Dragnet

The BEST episodes of Dragnet

Every episode of Dragnet ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Dragnet!

Dragnet 1967-1970 was the second run of the Dragnet series. It began in January of 1967, and ran to September of 1970. The lead character, Sgt. Joe Friday, was played by Jack Webb, who also directed and produced the series. The show's focus is on two detectives, Sgt. Joe Friday, and Officer Bill Gannon, played by Harry Morgan. The two track down criminals all throughout the city of Los Angeles, California. The original "Dragnet" was the grandfather of ALL of today's police drama shows. This was the first time a cancelled network TV series was successfully revived. In late 1965, Universal and NBC hired Webb to revive "Dragnet" as a made-for-TV movie. This was filmed in early 1966, but didn't air until January 1969. Titled "World Premiere: Dragnet," the well-made film has Friday and Gannon linking the slayings of photographer's models to the disappearance of a war widow, while Gannon prepares to retire.

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Public Affairs - DR-12
star
8.20
10 votes

#1 - Public Affairs - DR-12

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/14/1968

Joe and Bill are assigned to help arrange a press conference for the President of the United States at LAX

Directors: Jack Webb
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Narcotics - DR-21
star
8.17
6 votes

#2 - Narcotics - DR-21

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/30/1969

The Captain ask Joe and Bill to investigate having dogs trained to sniff out narcotics. They contact a dog trainer to train dogs for the job. Joe and Bill do a demonstration for Judges to prove the effectiveness of using a dog to detect marijuana.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Candy Store Robberies
star
8.14
14 votes

#3 - The Candy Store Robberies

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/9/1967

Friday and Gannon try to figure out a pattern to a series of candy store hold-ups. The solution comes when they discover that there are two suspects.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Investigation
star
8.00
9 votes

#4 - The Investigation

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired 3/14/1968

Friday and Gannon are screening applicants for the Police Academy. One seems to have all the right qualifications, except that six months are missing from his application.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Administrative Vice - DR-29
star
8.00
7 votes

#5 - Administrative Vice - DR-29

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/6/1969

Joe has a new partner, Lt. Chris Drucker while Bill recovers from the flu. Joe and Chris are trying to catch bookies. Drucker is really working for the bookies and has been tipping them off when a raid is planned. Drucker tries to bribe Joe to help him.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Forgery - The Ranger
star
8.00
4 votes

#6 - Forgery - The Ranger

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/12/1970

Friday and Gannon question a Park Ranger about some stolen checks.

Directors: Jack Webb
Writer: Don Kilburn
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D.H.Q. - Night School
star
8.00
5 votes

#7 - D.H.Q. - Night School

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 3/19/1970

Joe is enrolled in night school and is taking a sensitivity class. The class does not know Joe is a cop until Joe busts one of his classmates for possession of Marijuana. The professor threatens to give Joe an F for the bust. He puts removing Joe up for a vote by the class. An unexpected classmate comes to Joe's aid.

Directors: Jack Webb
Writer: Dick Morgan
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I.A.D. - The Receipt
star
8.00
5 votes

#8 - I.A.D. - The Receipt

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired 3/26/1970

Two of the department's veteran homicide detectives are accused of stealing $800 from a dead man. Joe and Bill investigate and try to find a missing receipt that would clear the detectives.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big Dog
star
8.00
13 votes

#9 - The Big Dog

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/23/1967

A purse-snatching dog? This is the case Friday and Gannon must solve. Making things more difficult, victims give different descriptions of the four-legged thief.

Directors: Jack Webb
Writer: Henry Irving
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The Fur Job
star
7.92
12 votes

#10 - The Fur Job

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/16/1967

Gannon goes undercover as a buyer in order to trap fur theives.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big High
star
7.91
11 votes

#11 - The Big High

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/2/1967

An elderly businessman, concerned about the welfare of his grandchild, informs Friday and Gannon that his daughter and son-in-law are using marijuana regularly. The young couple make no apologies for their lifestyle, which inevitably leads to disaster.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Management Services - DR-11
star
7.86
7 votes

#12 - Management Services - DR-11

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/10/1968

Joe and Bill are called back to work because of an emergency. It's April 4, 1968, and Dr Martin Luther King has been assassinated less than an hour ago. They are assigned to the police emergency control center to monitor potential unrest in the LA area

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Senior Citizen
star
7.85
13 votes

#13 - The Senior Citizen

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/26/1967

A series of daring daylight house burglaries are taking place; perpetrated by an octegenarian who uses the wedding and obituary notices in the paper to select his victims.

