Season 1 Episode 1

The Big L.S.D

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Jan 12, 1967 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Dragnet: 1967
      Date: Tuesday, March 15
      Weather: Fair
      Working: Day Watch, Juvenile Narcotics
      Boss: Captain Richey

    • This is the series first Corner's inquest. It is also the series first ending report on the suspect or suspects from the episode.

    • According to Friday the parade of teenagers on the Sunset strip begins at Laurel Canyon and Sunset and ends at Doheny, on the weekends.

    • The first arrest in the series is of Benjamin "Blue Boy" Carver for violation of section 160 of the Welfare and Institution Code. It says he's in danger of leading an idle, dissolute or immoral life. The courts uphold the petition, so it both the first arrest and convection in the series. This arrest is not at the end of the episode, but during it.

    • The first suspect in the series (Benjie "Blue Boy" Carver) ends up dead by the end of the episode.

    • The first arrest in the series is of "Blue Boy" who is tripping on something. Friday is the person to give a suspect his Constitutional Rights in the series.

    • Gannon's first words in the series are "Yeah?"

    • The first characters, in the series, seen are Joe Friday and Bill Gannon. They enter the series and their place of work through a glass door.

    • The first person to speak in this series is Joe Friday / Jack Webb, as he does with every episode when he introduces us to the city. The first person to speak after the introduction was Captain Richey (whom Friday calls Skipper).

    • Throughout the series you can hear jazz music playing in several episodes. Jack Webb loved jazz music in real life and had a bunch of jazz record albums. He even recorded a jazz album.

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  • Notes

    • TV Rating:
      Canada: G
      USA: TV-G

    • Harry Morgan would go on to play Colonel Potter on Mash.

    • For Nick At Nite's 20th anniversary, the network and TV Land showed at least one episode of every series it had aired. For Dragnet, this episode was, naturally, chosen.

    • During Dragnet's run on Nick At Nite, this episode was the one overwhelmingly chosen by fans as the best in a viewers' choice marathon of the show. It was also the only "Dragnet" episode selected by TV GUIDE for their "100 Best Episodes" issue.

    • This was the only episode written by Jack Webb (under his real first and middle names, John Randolph).

  • Allusions