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TV's Top Cops

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The Original Cop:Detective Friday, "Dragnet""Just the facts, ma'am." Back in the 1950s, Joe Friday was the kind of sober, serious, hard-working detective a fella could trust. Guided by simple logic and a humorless demeanor, Friday always zeroed in on his man. And, luckily, Friday's Los Angeles was filled with decent folks with impeccable memories. Unhindered by personal issues or bad habits, Friday was America's shining introduction to police procedure. Plus, he got to monologue, in fast and unbroken sentences, about the perils of wayward behavior. Gee whiz!
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