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Crime Dramas 

This episode deal with police and crime show on early American television. Dragnet (1951) started on radio and it seemed a natural to take to TV. Producer and star Jack Webb demanded a flat... See full summary »

Director:

Steve Boettcher (as Steven J. Boettcher)

Writer:

Mike Trinklein

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Grammer ... Narrator (voice)
Pat Crowley ... Herself
Mike Connors ... Himself
Stephen J. Cannell ... Himself
Leonard Nimoy ... Himself
Peter Graves ... Himself
Martin Landau ... Himself
James Garner ... Himself
Robert Culp ... Himself
Bill Cosby ... Himself
Angie Dickinson ... Herself
Veronica Cartwright ... Herself
Stan Freberg ... Himself
Gavin MacLeod ... Himself
Barbara Bain ... Herself
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This episode deal with police and crime show on early American television. Dragnet (1951) started on radio and it seemed a natural to take to TV. Producer and star Jack Webb demanded a flat, emotionless delivery of all dialogue that became the show's trademark. The Untouchables (1959) was a huge success but was among the first shows to raise public concern about violence on the small screen. Mannix (1967) featured a caring private eye while Mission: Impossible (1966) had intricate plots. I Spy (1965) was the first show to have an African-American in a leading role. Hawaii Five-O (1968) also featured a largely ethnic cast, another first. Women were well represented in the genre with the The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966), _"Honey West" (1965/I)_ and Police Woman (1974) all featuring female protagonists. _"Columbo" (1971)_ and the The Rockford Files (1974) had their own take on crime and were hugely successful. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

1 February 2011 (USA) See more »

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