List of Dragnet episodes (1951 series)

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This is an episode list for the 1951 crime drama series Dragnet. The series pilot premiered on NBC on December 16, 1951. A total of 276 episodes aired between December 1951 and August 1959.[1] Dragnet was on both radio and television from December 1951 through February 1957.[2] When the first Dragnet movie came out in September 1954, it was available on radio, TV and in the theatres for a while. Jack Webb directed all the episodes and also helped write a few of the stories but James E. Moser and John Robinson wrote the majority of the screenplays during the 8 season run of the show.[3] Barton Yarborough portrayed partner Sgt. Ben Romero in episodes 1 & 2. In episode 3, although announced as Sgt. Friday's partner, Romero does not appear, and Friday works with Sgt. Bill Cummings (portrayed by Ken Peters). After Yarborough's death on December 19, 1951, Friday's partner became Sgt. Ed Jacobs, portrayed by Barney Phillips, effective from episode #4 until the end of season one. For season two, Kenneth Patterson portrayed Officer Bill Lockwood in episode #15, after which Herb Ellis took the role of Officer Frank Smith. Ellis was replaced by Ben Alexander after five episodes, but because the shows didn't air in production order, Alexander's debut was episode #20, and Ellis' final appearance as Smith was episode #21. Alexander continued as Smith until the program's cancellation in 1959.[4]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Premiered: Ended:
1 14 1951-12-16 1952-06-19
2 33 1952-09-11 1953-06-25
3 39 1953-09-03 1954-05-27
4 39 1954-08-26 1955-05-26
5 39 1955-09-01 1956-05-31
6 34 1956-09-24 1957-05-23
7 39 1957-09-26 1958-06-26
8 39 1958-09-23 1959-08-23

Episodes[edit]

  • No = Overall episode number
  • Ep = Episode number by season

Season 1: 1951–52[edit]

No Ep Title Partner Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 1 "The Human Bomb" Ben Romero Jack Webb James E. Moser,
Jack Webb
December 16, 1951 (1951-12-16)
Cast: Raymond Burr, Jack Kruschen, Sam Edwards, Stacy Harris, Herb Butterfield.
Friday and Romero deal with man threatening to blow up city hall if he doesn't get his demands.
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2 2 "The Big Actor" Ben Romero Jack Webb James E. Moser January 3, 1952 (1952-01-03)
Friday and Romero track down a drug ring through a small-time television actor who is hooked on heroin.
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3 3 "The Big Death" Bill Cummings Jack Webb James E. Moser January 17, 1952 (1952-01-17)
Friday poses as a hired killer for a man who wants his wife dead.
4 4 "The Big Mother" Ed Jacobs Jack Webb James E. Moser January 31, 1952 (1952-01-31)
A newborn baby is stolen from a hospital nursery and the trail leads the police to a deranged mother.
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5 5 "The Big Cast" Ed Jacobs Jack Webb James E. Moser February 14, 1952 (1952-02-14)
Cast: Lee Marvin.
Friday and Jacobs track down a serial killer and get a confession over a meal with the suspect.
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6 6 "The Big Speech" Ed Jacobs Jack Webb Jack Webb February 28, 1952 (1952-02-28)
A doctor is beaten and robbed of prescription drugs.
7 7 "The Big Parrot" Ed Jacobs Jack Webb James E. Moser March 13, 1952 (1952-03-13)
A couple are robbed and murdered, along with their pet parrot. The killer uses a time bomb to start a fire and cover up his crime.
8 8 "The Big Moody" Ed Jacobs Jack Webb James E. Moser March 27, 1952 (1952-03-27)
Friday is assigned to investigate the murder of a rich man.
9 9 "The Big Blast" Ed Jacobs Jack Webb Jack Webb April 10, 1952 (1952-04-10)
A divorced mother is killed in bed by a shotgun while her young boy sleeps beside her.
10 10 "The Big Trial" Ed Jacobs Jack Webb James E. Moser April 24, 1952 (1952-04-24)
Friday testifies at the trial of a man accused of a hit-and-run, but the main witness against him suddenly disappears.
11 11 "The Big September Man" Ed Jacobs Jack Webb James E. Moser May 8, 1952 (1952-05-08)
Someone murdered a secretary late at night in her office. She was beaten to death with a metal pipe wrapped in newspaper. Could it be the drunk found three blocks away beating his head against a wall?
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12 12 "The Big Phone Call" Ed Jacobs Jack Webb Jack Webb May 22, 1952 (1952-05-22)
Cast: Vic Perrin.
Friday and Jacobs interrogate a jewelry store owner about the theft of $20,000 worth of precious gems. The suspect repeatedly tries calling his wife but keeps getting a busy signal because his wife is constantly talking on the phone.
Note: this episode has only 3 actors and the entire show is filmed on one set.
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13 13 "The Big Casing" Ed Jacobs Jack Webb Jack Webb June 5, 1952 (1952-06-05)
Friday and Jacobs are called to the apartment of a man who phoned in the fatal shooting of his wife. The husband claims it was suicide, but upon looking at the crime scene and talking to neighbors Friday and Jacobs begin to wonder if it was murder.
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14 14 "The Big Lamp" Ed Jacobs Jack Webb James E. Moser June 19, 1952 (1952-06-19)
Friday and Jacobs are out to catch a safe burglar who has been on the loose for seven months.
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Season 2: 1952–53[edit]

