The classic police drama is updated for the 1960s. No-nonsense Sgt. Joe Friday and his partner, Officer Bill Gannon, tackle traditional police cases and face new challenges such as LSD, race riots, and public service TV shows. Written by
Jack Webb had intended to do another revival of the series in 1982. However, because of Harry Morgan's commitments to both M*A*S*H (1972) and its spin-off After MASH (1983) he didn't sign on for the proposed remake. Webb then decided to cast Kent McCord in the role of Friday's new partner; either as "Jim Reed" (the character McCord played on Adam-12 (1968)) or as a new character altogether. Unfortunately, those plans never came to fruition due to Webb's passing due to a massive heart attack in December 1982. See more »
Harry Morgan, the actor cast to play Officer Gannon, stood only 5'4", and would have failed the height requirement for LAPD officers at that time. See more »
This is still the greatest police drama that ever was made. When I was growing up, the second version of the show in the late 60's/early 70's was the only version I knew and it not only showed how police track down criminals, but it was also the first show that dealt with the day to day operations of the L.A.P.D.. Everything was covered from watching how a young man (or woman) becomes a police officer to community relations. This version really tried to hammer down the point that police officers are human beings and that they do have lives outside the squad room.
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