The BEST Episodes of Dragnet (1951)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Network: NBC

"This is the city, Los Angeles, California. I work here, I carry a badge." The granddaddy of all TV cop shows which ran on NBC from 1951-1959. Jack Webb starred as Sgt. Joe Friday, a plainclothes detective who solved crimes for the Los Angeles Police Department. Ben Alexander played Friday's partner, Officer Frank Smith. The story lines were taken from real life case files of the LAPD and the names were always changed to protect the innocent.

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The Big Phone Call

#1 - The Big Phone Call

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired May 22, 1952

Friday confronts a jeweler with tape recorded evidence that proves he hired someone to rob his own store.

star 10.00
29 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers: James E. Moser
The Big Test

#2 - The Big Test

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 9, 1953

A young man reports that he was robbed by bandits on horseback while he was down in Mexico.

star 10.00
1 votes
The Big Frank

#3 - The Big Frank

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired May 7, 1953

star 10.00
1 votes
The Big Barrette

#4 - The Big Barrette

Season 2 - Episode 32 - Aired Jun 18, 1953

star 10.00
1 votes
The Big Cast

#5 - The Big Cast

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 14, 1952

The police interrogate a suspect whom they believe to have murdered more than a dozen men.

star 9.90
31 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers: James E. Moser
The Big September Man

#6 - The Big September Man

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired May 8, 1952

A secretary is beaten to death and the search for the killer leads police to a religious fanatic.

star 9.00
29 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers: James E. Moser
The Big .22 Rifle for Christmas

#7 - The Big .22 Rifle for Christmas

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 18, 1952

Two small boys are missing, there are blood stains on the ground and a gun meant as a Christmas present is gone.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers: James E. Moser
The Big Cop

#8 - The Big Cop

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 1, 1953

star 9.00
1 votes
The Big Grandma

#9 - The Big Grandma

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 8, 1953

An elderly woman is passing bad checks, but no one suspects her because she looks harmless.

star 8.50
2 votes
The Big Betty

#10 - The Big Betty

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 24, 1953

Friday and Smith track down a confidence ring who are selling defective watches.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers: James E. Moser
The Human Bomb

#11 - The Human Bomb

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 16, 1951

A man walks into City hall carrying a live bomb. He threatens to blow up the building if his brother isn't released from jail.

star 8.20
5 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers: James E. Moser
The Big Whiff

#12 - The Big Whiff

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 15, 1953

A woman is murdered when she is given an overdose of chloroform.

star 8.00
1 votes
The Big Light

#13 - The Big Light

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 26, 1953

Friday and Smith must decide between accident or murder when a crewman working on a movie set is killed by a falling light.

star 8.00
1 votes
The Big Waiter

#14 - The Big Waiter

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 2, 1953

An immigrant is brutally beaten to death and the trail may lead to the victim's abused wife.

star 8.00
1 votes
The Big Hands

#15 - The Big Hands

Season 2 - Episode 28 - Aired May 21, 1953

Friday and Smith suspect a psycho killer when they find a woman with a broken neck in a hotel room.

star 8.00
1 votes
The Big Kill

#16 - The Big Kill

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 3, 1953

A cop is gunned down at home by a vengeful ex con. Friday must go under cover in prison to obtain a full confession.

star 8.00
1 votes
The Big Hit-Run Killer

#17 - The Big Hit-Run Killer

Season 3 - Episode 29 - Aired Mar 18, 1954

A woman and her grandson are run down by a bakery truck, but the driver has an airtight alibi.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers: James E. Moser
The Big Red

#18 - The Big Red

Season 8 - Episode 39 - Aired Aug 23, 1959

star 8.00
1 votes
The Big Seventeen

#19 - The Big Seventeen

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 6, 1952

Friday and Smith investigate a group of teenagers who are using and selling drugs.

star 7.75
4 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers: James E. Moser
The Big Actor

#20 - The Big Actor

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 3, 1952

Friday and Romero track down a drug ring through a small-time television actor who is hooked on heroin.

star 7.50
4 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers: James E. Moser
The Big Blast

#21 - The Big Blast

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 10, 1952

A divorced mother is killed in bed by a shotgun while her young boy sleeps beside her.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers: Jack Webb
The Big Jump

#22 - The Big Jump

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 11, 1952

A man stands upon the ledge of a tall building and threatens to jump to his death below.

star 7.00
2 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers: James E. Moser
The Big Sorrow

#23 - The Big Sorrow

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 25, 1952

Friday must cope with the sudden death of his partner as he and his new partner track a pair of escaped convicts.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers: James E. Moser
The Big Elevator

#24 - The Big Elevator

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 9, 1952

Friday and Smith search for the person who left a dead woman in a hospital elevator.

star 7.00
1 votes
The Big Show

#25 - The Big Show

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 22, 1953

A seven-week-old baby is found abandoned in a bus station.

star 7.00
1 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers: James E. Moser