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

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Jack Webb
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Jack Webb ...  Sgt. Joe Friday / ... 276 episodes, 1951-1959
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Storyline

"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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Badge 714 See more »

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Production Co:

Mark VII Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(300 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Contrary to popular belief, Joe Friday never said "Just the facts, ma'am" in any episode. The actual phrase used was "All we want "know"] are the facts, ma'am". See more »

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[first lines]
Announcer: 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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Referenced in Destroy All Humans! (2005) See more »

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Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
Composed by Walter Schumann
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A First-Rate TV Crime Show
4 October 2012 | by Dalbert PringleSee all my reviews

Though somewhat dry and routine at times, generally speaking, Dragnet's no-frills approach to the telling of its "real-life" crime stories was actually very entertaining, for the most part.

Presented in a semi-documentary style, this highly-popular TV show from the glorious 1950s featured Sargeant Joe Friday and his ever-helpful sidekick, Frank Smith, who, through intense investigation, always got their man (and sometimes got their girl).

You can be sure that when Friday's on the case, justice will be served.

Filmed in b&w, Dragnet's episodes were all approx. 25 minutes in length.


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