Dragnet

The WORST episodes of Dragnet

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Dragnet 1967-1970 was the second run of the Dragnet series. It began in January of 1967, and ran to September of 1970. The lead character, Sgt. Joe Friday, was played by Jack Webb, who also directed and produced the series. The show's focus is on two detectives, Sgt. Joe Friday, and Officer Bill Gannon, played by Harry Morgan. The two track down criminals all throughout the city of Los Angeles, California. The original "Dragnet" was the grandfather of ALL of today's police drama shows. This was the first time a cancelled network TV series was successfully revived. In late 1965, Universal and NBC hired Webb to revive "Dragnet" as a made-for-TV movie. This was filmed in early 1966, but didn't air until January 1969. Titled "World Premiere: Dragnet," the well-made film has Friday and Gannon linking the slayings of photographer's models to the disappearance of a war widow, while Gannon prepares to retire.

Last Updated: 6/6/2022Network: NBC
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The Big Prophet
star
5.63
8 votes

#1 - The Big Prophet

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/11/1968

Friday and Gannon are convinced that "Brother" William Bentley's Temple of the Expanded Mind is just a sham - a front for Bentley to sell LSD to the students of a nearby elementary school.

Directors: Jack Webb
Narcotics - DR-16
star
6.78
9 votes

#2 - Narcotics - DR-16

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/5/1968

Someone is selling LSD to teens. Joe and Bill are asked to speak to a local High School group that want to form an anti drug club "Smart Teens". They plan to create posters and Joe gets a Disney artist to draw them. But will the kids follow through?

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Christmas Story
star
6.89
9 votes

#3 - The Christmas Story

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 12/21/1967

A statue of the child Jesus was stolen from a church. Joe and Bill have to get it back by Christmas. They have less than 48 hours. Briefly appearing in this episode is Barry Williams, best known as Greg Brady on the 1970s sitcom THE BRADY BUNCH.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Bank Examiner Swindle
star
6.93
14 votes

#4 - The Bank Examiner Swindle

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/23/1967

Two con men, posing as bank examiners, are bilking the elderly out of their life savings.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big Explosion
star
6.97
58 votes

#5 - The Big Explosion

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/19/1967

A neo-Nazi psycho has planted a bomb somewhere in L.A. Friday and Gannon have to find it.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Masked Bandits
star
7.00
24 votes

#6 - The Masked Bandits

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/16/1967

Four bandits wearing red masks commit a series of robberies.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big Frustration
star
7.00
14 votes

#7 - The Big Frustration

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/19/1967

Sgt. Carl Maxwell, a frustrated fellow detective, goes AWOL; Friday and Gannon have three days to track him down before Maxwell loses his badge for good.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Community Relations - DR-17
star
7.00
6 votes

#8 - Community Relations - DR-17

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/2/1969

Joe and Bill are sent to a Community Relations conference at Lake Arrowhead with other police officers. Their task is to discuss ways of improving community relations, and in the process find a few officers that have bigoted views.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Intelligence - DR-34
star
7.00
8 votes

#9 - Intelligence - DR-34

Season 3 - Episode 27 - Aired 4/17/1969

Joe is invited to a night school alumni party. Joe goes and is approached by one of the alumni to join the Fielder Militia, a right wing group. They want Joe to help one of the Militia’s members get a Federal firearms license. Joe works with the ATM to join the Militia to locate Militia’s cache of illegal automatic weapons.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Burglary - The Dognappers
star
7.00
7 votes

#10 - Burglary - The Dognappers

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/26/1970

Dogs are disappearing from cars parked at the El Centro shopping center. Joe and Bill suspect that the dogs are being stolen to get a reward for the dogs return.

Directors: Jack Webb
The Big Departure
star
7.09
11 votes

#11 - The Big Departure

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/7/1968

Petty theft from drug and hardware stores leads to a group of four teens who are determined to start their own nation on a remote island off the California coast.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Starlet
star
7.10
10 votes

#12 - The Starlet

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/1/1968

A teenage runaway, intent on becoming a star, has instead wound up in pornographic films. Acting on behalf of the girl's aunt, Friday and Gannon try to find the young "starlet."

