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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  • 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…
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    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.
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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…
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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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  • Barton Yarborough, who portrayed Friday's first partner, was ill during production of the third episode and was expected to return (thus, in the opening of the show, Friday states, "My…
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    Barton Yarborough, who portrayed Friday's first partner, was ill during production of the third episode and was expected to return (thus, in the opening of the show, Friday states, "My partner's Ben Romero"). But on the day the third episode was complete, Yarborough died of a heart attack.
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