The BEST Episodes of Dragnet (1951)
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 29, 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 Plant
Season 3 - Episode 35 - Aired Apr 29, 1954
A woman disappears and her husband is the prime suspect, but Friday and Smith will have a hard time getting past his fierce guard dogs.
#6 - The Big Bar
Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 14, 1954
A holdup man is sticking up bars. After he takes the money he kills many of his victims. Sargeant Friday has few leads other than that the holdup man likes a certain song on the jukebox and likes to drink scotch and water.
#7 - 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.
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#10 - The Big Cop
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 1, 1953
#11 - The Big Betty
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 24, 1953
Friday and Smith track down a confidence ring who are selling defective watches.
#12 - 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.
#13 - The Big Break
Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 19, 1953
Friday and Smith track down an escaped convict who is armed and dangerous.
#14 - The Big Frame
Season 3 - Episode 34 - Aired Apr 22, 1954
A man's body is found in the gutter and the only clue is a pair of skid marks found nearby.
#15 - The Big Crime
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 9, 1954
When two four year old twin girls turn up missing, Sgt. Friday and Officer Smith are called in. The girls are found, but were molested. The officers continue to investigate until they locate the perpetrator.
#16 - 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.
#17 - The Big Whiff
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 15, 1953
A woman is murdered when she is given an overdose of chloroform.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#22 - 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.
#23 - The Big Girl
Season 3 - Episode 31 - Aired Apr 1, 1954
Friday and Smith hunt down the bandit queen; a tall, gorgeous woman who is on a rampage of robberies and shootings.