Directors: Jack Webb
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Narco - Pill Maker
star
7.10
10 votes

#13 - Narco - Pill Maker

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/19/1970

A narcotic called "uppers" is being sold to juveniles. Joe and Bill must find who is making the pills and shut the operation down.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The LSD Story
star
7.11
85 votes

#14 - The LSD Story

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/12/1967

Sergeant Joe Friday and his partner Bill Gannon encounter a freaked-out young LSD user. This is the famous "Blue Boy" episode.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big Neighbor
star
7.12
17 votes

#15 - The Big Neighbor

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/12/1967

In this lighthearted, well-written episode, Bill invites Joe to dinner and a football game at his home in Eagle Rock. The only problem: Gannon's neighbors keep interrupting the visit with petty, and not-so-petty, problems.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Hammer
star
7.13
15 votes

#16 - The Hammer

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/2/1967

An elderly apartment manager is found to have been beaten to death with a hammer.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Big Shipment
star
7.17
12 votes

#17 - The Big Shipment

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 12/28/1967

Drugs are found aboard a plane that has crashed in the San Fernando Valley. The pilot is quickly traced, but in order to force him to name his connection, Friday and Gannon ask the press to sit on the story for a few hours.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Pyramid Swindle
star
7.18
11 votes

#18 - The Pyramid Swindle

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/30/1967

A female con-artist uses an evangelistic approach to lure buyers into her pyramid scheme. The Bunco division can't charge her with false advertising, so they prosecute her for operating a lottery.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Public Affairs - DR-07
star
7.22
9 votes

#19 - Public Affairs - DR-07

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/19/1968

Joe and Bill appear on the TV talk show "Speak Your Mind" debating the topic "The Police, Who Needs Them?" with a professor and a hippie (played by Howard Hessman, though listed in the credits as Don Sturdy).

Directors: Jack Webb
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B.O.D. - DR-27
star
7.22
9 votes

#20 - B.O.D. - DR-27

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/23/1969

Joe and Bill are assigned to the Business Office Division. A priest is in the division to observe its operation. Joe and Bill work a series of problems from a potential tidal wave, a wino, protesters, a suicide, and a lost boy.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Bunco - $9,000
star
7.25
8 votes

#21 - Bunco - $9,000

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/11/1969

Charlie Feeney, a wino police informant, calls Joe and claims he was swindled out of $9,000. The problem is the money wasn't his. Feeney turns the money over to someone claiming to be a private detective whose client is a big Las Vegas gambler. Joe and Bill track down the phony detective and start looking for the rightful owner of the money.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Missing Realtor
star
7.27
15 votes

#22 - The Missing Realtor

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/16/1967

A woman real-estate agent is missing and turns up dead in a vacant home. The detectives' one suspect - the woman's ex-boyfriend - is cleared; then credit card bills for purchases made after the woman's death start appearing.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Little Victim
star
7.27
11 votes

#23 - The Little Victim

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired 2/15/1968

When a nine-month old child is beaten, Friday and Gannon investigate the parents, who are more concerned about their failing relationship than their baby son.

Directors: Jack Webb
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Homicide - Cigarette Butt
star
7.27
11 votes

#24 - Homicide - Cigarette Butt

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/30/1969

Joe and Bill investigate a dead body found in a rundown apartment building. A half eaten peanut butter sandwich and a knife are found at the scene of the crime. A neighbor says that he saw a man and woman running out of the apartment. The man and woman come back and tell Joe and Bill that it was self defense. Joe looks for evidence that will prove or disproves the alibi.

Directors: Jack Webb
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The Phony Police Racket
star
7.29
14 votes

#25 - The Phony Police Racket

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/7/1967

Friday and Gannon investigate a scam involving a phony LAPD newsletter, which comes with a card for subscribers entitling the bearer to preferential treatment from the police.

Directors: Jack Webb
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