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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  • 'Jack Webb' gained some initial production time when Chesterfield cigarettes agreed to finance an anthology series titled "Chesterfield Presents" (1952) (aka "Dramatic Mystery") that…
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    'Jack Webb' gained some initial production time when Chesterfield cigarettes agreed to finance an anthology series titled "Chesterfield Presents" (1952) (aka "Dramatic Mystery") that alternated with "Dragnet" in early 1952. This provided the time needed to work through the sudden death of Barton Yarborough shortly after its initial broadcast.
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  • The badges and identification cards used in the series were genuine Los Angeles Police Department items.
  • All but two episodes of this series had titles that began with the words "The Big" (i.e., "The Big Actor", "The Big Shakedown", "The Big False Make"). The two exceptions were the first…
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    All but two episodes of this series had titles that began with the words "The Big" (i.e., "The Big Actor", "The Big Shakedown", "The Big False Make"). The two exceptions were the first episode of season one ("The Human Bomb") and the seventh episode of season two (".22 Rifle For Christmas").
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