Dragnet (ABC 2003-2004, Ed O’Neill, Ethan Embry)


From Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, one of television’s most successful creators and architect of the long-running Law & Order franchise, comes this modern-day take on the classic police drama. Filmed on locations throughout Los Angeles, this updated version of Dragnet features two LAPD detectives investigating crimes that could only take place in Los Angeles, one of the world’s most glamorous and intriguing cities.

Within this incredibly diverse landscape, these two dedicated cops are relentless when it comes to solving crime. Detective Joe Friday (Ed O’Neill) is a seasoned veteran who has seen it all. Through his voiceovers, viewers will gain insight into the crime investigation process, as well as hear the honest thoughts of a 21st century cop. Although a veteran of the beat, Friday still has the same passion and energy as his young partner, Frank Smith (Ethan Embry), who has recently been promoted to the robbery/homicide division from vice.

Dragnet draws storylines from L.A.’s rich crime history, as well as today’s headlines. Against the backdrop of economically and culturally diverse neighborhoods, the detectives come up against a group of criminals who are just as diverse, from diamond thieves and Hollywood movie moguls to street gangs, copycat serial killers, international terrorists and kidnappers.

Adding a contemporary look to the show is the introduction of a radio-controlled miniature helicopter known as the Flying-Cam, which provides panoramic views from never-before-seen angles of L.A.’s many neighborhoods. In addition, video technology will also featured prominently in a number of episodes, reflecting society’s obsession with the “big brother” world of present day security.

Dragnet began in 1949 as a radio drama, then moved to television in 1952, running for seven years in its initial incarnation. It resurfaced in 1967 for three more years, starring Jack Webb as the no-nonsense, “just the facts, ma’am” LAPD Sergeant.

Danny Huston took the role Joe Friday in the original, un-aired pilot version.

production details
USA / ABC / 22×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 2003-2004

Ed O’Neill as Lt. Joe Friday
Ethan Embry as Det. Frank Smith
Eva Longoria as Det. Gloria Duran
Desmond Harrington as Det. Jimmy McCarron
Christina Chang as ADA Sandy Chang
Roselyn Sanchez as Det. Elana Macias
Evan Parke as Det. Raymond Cooper
Katherine Kamhi as Det. Hubbel
Lindsay Crouse as Capt. Ruth Hangermann

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