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Jack Webb changed the famous opening tag line "I'm a cop" to "I carry a badge" in the late 1950's after some police departments objected to the use of the word "cop."

MCA paid $5 million for the syndication rights to the 1950's episodes, in 1954.

Dragnet episodes were based on actual L.A.P.D. cases which were provided to Jack Webb by a panel of three officers. Webb would then alter details so that the cases were barely recognizable.

Joe Friday's rank was Lieutenant at the end of the 1950's series, but he was a Sergeant in the 1960's series.
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