While investigating the murder of a pretty young career girl, Friday and Gannon meet a little old man named Calvin Lampe who is more than a little interested in their investigation. In fact, he even ...
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
When the original show (Dragnet (1951)) ended, Joe Friday had been promoted to Lieutenant. However, Jack Webb decided to make Friday a sergeant again for the new series because "few people remember that Friday was promoted toward the end of our run. We think it's better to have Joe a sergeant again. Few detective-lieutenants get out into the field." 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 »
Somehow reading a lot of these comments about other classic shows like "Dragnet 1967 - 1970" can make me appreciate growing up during that time frame when shows made so much sense and taught a lesson such as on so many occasions that this version of Dragnet did. I guess I would have to rate a favorite episode as the only one where Joe himself had to be tried for shooting a would-be criminal in self-defense at I think it was a laundromat. It showed that NO ONE can be above the law, not even the cops themselves. It's a pity that the first season was not a big seller on DVD - I have checked with tvondvd.com and apparently there are no plans to release the remaining two seasons for that very reason...since now the show is only shown on one relatively obscure cable network that not all systems have, let's increase the sales of season 1 - I own a copy and enjoyed watching it....
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