more Rockford Files trivia, notes and ephemera? Check out the Two Hundred a Day Rockford Files Files!


    We appreciate all of our listeners, but offer a special thanks to our patrons. In particular, this episode is supported by the following Gumshoe and Detective-level patrons:



    Richard Hatem
    Brian Perrera
    Eric Antener
    Bill Anderson
    Chuck from whatchareading.com
    Paul Townend, who recommends the Fruit Loops podcast
    Shane Liebling's Roll For Your Party dieroller app
    Jay Adan's Miniature Painting
    Jay Thompson, Matthew Lee, Kip Holley, Dael Norwood, Dave P, Dale Church and Dave Otterson!


    Thanks to:



    Fireside.fm for hosting us
    Audio Hijack for helping us record and capture clips from the show
    Spoileralerts.org for the adding machine audio clip
    Freesound.org for other audio clips
    Support Two Hundred A Day

    • 1 hr 19 min
    South by Southeast

    South by Southeast

    Nathan and Eppy join Jim in an unexpected trip across the border in S4E18 South by Southeast. Due to a mistaken postal address, Jim is taken for a CIA operative and whisked away for a high-stakes meeting with a rich socialite, who he quickly discovers is in trouble herself. Despite a serious class divide, we watch romance blossom while Jim does his best to keep her from danger. This fun character study of an episode uses the North by Northwest homage framing to get things going, so if seeing Jim get out of his element is something you enjoy, this is one to check out for sure!


    We mention the James Garner Animal Rescue Fund in this one. Check that out and consider making a donation at jgarf.org.


    We have another podcast: Plus Expenses. Covering our non-Rockford media, games and life chatter, Plus Expenses is available via our Patreon at ALL levels of support.


    Want more Rockford Files trivia, notes and ephemera? Check out the Two Hundred a Day Rockford Files Files!


    We appreciate all of our listeners, but offer a special thanks to our patrons. In particular, this episode is supported by the following Gumshoe and Detective-level patrons:



    Richard Hatem
    Brian Perrera
    Eric Antener
    Bill Anderson
    Chuck from whatchareading.com
    Paul Townend, who recommends the Fruit Loops podcast
    Shane Liebling's Roll For Your Party dieroller app
    Jay Adan's Miniature Painting
    Jay Thompson, Matthew Lee, Kip Holley, Dael Norwood, Dave P, and Dave Otterson!


    Thanks to:



    Fireside.fm for hosting us
    Audio Hijack for helping us record and capture clips from the show
    Spoileralerts.org for the adding machine audio clip
    Freesound.org for other audio clips
    Support Two Hundred A Day

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Friends and Foul Play

    Friends and Foul Play

    Nathan and Eppy return to 1996 to talk about the fifth TV movie, Friends and Foul Play. Jim's friend Babs ends up dead after asking him to help her find out more about the murder of her son. Before he can even start to investigate, Captain Chapman turns up with a class of criminology majors, messing both with the crime scene and with Jim's efforts - so, of course, he has to join the class himself in order to skirt Chapman's ire and bring Babs killer to justice! It's always a blast seeing all the characters we know so well effortlessly re-inhabited, and this Stephen Cannell script is full of classic Rockfordishness. Though there's a few plot elements that seem to sprawl out of nowhere, we really enjoyed this visit to the movies!


    We have another podcast: Plus Expenses. Covering our non-Rockford media, games and life chatter, Plus Expenses is available via our Patreon at ALL levels of support.


    Want more Rockford Files trivia, notes and ephemera? Check out the Two Hundred a Day Rockford Files Files!


    We appreciate all of our listeners, but offer a special thanks to our patrons. In particular, this episode is supported by the following Gumshoe and Detective-level patrons:



    Richard Hatem
    Brian Perrera
    Eric Antener
    Bill Anderson
    Chuck from whatchareading.com
    Paul Townend, who recommends the Fruit Loops podcast
    Shane Liebling's Roll For Your Party dieroller app
    Jay Adan's Miniature Painting
    Matthew Lee, Kip Holley, Dael Norwood, Dave P, Dale Church and Dave Otterson!


    Thanks to:



    Fireside.fm for hosting us
    Audio Hijack for helping us record and capture clips from the show
    Spoileralerts.org for the adding machine audio clip
    Freesound.org for other audio clips
    Support Two Hundred A Day

    • 1 hr 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Dr not Mr Evazan thank you ,

BLM, Vegan? You had me at The Rockford Files!!!

Great show and please, keep up the good fight.
Mention BLM, Veganism and any thing else. All of our voices are important in these trying times.

jimmy Joe Meaker ,

Topic

I only started listening recently. Brilliant idea and I look forward yo the in depth discussions on each episode. I see other reviews about BLM and veganism. I haven’t hit those episodes yet but at least I realize those are not topics the listener tuned in for. The same as if you spoke about Reconquista and outdoor grilling. I’ll be skipping over those parts as they have absolutely no correlation to the Rockford Files.

biggieou ,

Love the Rockford dialogue, not the political commentary

When the hosts talk about and break down Rockford Files, the show is enjoyable. Problem is they continually go off topic. I don’t care what you eat or what political party you belong. I wasn’t here to listen about anything outside of Rockford.

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