Drama about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a "dragnet", meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects.
Last Episode08x39 The Big Red Aired: Aug. 23, 1959
In the series finale, Friday and Smith once again investigate a series of robberies.
Dragnet: Season 4, Episode #3 - S.I.U.: The Ring
Sgt. Friday (Jack Webb) and Officer Gannon (Harry Morgan) track down a burglary suspect and then uncover…
Series Fun Facts
- The police cars were owned by the production company. The first series (pre-1967) used early 1950s Ford Mainline sedans, very similar to most police cars then used nationwide. One of these…
[show]The police cars were owned by the production company. The first series (pre-1967) used early 1950s Ford Mainline sedans, very similar to most police cars then used nationwide. One of these cars survived the series and was obtained by the city of Fontana, California for use as a marked police vehicle. It was equipped with an L-head 289 CID V8 engine and three-speed manual transmission. The 1967-1970 series used Ford Fairlane sedans accurately equipped as detective units, although the Los Angeles Police Department did not use Fairlanes for either police or detective work.
- Richard L. Breen wrote his only episode for the series, "The Big Little Jesus", only after agreeing to write the 1954 movie based on the show.
- This was the first ever American import shown on British Independent Television (its 2nd day of broadcast)