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Jack Webb’s Dragnet was more than the crisp, campy color television series that played from 1966 to 1970. First there was the successful radio series of 1949 to 1957 and then the black-and-white television series of 1951 to 1959, which became the best-known, longest-running, and most-acclaimed police drama in television history. My Name’s Friday tells the true stories of all these versions of Dragnet and its creator, director, star, and producer, Jack Webb, as the show and the man defined each other.
From the beginning Webb had an idea of what Dragnet should be, and My Name’s Friday chronicles the many ways in which he developed and refined his ideas as the show matured from radio to television. Webb emphasized realism, basing his scripts on cases from the Los Angeles Police Department and enlisting law enforcement professionals as advisors for the show. …[more]