Dragnet radio show

Dragnet, syndicated as Badge 714, is a radio and television 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 debuted inauspiciously. The first several months were bumpy, as Webb and company worked out the program's format and eventually became comfortable with their characters (Friday was originally portrayed as more brash and forceful than his later usually relaxed demeanor). Gradually, Friday's deadpan, fast-talking persona emerged, described by John Dunning as "a cop's cop, tough but not hard, conservative but caring." (Dunning, 210) Friday's first partner was Sergeant Ben Romero, portrayed by Barton Yarborough, a longtime radio actor. Raymond Burr was on board to play Captain Ed Backstrand. When Dragnet hit its stride, it became one of radio's top-rated shows.

Webb insisted on realism in every aspect of the show. The dialogue was clipped, understated and sparse, influenced by the hardboiled school of crime fiction. Scripts were fast moving but didn’t seem rushed. Every aspect of police work was chronicled, step by step: From patrols and paperwork, to crime scene investigation, lab work and questioning witnesses or suspects. The detectives’ personal lives were mentioned but rarely took center stage. (Friday was a bachelor who lived with his mother; Romero was an ever-fretful husband and father.) "Underplaying is still acting", Webb told Time. "We try to make it as real as a guy pouring a cup of coffee.” (Dunning, 209) Los Angeles police chiefs C.B. Horrall, William A. Worton and (later) William H. Parker were credited as consultants, and many police officers were fans.

While "Just the facts, ma'am" has come to be known as Dragnet's catchphrase, it was never actually uttered by Joe Friday; the closest he came were, "All we want are the facts, ma'am" and "All we know are the facts, ma'am". "Just the facts, ma'am" comes from the Stan Freberg parody St. George and the Dragonet.


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2003-02-13 14:18:20 by thanscriptedtvshows

Reality show, unfortunately, has more drama

Sitcoms follow a pretty standard pattern these days.
1. find a comedian and base a show around him / her. Give 'em a flirty "smarter" spouse, some kids, some goofy friends and neighbors. Examples: George Lopez, Drew Carey, Everybody Loves Raymond, Seinfeld, Ellen ...
2. Workplace comedy. Pick an office, tv news room, stick a bunch of twenty somethings, thirty somethings, an aging manager, a couple of has-been movie actors. Examples: Suddenly Susan, News Radio, Sports Center, Drew Carey Show, Friends ...
4. Serious cop / legal show. Corpses pile up. "shocking" conclusion

2009-03-03 13:39:47 by stogie5

And here.

Adam-12 was the radio call sign of the patrol unit that Malloy & Reed worked. In Los Angeles, the first digit (1), represented the division worked. "Adam" is the LAPD designation for a 2-person patrol unit; "12" was the beat area assigned. Although, Malloy & Reed could be seen patrolling the streets anywhere in L.A. from downtown to the Valley, they retained the division number 1, no matter where they were. In reality, you work the same disctrict each day and are assigned a zone in that district.
The police station used throughout the series was the newly-built (at the time) Rampart Station, which is in reality, Division 2

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