Sunday, June 3, 2012

June 3, 1949: Jack Webb's Dragnet, airs for the First time




June 3, 1949: Radio crime drama  Dragnet debuted aired for the first time on NBC.

Because Dragnet focused on police procedure, it became a wildly popular and ground-breaking show.

Dragnet  literally refers to methods used by police to catch criminals. After it's introduction to radio, it moved on to become a hit television series. The  Dragnet phenomenon lasted for five decades.

Fifty-two episodes aired, spanning two seasons, in 1989. The old time radio detective series remained a series off and on through 2003.

Dragnet returned to television after NBC saw the made for television movie version.

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