Born on radio, with a long run in the fifities, this iconic police procedural was revived by Jack Webb in 1967 to confront the social upheaval and cultural turmoil of the ‘60s – in living color! Yes, here comes “the fuzz.” Jack Webb and Harry Morgan were Sergeant Joe “Just the Facts” Friday and his partner, Officer Bill Gannon. Two hard-boiled, by-the-books detectives, they worked the beat protecting law-abiding citizens from thieves, murderers and hippie freaks in true crime stories from the files of the L.A.P.D. And as always, “The names have been changed to protect the innocent.”
COZI TV CLIP BAIT
• See Jack Webb play Joe Friday for laughs in a 1968 sketch with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.
• Harry Morgan reprised his role in the 1987 Dragnet parody starring Dan Akroyd and Tom Hanks. See the movie trailer here.
Created by: Jack Webb