Dragnet - Season 5

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Episode Guide

  • The Big Pipe
    The Big Pipe
    Episode 1
    9/19/55
    8.7
    Friday and Smith investigate the murder of a young woman who was beaten to death with a led pipe.
  • The Big Chet
    The Big Chet
    Episode 2
    9/8/55
    6.5
    Eleven unresolved robbery cases have taken place in past three consecutive months. The thieves habitually target supermarkets and jewelry stores and leave behind very few clues to who they are. Following a tip given by a transformed convict, detectives Smith (Ben Alexander) and Friday (Jack Webb) begin searching for two suspects, Chet and Vince, which turns out to be harder than they anticipated.moreless
  • The Big No Rain
    The Big No Rain
    Episode 3
    9/15/55
    9.4
    A middle-aged female is found unconscious, laying in a drain. Preliminary evidence points out that the lady may have been beaten and later thrown out of a moving vehicle with the aim of being killed. It is only after detectives Smith (Ben Alexander) and Friday (Jack Webb) bring in two suspects, one an abusive husband and the other a sexual marauder, that they get to learn the truth about the case.moreless
  • The Big Lift
    The Big Lift
    Episode 4
    9/22/55
    7.9
    An organized gang of shoplifters is looting large department stores in the city.
  • The Big Confession
    The Big Confession
    Episode 5
    9/29/55
    8.6
    A man walks into the station and tells Friday that he wants to confess to a murder, but the cops have a hard time varifying his story.
  • The Big Gap
    The Big Gap
    Episode 6
    10/6/55
    9.3
    Friday and Smith investigate a robbery report.
  • The Big Look
    The Big Look
    Episode 7
    10/13/55
    9.4
    Friday and Smith are assigned to a case of a woman who was beaten outside her home.
  • The Big Glasses
    The Big Glasses
    Episode 8
    10/20/55
    8.3
    The wife to an elderly man, Alfred Shroder (Edward Keane), goes missing. Two detectives, Smith (Ben Alexander) and Friday (Jack Webb), are assigned the task of finding her. Even though Shroder claims that his spouse simply left town, Ella (Joyce McCluskey), his daughter, thinks otherwise and suspects him of having a hand in her mother's disappearance based on his past record of domestic violence.moreless
  • The Big Bird
    The Big Bird
    Episode 9
    10/27/55
    8.6
    Sgt. Friday investigates a robber who only targets pet stores and homes that have pet birds.
  • The Big Laugh
    The Big Laugh
    Episode 10
    11/3/55
    6.5
    A con man makes lonely women fall for his charms, then steals their money and disappears.
  • The Big Smoke
    The Big Smoke
    Episode 11
    11/10/55
    8.8
    An invalid woman and her elderly father are brutally beaten, the father fatally, and the trail leads police to a former handy man.
  • The Big Bounce
    The Big Bounce
    Episode 12
    11/17/55
    7.9
    A forger is using a dead man's account to write bad checks.
  • The Big Shot
    The Big Shot
    Episode 13
    11/24/55
    9.4
    A night club owner is shot down and there are no witnesses to the crime.
  • The Big Locker
    The Big Locker
    Episode 14
    12/1/55
    7.9
    Friday and Smith happen to catch a man trying to sell a stolen ring at a pawn shop.
  • The Big Note
    The Big Note
    Episode 15
    12/8/55
    7.8
    Friday and Smith receive an anonymous note that leads them to a group of neglected and drug using teenagers.
  • The Big Genius
    The Big Genius
    Episode 16
    12/15/55
    8.2
    Friday and Smith investigate what seems to be the perfect crime.
  • The Big Reminisce
    The Big Reminisce
    Episode 17
    12/29/55
    9.4
    Friday and Smith talk about some of there past cases during a slow New Year's Eve shift.
  • The Big Tour
    The Big Tour
    Episode 18
    1/5/56
    7.6
    Detective Frank (Ben Alexander) gives his partner, Friday (Jack Webb), a tour through LAPD's new administration building. Frank elaborates how the building has been designed to provide both efficiency and comfort one of which includes heat-operated elevators. Friday gets a glimpse of the business offices, interrogation rooms, and forensic labs among others. The highlight of the episode is the introduction of Friday's on-and-off girlfriend.moreless
  • The Big Sisters
    The Big Sisters
    Episode 19
    1/12/56
    8.4
    Friday and Smith are sent to investigate a burglary report filed by an elderly only to find out that the report is a fake.
