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Just the facts, ma'm. Police surrealism on radio and TV. Jack Webb was so identified with Joe Friday that he was solicited to endorse candidates in the Los Angeles D.A. race.(For a different side of Jack Webb, see Pat Novak or Jeff Regan on this site.)

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Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Werewolf 6/17/49 6.7 00:29:14 Joe & Ben enlist the whole force to catch a serial assaulter of women.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Quick Trigger Gunmen 6/24/49 6.7 00:29:15 Another cop is killed in the line of duty.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Red Light Bandit 7/14/49 6.72 00:29:19 A bitter ex-con goes on a tear.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Benny Trounsel 8/4/49 6.85 00:29:53 An informant is found murdered. Sounds like Raymond Burr as Friday's boss.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Homicide 8/11/49 6.61 00:28:50 Joe & Ben lead the force in a hunt for a serial killer. With Harry Morgan as a hotel clerk.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Police Academy 8/25/49 6.72 00:29:18 The short law enforcement career of Joe's army friend.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Eric Kelby 9/3/49 6.71 00:29:18 A man's wife is missing. He is strangely uncooperative.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download James Vickers 9/17/49 6.76 00:29:31 A cop killed, a payroll robbery, a dead suspect.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Tom Laval 10/1/49 6.91 00:30:09 Ben & Joe have all kinds of grief running down a ring of hijackers.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Second Hand Killer 10/6/49 6.63 00:28:56 An open and shut case isn't.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Mother-In-Law Murder 11/24/49 6.92 00:30:12 An open & shut case suddenly isn't.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Roseland Murder 12/29/49 7.02 00:30:37 LA is plagued by a particularly violent gang of armed robbers.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Grifter 2/23/50 6.71 00:29:17 Joe and Ben go after an expert con man.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Thank You 3/9/50 6.75 00:29:28 No good deed goes unpunished. At least in this case.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Boys 3/16/50 6.4 00:27:56 Joe and Ben follow up a tip about a group of robbers heading for L.A.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Gangster(1 of 2) 3/23/50 6.53 00:28:31 Joe has to protect a local mob boss tp prevent a gang war from erupting.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Gangster(2 of 2) 3/23/50 6.58 00:29:10 It was Barzini all along. (Not really, I just wanted an excuse to say that.)

