Gang Busters was one of the earliest crime drama series. It started out on radio and moved to television in the fifties. The loud raucous opening, with tires screeching and sirens blaring startled people and gave birth to the descriptive phrase that is still in use, “coming on like Gang Busters”. Episode stories were based on actual Police and FBI files.
Although the radio version ran for 21 years (from 1936 through 1957) the TV version was only on for one year. It had a 42 rating and was ranked number eight overall when it was cancelled, most likely making it the highest rated TV program to ever be cancelled. During it's run Gang Busters alternated weekly with Dragnet. The show was probably cancelled so Dragnet could be shown every week.