Day 29 — My television is showing the same show on every channel. I really don’t mind watching ____________ (from the 1960′s) and I really love this show because…
Who didn't love Dragnet? It was the granddaddy of all things crime-drama. Without Dragnet, would we have an audience who hungers for the L&O's of the world? The CSI's? I think not.
I think what really drew me into Dragnet was the "Just the Facts"ness. It wasn't about sensationalizing to increase viewership. You saw the inner workings of the squad room, which weren't always very exciting. At the same time, Friday and Gannon were handling teen crime, LSD, and race riots. And let's not forget community outreach and officers' personal lives.
Dragnet was brilliant. A masterpiece. It was (and is!) the standard against which all crime dramas are measured up.