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