10. Joe Friday
Joe Friday was a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. He had a very dry manner of speaking. Each show opened with the same format. Friday would say that this was the City of Los Angeles and he worked there and was a cop. Then he would introduce the story plot, give the date, weather, which precinct the was working from, the name of his captain and the name of his partner. All of the shows were narrated by Joe Friday.
The character of Joe Friday was portrayed by Jack Webb for most of the time. He played the part from 1949 to 1959 on both radio and television and then 1967 to 1970 on television . Joe Friday was partnered with two people during the early years, Officer Frank Smith and Sgt. Ed Jacobs. Most fans of Dragnet will remember Friday’s partner from the 1960s Officer Bill Gannon (Harry Morgan)
Joe Friday was always polite when interviewing suspects or witnesses. One of his favorite things to say was “Just the facts, ma’am”. Joe Friday was a bachelor and an Army veteran. His partner Frank was married with children. There were times when Frank tried to give Joe advise of a personal nature. Joe Friday’s badge number was 714 and this was used as the title logo. The badge used by Joe Friday in Dragnet was a real LAPD badge and when Jack Webb died in 1982 the Los Angeles Police Chief officially retired the shield number 714.