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  • In an episode of The Honeymooners Ed Norton says "Dum da Dum Dum".
  • An episode of It Takes a Thief (1968) titled "The Scorpio Drop" in which star Robert Wagner starts the Cold Open with "This is the city, Washington, D.C.. My name is Mundy...I'm a thief." Oddly enough on May 5, 2012 this episode aired on Digital station Antenna TV directly after an actual episode of Dragnet, without even a commercial between the Universal logo and the start of the parody.
  • An episode of The Monkees features Peter say, "Hey, its time for Dragnet! Anyone got a tv?" This shot is currently (May 2012) being used in an Antenna TV ad, which shows both programs in their line-up.
  • Officer Joe Webber was a recurring character on The Bob Newhart Show.
  • Seinfeld featured a character called Mr Bookman, a library official who behaved like Joe Friday. Another episode had Kramer channel a Joe Fridayish Inspector in order to get a stolen statue back from a cleaning man.
  • An early episode of Sesame Street featured a segment with Sergeant Thursday and his partner Ben (a parody of Ben Romero) questioning a letter M to see if it had seen their suspect - a letter W.
  • The PBS series Square One TV would end every episode with Mathnet a complete parody of the show.note 
    The story you are about to see is a fib. But it's short. The names are made up, but the problems are real.
  • One The Tonight Show clip features Jack Webb parodying himself as he and Johnny Carson talk in a Dragnet style tongue twister - The Case of the Copped Copper Clappers.
  • In the Married... with Children episode, "Sleepless in Chicago," Al says he prefers to live in the present, only to then excitedly say, "Ooh, Dragnet's on!" This is also Hilarious in Hindsight O'Neil would be cast as Joe Friday on the short-lived 2003 remake, which also aired on ABC.

  • In The Beatles song "She Came In Though The Bathroom Window," "Sunday's on the phone to Monday/Tuesday's on the phone to me."
  • The Beastie Boys'' song "3-Minute Window" has the lyrics "I stay up all night, I go to sleep watching Dragnet"


    Video Games 
  • In L.A. Confidential, Jack Vincennes is the LAPD's advisor on the show "Badge Of Honour", which is clearly a Dragnet Expy - one of the cast uses "Just the facts", with the implication that it's a recurring phrase in the show.

    Western Animation 
  • In the episode of The Simpsons entitled "Mother Simpson", Friday and Gannon investigate the return of Homer's long lost Mother, forced underground after a sixties protest incident. Harry Morgan voices Gannon.
  • A Looney Tunes Porky and Daffy cartoon called Rocket Squad is a straight-up parody, set IN SPACE! , where Daffy Duck plays "Sergeant Joe Monday". The twist is that the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue shows him and his partner being arrested for wrongful arrest.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle:
    • One story arc features Rocky being questioned by expies of Friday and Gannon.
    • A Bullwinkle's Corner segment parodying "Tom-Tom the Piper's Son" turned into a parody of the show.
  • The Woody Woodpecker short Under the Counter Spy is a parody of the show, complete with a parody of the Mark VII logo at the end.
  • A 1957 Disneyland show "Donald's Award" has Jiminy Cricket's interview of Daisy Duck depicted as a Dragnet-style interrogation.
  • In the Rugrats episode, "Mommy's Little Assets", Merge Corp's company memo is "Just the Fax". When Jonathan explains to Famous Ethel and Abe that it's a play on Joe Friday's catchphrase, "Just the facts", Ethel tells him that she and Abe think television is evil.
  • The beginning and ending of the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "Gang Busters" is a parody of Dragnet. Above the WB shield in the beginning is "Dum Dee Dum Dum", which is a vocalization of the Dragnet fanfare. Buster and Babs also both impersonate the Dragnet protagonist, Joe Friday.

  • MAD once featured Dragged Net! (the radio/original TV version) and Dumbnet - A What IV Production (the 60s/70s version).

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