No Ep Title Partner Directed by: Written by: Original air date
15 1 "The Big Jump" Bill Lockwood Jack Webb James E. Moser September 11, 1952 (1952-09-11)
A man stands upon the ledge of a tall building and threatens to jump to his death below.
16 2 "The Big Sorrow" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser September 25, 1952 (1952-09-25)
Friday must cope with the sudden death of his partner as he and his new partner track a pair of escaped convicts.
17 3 "The Big Elevator" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser October 9, 1952 (1952-10-09)
Friday and Smith search for the person who left a dead woman in a hospital elevator.
18 4 "The Big Seventeen" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser November 6, 1952 (1952-11-06)
Cast: Herb Ellis, Allene Roberts, Herb Vigran
When several teenagers ransack a movie theater Friday discovers they were set off by overdosing on drugs and that a high school student selling the stuff recently robbed a dealer with stuff that will kill him.
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19 5 "The Big Trio" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser November 20, 1952 (1952-11-20)
Friday and Smith investigate three traffic accidents in one night.
20 6 "The Big Imposter" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser December 4, 1952 (1952-12-04)
A missing young boy is found and returned to his grandfather, but the case gets complicated when the grandfather suspects that the boy is not his own grandson.
21 7 "The Big .22 Rifle For Christmas" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser,
Jack Webb
December 18, 1952 (1952-12-18)
Friday and Smith search for a missing boy. The first sign that the case is serious is when blood is found. Further probing reveals the boy's parents had purchased him a .22-caliber rifle for Christmas — and the weapon is missing, removed from its wrapped package.
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22 8 "The Big Cop" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser January 1, 1953 (1953-01-01)
Friday has to catch a bad cop who has been dealing with the mob.
23 9 "The Big Grandma" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser January 8, 1953 (1953-01-08)
Friday and Jacobs look for an elderly woman who has been passing bad checks just three different months a year for nearly 10 years.
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24 10 "The Big Whiff" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser January 15, 1953 (1953-01-15)
A woman is murdered when she is given an overdose of chloroform.
25 11 "The Big Show" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser January 22, 1953 (1953-01-22)
Cast Virginia Gregg, Clarence Cassell, Vivi Janiss
A woman named Marjorie Lewis reports finding an abandoned baby at a bus terminal. Joe and Frank take the baby but as they investigate they find discrepancies in Lewis' story.
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26 12 "The Big Safe" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser January 29, 1953 (1953-01-29)
Friday and Smith are investigating a missing office safe.
27 13 "The Big Church" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser February 5, 1953 (1953-02-05)
A woman receives threatening letters from an unknown stalker.
28 14 "The Big Hate" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser February 12, 1953 (1953-02-12)
Gordon Miller, a young pianist, is found near an abandoned freight car holding the dead body of a woman in his arms. He claims he has killed her. Called to interrogate him, Friday and Smith remain skeptical.
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29 15 "The Big Shakedown" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser February 19, 1953 (1953-02-19)
Friday is looking for a crooked cop.
30 16 "The Big Rose" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser February 26, 1953 (1953-02-26)
Friday and Smith are looking for a missing woman that left her three children with her sister.
31 17 "The Big Building" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser March 5, 1953 (1953-03-05)
A prominent dentist denies that his wife is missing, but Friday and Smith can find no trace of her.
32 18 "The Big Run" Frank Smith Jack Webb Jack Webb March 12, 1953 (1953-03-12)
Two elderly women are struck down by a hit-and-run driver.
33 19 "The Big Break" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser March 19, 1953 (1953-03-19)
Friday leads a team in a raid on the house of a very dangerous armed robber, which results in a bloody shootout.
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34 20 "The Big Light" Frank Smith Jack Webb John Robinson March 26, 1953 (1953-03-26)
Henry Wilson, a Hollywood movie director, has been killed by a falling arc light. Was it really an accident? To answer this question, Friday and Smith go Hollywood with a wonderful excuse to visit the studios. But the two men do not fail to mix business with pleasure and they will wind up solving the mystery.
35 21 "The Big Waiter" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser April 2, 1953 (1953-04-02)
An immigrant is brutally beaten to death and the trail may lead to the victim's abused wife.
36 22 "The Big Test" Frank Smith Jack Webb John Robinson April 9, 1953 (1953-04-09)
A young man reports that he was robbed by bandits on horseback while he was down in Mexico.
37 23 "The Big Lay-Out" Frank Smith Jack Webb John Robinson April 16, 1953 (1953-04-16)
A friend of Friday's asks him for help when he discovers that his son has been using drugs, and may be selling them as well.
38 24 "The Big Fire" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser April 23, 1953 (1953-04-23)
A landlord begins threatening his tenants so he can force them to move out of his building.
39 25 "The Big Ray" Frank Smith Jack Webb John Robinson April 30, 1953 (1953-04-30)
A man suddenly becomes ill and dies after eating his dinner at home.
40 26 "The Big Frank" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser,
Jack Webb
May 7, 1953 (1953-05-07)
While investigating a routine robbery with Friday, Smith suffers a critical gunshot wound. Sgt. Friday is out for vengeance.
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41 27 "The Big Lease" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser May 14, 1953 (1953-05-14)
Season 2, Episode 27
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42 28 "The Big Hands" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser May 21, 1953 (1953-05-21)
Cast: Olan Soule, Cliff Arquette, Tom McKee, Helen Kleeb, Jeanne Baird, Ted Bliss, Mel Ford.
In looking in to a dead woman case, Friday and Smith track clues all around the city and find a strangler.
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43 29 "The Big Fourth" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser May 28, 1953 (1953-05-28)
Friday and Smith work out of Central Receiving Hospital.
44 30 "The Big Market" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser June 4, 1953 (1953-06-04)
Friday and Smith crack down on a pornography ring selling books and magazines at local schools.
45 31 "The Big Friend" Frank Smith Jack Webb Jack Webb June 11, 1953 (1953-06-11)
Friday and Smith are torn between two suspects when a man reports that his wife has been strangled.
46 32 "The Big Barrette" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser,
Jack Webb
June 18, 1953 (1953-06-18)
Friday and Smith search for the brutal killer of a 21-year-old woman.
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47 33 "The Big Dance" Frank Smith Jack Webb James E. Moser,
Jack Webb
June 25, 1953 (1953-06-25)
Friday and Smith are looking for two thugs that seem to have disappeared from the city.
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Season 3: 1953–54[edit]

Friday's partner throughout this season is Officer Frank Smith.

No Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
48 1 "The Big White Rat" Jack Webb Jack Webb,
Ben Alexander,
John Robinson
September 3, 1953 (1953-09-03)
Friday and Smith investigate the report of a drug ring.
49 2 "The Big Revolt" Jack Webb Paul Coates September 10, 1953 (1953-09-10)
A woman reports her husband missing and Friday and Smith are assigned to find him.
50 3 "The Big Bull" Jack Webb John Robinson September 17, 1953 (1953-09-17)
Smith takes a personal interest when a strong-arm bandit threatens his family if he doesn't back off the case.
51 4 "The Big Betty" Jack Webb James E. Moser September 24, 1953 (1953-09-24)
Cast: Allene Roberts, Mel Ford, Robert Clarke, Gloria Saunders
Con artists sell junk disguised as valuable jewelry to relatives of recently deceased people by reading obituaries and posing as people contacted by their deceased relatives. Friday and Smith use information from a former con man gone straight to bust the gang.
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52 5 "The Big Sophomore" Jack Webb James E. Moser October 1, 1953 (1953-10-01)
A teenage boy steals food for his starving family.
53 6 "The Big Pill" Jack Webb John Robinson October 8, 1953 (1953-10-08)
Friday and Smith are on the trail of a gang that is robbing local drugstores.
54 7 "The Big Lie" Jack Webb John Robinson October 15, 1953 (1953-10-15)
55 8 "The Big Fake" Jack Webb James E. Moser October 22, 1953 (1953-10-22)
A police rookie is accused of assaulting a citizen and stealing his money.
56 9 "The Big Dream" Jack Webb John Robinson October 29, 1953 (1953-10-29)
Friday and Smith investigate the murder of a girl who came to Los Angeles with a dream of being an actress.
57 10 "The Big Guilt" Jack Webb Ben Alexander,
John Robinson
November 5, 1953 (1953-11-05)
A man is found dead in an alley and it's up to Friday and Smith to find his killer and notify the man's wife.
58 11 "The Big Will" Jack Webb Ben Alexander,
John Robinson
November 12, 1953 (1953-11-12)
Friday and Smith investigate the murder of a rich man.
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59 12 "The Big In-Laws" Jack Webb James E. Moser,
Chan Hadlock
November 19, 1953 (1953-11-19)
Friday and Smith try to capture a ring of truck hijackers.
60 13 "The Big Lilly" Jack Webb Ben Alexander,
John Robinson,
William Weiner
November 26, 1953 (1953-11-26)
61 14 "The Big Kill" Jack Webb James E. Moser December 3, 1953 (1953-12-03)
A cop is gunned down at home by a vengeful ex-con. Friday must go undercover in prison to obtain a full confession.
62 15 "The Big Lover" Jack Webb James E. Moser December 10, 1953 (1953-12-10)
Friday and Smith investigate a con man that marries rich women just for their money.
63 16 "The Big Thief" Jack Webb Ben Alexander,
John Robinson
December 17, 1953 (1953-12-17)
Cast: Dororthy Abbott, Art Gilmore, Gloria Saunders
Robbers phone doctors for house calls then assault them and steal their drugs, and when they are cornered by Friday and Smith one opens fire and is shot to death by Friday, leaving him shaken to where his girlfriend Ann Baker must reassure him he was in the right.
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64 17 "The Big Little Jesus" Jack Webb Richard L. Breen December 24, 1953 (1953-12-24)
It's Christmas Eve when Father Rojas at the Old Mission Plaza Church in Los Angeles discovers that the statue of the Infant Jesus is stolen from the crib. The statue's worth is only a few dollars, but it is of great sentimental value for the parish. Friday and Smith promise to try to get it back before mass on Christmas Day, but this means that they have less than 24 hours to catch the thief.
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65 18 "The Big Eavesdrop" Jack Webb John Robinson December 31, 1953 (1953-12-31)
Friday and Smith overhear a suspicious conversation while on a coffee break in a diner.
66 19 "The Big Trunk" Jack Webb James E. Moser January 7, 1954 (1954-01-07)
Cast: Richard Garland, James Anderson
Three men are taken into custody for the murder of a former vaudeville actress who owned a large steamer trunk. The three men maintain innocence so they are left alone in a station office that is wired to pick up their conversations, though one of them suspects just that.
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67 20 "The Big Youngster" Jack Webb James E. Moser January 14, 1954 (1954-01-14)
Friday and Smith catch a boy who has been vandalizing private property, but they discover that the boy's problems begin at home.
68 21 "The Big Boys" Jack Webb James E. Moser January 21, 1954 (1954-01-21)
Cast: Leonard Nimoy, Mel Ford, Harry Bartell
Friday, Smith, and Sergeant Tony Chavez get word that four armed toughs (two of them Army deserters) have been engaged in car thefts and other robberies in San Francisco and have made their way to LA; after determining they are staying at a cheap hotel Friday and Smith stake the place out, but must depend on a drunken desk clerk not to blow their cover.
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69 22 "The Big Ham" Jack Webb Ben Alexander,
John Robinson
January 28, 1954 (1954-01-28)
Cast: Ellen Corby, Robert Knapp
Friday and Smith investigate the death of a young girl that is initially ruled a suicide but turns out to be murder.
70 23 "The Big Chance" Jack Webb James E. Moser February 4, 1954 (1954-02-04)
Signs point to foul play when a highway patrolman disappears from his car along a deserted road.
71 24 "The Big Children" Jack Webb James E. Moser February 11, 1954 (1954-02-11)
Three children are found abandoned, filthy and starving. Friday and Smith charge the mother with neglect.
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72 25 "The Big Poison" Jack Webb James E. Moser February 18, 1954 (1954-02-18)
An elderly couple suddenly disappears from a fashionable neighborhood.
73 26 "The Big Quack" Jack Webb Chan Hadlock February 25, 1954 (1954-02-25)
The victim of a so-called "mental therapist," a young woman commits suicide after being robbed of her furs and jewels. It is up to Friday and Smith to trace the man and to stop him from striking anymore.
74 27 "The Big Winchester" Jack Webb James E. Moser March 4, 1954 (1954-03-04)
An elderly man appears to have killed himself with a rifle, but the cops soon learn that it was no accident.
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75 28 "The Big Shoplift" Jack Webb James E. Moser March 11, 1954 (1954-03-11)
There seems to be a lot of recent theft at retail stores in the city, and Friday and his partner are on the case. The detectives question a salesperson from a big department store downtown, and she denies any involvement. They talk to a woman who was at the bus station, who saw another woman leave a parcel which contained a fur coat. Eventually Friday talks to a teenage girl, who saw a woman discard boxes of new items in a vacant lot. The girl knows the woman's identity, and soon the officers are interrogating the shoplifter, a doctor's wife with a lot of time on her hands.
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76 29 "The Big Hit and Run Killer" Jack Webb James E. Moser March 18, 1954 (1954-03-18)
A truck kills an old lady and her little grandson at a crossing and drives away. The owner of the truck asserts that he let a man called Paul borrow the truck for one hour, but he doesn't know the last name of this man or where he lives. The police must investigate all circumstances, but should Friday and Smith really spend lots of resources on trying to find a man they hardly believe exists at all?
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77 30 "The Big Drink" Jack Webb James E. Moser March 25, 1954 (1954-03-25)
78 31 "The Big Girl" Jack Webb James E. Moser April 1, 1954 (1954-04-01)
The detectives try to track down a tall, beautiful woman who has been terrorizing the city by robbing men, beating them up and in some cases shooting them. Their job is made more difficult by the fact that there are many inconsistencies in the victims' reports.
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79 32 "The Big Mattress" Jack Webb James E. Moser April 8, 1954 (1954-04-08)
Friday and Smith investigate a corrupt cop.
80 33 "The Big Pug" Jack Webb James E. Moser April 15, 1954 (1954-04-15)
An elderly woman is badly beaten and robbed while on her way to the bank. The trail leads to an ex-prizefighter.
81 34 "The Big Frame" Jack Webb James E. Moser April 22, 1954 (1954-04-22)
A man is found dead in the gutter. At first it seems as a hit-run case, but Friday and Smith become suspicious when all witnesses from the night before give exactly the same story. Usually witnesses are at variance in some respects.
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82 35 "The Big Plant" Jack Webb James E. Moser April 29, 1954 (1954-04-29)
A woman disappears and her husband is the prime suspect, but Friday and Smith will have a hard time getting past his fierce guard dogs.
83 36 "The Big Check" Jack Webb James E. Moser May 6, 1954 (1954-05-06)
A check forger is victimizing small businessmen in a particular neighborhood.
84 37 "The Big Threat" Jack Webb James E. Moser May 13, 1954 (1954-05-13)
A man is beaten and robbed, then the thieves intimidate him and his family so he'll refuse to testify against them.
85 38 "The Big Dare" Jack Webb James E. Moser May 20, 1954 (1954-05-20)
A single mother is stabbed to death in her home. The list of suspects includes her teenage son and her many boyfriends.
86 39 "The Big False Make" Jack Webb John Robinson May 27, 1954 (1954-05-27)
Friday begins to question a local gardener, who has been arrested for holding up a grocery store. During the interrogation Friday begins to have strong doubts about the man's guilt, and sets out to discover why the man has confessed to a crime Friday believes he didn't commit.
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Season 4: 1954–55[edit]

Friday's partner throughout this season is Officer Frank Smith.

No Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
87 1 "The Big Producer" Jack Webb James E. Moser August 26, 1954 (1954-08-26)
Obscene literature and pictures are spread among youngster at a school in Los Angeles. The supplier of this illegal stuff turns out to be a former film producer from the days of silent movies.
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88 2 "The Big Fraud" Jack Webb John Robinson September 2, 1954 (1954-09-02)
A group of con artists are posing as cops and victimizing out-of-town businessmen in fashionable hotels.
89 3 "The Big Crime" Jack Webb James E. Moser September 9, 1954 (1954-09-09)
Four-year-old twin girls are abducted from the local park.
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90 4 "The Big Pair" Jack Webb James E. Moser September 16, 1954 (1954-09-16)
An old man and his granddaughter are burglarized, leaving them broke and starving.
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91 5 "The Big Escape" Jack Webb James E. Moser September 23, 1954 (1954-09-23)
A case hits too close to home for Friday when his old army buddy robs a liquor store and shoots his partner. Friday believes his friend wants to go straight after doing time, but things get worse when his friend breaks jail.
92 6 "The Big Kid" Jack Webb John Robinson September 30, 1954 (1954-09-30)
When Friday and Smith learn that a showdown between two teenage gangs is about to take place within 48 hours, they do their utmost to prevent it. But for all their efforts a tragedy occurs: an 11-year-old boy is killed.
93 7 "The Big Missing" Jack Webb James E. Moser October 7, 1954 (1954-10-07)
Friday and Smith are looking for a missing businessman.
94 8 "The Big Bar" Jack Webb James E. Moser October 14, 1954 (1954-10-14)
A holdup man is sticking up bars. After he takes the money he kills many of his victims. Sergeant Friday has few leads other than that the holdup man likes a certain song on the jukebox.
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95 9 "The Big Present" Jack Webb John Robinson October 21, 1954 (1954-10-21)
96 10 "The Big Gangster: Part 1" Jack Webb James E. Moser October 28, 1954 (1954-10-28)
An attempt is made on the life of a gang leader. Friday and Smith must find the shooters before his followers seek revenge.
97 11 "The Big Gangster: Part 2" Jack Webb James E. Moser November 4, 1954 (1954-11-04)
Friday and Smith must find the men who murdered a gang boss before an open gang war starts.
98 12 "The Big New Years" Jack Webb James E. Moser November 11, 1954 (1954-11-11)
On New Year's Eve, Friday and Smith are working out of Central Receiving Hospital.
99 13 "The Big Want Ad" Jack Webb James E. Moser November 18, 1954 (1954-11-18)
Friday and Smith investigate a man who is conning people by using the want ads.
100 14 "The Big Affair" Jack Webb James E. Moser November 25, 1954 (1954-11-25)
Friday and Smith discover that the key to finding a hold-up artist lies in his married girlfriend.
101 15 "The Big Bible" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Earl Schley
December 2, 1954 (1954-12-02)
Cast: Lillian Powell, Marian Richman
The estranged husband of Nora Hamlin storms her mother's house threatening to kill himself, and is found dead. But when the case appears open and shut, examination of the death bullet shows it could not possibly be fired from the gun the man was holding, so Friday must reinterview the man's mother-in-law, who'd been reading The Bible when the man stormed into her house.
NOTE: This episode was remade for Dragnet 1967.
102 16 "The Big Bindle" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Jack Webb
December 9, 1954 (1954-12-09)
Friday goes under cover to bust a drug ring that is operating out of a high-class hotel.
103 17 "The Big Office" Jack Webb John Robinson December 16, 1954 (1954-12-16)
Friday and Smith are assigned to the business office, where they must deal with the paperwork on a busy weekend.
104 18 "The Big Rod" Jack Webb John Robinson December 30, 1954 (1954-12-30)
An expectant mother is run down and killed by two teenagers in a hot rod.
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105 19 "The Big Rescue" Jack Webb John Robinson January 6, 1955 (1955-01-06)
A group of bandits arm themselves and break their comrades out of jail.
106 20 "The Big Family" Jack Webb John Robinson January 13, 1955 (1955-01-13)
CAST: Robert Knapp, Herb Butterfield, Sarah Selby, J.P. O'Donnell
Local businessman John Keith Jarrett disappears and evidence of suicide is discovered. Friday and Smith check on the surviving members of his family and find them not the least concerned about their father's death, with his son a tennis bum, his daughter promiscuous, and his wife drunken. The case gets even murkier when a report comes in of a traffic incident upstate involving a camper in which the driver was using Jarrett's license.
107 21 "The Big Shock" Jack Webb John Robinson January 20, 1955 (1955-01-20)
Friday and Smith go after a burglar who plans to break into a bank through an underground tunnel.
108 22 "The Big Screen" Jack Webb John Robinson January 27, 1955 (1955-01-27)
Friday and Smith team up with a newspaper reporter so they can investigate television repairmen who may be overcharging their customers.
109 23 "The Big TV" Jack Webb John Robinson February 3, 1955 (1955-02-03)
The detectives search for a missing mother and child at the behest of her mother-in-law, unaware that the girl's husband has died in action and is not overseas as the woman had claimed.
List of Dragnet episodes is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more] (note: this episode is mislabeled as The Big Bounce at the Internet Archive.)
110 24 "The Big Dog" Jack Webb John Robinson February 10, 1955 (1955-02-10)
An old man sits on his front porch with a shotgun, threatening to kill the man who poisoned his dog.
111 25 "The Big Underground" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Earl Schley
February 17, 1955 (1955-02-17)
Friday and Smith use a stolen check as a lead to a series of used car lot robberies.
112 26 "The Big Key" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Earl Schley
February 24, 1955 (1955-02-24)
A woman's badly mutilated body is found in a churchyard on Christmas eve. The only clue is a key lying under her.
113 27 "The Big Mailman" Jack Webb John Robinson March 3, 1955 (1955-03-03)
Friday and Smith go after a bandit who is robbing mailboxes and then trying to cash other people's checks.
114 28 "The Big Customer" Jack Webb John Robinson March 10, 1955 (1955-03-10)
Friday and Smith investigate a man who is writing bad checks.
115 29 "The Big Tar Baby" Jack Webb John Robinson March 17, 1955 (1955-03-17)
A bartender's wife is kidnapped, beaten and rolled in hot tar.
116 30 "The Big Number" Jack Webb John Robinson March 24, 1955 (1955-03-24)
Friday and Smith Investigate a Bank Robbery. The suspect is found by a witness getting three numbers from his license plate.
117 31 "The Big Mask" Jack Webb John Robinson March 31, 1955 (1955-03-31)
A masked bandit is holding up supermarkets and the police are not able to catch him.
118 32 "The Big Sucker" Jack Webb John Robinson April 7, 1955 (1955-04-07)
A con artist is swindling jewelers using fake diamonds.
119 33 "The Big Mustache" Jack Webb John Robinson April 14, 1955 (1955-04-14)
Friday and Smith investigate the robbery of an appliance store.
120 34 "The Big Heel" Jack Webb John Robinson April 21, 1955 (1955-04-21)
Friday and Smith use an unusual footprint to help solve a murder case.
121 35 "The Big Gone" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Earl Schley
April 28, 1955 (1955-04-28)
The owner of a flower shop kills a man who is trying to rob him, but the corpse mysteriously vanishes.
122 36 "The Big Student" Jack Webb John Robinson May 5, 1955 (1955-05-05)
Friday and Smith are on the trail of a bunch of teenagers selling fake magazine subscriptions.
123 37 "The Big Watch" Jack Webb John Robinson May 12, 1955 (1955-05-12)
Friday and Smith investigate a man based on a tip from an informant.
124 38 "The Big Dig" Jack Webb John Robinson May 19, 1955 (1955-05-19)
Friday and Smith are looking into a report of a missing woman that turns into a murder investigation.
125 39 "The Big Mug" Jack Webb John Robinson May 26, 1955 (1955-05-26)
Two hold-up men are robbing and beating pedestrians in the downtown area.

