Detective Sergeant Joe Friday opened this program week on week with the same words which goes as “This is the city, Los Angeles, California. I work here, I carry a badge.”
This is followed by the theme music “Dum-de-dum-dum” which is found quite captivating.
This series can be considered as the most famous drama on police in the industry of television. The unique feature of Dragnet was the way the reality was portrayed in it, right from the style with which the case is narrated by Joe Friday in a documentary way to the point where it showed cases from the real files of L.A.P.D bringing the finest details of detective work to the attention of the public (“It was 3:55…We were working the day watch out of homicide.”). The series reminded the viewers on the not so glamorous cases and the way their privacy was intruded in case of police men which eventually made the final encounter with the criminal more exciting to watch. Once the criminal is apprehended at the episode’s end, the trial and the sentence given to the criminal is described by an announcer. Jack Webb was the creator and the director of this series. The phrases used in this series became the bywords of the nation soon. For instance the ones from Jack Webb “My name is Friday – I am a cop” and “Just the facts ma’am”.
The sparse, stunning style of the classic series “Dragnet” has influenced the police genre for over fifty years. Director/star Jack Webb struck new ground through his pursuit of authenticity, extracting the stories from actual LAPD cases and focusing on deductive and investigative police work. Begun in 1949 as a radio program, the original television series ran from 1952 through 1959 and was the most popular detective series of the decade. Three movies were produced featuring Joe Friday, including one in 1987 starring Dan Aykroyd. The series returned to the air in the 1960′s for a second series and the legacy continues with the contemporary series starring Ed O’Neill.
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