Sgt. Joe Friday and his partners methodically investigate crimes in Los Angeles.

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"The story you are about to see is true", "Just the facts, ma'am", "We were working the day watch" - phrases which became so popular as to inspire much parody - set the realistic tone of this early police drama. The show emphasized careful police work and the interweaving of policemen's professional and personal lives. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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(300 episodes)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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On 11 August 2009 the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was also issued. The stamp honoring "Dragnet" has a picture of star Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday. Other shows honored in the Early TV Memories issue were: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), The Dinah Shore Show (1951), "The Ed Sullivan Show" (originally titled The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)), The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950), Hopalong Cassidy (1952), The Honeymooners (1955), "The Howdy Doody Show" (original title: The Howdy Doody Show (1947)), I Love Lucy (1951), Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947), Lassie (1954), The Lone Ranger (1949), Perry Mason (1957), The Phil Silvers Show (1955), The Red Skelton Hour (1951), "Texaco Star Theater" (titled Texaco Star Theatre (1948), 1954-1956), The Tonight Show (which began as Tonight! (1953)), The Twilight Zone (1959), and You Bet Your Life (1950). See more »

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Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.
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The best cop show ever.
16 June 2000 | by (Akron, Ohio) – See all my reviews

In my opinion this is the best cop show ever made. I haven't seen all the episodes, but I've seen a good deal of them, and I enjoy them very much. Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday is the best cop around, and Ben Alexander as officer Frank Smith was the perfect partner for him (there were a few others in the real early shows but Smith was the best). The show was long running, and finally stopped in 1959. Although Webb brought the show back in 1967, and in color with Harry Morgan as his partner, these shows seem quieter and better in black and white. I think everyone who is a fan of Webb or just likes TV should see this cool show.


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