Dragnet

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Retooled for the turbulent America of the late 1960s, 'Dragnet 1967' revisits no-nonsense Sgt. Joe Friday from the original 'Dragnet' series of the 1950s. Now joined by Officer Bill Gannon, Friday is not only confronted by traditional police work, but also the challenges indicative of the era, such as drug abuse, racial tensions and counterculture dissidence. The series continued the realism that was the hallmark of the original series, taking it further for a more contemporary audience.

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Episode Guide

Episode Guide

Season 1
  • Season 1
  • Season 2
  • Season 3
  • Season 4

Ep 1: The LSD Story

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

Ep 2: The Big Explosion

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

Ep 3: The Kidnapping

Friday and Gannon help an employee rescue her kidnapped boss.

Ep 4: The Interrogation

A new officer has been arrested for robbing a liquor store while on an undercover assignment.

Ep 5: The Masked Bandits

Four bandits wearing red masks commit a series of robberies.

Ep 6: The Bank Examiner Swindle

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

Ep 7: The Hammer

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

Ep 8: The Candy Store Robberies

Friday and Gannon try to figure out a pattern to a series of candy store hold-ups. The solution comes when they discover that there are two suspects.

Ep 9: The Fur Burglary

Friday and Gannon look into a report involving the theft of $100,000 worth of furs.

Ep 10: The Jade Story

More than $200,000 worth of imperial jade is reported stolen. Friday and Gannon determine the burglary was an inside job.

Ep 11: The Big Shooting

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

Ep 12: The Hit and Run Driver

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

Ep 13: The Big Bookie

Friday goes undercover with the department's chaplain in order to bust a gambling ring.

Ep 14: The Subscription Racket

Friday learns about a scam artist with a novel twist: he uses an authentic Congressional Medal of Honor to solicit magazine subscriptions.

Ep 15: The Big Gun

A Japanese widow is senselessly murdered, leaving her small daughter an orphan. Friday has a hard time controlling his emotions while seeking the killer.

Ep 16: The Big Kids

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

Ep 17: The Big Bullet

A dead man has been found in a locked room, along with a gun that could not have been the murder weapon.

Ep 18: The Grenade

A surly teenager throws acid on the back of another student and later crashes a party armed with a live hand grenade.

Ep 19: The Shooting Board

Friday lands in hot water after a thief he attempted to apprehend, and in the process shot at, turns up dead and SID can't find evidence that the man fired at Friday.

Ep 20: The Badge Racket

Three con artists have been swindling businessmen from out of town by posing as a prostitute and two policemen. The detectives set a trap as Gannon pretends to be a manufacturer from Lincoln, Nebraska.

Ep 21: The Bank Jobs

A nervy bank robber uses innocent women to help commit his crimes. Friday and Gannon are nearly sidetracked when one of the victims lies about her involvement and later proves to have a criminal record of her own.

Ep 22: The Big Neighbor

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 then not-so-petty problems.

Ep 23: The Big Frustration

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.

Ep 24: The Big Senior Citizen

A series of daring daylight house burglaries are taking place perpetrated by an octogenarian who uses the wedding and obituary notices in the paper to select his victims.

Ep 25: The Big High

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.

Ep 26: The Big Ad

An ex-con named Steve Deal contacts Friday and Gannon when a classified ad that he placed, offering to do "anything" for money, results in an offer to commit murder. Friday goes undercover as Deal.

Ep 27: The Missing Realtor

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.

Ep 28: The Big Dog

A purse-snatching dog? This is the case Friday and Gannon must solve. Making things more difficult, victims give different descriptions of the four-legged thief.

Ep 29: The Pyramid Swindle

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.

Ep 30: The Phony Police Racket

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.

Ep 31: The Trial Board

An officer accused of taking a bribe has chosen Sgt. Friday to represent him at his trial board hearing. Witnesses saw the officer accept the money, but he insists it was for the payback of a loan made years ago.

