By Allie T. on March 08, 2018
"Dragnet" is the franchise that just won't die; since it premiered on radio in the 1940s, it's been rebooted in some format or another virtually every decade since then. The series started out as a radio show, which aired for 314 episodes between 1949 and 1957. In 1951, it moved to TV -- which meant fans could listen to radio broadcasts and watch new episodes of the series each week on television. The original TV run ended in 1959, before the series was brought back for just shy of 100 episodes in the late '60s... then another 50-plus episodes in the late '80s... and yet another 22 episodes in the early '00s.
So what is it that keeps "Dragnet" so popular year after year, with new generations of fans? It could be the gritty yet positive portrayal of law enforcement that the show offers, or it could be the "ripped from the headlines" realism promised at the start of each episode. Whatever the attraction, there's no question that the show is one for the ages, entertaining fans for well over half a century.
How well do you know this TV stalwart? Do you remember which actor played the straight-faced Sergeant Joe Friday? Can you recall the first name of Friday's long-term partner, Officer Smith? Do you know which city the iconic police procedural was set in? If you know the answers to these and other "Dragnet" questions, you might have what it takes to ace this quiz about the classic series!