Dragnet emphasized “just the facts, ma’am” and strove to create realistic documentary style drama inspired by true stories with “the names changed to protect the innocent.” One of the most famous crime shows on TV, Dragnet featured Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday. Webb directed and narrated the show first on radio in 1949 before moving to TV in 1951. This 1955 crime lab play set allowed kids to use science to solve their own “crimes” as they saw Sergeant Friday do on TV. By 1954, over half of America’s television households tuned into Dragnet each week.
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