Ep 32: The Christmas Story

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.

Ep 33: The Big Shipment

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.

Ep 34: The Big Search

When two small girls go missing, the mother is convinced that their estranged father kidnapped them. However, a preliminary investigation by Friday and Gannon determines that the man has no knowledge of his daughters' whereabouts.

Ep 35: The Big Prophet

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.

Ep 36: The Big Amateur Cop

Citizens are full of praise for Officer Gideon C. Dengle, wanting to bestow him with awards, honors and home-baked cookies. There's only one problem: there's no such officer in the LAPD.

Ep 37: The Big Starlet

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."

Ep 38: The Big Clan

Sgt. Friday is offered a bribe to assist a gypsy family trying to gain control of the gypsy community.

Ep 39: The Big Little Victim

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.

Ep 40: The Big Squeeze

An ex-con accused of extortion is interrogated. He calmly and smugly insists that he is innocent, but Friday and Gannon have a surprise for him: taped conversations and a voice analysis device.

Ep 41: The Suicide Attempt

Friday and Gannon learn that a young man has called his mother from Hollywood "to say goodbye." With the help of the man's sister, the two detectives trace the impending suicide to a hotel with more than 1,200 rooms.

Ep 42: The Big Departure

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.

Ep 43: The Big Investigation

Friday and Gannon are screening applicants for the Police Academy. One seems to have all the right qualifications, except that six months are missing from his application.

Ep 44: The Big Gambler

More than $100,000 has been embezzled from an industrial company. An investigation of the employees leads Friday and Gannon to a habitual gambler.

Ep 45: The Big Problem

Friday and Gannon are on a mission to bolster community relations when a young and slightly militant black man barricades himself in his apartment rather than submit to a traffic warrant.

Ep 46: Public Affairs - DR-07

Friday and Gannon appear on a TV panel. The topic: "The Police—Who Needs Them?"

Ep 47: Juvenile - DR-05

Cases: an abandoned baby; a teenager on drugs.

Ep 48: Community Relations - DR-10

Friday grapples with the Uncle Tom syndrome in selling ethnic groups on police careers.

Ep 49: Management Services - DR-11

Martin Luther King's assassination sends Friday and the Emergency Control Center into action.

Ep 50: Police Commission - DR-13

The detectives crack down on wildcatters—freelance tow-truck drivers who victimize motorists.

Ep 51: Homicide - DR-06

Friday's apartment party provides insight into the nature of an officer's private life.

Ep 52: Robbery - DR-15

The detectives tackle cases for the department's robbery division.

Ep 53: Public Affairs - DR-12

Police and Secret Service undertake maximum security for a Presidential visit to Los Angeles.

Ep 54: Training - DR-18

Friday clashes with a woman writer gathering research material for an article on policewomen.

Ep 55: Public Affairs - DR-14

Friday and Gannon try to get citizens to take part in a crime-prevention campaign.

Ep 56: Narcotics - DR-16

A businessman's war against drug addiction results in a new group whose motto is "freaking out isn't in."

Ep 57: Internal Affairs - DR-20

Martin Milner and Kent McCord appear as Officers Malloy and Reed to portray the policeman's role in society.

Ep 58: Community Relations - DR-17

A conference provokes old-line policemen to reassess their attitudes, particularly toward minority groups.

Ep 59: Homicide - DR-22

A 91-year-old apartment-house manager gets involved in a murder investigation.

Ep 60: B.O.D. - DR-27

The detectives go to work on several cases connected with the department's business-office division.

Ep 61: Narcotics - DR-21

A pot-detecting pooch joins the police to stop marijuana smuggling.

Ep 62: Administrative Vice - DR-29

Friday's problem: is his temporary partner an aide—or an adversary?

Ep 63: The Joy Riders

A 15-year-old car thief is given a tour of the jail in an attempt to show him the consequences for choosing crime.

