Sgt. Joe Friday is called back from vacation to work with his partner, Off. Bill Gannon, on a missing persons case. Two amateur female models and a young war widow have vanished, having ... See full summary »
"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
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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. See more »
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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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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