Dragnet: Season 2

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1

The Grenade

A surly teenager throws acid on the back of another student (played by a teen-aged Jan Michael Vincent), then crashes a party armed with a live hand grenade.

2

The Shooting Board

Joe stops at an all night launderette to buy cigarettes and interrupts a burglar working the coin changer. When he shouts ““Freeze,”“ the criminal comes…

3

The Badge Racket

Three con artists have been swindling businessmen from out-of-town by posing as a prostitute and two policemen. The detectives set a trap as Gannon pretends to be a manufactur…

4

The Bank Jobs

A nervy bank robber uses innocent women to help commit his crimes. Friday and Gannon are nearly sidetracked when one of the victims lies about her involvement and later proves…

5

The Big Neighbor

In this lighthearted, well-written episode, Bill invites Joe to dinner and a football game at his home in Eagle Rock. The only problem: Gannon’s neighbors keep interrupt…

6

The Big Frustration

Sgt. Carl Maxwell, a frustrated fellow detective, goes AWOL; Friday and Gannon have three days to track him down before Maxwell loses his badge for go…

7

The Senior Citizen

A series of daring daylight house burglaries are taking place; perpetrated by an octegenarian who uses the wedding and obituary notices in the paper to select his victims.

8

The Big High

An elderly businessman, concerned about the welfare of his grandchild, informs Friday and Gannon that his daughter and son-in-law are using marijuana regularly. The young coup…

9

The Big Ad

An ex-con named Steve Deal contacts Friday and Gannon when a classified ad that he placed, offering to do ““anything”“ for money, results in an offer to…

10

The Missing Realtor

A woman real-estate agent is missing and turns up dead in a vacant home. The detectives’ one suspect – the woman’s ex-boyfriend – is cleared; then cre…

11

The Big Dog

A purse-snatching dog? This is the case Friday and Gannon must solve. Making things more difficult, victims give different descriptions of the four-legged thief.

12

The Pyramid Swindle

A female con-artist uses an evangelistic approach to lure buyers into her pyramid scheme. The Bunco division can’t charge her with false advertising, so they prosecute h…

13

The Phony Police Racket

Friday and Gannon investigate a scam involving a phony LAPD newsletter, which comes with a card for subscribers entitling the bearer to preferential t…

14

The Trial Board

An officer accused of taking a bribe has chosen Sgt. Friday to represent him at his trial board hearing. Witnesses saw the officer accept the money, but he insists it was for…

15

The Christmas Story

A statue of the child Jesus was stolen from a church. Joe and Bill have to get it back by Christmas. They have less than 48 hours. Briefly appearing in this episode is Barry…

16

The Big Shipment

Drugs are found aboard a plane that has crashed in the San Fernando Valley. The pilot is quickly traced, but in order to force him to name his connection, Friday and Gannon as…

17

The Big Search

Two small girls, ages three and five, are missing. Their mother is certain that her ex-husband, an alcoholic, has kidnapped them. However, he is now in recovery and has no kn…

18

The Big Prophet

Friday and Gannon are convinced that ““Brother”“ William Bentley’s Temple of the Expanded Mind is just a sham – a front for Bentley to sell…

19

The Big Amateur

Citizens are full of praise for Officer Gideon C. Dengle – they want to bestow him with awards, honors and home-baked cookies. There’s only one problem: there̵…

20

The Starlet

A teenage runaway, intent on becoming a star, has instead wound up in pornographic films. Acting on behalf of the girl’s aunt, Friday and Gannon try to find the young &#…

21

The Big Clan

Sgt. Friday is offered a bribe to assist a gypsy family trying to gain control of the gypsy community.

22

The Little Victim

When a nine-month old child is beaten, Friday and Gannon investigate the parents, who are more concerned about their failing relationship than their baby son.

23

The Squeeze

An ex-con accused of extortion is interrogated. He calmly and smugly insists that he is innocent, but Friday and Gannon have a surprise for him: taped conversations and a voic…

24

The Suicide Attempt

Friday and Gannon learn that a young man has called his mother from Hollywood ““to say goodbye.”“ With the help of the man’s sister, the two dete…

25

The Big Departure

Petty theft from drug and hardware stores leads to a group of four teens who are determined to start their own nation on a remote island off the California coast.

26

The Investigation

Friday and Gannon are screening applicants for the Police Academy. One seems to have all the right qualifications, except that six months are missing from his application.

27

The Big Gambler

Over $100,000 has been embezzled from an industrial company. An investigation of the employees leads Friday and Gannon to a habitual gambler.

28

The Big Problem

Community relations is the theme, as Friday and Gannon try to narrow the gap between the Department and the citizens it is sworn ““to protect and to serve.”&#…

About Dragnet

Dragnet 1967-1970 was the second run of the Dragnet series. It began in January of 1967, and ran to September of 1970. The lead character, Sgt. Joe Friday, was played by Jack Webb, who also directed and produced the series. The show’s focus is on two detectives, Sgt. Joe Friday, and Officer Bill Gannon, played by Harry Morgan. The two track down criminals all throughout the city of Los Angeles, California. The original “Dragnet” was the grandfather of ALL of today’s police drama shows. This was the first time a cancelled network TV series was successfully revived. In late 1965, Universal and NBC hired Webb to revive “Dragnet” as a made-for-TV movie. This was filmed in early 1966, but didn’t air until January 1969. Titled “World Premiere: Dragnet,” the well-made film has Friday and Gannon linking the slayings of photographer’s models to the disappearance of a war widow, while Gannon prepares to retire.

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