Type
Scripted
Premiered
Dec. 16, 1951
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
USA
Network
NBC TV Network
Genre

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Dragnet (1951)

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.

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08x39 The Big Red Aired: Aug. 23, 1959

In the series finale, Friday and Smith once again investigate a series of robberies.

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Canceled/Ended
The show had 8 seasons and 276 episodes air between 1951 and 1959.

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  • The main reason that "Dragnet" was seen on alternate weeks in its second season was that Barton Yarborough, Friday's original Partner Ben Romero, had died during the initial season. This put…
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    The main reason that "Dragnet" was seen on alternate weeks in its second season was that Barton Yarborough, Friday's original Partner Ben Romero, had died during the initial season. This put a great strain on the filming schedule. There were several cast changes until Ben Alexander took over the role of Fridays Partner, Frank Smith (1952-1957).
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  • Raymond Burr played the real-life LAPD Chief of Detectives Thad Brown.
  • Midway through the series' run, a theatrical spin-off was produced (Dragnet). This event marked two firsts in American TV history: the first time a TV series spawned a movie, and the first…
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    Midway through the series' run, a theatrical spin-off was produced (Dragnet). This event marked two firsts in American TV history: the first time a TV series spawned a movie, and the first time a movie spin-off was released while the original series was still running.
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