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


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 Sergeant Joe Friday / ... (98 episodes, 1967-1970)
 Officer Bill Gannon (98 episodes, 1967-1970)


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 Eric Sorensen

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Law enforcement - '68 style with detective Sgt. Friday (Jack Webb). All new dramas based on L.A. police records. Co-starring Harry Morgan. (season 2)


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Release Date:

12 January 1967 (USA)  »

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Dragnet  »

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(100 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »


[first lines]
Main Title Announcer: The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.
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Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
Composed by Walter Schumann
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This show was solid
20 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This show was solid, hard-hitting, and real.

I read the autobiography of Thomas Redden (I am pretty sure that was his name), the L.A. Chief Of Police when Draget was on the air. He said that Jack Webb invited him to the set one day. Webb asked Redden to let him know if anything was amiss. Redden said that he was astounded at what he saw. The set he mentioned was the set where Friday and Gannon sat at the tables, discussing cases, going over evidence, etc. Redden said that the set was 100% accurate, down to the location of the ash trays on the tables.

Jack Webb was a stickler for accuracy. That shines through in the shows. From what I've heard, the procedures shown in Dragnet are still pretty accurate, and were very accurate for those days. Dragnet hold up well, even though it's been almost 40 years since Jack Webb last appeared as Joe Friday.

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