The WORST episodes of Dragnet
Every episode of Dragnet ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Dragnet!
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.
#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.Watch Now:Amazon
#2 - 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.
#4 - 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.Watch Now:Amazon
#5 - 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?
#10 - 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.Watch Now:Amazon
#11 - 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).
#18 - 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.
#23 - 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.Watch Now:Amazon
#24 - 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.Watch Now:Amazon
#25 - Internal Affairs - DR-20
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/12/1968
Joe and Bill investigate a charge of police brutallity against a patrolman. The patrolman was attempting to stop someone from driving drunk when things got out of hand and the drunk tears the patrolman's uniform. This is a crossover episode with Adam-12, taking place in Rampart Station and featuring appearances by Officers Pete Malloy and Jim Reed.Watch Now:Amazon