My Favorite 1960s Dragnet #5: Juvenile: DR 19
Dragnet’s focus on child abuse comes into full focus in this gut-wrenching episode, as Friday tries to help a boy who is being abused by his mother.
The show shines a light on child abuse and the problems faced by the police force in trying to protect children. It’s a moving and heart-renching story.
It’s also pretty illustrative of how Webb could invoke emotion without needing to be graphic. We don’t actually see the results of abuse, but we see the actors’ reactions which are just as real.