The Thin Blue Line (American TV series)

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The Thin Blue Line
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
ProducerWilliam H. Parker
Running time30 minutes
Original networkKNBH
Original release1 April (1952-04-01) –
1 September 1952 (1952-09-01)

The Thin Blue Line is an American panel show that briefly aired weekly on Los Angeles NBC station KNBH in 1952.[1][2] The show, contemporarily described as "unabashedly propagandistic", was produced by the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, William H. Parker. It featured discussion between a moderator and a panel of experts (often including Parker, who also answered audience questions). Parker intended for the show to "accurate[ly]" inform the public about "police affairs" and to "instill greater [public] confidence" in the LAPD.[3][4]


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  2. ^ "Monday TV Logs, August 4" (PDF). TV-Radio Life. 25 (23). August 1, 1952.
  3. ^ Escobar, Edward J. (May 2003). "Bloody Christmas and the Irony of Police Professionalism: The Los Angeles Police Department, Mexican Americans, and Police Reform in the 1950s". Pacific Historical Review. 72 (2): 171–199. doi:10.1525/phr.2003.72.2.171. ISSN 0030-8684.
  4. ^ Domanick, Joe (1994). To Protect and To Serve: The LAPD's Century of War in the City of Dreams. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 0671751115. OCLC 622813089.