"...if you remember the show fondly, as millions of boomers do, you will find this book irresistible." -- Baby Boomer Headquarters (BBHQ.com) Book of the Month, April 2002
"The full story of the show and its creator, impeccably researched and exceedingly well told." -- Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, May 2002
Edgar Award nominee, Best Critical/Biographical Work of 2001. -- Mystery Writers of America, February 2, 2002
The Webb that emerges from the pages of Hayde's book is a man who believed in what he was doing. -- Scott Eyman, Cox News Service, September 16, 2001
This (book) about Jack Webb - creator and star of "Dragnet" - is, in effect, a monument to him. -- John Goodspeed, The Star Democrat, August 10, 2001
From the Publisher
Just the facts behind the law and order show of all time! The "Dragnet" presented in MY NAME'S FRIDAY is not only the crisp, campy color television series that played from 1967 to 1970. It is also the radio series of 1949-1957 and the television series of 1951-1959, which became TV's best known, longest-running and most acclaimed police drama.
Here the narrative follows the ebb and flow of "Dragnet" from radio to television, detailing every awkward moment and production feature that refined the drama throughout the 1950's. From the beginning, Jack Webb had an idea of what the show should be, but it was an evolving idea, a refinement that MY NAME'S FRIDAY chronicles as the show matured from radio to television. Hayde goes beyond "just the facts" to offer readers a comprehensive look at the show that defined an entire genre.
Also included are program guides of the radio and television episodes, a collection of Sgt. Friday's most well-known speeches, and a glossary of police terms used in the series.