Directed by the distinctive, unwavering hand of Jack Webb, and with Webb in the leading role of Detective Joe Friday, Dragnet became the first highly successful TV cop show. Famous for its tense, staccato pacing, the monotone of its onscreen dialogue, and its punchy musical theme, the show became a national sensation.
THE HUMAN BOMB: The premiere episode of Dragnet is also one of the most suspenseful of the series. Sergeant Friday must stop a criminal who is holding an explosive device. Co-starring Raymond Burr and Jack Kruschen.
THE BIG WINCHESTER: An old man appears to have committed suicide with an elaborately rigged rifle. Friday's investigation, however, reveals that it was actually murder. Co-starring Fess Parker, Dennis Weaver, and Steve Terrell.
BIG HATE: A young man discovered on a train, with a dead woman in his arms, refuses to make any attempt to defend himself when he is charged with murder.
BIG JUMP: Friday risks his own life as he tries to prevent a deranged man from jumping to his death from a windowsill high above the streets of the city.