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
- Friday's badge number (714) is the same as the number of Babe Ruth's career home runs in the major leagues. The number was retired by the LAPD after Jack Webb's death.
- The show's semi-documentary format was inspired by the Film-Noir He Walked by Night in which 'Jack Webb' played a forensic chemist. Technical Advisor Sgt. Marty Wynn, of The LAPD, suggested…
[show]The show's semi-documentary format was inspired by the Film-Noir He Walked by Night in which 'Jack Webb' played a forensic chemist. Technical Advisor Sgt. Marty Wynn, of The LAPD, suggested to Webb that he do a radio series based on the work of the LAPD. Hence "Dragnet", the radio series debuted in 1949.
- 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.