Dragnet (1951)

The BEST episodes of Dragnet (1951)

Every episode of Dragnet (1951) ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Dragnet (1951)!

"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.

Last Updated: 8/4/2022Network: NBC
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The Big Phone Call
star
10.00
29 votes

#1 - The Big Phone Call

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/22/1952

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

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big Test
star
10.00
1 votes

#2 - The Big Test

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/9/1953

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

The Big Frank
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10.00
1 votes

#3 - The Big Frank

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired 5/7/1953

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The Big Barrette
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10.00
1 votes

#4 - The Big Barrette

Season 2 - Episode 32 - Aired 6/18/1953

The Big Plant
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10.00
1 votes

#5 - The Big Plant

Season 3 - Episode 35 - Aired 4/29/1954

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.

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The Big Bar
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10.00
1 votes

#6 - The Big Bar

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/14/1954

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.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big Cast
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9.90
31 votes

#7 - The Big Cast

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/14/1952

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

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big September Man
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9.03
30 votes

#8 - The Big September Man

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/8/1952

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

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big .22 Rifle for Christmas
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9.00
2 votes

#9 - The Big .22 Rifle for Christmas

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/18/1952

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

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big Cop
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9.00
1 votes

#10 - The Big Cop

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/1/1953

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The Big Betty
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9.00
3 votes

#11 - The Big Betty

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/24/1953

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

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big Hit-Run Killer
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9.00
2 votes

#12 - The Big Hit-Run Killer

Season 3 - Episode 29 - Aired 3/18/1954

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

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big Crime
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9.00
3 votes

#13 - The Big Crime

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/9/1954

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.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big Girl
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8.67
3 votes

#14 - The Big Girl

Season 3 - Episode 31 - Aired 4/1/1954

Friday and Smith hunt down the bandit queen; a tall, gorgeous woman who is on a rampage of robberies and shootings.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big Grandma
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8.50
2 votes

#15 - The Big Grandma

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/8/1953

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

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The Big Break
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8.50
2 votes

#16 - The Big Break

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/19/1953

Friday and Smith track down an escaped convict who is armed and dangerous.

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The Big Little Jesus
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8.50
2 votes

#17 - The Big Little Jesus

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 12/24/1953

A statue of the Child Jesus is stolen from a church. Friday and Smith must find it before the paritioners miss it on Christmas morning.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big Shoplift
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8.50
2 votes

#18 - The Big Shoplift

Season 3 - Episode 28 - Aired 3/11/1954

Friday and Smith are surprised to find a wealthy house wife is a shoplifter, until they discover that she is a kleptomaniac.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big Frame
star
8.50
2 votes

#19 - The Big Frame

Season 3 - Episode 34 - Aired 4/22/1954

A man's body is found in the gutter and the only clue is a pair of skid marks found nearby.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big Seventeen
star
8.20
5 votes

#20 - The Big Seventeen

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/6/1952

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

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big Whiff
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8.00
1 votes

#21 - The Big Whiff

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/15/1953

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

The Big Light
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8.00
1 votes

#22 - The Big Light

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/26/1953

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

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The Big Waiter
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8.00
1 votes

#23 - The Big Waiter

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/2/1953

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

The Big Hands
star
8.00
1 votes

#24 - The Big Hands

Season 2 - Episode 28 - Aired 5/21/1953

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

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The Big Kill
star
8.00
1 votes

#25 - The Big Kill

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/3/1953

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

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