Season 5: 1955–56[edit]

Friday's partner throughout this season is Officer Frank Smith.

No Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
126 1 "The Big Pipe" Jack Webb John Robinson September 1, 1955 (1955-09-01)
Friday and Smith investigate the murder of a young woman who was beaten to death with a lead pipe.
127 2 "The Big Chet" Jack Webb John Robinson September 8, 1955 (1955-09-08)
128 3 "The Big No Rain" Jack Webb John Robinson September 15, 1955 (1955-09-15)
129 4 "The Big Lift" Jack Webb John Robinson September 22, 1955 (1955-09-22)
An organized gang of shoplifters is looting large department stores in the city.
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130 5 "The Big Confession" Jack Webb John Robinson September 29, 1955 (1955-09-29)
A man walks into the station and tells Friday that he wants to confess to a murder, but the cops have a hard time verifying his story.
131 6 "The Big Gap" Jack Webb Frank Burt October 6, 1955 (1955-10-06)
Cast Lillian Powell, Peggy Webber, James Stone, Red Barry, Mel Ford
A pawn shop owner alerts Friday and Smith when a man claimed to have purchased an expensive ring that turns out to be junk and then asked the pawn shop owner to sell him a gun. Friday and Smith find the man and learn he is the latest victim of two con artists, Ernest Wilcoxson and Parker Cleaver, who are now working with a third man named Norman Crist. But when Crist is found dead in a car accident, the two conmen cannot be prosecuted.
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132 7 "The Big Look" Jack Webb John Robinson October 13, 1955 (1955-10-13)
Friday and Smith are assigned to a case of a woman who was beaten outside her home.
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133 8 "The Big Glasses" Jack Webb John Robinson October 20, 1955 (1955-10-20)
Cast Red Barry, Edward Keane
A housewife, Ella Ryburn reports to Friday and Smith that she cannot contact her mother, who is married to Alfred Rudolph Shroder. When he is questioned, Shroder claims his wife left him and that he sold their house and put her items in storage, but Friday and Smith do some more checking and find some discrepancies, then when they go to the house with Ella Ryburn they discover the basement ceiling contains blood. But it isn't until the two officers find a pair of glasses that they deduce what happened.
134 9 "The Big Bird" Jack Webb Frank Burt October 27, 1955 (1955-10-27)
Sgt. Friday investigates a robber who only targets pet stores and homes that have pet birds.
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135 10 "The Big Laugh" Jack Webb John Robinson November 3, 1955 (1955-11-03)
A con man makes lonely women fall for his charms, then steals their money and disappears.
136 11 "The Big Smoke" Jack Webb John Robinson November 10, 1955 (1955-11-10)
An invalid woman and her elderly father are brutally beaten, the father fatally, and the trail leads police to a former handyman.
137 12 "The Big Bounce" Jack Webb Frank Burt November 17, 1955 (1955-11-17)
Joe Friday searches for a check forger who has been using the name of the old-time movie villain Parker Allington, who died three years ago. The search takes him to a former extra who has given up show business for crime.
138 13 "The Big Shot" Jack Webb John Robinson November 24, 1955 (1955-11-24)
A night club owner is shot down and there are no witnesses to the crime.
139 14 "The Big Locker" Jack Webb John Robinson December 1, 1955 (1955-12-01)
Friday and Smith happen to catch a man trying to sell a stolen ring at a pawn shop.
140 15 "The Big Student"
"The Big Note"
Jack Webb John Robinson December 8, 1955 (1955-12-08)
Friday and Smith receive an anonymous note that leads them to a group of neglected and drug-using teenagers.
141 16 "The Big Genius" Jack Webb Frank Burt December 15, 1955 (1955-12-15)
Friday and Smith investigate what seems to be the perfect crime.
142 17 "The Big Reminisce" Jack Webb Frank Burt December 29, 1955 (1955-12-29)
Friday and Smith talk about some of their past cases during a slow New Year's Eve shift.
143 18 "The Big Tour" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Frank Burt
January 5, 1956 (1956-01-05)
144 19 "The Big Sisters" Jack Webb Frank Burt January 12, 1956 (1956-01-12)
Friday and Smith are sent to investigate a burglary report filed by an elderly person, only to find out that the report is a fake.
145 20 "The Big Ruling" Jack Webb Frank Burt January 19, 1956 (1956-01-19)
146 21 "The Big Fall Guy" Jack Webb Frank Burt January 26, 1956 (1956-01-26)
Friday and Smith are on the trail of a robbery suspect that has robbed two stores.
147 22 "The Big Set" Jack Webb John Robinson February 2, 1956 (1956-02-02)
A city councilman is beaten to death outside a bar and it's up to Friday and Smith to find his killer.
148 23 "The Big Child" Jack Webb John Robinson February 9, 1956 (1956-02-09)
A report of a two-year-old child drinking bleach sends Friday and Smith on a hunt to find the mother for questioning.
149 24 "The Big Slug" Jack Webb Frank Burt February 16, 1956 (1956-02-16)
Friday and Smith investigate the fatal shooting of a liquor store owner.
150 25 "The Big Daughter" Jack Webb Frank Burt February 23, 1956 (1956-02-23)
Friday and Smith investigate a missing persons report.
151 26 "The Big No Suicide" Jack Webb Frank Burt March 1, 1956 (1956-03-01)
Friday gets a call from a former mental patient who is threatening to kill himself and his family.
152 27 "The Big Siege" Jack Webb John Robinson March 8, 1956 (1956-03-08)
Police find themselves in a stand-off when an armed bank robber takes a woman hostage in her home.
153 28 "The Big Mama" Jack Webb Frank Burt March 15, 1956 (1956-03-15)
154 29 "The Big Revision" Jack Webb John Robinson March 22, 1956 (1956-03-22)
Friday and Smith have a hard time getting a robbery suspect to confess to his crimes.
155 30 "The Big Ex-Blonde" Jack Webb Frank Burt March 29, 1956 (1956-03-29)
Friday goes undercover to catch brothers who steal people's money by posing as real-estate agents.
156 31 "The Big Bobo" Jack Webb John Robinson April 5, 1956 (1956-04-05)
A police officer is suspended from duty when he is accused of taking a bribe in exchange for a prisoner's release.
157 32 "The Big Rush" Jack Webb John Robinson April 12, 1956 (1956-04-12)
Friday and Smith start an investigation of two men who killed an off-duty policeman in a downtown Los Angeles bar.
158 33 "The Big Setup" Jack Webb John Robinson April 19, 1956 (1956-04-19)
An informant tips off police to a shipment of heroin coming into the country. Friday goes undercover to bust open the ring.
159 34 "The Big Deal" Jack Webb John Robinson April 26, 1956 (1956-04-26)
Friday and Smith are investigating a rash of car thefts. The stolen cars are being sold with forged pink slips.
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160 35 "The Big Wish" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Frank Burt
May 3, 1956 (1956-05-03)
A teenage boy turns himself in and confesses to being an addict, but he refuses to give up the names of his friends who supplied him.
161 36 "The Big Hat" Jack Webb John Robinson May 10, 1956 (1956-05-10)
A young man is found hiding in an empty train car with the strangled body of an older woman next to him.
162 37 "The Big Housemaid" Jack Webb Frank Burt May 17, 1956 (1956-05-17)
163 38 "The Big Gift" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Frank Burt
May 24, 1956 (1956-05-24)
164 36 "The Big Salvage" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Frank Burt
May 31, 1956 (1956-05-31)

