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Beginning & Ending Narrations (Voice-overs)

THE POLICE SERIES

ADAM-12/NBC/1968-75
[Voice of Shaaron Claridge, a real police radio-operator at the Los Angeles police station in Van Nuys] "...One-Adam Twelve, a 415 man with a gun...One Adam-12, no warrant Lincoln, X-Ray, Ida 483...One Adam Twelve...415, fight group with chains and knives..."

DEA: SPECIAL TASK FORCE/FOX/1990-91

Narrator: The conspiracy begins in the jungles of South America, but the battles are fought on the streets of our cities. Welcome to the front line on the war on drugs.
DEA Officers: Is everybody in position...Ready...Here and  waiting.
Narrator: You are about to enter the world of an elite group of agents who risk their lives everyday in a struggle few think then can win.
DEA Officer: OK, cars coming...Here we go.
Narrator: They're out gunned and out financed but they can't be bought...at any price.
DEA Officer: Where's the heroin?!
Narrator: These are the men and women of the DEA Special Task Force and once you've experience their story, you'll know what it's really like to be one of them.
DEA Officer: OK, here we go, let's do it. DEA! Drop your weapons to the ground!
DEA Officer: He killed my best friend, we're gonna take him down.
DEA Officer: Freeze! DEA! Put your hands on your head!
DEA Officer: I've been waiting a long time for this. 

DIAL 999/SYN/1958-59
[Four toots of a car horn, blast from a river ferry horn, shrill sound of accordion keyboard]

Announcer: "Dial 9-9-9"

Voice of Robert Beatty: "When in London that's what you do to call the police, I know I'm a policemen from Canada attached to Scotland Yard. My name is Mike Mcguire."

DRAGNET/NBC/1952-59/1967-70
[The series memorable theme song which began with the "Dum-de-dum-dum" was written by Walter Schumann.]

[George Fenneman as Narrator] "Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to see is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent." (Voice of Jack Webb) "This is the city. Los Angeles, California. I work here... I'm a cop."

[Revised opening] "This is the city. Los Angeles, California. I work here. I carry a badge. My name's Friday..."

Following this opening, Joe gave details of the episode. ("It was Thursday, February 9. It was rainy in Los Angeles. We were working homicide... (etc.)" At the conclusion of the show announcer George Fenneman closed the show saying "The story you have just seen is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent."

[Closing] A muscular arm holding a hammer slammed down to chisel the Webb's MARK VII production logo into stone. TRIVIA NOTE: The phrase "I carry a badge" replaced the original "I'm a cop" intro phrase because some police officers voiced their displeasure at the show using the term "cop." The Children's Television Network production of SQUARE ONE/PBS/1987 featured a segment called "Mathnet." This parody of DRAGNET starred a droll female investigator who remarked "My name is Monday...I'm a Mathematician." A classic Stan Freberg parody entitled "St. George and the Dragonet" began "The legend you are about to hear is true--only the needle should be changed to protect the record."

FABIAN OF THE YARD/SYN/1954
[Narrator] "In the nation's war on crime, Scotland Yard is the brain of Great Britain's man-hunting machine. Routine, detailed science and tenacity; these are the weapons used by squads of highly trained men. Men like former Inspector Robert Fabian, hailed by the press as one of England's greatest detectives!"

THE FUGITIVE/ABC/1963-67
[Narrator on first episode] "Name: Richard Kimble. Profession: Doctor of Medicine. Destination: Death Row, State Prison. Richard Kimble has been tried and convicted for the murder of his wife. But laws are made by men, carried out by men. And men are imperfect. Richard Kimble is innocent. Proved guilty, what Richard Kimble could not prove was that moments before discovering his wife's body, he encountered a man running from the vicinity of his home. A man with one arm. A man he had never seen before. A man who has not yet been found. Richard Kimble ponders his fate as he looks at the world for the last time. And sees only darkness. But in that darkness, fate moves its huge hand."

[Voice of William Conrad on regular opening] "The Fugitive...a QM Production...starring David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, an innocent victim of blind justice, falsely convicted for the murder of his wife, reprieved by fate when a train wreck freed him on route to the death house, freed him to hide in lonely desperation, to change his identity, to toil at many jobs, freed him to search for a one-armed man he saw leave the scene of the crime, freed him to run before the relentless pursuit of the police lieutenant obsessed with his capture...Tonight's Episode..."

[The following is the text of a commercial advertising the series while on ABC.] 
Narrator: On the map, America has as many colors as a patchwork quilt.  To the Fugitive, it has only one color...the gray overcast of everlasting fear.
Voice: Stop that man!
Narrator: Sure he can run, but he can't escape those accusing voices.
Voice: He's a murderer!.
 Voice: Three years and no one's caught up with him yet.
Voice: Where's Kimble?

Narrator:

Where is he?  Looking for a place to hide. Looking for a way out of this living nightmare maze. Looking for the only answer...The man who holds the key to    his freedom in a single hand...THE FUGITIVE.

THE HAT SQUAD/CBS/1992
[Voice of James Tolkan as Mike Ragland] "You boys shouldn't fight. You gotta be different like these four cops. They were known as the Hat Squad and they wore hats and dusters as a symbol of that difference and no criminals would mess with them. As orphans, you boys know what it is to be victims and they protected people like you. So maybe someday you can be like them."

HIGHWAYMAN/NBC/1988
[Voice of William Conrad] "There is a world just beyond now, where reality rides a razor-thin seam between fact and possibility. Where the laws of the present collide with the crimes of tomorrow. Patrolling these vast outlands is a new breed of lawman, guarding the fringes of society's frontier. They are known simply as Highwaymen...and this is their story."