Ep 64: Frauds - DR-28

Friday and Gannon investigate the delay of death notifications in the state employment department.

Ep 65: Juvenile - DR-19

The battered-child syndrome: Friday and Gannon investigate a youngster with severe back lacerations.

Ep 66: Burglary - DR-31

A costumed thief calling himself "The Crimson Crusader" has been stealing comic books, movie posters and publicity photos of various superheroes.

Ep 67: Vice - DR-30

Posing as orange growers, Friday and Gannon attempt to bust a gambling operation.

Ep 68: Forgery - DR-33

Gary Crosby plays a hippie whose wife has been persuaded—by other hippies—to pass bad checks.

Ep 69: Juvenile - DR-32

A girl's life hangs in the balance as the detectives search for the dog that bit her.

Ep 70: Juvenile - DR-35

An infant girl is found in a garbage can; Joe and Bill use the child's blanket to track down the mother.

Ep 71: Frauds - DR-36

Friday and Gannon track down a department store employee who stole $100,000 worth of merchandise in six months.

Ep 72: Intelligence - DR-34

The detectives search out the suppliers of stolen arms for paramilitary groups.

Ep 73: Personnel - The Shooting

The problems of policemen's wives.

Ep 74: Homicide - The Student

The police go after a college student who has turned to murder.

Ep 75: S.I.U. - The Ring

Friday and Gannon recruit a woman cop to nab a burglar.

Ep 76: D.H.Q. - Medical

Friday and Gannon investigate cases in a hospital emergency ward.

Ep 77: Burglary - Mister

The police zero in on a rat: a forger, bigamist and thief who even robs from the blind.

Ep 78: Juvenile - Little Pusher

Friday investigates the junior high drug scene.

Ep 79: Homicide - Cigarette Butt

A murder victim's smoking habits help Friday track down the killer.

Ep 80: D.H.Q. - Missing Person

A high school student is missing.

Ep 81: Burglary Auto - Courtroom

The policeman's role in court is highlighted in this episode.

Ep 82: Internal Affairs - Parolee

Friday and Gannon retrace a 14-year-old investigation to determine whether charges can be brought against a man up for parole.

Ep 83: Burglary Auto - Juvenile Genius

Friday tracks down thieves responsible for a series of Los Angeles robberies.

Ep 84: Bunco - $9,000

The search is on for a swindler who conned an old vaudevillian out of $9,000 he found on a sidewalk.

Ep 85: Narco - Missing Hype

This episode focuses on drugs, paying particular attention to addiction symptoms.

Ep 86: Burglary - Helpful Woman

Police track down a thief who specializes in elderly people.

Ep 87: Homicide - Who Killed Who?

A shooting case exemplifies how the police gather—and why they must sometimes withhold—evidence.

Ep 88: Burglary - The Son

Friday investigates a woman's claim that her husband is an armed robber.

Ep 89: A.I.D. - The Weekend

Friday and Gannon confront a phony magazine salesperson.

Ep 90: Narco - Pill Maker

It's a job half done when police nab a narcotics manufacturer: they still need his backer.

Ep 91: Burglary - The Dognappers

Friday and Gannon set out to muzzle thieves who steal dogs and then collect hefty rewards from the owners.

Ep 92: Missing Persons - The Body

Working with the slimmest of leads, police attempt to identify a woman's body.

Ep 93: Forgery - The Ranger

Other people's credit cards are found in the possession of a forest ranger.

Ep 94: D.H.Q. - Night School

Friday arrests a member of his class for possession of marijuana.

Ep 95: I.A.D. - The Receipt

The detectives investigate a complaint that two veteran officers stole funds.

Ep 96: Robbery - The Harassing Wife

Friday investigates a woman's claim that her husband is an armed robber.

Ep 97: Burglary - Baseball

Police search for a safecracker who left his calling card at the scene of the crime.

Ep 98: D.H.Q. - The Victims

Friday's cases range from purse snatching to homicide.