Season 6: 1956–57[edit]

Friday's partner throughout this season is Officer Frank Smith.

No Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
165 1 "The Big Cat" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Frank Burt
September 27, 1956 (1956-09-27)
A circus man reports that a tiger escaped from his truck and is now on the loose in Los Angeles.
166 2 "The Big Missus" Jack Webb Frank Burt October 11, 1956 (1956-10-11)
Friday and Smith investigate a report from a wife that her husband is about to commit a crime.
167 3 "The Big Beer" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Frank Burt
October 18, 1956 (1956-10-18)
168 4 "The Big Net" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Frank Burt
October 25, 1956 (1956-10-25)
Cast Norman Bartold, Peter Brocco, Julie Van Zandt
Women are attacked in a small area at bus stops, but when the attacker is scratched in the face in a fight with a woman he is cornered and shoots an officer.
169 5 "The Big Convertible" Jack Webb Frank Burt November 1, 1956 (1956-11-01)
A man forges checks to keep himself and his wife in an expensive lifestyle, but he goes too far when he buys a slick convertible.
170 6 "The Big Limp" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Frank Burt
November 8, 1956 (1956-11-08)
A teenage boy under arrest admits to police that his brother is planning to rob a loan company.
171 7 "The Big Tattoo" Jack Webb Milton Geiger November 15, 1956 (1956-11-15)
Friday and Smith are looking for a robber with an unusual tattoo.
172 8 "The Big Odd" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Frank Burt
November 22, 1956 (1956-11-22)
Friday and Smith investigate a gabling racket.
173 9 "The Big Bill" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Frank Burt
November 29, 1956 (1956-11-29)
Friday and Smith investigate reports of counterfeit money appearing all over the city.
174 10 "The Big Search" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Frank Burt
December 6, 1956 (1956-12-06)
A distraught father reports that his teenage daughter is missing, and things look more bleak when her murdered pet is discovered in her room.
175 11 "The Big Talk" Jack Webb Frank Burt December 13, 1956 (1956-12-13)
A watch salesman reports that he was robbed by two men whom he drank with the night before.
176 12 "The Big Doting Mother" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy December 20, 1956 (1956-12-20)
177 13 "The Big Handcuffs" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy December 27, 1956 (1956-12-27)
178 14 "The Big Father" Jack Webb Frank Burt January 3, 1957 (1957-01-03)
Friday and Smith are on the trail of a burglar who breaks into houses in broad daylight.
179 15 "The Big Switch" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Frank Burt
January 10, 1957 (1957-01-10)
180 16 "The Big Steal" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Frank Burt
January 17, 1957 (1957-01-17)
Friday and Smith investigate a rash of burglaries.
181 17 "The Big Manikin" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Frank Burt
January 24, 1957 (1957-01-24)
A woman reports that her husband has failed to come home after going out with is business partner.
182 18 "The Big No Tooth" Jack Webb Frank Burt January 31, 1957 (1957-01-31)
A bandit carrying a sawed-off shotgun is robbing hotels in the downtown area.
183 19 "The Big Skip" Jack Webb John Robinson February 7, 1957 (1957-02-07)
184 20 "The Big Fin" Jack Webb John Robinson February 14, 1957 (1957-02-14)
A tourist leaves her purse in the back of a cab and it's up to Friday and Smith to track it down.
185 21 "The Big Game" Jack Webb Jerry Gruskin February 21, 1957 (1957-02-21)
Friday and Smith investigate another con ring.
186 22 "The Big Coins" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Frank Burt
February 28, 1957 (1957-02-28)
Friday and Smith are on the trail of a robber/arsonist that takes nothing of value and then sets the house on fire.
187 23 "The Big Close" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy,
John Robinson
March 7, 1957 (1957-03-07)
Friday and Smith reopen a closed case because a tip leads them to believe they have the wrong person.
188 24 "The Big Tie" Jack Webb Frank Burt March 14, 1957 (1957-03-14)
Friday and Smith investigate the former employee of a tie manufacturing company.
189 25 "The Big Cup" Jack Webb Jerry Gruskin March 21, 1957 (1957-03-21)
A howling dog leads to the unearthing of the battered body of an old woman in her garden.
190 26 "The Big Truck" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy March 28, 1957 (1957-03-28)
Friday and Smith investigate the hit and run of a little girl.
191 27 "The Big Saint" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Jack Webb
April 4, 1957 (1957-04-04)
Friday and Smith try to prove that a salvage yard operator is using his business to fix up stolen cars.
192 28 "The Big Match" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy,
John Robinson
April 11, 1957 (1957-04-11)
An auction house is held up and the only clue to the bandits lies in a dropped matchbook.
193 29 "The Big Help" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy,
John Robinson
April 18, 1957 (1957-04-18)
Friday and Smith get a tip about a case from an unexpected place.
194 30 "The Big Celebration" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy April 25, 1957 (1957-04-25)
Friday and Smith are on the trail of a thief whose victims are attending weddings and funerals.
195 31 "The Big Cry Baby" Jack Webb Jerry Gruskin May 2, 1957 (1957-05-02)
196 32 "The Big Lesson" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy May 9, 1957 (1957-05-09)
Friday and Smith are on the trail of three masked men responsible for over thirty robberies.
197 33 "The Big Soldier" Jack Webb John Robinson May 16, 1957 (1957-05-16)
198 34 "The Big Make" Jack Webb John Robinson,
James E. Moser
May 23, 1957 (1957-05-23)
A bakery owner and his daughter are shot down during a robbery.

