Pioneers of Television: Season 2, Episode 3

Crime Dramas (Feb 1, 2011)

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This episode deal with police and crime show on early American television. Dragnet started on radio and it seemed a natural to take to TV. Producer and star Jack Webb demanded a flat, emotionless delivery of all dialogue that became the show's trademark. The Untouchables was a huge success but was among the first shows to raise public concern about violence on the small screen. Mannix featured a caring private eye while Mission: Impossible had intricate plots. I Spy was the first show to have an African-American in a leading role. Hawaii Five-O also featured a largely ethnic cast, another first. Women were well represented in the genre with the The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., _"Honey West" (1965/I)_ and Police Woman all featuring female protagonists. _"Columbo" (1971)_ and the The Rockford Files had their own take on crime and were hugely successful. Written By garykmcd  Less

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