A television show asks the question - who needs the police? Friday and Gannon are invited to sit on the panel to defend the police department from others that think the police are not needed.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Chuck Bligh
Tom Higgins
Jesse Chaplin (as Don Sturdy)
Mondo Mabamba (as Dick Williams)
Dennis McCarthy ...
Sgt. Dan Cooke
Don Ross ...
Monty Warren
Charles Brewer ...
Charles Varco
Harry Wilson
John Dietz
Penny Gaston ...
Diane Newcombe
Speedy Zapata ...
Jay Herrera


A television show asks the question - who needs the police? Friday and Gannon are invited to sit on the panel to defend the police department from others that think the police are not needed.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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19 September 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The tag scene to the WKRP in Cincinnati: Hold Up (1978) (where an out-of-work announcer hijacks a remote broadcast) spoofs the common tag scenes of "Dragnet". DJ Johnny Fever (Howard Hesseman, who appears in this episode) is shown on camera, holding up a police sketch (presumably made from his verbal description) of Richard Nixon. See more »

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Imagine Joe Friday on the Morton Downey Show...
24 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dragnet fans tend to avoid 2 types of shows: 1) the ones when Gannon invites Joe home and 2) Joe working daywatch out of Public Affairs. This, the latter, allows Jack Webb to go off on his personal (and now, to be polite, quaint) right wing attack agendas. To his credit he makes no bones about where he stands on drugs, hippies and even here gets a plug in for the Vietnam War, normally a topic he steadfastly avoided. In this episode he conjures up a hippie version of 'Our Gang' that features every caricature of 1960's counter-culture Webb despised: the liberal college professor (in the form of Mark VII regular Stacy Harris--- Webb's best friend in his perosnal life), the black militant, the hippie stoner journalist (hey that's WKRP's Howard Hessman! He must've left Webb unimpressed since he never made any encore appearances). Webb's favorite weirdo teenager Mickey Sholdar is on hand to voice his support for marijuana. This now plays like a bad SNL skit. "It was Wednesday, August 4th... we were working daywatch out of Robbery Division..." except the boys get pulled for public affairs duty in order to appear on a TV show called "Speak Your Mind"... hosted by an emcee who wears judge's robes replete with a peace medallion and love beads (for the uninformed, think Mardi Gras accessories). Gasp in awe over the threads, about the police being continually referred to as "the fuzz" and consider the fact that this show was produced around the same time as the 1968 Democratic Convention riots in Chicago and shortly after both the MLK and RFK assassinations. One interesting vignette: there is a right wing anti-gun registration loudmouth audience member; Webb's retort flies directly in the face of the current NRA platform (to be fair, he could be just as tough on police corruption and police procedural violations as vile unwashed hippie scum). Weird yet dull episode... really only of interest to anyone trying to understand the no-gray area mind of Jack Webb.

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