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Badge 5/4/50 6.62 00:28:54 Joe and Ben on the trail of a serial robber/rapist who impersonates a police officer. And a glimpse of Friday's home life.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Pug 5/18/50 6.67 00:29:10 Following the thinnest of leads, the boys track down two armed robbers.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Frame 7/6/50 6.81 00:29:44 Joe & Ben investigate a hit-and-run death that turns out to be more than they expected.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Bomb 7/13/50 4.44 00:25:49 A man with a bomb threatens to blow up city hall if his brother isn't released from jail.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Pair 9/21/50 6.78 00:29:35 Families come back from trips and find their homes stripped, furniture & all.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big 38 10/5/50 6.71 00:29:18 It takes a while, but Joe and Ben track down a pair of armed robbers.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Betty 11/23/50 5.41 00: 23:37 If you think porn is a harmless vice, think again.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Car 11/30/50 6.72 00:29:21 A series of market robberies by a guy with a borrowed set of wheels.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Break 12/14/50 6.68 00:29:12 An armed robber turns out to be an escape artist. But not for long.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big New Years 3/8/51 6.06 00:26:28 One officer won't see in the new year.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Drills 5/10/51 6.05 00:26:27 Joe tracks down a gang of thieves cracking supermarket safes.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Blast 5/17/51 6.65 00:29:02 Joe and Ben solve a grisly murder.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Bindle 5/31/51 7.01 00:30:35 Joe Friday goes undercover to break up a heroin operation.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Impostor 6/7/51 6.88 00:30:03 A missing boy is finally found. At least they thought so.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Impostor 6/7/51 6.88 00:30:03 A missing boy is finally found. At least they thought so.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Building 6/14/51 6.76 00:29:33 A dentist's wife has been gone for 2 months before she's reported missing.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Cop 8/2/51 6.79 00:29:41 A burglary ring has an unlikely leader.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Screen 8/9/51 6.62 00:28:54 Times have sure changed, and not for the better.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Seventeen 9/6/51 6.3 00:27:31 Local teenagers start running wild and rioting after the introduction of drugs.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Sour 9/20/51 6.87 00:29:59 An elerly couple is robbed an beaten in their home by two men. Your job - get em.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Big September Man 9/27/51 6.55 00:28:34 The windup of a particularly nasty divorce.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Want Ad 10/4/51 6.32 00:27:35 A gang of car thieves is using the want ads to prospect for merchandise.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Shoplift 10/11/51 6.79 00:29:38 A rash of shoplifting plagues exclusive stores LA.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Bungalow 11/15/51 6.93 00:30:15 A tip leads to a burglary suspect.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Hand 11/22/51 6.86 00:29:58 An unidentified woman is found dead in a hotel room.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Canaries 12/6/51 6.77 00:29:32 A young sociopath practices her technique on pet canaries.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Overtime 12/13/51 6.68 00:29:09 Joe and Ben work the kidnapping of a banker's daughter. The last appearance of Barton Yarborough as Ben Romero.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Sorrow 12/27/51 6.69 00:29:12 This show is dedicated to the memory of Barton Yarborough, who played Sgt. Ben Romero, and who died Dec. 19, 1951.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Court 1/24/52 6.75 00:28:29 A robbery and murder investigation continues even through the trial process.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Almost No Show 1/31/52 6.74 00:29:26 A woman is worried about her missing brother. She has reason to be.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Producer 2/21/52 6.74 00:29:26 Sure, honey, I'll get you into pictures.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Evans 3/6/52 6.65 00:29:02 Joe and Ben investigate a charge of police brutality.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Fire 3/13/52 6.73 00:29:21 If you think your landlord is crazy, wait till you meet this guy.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Border 3/20/52 6.74 00:29:24 Joe Friday and his partner track a couple of escaped criminals across the border.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Big Rose 3/27/52 6.65 00:29:03 A mother of four goes missing.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Streetcar 4/3/52 6.74 00:28:44 Ah, romance. Ain't it wonderful.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Bunco 4/17/52 6.7 00:29:15 Joe takes on Ben Romero's nephew(played by Martin Milner)as a partner for a bunco investigation.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Gamble 5/8/52 6.8 00:29:42 A raid on an illegal card game leaves an officer fatally wounded.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Shakedown 5/22/52 6.74 00:29:25 A jailed bookie tells Joe and Frank how he's been regularly shaken down by a cop.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Whiff 6/5/52 6.7 00:29:13 An unidentified woman is found dead from chloroform poisoning.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Donation 6/12/52 6.72 00:29:19 A couple of con men pose as solicitors for legitimate charities, robbing both the donor and the cause.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Big Jules 6/19/52 6.25 00:27:19 Joe goes undercover to bust a heroin dealer.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Roll 6/26/52 6.91 00:30:09 A guy is beaten and stuffed into a car. The boys have to find him.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Trio 7/3/52 6.65 00:29:02 Joe Friday investigating traffic accidents on July 4th weekend? This one starts with a real bang.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Hat 7/10/52 6.01 00:26:17 A young man is found in a freight car with a dead middle-aged woman.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Impression 8/7/52 5.76 00:25:09 A watch salesman's sample case is stolen, but his story sounds fishy.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Drive 8/14/52 6.72 00:29:20 A young man gives a couple of guys a lift, with disastrous results.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Paper 8/21/52 6.72 00:29:19 Joe & Frank find out who's been passing forged payroll checks.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Test 8/28/52 6.62 00:28:54 A teenager wanders into Homicide with an improbable story about murder and Mexican bandits.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Ray 9/4/52 6.62 00:28:53 A man dies. 3 witnesses, 3 stories.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Lie 10/12/52 6.75 00:29:26 The boys investigate a murder.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Dive 11/9/52 6.74 00:29:28 An unidentified woman is found dead in a hotel closet.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Walk 11/16/52 6.73 00:29:23 Joe Friday goes undercover to bust a heroin operation.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Guilt 11/23/52 6.7 00:29:14 A body is found in an alley. Joe and Frank investigate.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Shirt 11/30/52 6.65 00:29:01 A discarded shirt leads to the killer of a store owner.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Mole 12/7/52 6.76 00:29:33 Joe and Ben investigate a series of store burglaries.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download Big Little Jesus 12/22/52 4.59 00:26:45 A Joe Friday Christmas story. The only time Joe ever let a perp go.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Mask(1 of 2) 12/28/52 6.55 00:28:36 The Black Mask Bandit is holding up food markets in LA and Sacramento.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Mask(2 of 2) 1/4/53 6.55 00:28:36 Joe and Frank get their man.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Small 1/11/53 6.51 00:28:25 Character actors aren't just in the movies.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Layout 1/25/53 6.71 00:29:16 A friend of Joe finds out his son is a drug addict.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Strip 2/1/53 6.59 00:28:47 Stripped cars, that is.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Wanted 3/1/53 6.74 00:29:26 A fugitive pickup turns into a cop killing.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Laugh 3/8/53 6.78 00:29:39 The boys go after a bunco artist.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Impossible 3/15/53 6.67 00:29:10 The only logical suspect in a string of supermarket robberies is confined to a convalescent home.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Informant 3/22/53 6.75 00:29:28 Joe & Frank track down a gang of safeblowers.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Dream 3/29/53 6.74 00:29:28 An elderly man starts committing a string of armed robberies.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Chet 4/5/53 6.5 00:28:26 An informer helps Joe and Frank nab a couple of armed robbers.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Compulsion 4/12/53 6.71 00:29:18 A man is causing all kinds of trouble by making phony 911 calls.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Rip 4/19/53 6.63 00:28:58 A pissed-off informant helps Joe & Frank nab a gang of safecrackers.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Joke 5/10/53 6.73 00:29:24 A bartender is offered $5,000 to kill a man

