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(1951–1959)

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1954

7 Jan. 1954
The Big Trunk
Three men are the suspects in the beating death of a former vaudevillian actress found in her apartment. The possible reason for her murder could be among the contents of an old steamer trunk which she kept locked in her room. Surveillance equipment is used to solve the mystery.
 
21 Jan. 1954
The Big Boys
Friday and Smith receive a bulletin about an armed four-man gang, two of whom are army deserters, who have committed a series of robberies and auto thefts in San Francisco and are on their way to Los Angeles.
 
28 Jan. 1954
The Big Ham
Ross is an actor on the way up, but then his girlfriend is found dead in his apartment. A suicide note is found, but things start to point to it being a homicide.
 
11 Feb. 1954
The Big Children
Sgt. Friday and Smith responding to the report of 2 small children, going door-to-door, begging for food. The catch? The kids are known as residents in a very high class neighborhood, living right next door.
 
25 Feb. 1954
The Big Quack
The victim of a so-called "mental therapist", a young woman commits suicide after being robbed of her furs and jewels. It is up to Friday and Smith to trace the man and to stop him from striking any more.
 
4 Mar. 1954
The Big Winchester
An apparent suicide turns out to be murder.
 
11 Mar. 1954
The Big Shoplift
There seems to be a lot of recent theft at retail stores in the city, and Jack Webb and his partner are on the case. The detectives question a salesperson from a big department store downtown, and she denies any involvement. They talk to a woman who was at the bus station, who saw another woman leave a parcel which contained a fur coat. Eventually Webb talks to a teenage girl, who saw a woman discard boxes of new items in a vacant lot. The girl knows the woman's identity, and soon the officers are interrogating the shoplifter, a doctor's wife with a lot of time on her...
 
18 Mar. 1954
The Big Hit-Run Killer
A truck kills an old lady and her little grandson at a crossing and drives away. The owner of the truck asserts that he let a man called Paul lend the truck for one hour, but he doesn't know the last name of this man or where he lives. The police must investigate all circumstances, but should Friday and Smith really spend lots of resources on trying to find a man they hardly believe exists at all?
 
1 Apr. 1954
The Big Girl
The detectives try to track down a tall, beautiful woman who has been terrorizing the city by robbing men, beating them up and in some cases shooting them. Their job is made more difficult by the fact that there are many inconsistencies in the victims' reports.
 
22 Apr. 1954
The Big Frame
A man is found dead in the gutter. At first it seems as a hit-run case, but Friday and Smith become suspicious when all witnesses from the night before give exactly the same story. Usually witnesses are at variance in some respects.
 
29 Apr. 1954
The Big Plant
A housewife disappears and the police suspect her husband but questioning is made difficult by the man's guard dogs.
 
6 May 1954
The Big Check
Friday and Smith find themselves with a difficult case when a number of businesses report receiving forged checks.
 
13 May 1954
The Big Threat
Detectives Friday and Smith interview several victims of theft who are afraid to press charges against the man responsible. The police must convince them they won't receive retribution.
 
27 May 1954
The Big False Make
Friday begins to question a local gardener, who has been arrested for holding up a grocery store. During the interrogation Friday begins to have strong doubts about the man's guilt, and sets out to discover why the man has confessed to a crime Friday believes he didn't commit.
 
26 Aug. 1954
The Big Producer
Obscene literature and pictures are spread among youngster at a school in Los Angeles. The supplier of this illegal stuff turns out to be a former film producer from the days of silent movies.
 
2 Sep. 1954
The Big Fraud
Three men swindle, two posing as cops, Friday nabs them at their game.
 
9 Sep. 1954
The Big Crime
When two four year old twin girls turn up missing, Sgt. Friday and Officer Smith are called in. The girls are found, but were molested. The officers continue to investigate until they locate the perpetrator.
 
16 Sep. 1954
The Big Pair
Sgt. Friday, Smith and newly married Sgt. Austin investigate a string of robberies taking place when people are on vacation. They track some of the property and learn of a moving van that appears at the empty houses.
 
23 Sep. 1954
The Big Escape
A man Joe Friday knew in the US Army is arrested for armed robbery. Joe helps as best he can, and looks after the man's wife and two sons. But, a month before his parole, the man escapes with the help of his wife.
 
30 Sep. 1954
The Big Kid
When Friday and Smith learn that a showdown between two teenage gangs is about to take place within 48 hours, they do their utmost to prevent it. But for all their efforts a drama occurs: an eleven-year-old boy is killed.
 
7 Oct. 1954
The Big Missing
Joe Friday receives a call from a worried mother who has not heard from her daughter in over a month.
 
14 Oct. 1954
The Big Bar
A holdup man is sticking up bars. After he takes the money he kills many of his victims. Sargeant Friday has few leads other than that the holdup man likes a certain song on the jukebox and likes to drink scotch and water.
 
21 Oct. 1954
The Big Present
Someone is burglarizing businesses but only taking part of the money and leaving an empty milk bottle. When officers Friday and Smith apprehend the young Elroy they discover he's not doing it for monetary reasons.
 
11 Nov. 1954
The Big New Year
On New Year's Eve, Detectives Friday and Smith must investigate a cop killing.
 
30 Dec. 1954
The Big Rod
A pregnant woman is run down by teens out joyriding leaving Sgt Friday and his fellow officer Smith to track down those responsible. They find that kids are uncooperative, refusing to inform on their friends.
 

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