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21st Precinct

21st Precinct

In the early 1950’s, listeners were losing interest in police shows that portrayed officers as incompetent and foolish. 21st Precinct was a welcome new portrayal of police life filled with action, drama, and suspense from start to end. Like Dragnet, 21st Precinct episodes were based on true stories and it gained popularity, as audiences were eager to hear gritty stories of police life.

CBS chose the world's largest city New York City as the setting for the thirty-minute police series that chronicled the daily events of a single police precinct named, the 21st Precinct. 21st Precinct was presented with the official cooperation of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, an organization of more than 20, 000 members of the Police department, City of New York, whose stories were inspired by actual police cases and were said to be a factual account of the way the NYPD operated.

From the beginning of each show, Stanley Niss would pull listeners into the drama and action until the final report was written. A call would come into the Precinct’s switchboard and a Sergeant would take down the information and that night’s case would commence.

One distinctive feature about 21st Precinct is that the show did not use music (although some Armed Forces Radio Service Broadcasts used an instrumental version of I'll Take Manhattan as the opening and closing music).

At the end of every show, another call would come into the switchboard and the Sergeant would record the details. This call would introduce the topic of the following week’s episode and so whet the listeners’ curiosity to tune in the following week.

The final closing words were delivered by the Captain to emphasize the importance and dedication of the police force: And so it goes, around the clock, through the week, every day, every year. A police precinct in the city of New York is a flesh and blood merry-go-round. Anyone can catch the brass ring. Or the brass ring can catch anyone.

Broadcast: July 7th 1953
Added: Jul 11 2013
Broadcast: July 14th 1953
Added: Jul 16 2013
Broadcast: July 21, 1953
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Broadcast: July 28th 1953
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Broadcast: August 4th 1953
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Broadcast: August 11th 1953
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Broadcast: August 18th 1953
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Broadcast: August 25th 1953
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Broadcast: 15th September 1953
Added: Oct 03 2006
Broadcast: September 22nd 1953
Added: Sep 17 2013
Broadcast: November 3rd 1953
Added: Dec 03 2013
Broadcast: 24th November 1953
Added: Oct 05 2006
Broadcast: 4th December 1953
Added: Dec 08 2006
Broadcast: 25th December 1953
Starring: Everett Sloane
Added: Dec 01 2006
Broadcast: 1st January 1954
Starring: Everett Sloane
Added: Jan 01 2007
Broadcast: 13th January 1954
Added: Jan 08 2007
Broadcast: 20th January 1954
Added: Jan 15 2007
Broadcast: 24th January 1954
Added: Jan 20 2007
Broadcast: 10th February 1954
Added: Jun 29 2010
Broadcast: 3rd March 1954
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Added: Nov 04 2006
Broadcast: March 24th 1954
Added: Jan 17 2014
Broadcast: 7th April 1954
Added: Nov 11 2006
Broadcast: 14th April 1954
Added: Jan 27 2007
Broadcast: April 28th 1954
Added: Jan 28 2014
Broadcast: May 5th 1954
Added: Feb 03 2014
Broadcast: May 12th 1954
Added: Feb 04 2014
Broadcast: May 19th 1954
Added: Feb 10 2014
Broadcast: 26th May 1954
Starring: Everett Sloane
Added: Feb 24 2007
Broadcast: June 2nd 1954
Added: Feb 09 2014
Broadcast: 9th June 1954
Starring: Everett Sloane
Added: Feb 05 2007
Broadcast: June 16th 1954
Starring: Everett Sloane
Added: Aug 06 2013
Broadcast: 23rd June 1954
Starring: Everett Sloane
Added: Oct 17 2006
Broadcast: 30th June 1954
Added: Oct 28 2006
Broadcast: 7th July 1954
Added: Oct 08 2006
Broadcast: 14th July 1954
Added: Oct 09 2006
Broadcast: July 21st 1954
Added: Aug 12 2013
Broadcast: 28th July 1954
Added: Oct 10 2006
Broadcast: August 25th 1954
Added: Sep 10 2013
Broadcast: 1st September 1954
Added: Oct 06 2006
Broadcast: September 8th 1954
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Broadcast: 27th October 1954
Added: Oct 07 2006
Broadcast: 10th November 1954
Added: Nov 10 2006
Broadcast: 24th November 1954
Added: Nov 25 2006
Broadcast: December 1, 1954
Added: Aug 04 2014
Broadcast: December 8, 1954
Added: Sep 09 2014
Broadcast: December 15th 1954
Added: Dec 17 2013
Broadcast: 22nd December 1954
Starring: Everett Sloane
Added: Dec 15 2006
Broadcast: December 29th 1954
Added: Dec 27 2013
Broadcast: 5th January 1955
Added: Oct 15 2012
Broadcast: January 19th 1955
Added: Jan 10 2014
Broadcast: January 26th 1955
Added: Jan 13 2014
Broadcast: February 2nd 1955
Added: Jan 27 2014
Broadcast: July 2nd 1955
Added: Feb 06 2014
Broadcast: August 13, 1955
Added: Aug 19 2014
Broadcast: 7th October 1955
Added: Sep 03 2010
Broadcast: November 4th 1955
Added: Nov 25 2013
Broadcast: November 25, 1955
Added: Sep 26 2014
Broadcast: 8th March 1956
Starring: Everett Sloane
Added: Apr 23 2007
Broadcast: March 29th 1956
Added: Mar 31 2014
Broadcast: April 5, 1956
Added: Apr 07 2014
Broadcast: April 12, 1956
Added: Oct 17 2014
Broadcast: April 26, 1956
Added: Apr 28 2014
Broadcast: 14th June 1956
Added: Aug 09 2007
Broadcast: Unknown
Starring: Everett Sloane
Added: Aug 11 2007