Season 7: 1957–58[edit]

Friday's partner throughout this season is Officer Frank Smith.

No Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
199 1 "The Big Constitution" Jack Webb Frank Burt September 26, 1957 (1957-09-26)
200 2 "The Big Candy Box" Jack Webb Frank Burt October 3, 1957 (1957-10-03)
201 3 "The Big Button" Jack Webb Frank Burt October 10, 1957 (1957-10-10)
202 4 "The Big Yak" Jack Webb John Robinson October 17, 1957 (1957-10-17)
203 5 "The Big Howard" Jack Webb James E. Moser October 24, 1957 (1957-10-24)
204 6 "The Big Tomato Cans" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy October 31, 1957 (1957-10-31)
205 7 "The Big Dip" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy November 7, 1957 (1957-11-07)
Friday and Smith investigate money being taken from a department store's registers with the help of store security.
206 8 "The Big License Plates" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy November 14, 1957 (1957-11-14)
Friday and Smith investigate a con involving fake license plates.
207 9 "The Big Blank" Jack Webb John Meredyth Lucas,
Frank Burt
November 21, 1957 (1957-11-21)
A bunch of forged checks are popping up all over the city and it's up to Friday and Smith to catch the forger.
208 10 "The Big Tease" Jack Webb James E. Moser November 28, 1957 (1957-11-28)
209 11 "The Big Love" Jack Webb James E. Moser December 5, 1957 (1957-12-05)
A man reports that his wife ran off with his little girl and the man she was having an affair with. The trail leads Friday and Smith to a suicide pact.
210 12 "The Big Red Wagon" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy December 12, 1957 (1957-12-12)
211 13 "The Big Prescription" Jack Webb Ken Kolb,
James E. Moser
December 19, 1957 (1957-12-19)
Mrs. Eileen Multon picks up the wrong prescription. Now it's up to Friday and Smith to find her before it's too late.
212 14 "The Big Full Moon" Jack Webb Frank Burt December 26, 1957 (1957-12-26)
213 15 "The Big Jade" Jack Webb James E. Moser January 2, 1958 (1958-01-02)
Friday and Smith investigate a series of jade robberies.
214 16 "The Big Tip" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy January 9, 1958 (1958-01-09)
215 17 "The Big Stubby" Jack Webb Frank Burt January 16, 1958 (1958-01-16)
216 18 "The Big Baby Face" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy January 23, 1958 (1958-01-23)
217 19 "The Big Lip" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy January 30, 1958 (1958-01-30)
Friday and Smith are on the trail of a hit-and-run driver.
218 20 "The Big Boot" Jack Webb Ken Kolb February 13, 1958 (1958-02-13)
Friday and Smith investigate a home invasion and their only clue is a boot print in the mud by a window.
219 21 "The Big Rip" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy February 20, 1958 (1958-02-20)
A man accuses his son of stabbing him, but Friday and Smith find out that his son has an airtight alibi.
220 22 "The Big Excuse" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Michael Cramoy
February 27, 1958 (1958-02-27)
221 23 "The Big Knot" Jack Webb James E. Moser March 6, 1958 (1958-03-06)
222 24 "The Big Hobby" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy March 13, 1958 (1958-03-13)
223 25 "The Big Organizer" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy March 20, 1958 (1958-03-20)
Friday and Smith are trying to bring down a street gang but are having a hard time getting to the top man known as The Organizer.
224 26 "The Big Gent" Jack Webb James E. Moser March 27, 1958 (1958-03-27)
An ex-con called The Gentleman Bandit begins working again when he holds up a bank with two helpers.
225 27 "The Big Wardrobe" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy April 3, 1958 (1958-04-03)
Friday and Smith track a man who writes bad checks for expensive clothes and then sells the clothes for a profit.
226 28 "The Big War" Jack Webb James E. Moser April 10, 1958 (1958-04-10)
Friday and Smith investigate a report of a teen gang war in the middle of Los Angeles.
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227 29 "The Big Bad Count" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy April 17, 1958 (1958-04-17)
228 30 "The Big Evans" Jack Webb James E. Moser April 24, 1958 (1958-04-24)
A man reports that a police officer blackmailed him for money and then beat him up, and he has the bruises to prove his story.
229 31 "The Big Pack Rat" Jack Webb Ken Kolb May 1, 1958 (1958-05-01)
230 32 "The Big Honeymoon" Jack Webb James E. Moser May 8, 1958 (1958-05-08)
Friday and Smith are looking for a man who sells fake honeymoon trips to unsuspecting couples.
231 33 "The Big Eyes" Jack Webb Jack Jacobs May 15, 1958 (1958-05-15)
232 34 "The Big Cracker Box" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy May 22, 1958 (1958-05-22)
Friday and Smith investigate a rash of supermarket robberies, and the burglar's calling card is leaving crackers scattered all over the floor of the store.
233 35 "The Big Perfume Bottle" Jack Webb Frank Burt May 29, 1958 (1958-05-29)
A unique and costly perfume bottle is taken from an upscale home and it's up to Friday and Smith to get it back.
234 36 "The Big Bed" Jack Webb James E. Moser June 5, 1958 (1958-06-05)
235 37 "The Big Ruthie" Jack Webb James E. Moser June 12, 1958 (1958-06-12)
A disgruntled ex-con helps Friday and Smith take down a forgery ring that has cashed thousands of dollars in forged payroll checks.
236 38 "The Big Grifter" Jack Webb James E. Moser June 19, 1958 (1958-06-19)
A con artist operating in the gentle swindle steals money from grieving relatives after their loved ones die.
237 39 "The Big Irony" Jack Webb James E. Moser June 26, 1958 (1958-06-26)
Friday and Smith investigate a murder-suicide of a husband and wife.

