Dragnet: Public Affairs - DR-07 (1968)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Cop Show [TV], Prime-Time Drama [TV], Procedural Show [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Chosen by their superior (Dennis McCarthy) to appear on the L.A. talk show "Speak Your Mind," Sgt. Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and Officer Bill Gannon (Harry Morgan) discuss the necessity and effectiveness of the police with outspoken citizens of the city. The show is hosted by Chuck Bligh (Anthony Eisley) and offering counterpoint perspectives on this issue are Professor Tom Higgins (Stacy Harris) and counterculture newspaper publisher Jesse Chaplin (Don Sturdy, later known as Howard Hesseman). Asking questions about the legalization of marijuana, gun laws, and discrimination, the audience seems in disagreement with the officers, vocalizing their dissent when a homemaker praises the force for preventing a pair of holdups at her husband's supermarket.