Directors: Jack Webb
Writer: Henry Irving
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Personnel - The Shooting
star
7.83
6 votes

#14 - Personnel - The Shooting

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/18/1969

Joe and Bill are assigned to the Medical Services Division. Two policemen have been shot. Joe and Bill must notify the wives.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Homicide - DR-22
star
7.82
11 votes

#15 - Homicide - DR-22

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/9/1969

Joe and Bill are called to an apartment where the manager has found a young woman bound and dead. The 91 year old manager of the apartment building is a suspect until joe find out that the old man was chief of detectives in Chicago. Finger prints lead Joe and Bill to a couple.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Homicide - Who Killed Who?
star
7.80
5 votes

#16 - Homicide - Who Killed Who?

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/29/1970

There is a multiple homicide at a rooming house. When Joe and Bill arrive, they find two dead in the lobby near a broken TV set and the manager has been shot and is near death. The manager mumbles the words "oft one" to Joe as he is taken away to the hospital. Bill and Joe start searching for clues and what the managers word mean.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Burglary - Baseball
star
7.80
5 votes

#17 - Burglary - Baseball

Season 4 - Episode 25 - Aired 4/9/1970

A furniture store has been burglarized overnight and the thief took $1900 from a locked safe. The store's secretary find a lead and Joe uses it to track down a "baseball fan".

Directors: Jack Webb
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Juvenile - DR-05
star
7.75
8 votes

#18 - Juvenile - DR-05

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/26/1968

Joe and Bill are working the night watch of Juvenile division. They handle a run away boy from New York, an underage marriage, an abandoned baby, a boy on drugs, and a girl accused of stealing money.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Internal Affairs - Parolee
star
7.75
4 votes

#19 - Internal Affairs - Parolee

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/27/1969

The warden of a Colorado prison has notified the department that an inmate is about to be paroled, but there is a hold from LA because of an outstanding warrant. Joe and Bill investigate whether there is still a case after 15 years.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Burglary Auto - Juvenile Genius
star
7.75
4 votes

#20 - Burglary Auto - Juvenile Genius

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/4/1969

Burglaries are happening and the thieves are leaving a red cloth at each crime scene. Joe and Bill respond to another break in at a chemical company and a safe company. Joe and Bill stake out the chemical company and catch an unexpected pair of thieves.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Robbery - The Harassing Wife
star
7.75
4 votes

#21 - Robbery - The Harassing Wife

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired 4/2/1970

Joe and Bill investigate a holdup at a small neighborhood grocery store. Joe gets a tip from a woman that the robber was her husband. The husband is cleared. Another supermarket robbery occurs and the wife again accuses her husband. He is cleared again. The wife continues to insist after every robbery that her husband did it.

Directors: Jack Webb
Writer: Alf Harris
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Vice - DR-30
star
7.71
7 votes

#22 - Vice - DR-30

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 3/13/1969

The Captain assigns Joe and Bill to find the location of a high stakes poker operation that has been preying on visitors. Bill and Joe pose as farmers and check into a hotel where an agricultural convention is occurring.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Juvenile - DR-35
star
7.71
7 votes

#23 - Juvenile - DR-35

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired 4/3/1969

An infant girl is found in a garbage can; Joe and Bill use the child's blanket to track down the mother.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Internal Affairs - DR-20
star
7.67
6 votes

#24 - Internal Affairs - DR-20

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/12/1968

Joe and Bill investigate a charge of police brutallity against a patrolman. The patrolman was attempting to stop someone from driving drunk when things got out of hand and the drunk tears the patrolman's uniform. This is a crossover episode with Adam-12, taking place in Rampart Station and featuring appearances by Officers Pete Malloy and Jim Reed.

Directors: Jack Webb
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D.H.Q. - Missing Person
star
7.67
6 votes

#25 - D.H.Q. - Missing Person

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/13/1969

Joe and Bill investigate a missing high school student. They find that both the student and her older sister are missing. However, the apartment manager and neighbor say that there is no younger sister. Joe and Bill must find the truth.

Directors: Jack Webb
Writer: Alf Harris
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