  • The Big Ruling
    The Big Ruling
    Episode 20
    1/19/56
    7.9
    Detectives Smith (Ben Alexander) and Friday (Jack Webb) are in search of a huge heroin shipment. They finally detain Sam Free (Sidney Gordon), an alleged dope pusher. Although the two detectives have strong incriminating evidence against Free, their case is thrown out by Dan Lauren (Dennis McCarthy), the deputy district attorney, because the detectives neither placed the suspect under arrest nor asked for legal permission to search him.moreless
  • The Big Fall Guy
    The Big Fall Guy
    Episode 21
    1/26/56
    9.0
    Friday and Smith are on the trail of a robbery suspect that has robbed 2 stores.
  • The Big Set
    The Big Set
    Episode 22
    2/2/56
    8.4
    A city councilman is beaten to death outside a bar and it's up to Friday and Smith to find his killer.
  • The Big Child
    The Big Child
    Episode 23
    2/9/56
    7.4
    A report of a 2 year old child drinking bleach sends Friday and Smith on a hunt to find the mother for questioning.
  • The Big Slug
    The Big Slug
    Episode 24
    2/16/56
    8.2
    Friday and Smith investigate the fatal shooting of a liquor store owner.
  • The Big Daughter
    The Big Daughter
    Episode 25
    2/23/56
    8.6
    Friday and Smith investigate a missing persons report.
  • The Big No Suicide
    The Big No Suicide
    Episode 26
    3/1/56
    7.3
    Friday gets a call from a former mental patient that is threatening to kill himself and his family.
  • The Big Siege
    The Big Siege
    Episode 27
    3/8/56
    7.7
    Police find themselves in a stand-off when an armed bank robber takes a woman hostage in her home.
  • The Big Mama
    The Big Mama
    Episode 28
    3/15/56
    7.7
    In this episode Friday and Smith search for a stockbroker gone missing with company records. What the detectives don't know is that the stockbroker, Henry Orleon, is up to no good and is behind a uranium stock swindle. Both Friday and Smith have to find the stockbroker, figure out his scheme and stop him in time.moreless
  • The Big Revision
    The Big Revision
    Episode 29
    3/22/56
    9.6
    Friday and Smith have a hard time getting a rubbery suspect to confess to his crimes.
  • The Big Ex-Blonde
    The Big Ex-Blonde
    Episode 30
    3/29/56
    8.2
    Friday goes undercover to catch brothers that steal people's money by posing as real-estate agents.
  • The Big Bobo
    The Big Bobo
    Episode 31
    4/5/56
    8.0
    A police officer is suspended from duty when he is accused of taking a bribe in exchange for a prisoner's release.
  • The Big Rush
    The Big Rush
    Episode 32
    4/12/56
    8.4
    Friday and Smith start an investigation of two men who killed an off duty policeman in a downtown Los Angeles bar.
  • The Big Setup
    The Big Setup
    Episode 33
    4/19/56
    9.5
    An informant tips off police to a shipment of heroin coming into the country. Friday goes under cover to bust open the ring.
  • The Big Deal
    The Big Deal
    Episode 34
    4/26/56
    8.4
    Friday and Smith are investigating a rash of car thefts. The stolen cars are then being sold with forged pink slips.
  • The Big Wish
    The Big Wish
    Episode 35
    5/3/56
    7.2
    A teenage boy turns himself in and confesses to being an addict, but he refuses to give up the names of his friends who supplied him.
  • The Big Hat
    The Big Hat
    Episode 36
    5/10/56
    9.6
    A young man is found hiding in an empty train car with the strangled body of an older woman next to him.
  • The Big Housemaid
    The Big Housemaid
    Episode 37
    5/17/56
    8.4
    Mrs. Vesper (Grace Field) is a good friend to Frank Smith (Ben Alexander), a police detective. She reports the theft of several items in her house by a housemaid she recently hired. Frank and his fellow detective Friday (Jack Webb), later discover that the housemaid was not only using a fake name, but also provided phony references in her resume. When she is finally caught, she gives very strange and bizarre reasons for her crimes.moreless
  • The Big Gift
    The Big Gift
    Episode 38
    5/24/56
    7.6
    Myrna Hopkins (Virginia Vincent) is a great fan of Beetle Buckingham (Dick Whittinghill), a radio personality, whom she constantly communicates with through on-air phone calls. She sends him a stolen wristwatch as a present valued at $1,500. Smith (Ben Alexander) and Friday (Jack Webb) are notified of the crime and they confront Myrna about it. Though she initially denies the crime, she later confesses to stealing the wristwatch and her reasons for doing so.moreless
  • The Big Salvage
    The Big Salvage
    Episode 39
    5/31/56
    7.8
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