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Lily 6/14/53 6.71 00:29:18 A woman is found beaten. Joe & Ben investigate.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Revolt 6/21/53 6.77 00:29:33 Henry Borg is missing and faking amnesia.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Cab 9/15/53 6.8 00:29:43 A four cent dispute proves the undoing of an armed robber.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Slip 9/22/53 6.78 00:29:39 Somebody stiffs a used car dealer. Kind of breaks your heart.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Little Mother 10/6/53 6.58 00:28:43 A female forger called Little Mother is charging childrens clothes in department stores all over town.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Flight 11/17/53 5.91 00:25:47 I guess people commute to all kinds of jobs.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Present 11/24/53 6.73 00:29:21 The story of the pint-sized 'Milk Bottle Bandit'.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Steal 12/29/53 6.66 00:29:05 What kind of a world is it when a guy can't run a quiet little burglary racket without interference from Joe Friday.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Bill 1/9/54 5.65 00:24:41 An old lady who runs a tea shop is missing.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Broad 2/9/54 13.4 00:29:27 This episode with the delightfully un-PC title, deals with a series of liquor store holdups.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Pipe 2/23/54 6.84 00:29:50 A woman is found beaten with a hunk of pipe.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Tar Baby 10/12/54 6.04 00:26:21 A bartender's wife is missing and may have been kidnapped.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Manikin 10/19/54 5.76 00:25:09 A misnamed episode in which a man tries to collect a bad debt.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Coins 11/9/54 5.95 00:25:58 One very strange thief.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Gone 11/30/54 5.95 00:25:59 An armed robbery of a flower shop. One robber, thought dead, is gone.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big No Tooth 4/5/55 5.49 00:23:56 At least he'll get his teeth fixed in prison.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Revision 5/10/55 5.96 00:26:02 The boys investigate a fur robbery.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Siege 5/24/55 6.02 00:26:15 Joe and Ben are called to a hostage situation.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Limp 6/7/55 5.67 00:24:44 Joe and Frank run down a tip about a robbery.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Genius 7/12/55 5.82 00:25:24 A teenaged boy is discovered living in a cave, stealing food and studying physics.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Bobo 7/19/55 5.88 00:25:39 Joe investigates a report of an officer demanding bribes.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Housemaid 7/26/55 5.88 00:25:40 A woman posing as a housemaid is stealing cash and jewelry from houses.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Sheet 8/2/55 5.7 00:24:52 A burglar breaks jail and shoots 2 hostages, till the boys get him.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Missus 8/9/55 5.94 00:25:57 A wife, worried about her ex-con husband, calls Friday.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Beer 8/16/55 5.73 00:25:00 Beer bottles lead to the killer of an apliance store watchman.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Blonde 8/23/55 5.67 00:24:45 Joe goes undercover as a high roller to bust a crew of con artists.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Fellow 8/30/55 5.53 00:24:09 A couple of hopped-up armed robbers blow into town.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Ruling 9/6/55 6.68 00:29:09 Joe and Frank come up against the exclusionary rule, and a heroin dealer goes free.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Daughter 9/13/55 25 00: One heck of a place to hide your drugs.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Shirt 12/6/55 6.79 00:29:38 A soiled shirt leads to a killer.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Small 1/10/56 9.71 00:28:16 Joe and Frank go after a little old lady check forger.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Layout 1/24/56 6.9 00:30:08 Joe Friday's neighbor comes to him for help when he discovers that his son is an addict.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Strip 1/31/56 6.68 00:29:10 Joe & Ben track down a midnight auto supply.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Tooth 2/14/56 9.92 00:28:53 Warning: The ending is not for the squeamish.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Smoke 2/21/56 10.1 00:29:34 Joe and Frank investigate a brutal home invasion.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Want 2/28/56 8.84 00:25:43 While hunting a fugitive, an officer is shot and killed.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Laugh 3/6/56 10.2 00:29:41 Joe & Frank, working bunco, bust a con man taking advantage of lonely women.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Compulsion 4/17/56 6.07 00:26:31 Somebody is making false 911 calls.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big Rip 4/24/56 5.57 00:24:18 Through an informant, Joe & Ben catch a gang of safeblowers in the act.

Left-click to listen, Right-click to download The Big False Move 5/22/56 6.83 00:29:50 Joe finds something fishy about a confession.

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