Season 8: 1958–59[edit]

Friday's partner throughout this season is Officer Frank Smith.

No Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
238 1 "The Big Beating" Jack Webb Ken Kolb September 23, 1958 (1958-09-23)
Friday and Smith investigate a report of a man hitting his wife.
239 2 "The Big Sweet Annie" Jack Webb James E. Moser September 30, 1958 (1958-09-30)
Friday and Smith have to watch out for sweet Annie.
240 3 "The Big Star" Jack Webb Frank Burt October 7, 1958 (1958-10-07)
Friday and Smith investigate a robbery report.
241 4 "The Big Oskar" Jack Webb William Spier October 14, 1958 (1958-10-14)
The detectives take a report of valuables stolen from the home of a somewhat eccentric old lady. They begin to suspect something is amiss when she starts talking about how she gets the "scoop" on crimes by being the first to report them to the local newspaper.
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242 5 "The Big Little Boy" Jack Webb Frank Burt October 21, 1958 (1958-10-21)
Friday and Smith are looking for a missing child.
243 6 "The Big Voice" Jack Webb Ken Kolb October 28, 1958 (1958-10-28)
Friday and Smith investigate a gang of thugs.
244 7 "The Big Juke Box" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy November 4, 1958 (1958-11-04)
Friday goes undercover as a bar owner in order to break up an illegal jukebox operation.
245 8 "The Big Doll" Jack Webb James E. Moser November 11, 1958 (1958-11-11)
246 9 "The Big Border" Jack Webb James E. Moser November 18, 1958 (1958-11-18)
Friday and Smith must track a pair of escaped convicts across the Mexican border.
247 10 "The Big Nazi" Jack Webb Frank Burt November 25, 1958 (1958-11-25)
Friday goes undercover to catch a racist murderer.
248 11 "The Big Hot Rod" Jack Webb Ken Kolb December 2, 1958 (1958-12-02)
Friday is on the hunt for a group of teens that are stealing sports cars.
249 12 "The Big Green Monkey" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy December 9, 1958 (1958-12-09)
A woman reports her Jade collection stolen and it's up to Friday and Smith to find it.
250 13 "The Big Hype" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy December 16, 1958 (1958-12-16)
251 14 "The Big Maria" Jack Webb James E. Moser December 23, 1958 (1958-12-23)
252 15 "The Big Donation" Jack Webb James E. Moser December 30, 1958 (1958-12-30)
Two con artists are selling phony magazines subscriptions to unsuspecting suckers.
253 16 "The Big Malcolm" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Ken Kolb
January 6, 1959 (1959-01-06)
254 17 "The Big Smart Girl" Jack Webb James E. Moser January 13, 1959 (1959-01-13)
255 18 "The Big Doctor" Jack Webb Ken Kolb January 20, 1959 (1959-01-20)
Friday and Smith investigate a doctor making false insurance claims.
256 19 "The Big Signet" Jack Webb James E. Moser January 27, 1959 (1959-01-27)
Friday and Smith have to find a man selling forged passports and paperwork.
257 20 "The Big Accident" Jack Webb Ken Kolb February 3, 1959 (1959-02-03)
An insurance adjuster files a report with Friday about possible fraudulent insurance claims.
258 21 "The Big Mail" Jack Webb James E. Moser February 10, 1959 (1959-02-10)
Friday works with a postal inspector to catch a gang using the mail to scam money from people.
259 22 "The Big Roll" Jack Webb James E. Moser February 17, 1959 (1959-02-17)
260 23 "The Big Thirteen" Jack Webb Ken Kolb February 24, 1959 (1959-02-24)
261 24 "The Big Sour" Jack Webb James E. Moser March 10, 1959 (1959-03-10)
An elderly couple are beaten and robbed. The key to finding the bandits lies in a paper boy and an alert bartender.
262 25 "The Big Starlet" Jack Webb Ken Kolb March 17, 1959 (1959-03-17)
263 26 "The Big Holdup" Jack Webb James E. Moser March 24, 1959 (1959-03-24)
A robber called "The Rattlesnake Bandit" takes pleasure in beating and shooting his victims after he takes their money.
264 27 "The Big Name" Jack Webb Frank Burt March 31, 1959 (1959-03-31)
265 28 "The Big Couple" Jack Webb James E. Moser April 7, 1959 (1959-04-07)
Friday and Smith investigate a husband and wife con team that have a long criminal record.
266 29 "The Big Squeeze" Jack Webb Michael Cramoy April 14, 1959 (1959-04-14)
Friday investigates a robbery that is caused by a blackmail victim's refusal to pay.
267 30 "The Big Picture" Jack Webb James E. Moser April 21, 1959 (1959-04-21)
A young girl commits suicide after she is tricked by a pair of movie talent scouts who are really operating a prostitution ring.
268 31 "The Big Carnation" Jack Webb John Robinson,
Ken Kolb
April 28, 1959 (1959-04-28)
269 32 "The Big Operator" Jack Webb Jack Laird,
Wilton Schiller,
Frank Burt
July 7, 1959 (1959-07-07)
270 33 "The Big Bray" Jack Webb James E. Moser July 12, 1959 (1959-07-12)
271 34 "The Big Infant" Jack Webb Jack Jacobs July 19, 1959 (1959-07-19)
Friday and Smith track down a missing baby.
272 35 "The Big Appetite" Jack Webb Gene Coon July 26, 1959 (1959-07-26)
273 36 "The Big .38" Jack Webb James E. Moser August 2, 1959 (1959-08-02)
Cab drivers are being held up, but the descriptions given by the victims don't match.
274 37 "The Big Byron" Jack Webb Frank Burt August 9, 1959 (1959-08-09)
Did someone really try to kill George Byron? Friday and Smith are on the case to find out.
275 38 "The Big Counterfeit" Jack Webb Ken Kolb August 16, 1959 (1959-08-16)
A man impersonating a police officer is going to local businesses and asking for donations for the widows and orphans fund. Smith and Friday set out to stop the con man.
276 39 "The Big Red" Jack Webb James E. Moser August 23, 1959 (1959-08-23)
Friday and Smith investigate a series of robberies. This is the final episode of the series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hayde, Michael (June 2000). "List of Dragnet TV Episodes, 1951–1959". Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Episode list for "Dragnet" (1951)". Internet Movie Database. 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  3. ^ ""Dragnet" (Mark VII/NBC) (1951–59) starring Jack Webb". The Classic TV Archive. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Michael J. Hayde, My Name's Friday: The Unauthorized but True Story of Dragnet and the Films of Jack Webb, Cumberland House, 2001, ISBN 1-58182-190-5

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