An Overview of the Dragnet TV Show
Dragnet, syndicated as Badge 714, was a radio and television crime drama about the criminal cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his police partners.
Surprisingly, the Dragnet television show takes its name from an actual police term, a “dragnet”. The term means a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects. The Dragnet TV show was one of the most famous and influential police procedural TV dramas in history. The Dragnet TV series gave millions of audience members a feel for the monotony, boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, involved in true police work. Dragnet earned high praise from both critics and audiences for improving the general public opinion of police officers. The United States could use another Joe Friday and his Dragnet team, as law enforcement has a terrible approval rating these days.
Actor and producer Jack Webb’s goals for the Dragnet show were to portray a realistic, true to life, picture of a police officer and their day-to-day lives. He managed to achieve both and the show continued to be influential on subsequent police TV crime dramas for many years to come.
In 1987, the show was also made into a feature film, which starred Dan Aykroyd as Joe Friday and Tom Hanks as his partner, Streebeck. The film, which as more of a comedy than a serious law enforcement film, had positive success at the box office, mainly due to the popularity of the main actors.
Dragnet TV Show Season Episodes on DVD
- Dragnet 1967 – Season 1 on DVD – This set includes all 17 episodes from the first season on two discs. The package also includes a bonus disc contains a radio broadcast.
- Season Two – 28 episodes.
- Season Three – 27 episodes.
- Season Four – 26 episodes.
The original series ran for a total of four seasons, all of which are available on video. Check out all of the episodes of Dragnet TV Series on DVD at Amazon.com.
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