The BEST Episodes of Dragnet (1951)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 29, 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 Plant

#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.

star 10.00
1 votes
The Big Bar

#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.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers:
The Big Cast

#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.

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

#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.

star 9.03
30 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers: James E. Moser
The Big .22 Rifle for Christmas

#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.

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

#10 - The Big Cop

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 1, 1953

star 9.00
1 votes
The Big Betty

#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.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers: James E. Moser
The Big Grandma

#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.

star 8.50
2 votes
The Big Break

#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.

star 8.50
2 votes
The Big Frame

#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.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers:
The Big Crime

#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.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers:
The Big Seventeen

#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.

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

#17 - 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

#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.

star 8.00
1 votes
The Big Waiter

#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.

star 8.00
1 votes
The Big Hands

#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.

star 8.00
1 votes
The Big Kill

#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.

star 8.00
1 votes
The Big Hit-Run Killer

#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.

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

#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.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Jack Webb
Writers:
The Big Family

#24 - The Big Family

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Jan 13, 1955

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

#25 - The Big Red

Season 8 - Episode 39 - Aired Aug 23, 1959

star 8.00
1 votes