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

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Jack Webb
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1959   1958   1957   1956   1955   1954   … See all »
Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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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Trivia

This was the first ever American import shown on ITV in the United Kingdon. It was first shown on September 23, 1955, the channel's second day of broadcast. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

Many of the episodes available on DVD are from syndication copies in which the classic "dumm-da-dum-dum" and theme music have been replaced by other music. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Smallville: Hex (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From Dragnet (Danger Ahead)
Composed by Walter Schumann
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A First-Rate TV Crime Show
4 October 2012 | by strong-122-478885See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Badge 714 See more »

Company Credits

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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