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LAPD: Dragnet - In the 1950s, actor Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe "Just the Facts" Friday showcased the LAPD homicide department on the police drama DRAGNET/NBC/1951-59/NBC/1967-70.

Jack Webb as Joe Friday - DRAGNET

Over the years, his partners were Barton Yarborough as Sergeant Ben Romero; Barney Phillips as Sergeant Ed Jacobs; Ben Alexander as Officer Frank Smith; and Harry Morgan as Officer Bill Gannon. The series remake L.A. DRAGNET/ABC/2003-04 starred Ed O'Neill as Joe Friday.


"Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to see is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent." [George Fenneman as Narrator]  "This is the city. Los Angeles, California. I work here... I'm a cop."  [Voice of Jack Webb]

[Revised opening] "This is the city. Los Angeles, California. I work here. I carry a badge. My name's Friday..."

Following this opening, Joe gave details of the episode. "It was Thursday, February 9. It was rainy in Los Angeles. We were working homicide... (etc.)"


At the conclusion of the show announcer George Fenneman closed the show saying "The story you have just seen is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent."

Dragnet 1967


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