The BEST Episodes of Dragnet (1951)
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 18, 2021
"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.
#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.
#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.
#3 - The Big Frank
Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired May 7, 1953
#4 - The Big Barrette
Season 2 - Episode 32 - Aired Jun 18, 1953
#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.
#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.
#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.
#8 - The Big Cop
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 1, 1953
#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.
#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.
#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.
#12 - The Big Whiff
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 15, 1953
A woman is murdered when she is given an overdose of chloroform.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#18 - The Big Red
Season 8 - Episode 39 - Aired Aug 23, 1959
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.