I’ve mentioned before in this column that I grew up loving the late-1960’s run of the popular police procedural Dragnet. Jack Webb, depicting LAPD Sergeant Joe Friday, narrated the series as the most honest and dedicated police officer ever envisioned.
In most episodes, Sgt. Friday would be working in a case in a random division – homicide, robbery, bunco/frauds, etc. – and the viewer would watch as he gradually solved the case. In other episodes, however, the series dealt with less sexy matters such as police administration and internal affairs investigations. All the while, Sgt. Friday was as impassive as he was unimpeachable.
What you may not know is that Dragnet, which started as a radio program in 1949, was so popular that it spawned an series set in New Orleans.