The BEST episodes written by David H. Vowell

The Fur Job
11 votes

#1 - The Fur Job

Dragnet - Season 1 - Episode 9

Gannon goes undercover as a buyer in order to trap fur theives.

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The Big High
10 votes

#2 - The Big High

Dragnet - Season 2 - Episode 8

An elderly businessman, concerned about the welfare of his grandchild, informs Friday and Gannon that his daughter and son-in-law are using marijuana regularly. The young couple make no apologies for their lifestyle, which inevitably leads to disaster.

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Murder by One
5 votes

#3 - Murder by One

Ironside - Season 7 - Episode 2

The teenage son of a friend of Fran's appears to commit suicide, however the evidence seems to point in a number of different directions. Did he kill himself, or was it a murder made to look like suicide? Or, alternatively, was a suicide made to look like it could have been murder? The Chief has to unravel the story, but he has little real evidence to help him along.

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The Shooting Board
14 votes

#4 - The Shooting Board

Dragnet - Season 2 - Episode 2

Joe stops at an all night launderette to buy cigarettes and interrupts a burglar working the coin changer. When he shouts "Freeze," the criminal comes up shooting. Joe returns fire, hitting the man, who flees with the help of his girlfriend. He's later found dead. When SID tries to find the bullet fired at Joe, they come up empty and Joe faces a shooting board with no proof the man ever fired at him. A great surprise ending.

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The Shooting
15 votes

#5 - The Shooting

Dragnet - Season 1 - Episode 11

A police officer is shot while making a routine check on a pair of paroled convicts that are parked near a liquor store.

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Something Worth Dying For (1)
7 votes

#6 - Something Worth Dying For (1)

Adam-12 - Season 7 - Episode 23

When Reed is discouraged by the futility of his job, he volunteers to work on narcotics assignments for a month.

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Wine from These Grapes
8 votes

#7 - Wine from These Grapes

Mannix - Season 5 - Episode 4

A labor dispute in his home town ends in murder.

The Big Shipment
8 votes

#8 - The Big Shipment

Dragnet - Season 2 - Episode 16

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.

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Rampart Division
34 votes

#9 - Rampart Division

Adam-12 - Season 6 - Episode 2

Malloy and Reed patrol an area of Los Angeles inhabited by a large retirement population. Calls include a purse snatching during which the suspect eluded capture, but was later found during routine patrol, a retired policeman turned security guard named George who wants to talk shop, an elderly man with multiple warrants for auto theft trying to break into a car in a church parking lot, a dispute between and elderly woman and man over her eviction and his offer to take her in, then arrest the woman when she begins smashing a car with a baseball bat, handle another dispute over $5, prevent a baby stroller from rolling into a lake, and a robbery during which George assisted in the capture of the suspects, then laments to the officers about being lonely due to all of his friends passing on.

The Hit-and-Run Driver
9 votes

#10 - The Hit-and-Run Driver

Dragnet - Season 1 - Episode 12

Friday and Gannon use newspapers, radio and TV to publicize their clues to the identity of the hit and run driver.

The Big Kids
11 votes

#11 - The Big Kids

Dragnet - Season 1 - Episode 16

A gang of juvenile thieves have been stealing petty items in order to gain membership into an exclusive club.

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Something Worth Dying For (2)
8 votes

#12 - Something Worth Dying For (2)

Adam-12 - Season 7 - Episode 24

Following his recovery from being shot, Malloy returns to patrol only to find out that Reed - who earned the Medal of Valor for saving Malloy's life - may indeed take the investigator's exam, at the urging of his wife. If Reed passes, he leave the patrol division, and Malloy for a desk job.

The Masked Bandits
20 votes

#13 - The Masked Bandits

Dragnet - Season 1 - Episode 5

Four bandits wearing red masks commit a series of robberies.

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Operation Action
6 votes

#14 - Operation Action

Adam-12 - Season 7 - Episode 20

When Malloy fails to show up for an off-duty appointment, Reed retraces his partner's steps and finds out he has been kidnapped by a revolutionary group demanding the release of one of their friends.

The Big Prophet
7 votes

#15 - The Big Prophet

Dragnet - Season 2 - Episode 18

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.