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Lost TV Locations, Part II: Malibu’s Paradise Cove Pier in Harry O, The Rockford Files, and More

by Karen A. Romanko

Paradise Cove in Malibu, CA, a privately-owned beach with a restaurant, pier, and lots of history, has been the setting for hundreds of film and television productions across the decades. The cove made frequent appearances in The Mod Squad (1968-1973) and The A-Team (1983-1987), and more recent productions, such as The Mentalist (2008-2015) still make use of its relative seclusion for location shoots. It is probably best known, however, as the setting for The Rockford Files (1974-1980), since that’s where private investigator Jim Rockford (James Garner) parks his beat-up mobile home, unintentionally bringing gunshots and bad guys into this idyllic enclave.

Paradise Cove once had a 600-foot-long pier, which is shown to stunning effect in the series Harry O (1974-1976), although Harry’s residence is said to be in Santa Monica. (We locals know better.) In the scene below from “Double Jeopardy” (1975), hard-boiled P.I. Harry (David Janssen) is fishing on the beach with…

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