Dum-de-dum-dum. Dum-de-dum-dum. Dum-de-dum-dum-DUMMMM."
"My name's Friday. I'm a cop."
Even a casual coach potato will be quick to recognize the theme song and catch phrase from the detective series Dragnet, which joins the Nick at Nite lineup Friday with four hours of the series, which starred stoic Jack Webb as LAPD Detective Joe Friday.
One of the most successful police series ever produced, "Dragnet" made its mark by utilizing the documentary-style narration by Friday and dramatizing actual cases from the Los Angeles police files.
"Dragnet" was created by the laconic Webb, who also directed the series. It began as a radio series in 1949.
TV audiences caught a preview of the series on the "Chesterfield Sound Off Time" in December, 1951. The series began its first 7 1/2-year run on NBC on Jan. 3, 1952. Barton Yarborough, who played Friday's partner Sgt. Ben Romero on the radio and on the TV preview, died of a heart attack shortly after that broadcast.