Thursday, April 4, 2013


A -  Twenty-Six TV Shows - Z

Dragnet is a radio, television and motion picture series of crime drama about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners. The show takes its name from an actual police term, a "dragnet", meaning a system of coordinated measures for apprehending criminals or suspects.

Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in media history. The series gave millions of audience members a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real-life police work. Dragnet earned praise for improving the public opinion of police officers

The original Dragnet starring Jack Webb as Sgt. Friday ran on radio from June 3, 1949, to February 26, 1957, and on television from January 3, 1952, to August 23, 1959. Webb revived the series which ran from January 12, 1967, to April 16, 1970. NBC's radio and television networks carried all three series. There were three Dragnet feature films, a straight adaptation starring Webb in 1954; a TV movie produced in 1966; and a comedy spoof in 1987. In 1982 a third TV incarnation of the series was being prepared by Webb but his death scrapped the revival. After Jack Webb's death, two Dragnet revivals were attempted; one was for weekly syndication in 1989 and the other was for ABC in 2003.

All We Know Are the Facts Ma'am
by Gregg Metcalf

All we know are the facts ma'am
the reason why alludes us
we're still sorting through this bedlam
please don't make such a fuss

All we know are the facts ma'am
and the evidence tells the tale
you wouldn't know him from Adam
but fingerprints put him in jail

All we know are the facts ma'am
which is what Friday really said
the media created a new anthem
with the phrase "just the facts, ma'am"

All we know are the facts ma'am
I truly don't know why he stole
your TV and went on the lam
be at rest, all units are on patrol

All we know are the facts ma'am
never fear, we will catch this guy
LA's finest is on to his scam
we will catch him in his lie


Anonymous said...

Great series, I remember this from years ago. Enjoying your theme.


Eddie Eddings said...

The 2003 series opening theme music really rocked! Check it out on YouTube.

Anonymous said...

I remember this show...vaguely...thanks for sharing bud! Blessings!

Brett Minor said...

I never caught the original, but the remake was good.

Dropping by from A to Z. First year participating.

Brett Minor
Transformed Nonconformist

~Rasz~ said...

Hi Gregg! I'm not doing A-Z this year due to some health stuff going on. It's fun though to stop by and see what my other blogger friends are posting. Now this was a great post. I remember Dragnet in the 60s when my dad never missed an episode. It was such a great show, especially for the day!

Lady's Knight said...

It was a great show!!!