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

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...  Sgt. Joe Friday / ... 276 episodes, 1951-1959
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"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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(300 episodes)

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(RCA Sound System)

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This series spawned two million-selling hit singles. In the summer of 1953. Ray Anthony and His Orchestra recorded the theme music, titled "Dragnet" (#2 US Pop). In addition, reaching #1 on the charts, was a three-minute speaking satire, recorded by comedian Stan Freberg, his co writer Daws Butler and June Foray, titled "St. George and the Dragonet". See more »

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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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Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
Composed by Walter Schumann
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Just the facts, ma'am
16 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

I'm most familiar with the Harry Morgan period but all versions I've seen of the TV and radio originals are really good. Post-sixties angst is absent from the stories and characterizations, as in Perry Mason and perhaps a few others. Actually, "Ozzie and Harriet" from a different angle gives the same picture of a time with a bit less self-doubt.


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