"Ladies and gentlemen…the story you're about to hear is true…"
Dragnet, a term which actually refers to the systematic and coordinated way searching for a wanted person, was also used to pertain to a police drama series that aired from September 1949 to February 1957 in NBC Radio. For 30 minutes per episode, the show featured real police stories in a simple, investigatory style.
The show was said to be inspired by a film called "He Walked by Night," which was released in 1948. In that film, Jack Webb, who portrayed Dragnet's main character Sergeant Joe Friday, was given a small role. Through the help of the Los Angeles Police Department, Webb was able to present true cases, which became the trademark of Dragnet. It narrates every facet of police work—from paperworks and patrols, to crime scene investigations, laboratory works, and interrogation of suspects and witnesses.
As the most popular and influential police series in the history of American media, Dragnet was able to provide its audience the impression of what a real police life could be like. It was well-liked by most radio listeners, as well as police officers. Due to its success, the series also had its television adaptation.
"From beginning to end, from crime to punishment, Dragnet is the story of your police force in action."
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 332 old time radio episodes:
|12.28.1950||the big family||
+ Detective Sergeant Friday is assigned to missing persons detail. A wealthy business man in Los Ang...
|01.04.1951||the big holdup||
+ Dragnet. January 4, 1951. Program #82. "The Big Holdup". Sponsored by: Fatima, Chesterfield. "The...
|01.11.1951||the big jump||
+ Dragnet. January 11, 1951. Program #83. "The Big Jump". Sponsored by: Fatima. Walter Harrison is ...
|01.18.1951||the big dance||
+ Dragnet. January 18, 1951. Program #84. "The Big Dance". Sponsored by: Fatima. "The Kid Bandits" ...
|01.25.1951||the big tomato||
+ Dragnet. January 25, 1951. Program #85. "The Big Tomato". Sponsored by: Fatima. A high school boy...
|02.01.1951||the big children||
+ Dragnet. February 1, 1951. Program #86. "The Big Children". Sponsored by: Fatima. Mrs. Kessler is...
|02.08.1951||the big cast||
+ Dragnet. February 8, 1951. Program #87. "The Big Cast". Sponsored by: Fatima. Over a dozen men ha...
+ Dragnet. February 15, 1951. "The Big Crime". Four-year old twins have disappeared. Detective Ser...
|02.22.1951||the big couple||
+ Dragnet. February 22, 1951. Program #89. "The Big Couple". Sponsored by: Fatima. Mr. and Mrs. Tom...
+ Detective Sergeant Friday is assigned to Robbery Detail. An armed gang has robbed a jewelers store...
|03.08.1951||big new years||
+ Dragnet. March 8, 1951. "Big New Year's". On New Year's Eve (despite the March broadcast date) a...
+ The story you are about to hear is true only the names have been changed to protect the innocent. ...
+ , AFRTS rebroadcast. "The Big Trunk". A divorcee named Josephine Allen has been murdered, and her...
+ Detective Sergeant Friday is assigned to Bunco Detail. For the past year a confidence man has been...
|04.05.1951||the big friend||
+ Dragnet. April 5, 1951. Program #95. "The Big Friend". Sponsored by: Fatima. Mr. Gray reports tha...
|04.12.1951||the big threat||
+ Dragnet. April 12, 1951. Program #96. "The Big Threat". Sponsored by: Fatima. Louis Butler has be...
|04.19.1951||the big speech||
+ Dragnet. April 19, 1951. Program #97. "The Big Speech". Sponsored by: Fatima. A young kid has pis...
|04.26.1951||the big saint||
+ Dragnet. April 26, 1951. Program #98. "The Big Saint". Sponsored by: Fatima. A 1949 Cadillac impl...
|05.03.1951||the big casting||
+ Dragnet. May 3, 1951. Program #99. "The Big Casing". Sponsored by: Fatima. Marie Robertson has be...
|05.10.1951||the big drills||
+ Detective Sergeant Joe Friday has been assigned to burglary detail. For the past eighteen weeks a ...
|05.17.1951||the big blast||
+ Dragnet. May 17, 1951. Program #101. "The Big Blast". Sponsored by: Fatima. The program begins, "...
|05.24.1951||the big mailman||
+ Dragnet. May 24, 1951. Program #102. "The Big Mailman". Sponsored by: Fatima. The search for Harv...
|05.31.1951||the big bindle||
+ Dragnet. May 31, 1951. Program #103. "The Big Bindle". Sponsored by: Fatima. Sergeant Friday pret...
|06.07.1951||the big imposter||
+ Dragnet. June 7, 1951. Program #104. "The Big Imposter". Sponsored by: Fatima. Jimmy Sherman, a t...
|06.14.1951||the big building||
+ Dragnet. June 14, 1951. Program #105. "The Big Building". Sponsored by: Fatima. A dentist named D...
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