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The Best Dragnet Episodes 

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Updated January 18, 2018 634 votes 105 voters 5.2k views 364 items

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List of the best Dragnet episodes, as determined by voters like you. The Dragnet franchise is a radio and TV series centering around a Los Angeles detective and his partners. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Dragnet episodes of all time are. Fans of Dragnet are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is. The list you're viewing has a variety of episodes, like The LSD Story and The Christmas Story, in it. What is the best Dragnet episode of all time? Look below and find out.
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The LSD Story is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
Episode: 1, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 1

Original Airing: Jan 12 1967

A man walks into City hall carrying a live bomb. He threatens to blow up the building if his brother isn't released from jail.
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The Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
Episode: 15, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 2

Original Airing: Dec 21 1967

A statue of the child Jesus was stolen from a church. Joe and Bill have to get it back by Christmas. They have less than 48 hours. Briefly appearing in this episode is Barry Williams, best known ...more
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The City Hall Bombing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The City Hall Bombing
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The Harassing Wife is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Harassing Wife
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The Big Little Jesus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Little Jesus Episode: 17, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 3

Original Airing: Dec 24 1953

A statue of the Child Jesus is stolen from a church. Friday and Smith must find it before the paritioners miss it on Christmas morning.
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The Big Betty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Betty Episode: 4, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 3

Original Airing: Sep 24 1953

Friday and Smith track down a confidence ring who are selling defective watches.
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The Big Meet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Meet
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The Big Blank is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Blank Episode: 9, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 7

Original Airing: Nov 21 1957

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The Big Sorrow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Sorrow Episode: 2, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 2

Original Airing: Sep 25 1952

Friday must cope with the sudden death of his partner as he and his new partner track a pair of escaped convicts.
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The Big Sisters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Sisters Episode: 19, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 5

Original Airing: Jan 12 1956

An elderly woman fakes a burglary report so she can get attention from the police and the media.
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The Big Screen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Screen Episode: 22, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 4

Original Airing: Jan 27 1955

Friday and Smith team up with a newspaper reporter so they can investigate television repairmen who may be overcharging their customers.
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Dr-32 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
Dr-32
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The Big Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Tattoo Episode: 7, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 6

Original Airing: Nov 15 1956

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The Big Saint is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Saint Episode: 27, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 6

Original Airing: Apr 04 1957

Friday and Smith try to prove that a salvage yard operator is using his business to fix up stolen cars.
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The Big Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Show Episode: 11, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 2

Original Airing: Jan 22 1953

A seven-week-old baby is found abandoned in a bus station.
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The Big Lover is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Lover Episode: 15, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 3

Original Airing: Dec 10 1953

Friday and Smith investigate a con man that marries rich women just for their money.
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The Big Drink is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Drink Episode: 30, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 3

Original Airing: Mar 25 1954

A woman is found dead in an empty lot. The body is discovered to belong to the wife of Mr. Ellis (Claude Akins). Detectives Smith (Ben Alexander) and Friday (Jack Webb) take on the task to find ...more
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The Big Love is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Love Episode: 11, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 7

Original Airing: Dec 25 1957

A man reports that his wife ran off with his little girl and the man she was having an affair with. The trail leads Friday and Smith to a suicide pact.
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The Big Knot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Knot Episode: 23, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 7

Original Airing: Mar 03 1958

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The Big Grifter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Grifter Episode: 38, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 7

Original Airing: Jun 19 1958

A con artist operating in the gentle swindle steals money from grieving relatives after their loved ones die.
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The Big Sweet Annie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Sweet Annie Episode: 2, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 8

Original Airing: Sep 30 1958

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The Big Hype is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Hype Episode: 13, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 8

Original Airing: Dec 16 1958

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The Big Malcolm is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Malcolm Episode: 16, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 8

Original Airing: Jan 06 1959

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The Big Red is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Red Episode: 39, Season: Dragnet (1951) - Season 8

Original Airing: Aug 23 1959

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The Big Ben is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dragnet Episodes
The Big Ben