[Alternate narration] "Most crimes in our society begin and end on some stretch of road where laws often terminate at county lines. Combating these legal blackouts is a new breed of lawman working in secret and alone and known simply as Highwaymen....They say (of the agent called "Highway") his mother was born of fire and his father was born of wind...some who say the man is good and some say he is bad; but all agree who try to play a cheatin' hand, you only get one chance to draw against...the HIGHWAYMAN."

HIGHWAY PATROL/SYN/1955-59
[Art Gilmore as Narrator] "Whenever the laws of any state are broken, a duly authorized organization swings into action. It may be called the state police, state troopers, militia, the rangers or the HIGHWAY PATROL. These are the stories of the men whose training, skills and courage have enforced and preserved our state laws."

INTERPOL CALLING/ATV/1959-60

[motor car engine, gunshots] "Crime knows no frontiers. [morse code sounds] To combat the growing menace of the international criminal, the police forces of the world have opened up their own national boundaries. At their headquarters in Paris, scientifically equipped to match the speed of the jet age, 63 nations have linked together to form The International Criminal Police Organization INTERPOL." - Opening Narration

"Set in a dignified building in Paris, lies the headquarters of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol for Short). Some of the most extraordinary stories in the annals of crime have happened here. Interpol Calling tells just some of those stories" - Opening Narration

LAW & ORDER/NBC/1990+
[Steve Zirnkilton as Narrator] "In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories."

LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT/NBC/2001+
[Steve Zirnkilton as Narrator] "In New York City's war on crime, the worst criminal offenders are pursued by the detectives of the Major Case Squad. These are their stories."

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT/NBC/1999+
[Steve Zirnkilton as Narrator] "In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of a elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.

MAN FROM INTERPOL/SYN/1960
[Narrator] "This is the world of Interpol: the International Police Organisation, a network uniting 63 countries against crime… and this is a story of the Man from Interpol. Crime is international, but so is the law. In constant touch with all the police forces of the world is the Man from Interpol."

NAKED CITY/ABC/1958-63
[Voice of producer Herbert B. Leonard] "Ladies and Gentlemen, you are about to see the Naked City...This story was not photographed in a studio...quite the contrary. The actors played out their roles in the streets and buildings of New York itself." [Closing] "There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them."

THE PROFILER/NBC/1996-2000

[Voice of Ally Walker as Dr. Samantha "Sam" Waters ]

 Sam:  I am a profiler for the FBI. I can see into the criminal mind...He's taking us exactly where he wants us to go. He's seeing beyond what's real.
Male voice:  Sam's the best profiler there is
Sam: To reason the unexplained.
Female voice: This is a game to him and he is not finished yet.
Sam: I have a daughter. A serial killer took her father...You just can't stand by and not try to do something to stop it...For me failure is not an option...This is the killer        ....Get out of the car!

Narrator:

Tonight on PROFILER. 

RACKET SQUAD/CBS/1951-53
[Voice of Reed Hadley] "What you are about to see is a real-life story taken from the files of police racket and bunco squads, business protective associations, and similar sources all over the country. It is intended to expose the confidence game, the carefully worked out frauds by which confidence men take more money each year from the American public than all the bank robbers and thugs with their violence." [Program Close] " I'm closing this case now, but there'll be others because that's the way the world is built. Remember, there are people who can slap you on the back with one hand and pick your pocket with the other-and it could happen to you."

RENEGADE/SYN/1992-96
[Narrator] "He was a cop and good at his job. But he committed the ultimate sin and testified against other cops gone bad. Cops that tried to kill him but got the woman he loved instead. Framed for murder, now he prowls the Badlands, an outlaw hunting outlaws, a bounty hunter...a RENEGADE."

SAM/CBS/1978
[Narrator] "The one absolute unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog."

THE SILENT FORCE/ABC/1970-71
[Narrator] "If you do not, on a national scale, attack organized criminals with weapons and techniques as effective as their own, they will destroy us...Robert F. Kennedy. An attack has been mounted from Washington; an undercover team of federal agents is the spearhead of that attack...THE SILENT FORCE."

STREET HAWK/ABC/1985
[Narrator] "This is Jesse Mach, an ex-motorcycle cop injured in the line of duty, now a police troubleshooter. He's been recruited for a top secret government mission to ride Street Hawk, an all-terrain attack motorcycle designed to fight urban crime...capable of inordinate speeds up to 300 mph and immense fire power. Only one man, federal agent Norman Tuttle knows Jesse Mach's true identity. The man....The machine...Street Hawk."

THE UNTOUCHABLES/SYN/1992-94
[Narrator] (Chicago 1930) "It is the time of Al Capone, king of Chicago's illegal booze industry. Capone has a stranglehold on America's second largest city. He owns its police department. Its politicians. Its legal system. No one has had the courage to challenge Capone's tyrannical rule...until now...[Name of Show Appears On Screen]."

WITCHBLADE/TNT/2001-2002
[Narrator] "Sara Pezzini a New York City detective, drawn into a chance encounter with a supernatural weapon. Each day, each mystery, each encounter will ultimately reveal her true destiny."

[Revised Opening] "There is an ancient weapon, mysterious and powerful. It is called the Witchblade. Only a chosen woman can wield it. At the dawn of the new Millennium Officer Sara Pezzini became the chosen wielder. Will she be destroyed by the power she now yields? Or will she be the first to master the mysterious shape-shifting talisman of power called THE WITCHBLADE?"


 

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