Creator: Jack Webb
John Randolph "Jack" Webb (1920 – 1982), also known by the pen name John Randolph, was an American actor, television producer, director, and screenwriter, who is most famous for his role as Sergeant Joe Friday in the radio and television series, Dragnet. He was also the founder of his own production company, Mark VII Limited. Webb was essentially the inventor of the Police Procedural, and either creating or being the obvious inspiration for most of the better-known cop shows of the 60s and 70s. Webb was married for 6 years to actress Julie London, who later played Nurse Dixie McCall on his series Emergency! alongside her new husband, Bobby Troup ("Doctor Joe Early"). When he died in 1982, he was given a full Los Angeles Department police funeral, due to his extensive work with the department. Sgt. Friday's badge, 714, was officially retired as well.
Tropes he displayed:
- Dramatic Deadpan: Webb's signature style.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Webb was famous for inserting moralizing speeches into most of his shows.
- The Square: Webb was about as square as they came.
Tropes in his works:
- Author Avatar: Joe Friday primarily, but sometimes a few others as well.
- Anvilicious: "Dragnet" in particular, but most of his series were like this at times.
- Based on a True Story: Many of the plots of his series were based on real incidents that were related to him. The people involved were paid a finder's fee.
- Big Damn Heroes
- By-the-Book Cop: Most of his law enforcement characters.
- Cops and Detectives: "Adam-12", "Dragnet" and a few others.
- Drugs Are Bad: Pick a show, any show. "Dragnet" took the cake in the '60s revival, but it popped up on other series as well.
- Heroic Fire Rescue: "Sierra", "Emergency"