Adam-12 is a television police procedural drama that follows Los
Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers Pete Malloy and Jim Reed as
they ride the streets of Los Angeles in their patrol unit 1-Adam-12.
The series was created by
Robert A. Cinader
Robert A. Cinader and Jack Webb, the latter
of whom also created Dragnet. It starred
Martin Milner and Kent McCord
and purported to realistically capture a typical day in the life of
police officers. The show ran from September 21, 1968 through May 20,
1975 and helped to introduce police procedures and jargon to the
general public in the United States.
4 Cultural impact
5 Other notable actors and actresses
6 Police cars
7 Connections to other Mark VII shows
8.1 DVD releases
10 External links
Adam-12 featured the year-old
LAPD Rampart Division
LAPD Rampart Division station at 2710
West Temple Street as the setting for the series. However, according
to the radio call sign of the unit "1-Adam-12", the patrol area was
within the Central Division (Division One), which serves Downtown Los
Angeles, rather than Rampart (Division Two). Many of the filming
locations were in the San Fernando Valley, and the garage used tow
trucks from the North Hollywood Division, close to Universal Studios,
which co-produced the show with Mark VII Limited. The Temple Street
building was closed in 2008, as a newer and larger station now houses
the Rampart Division; the old building is being renovated to serve as
headquarters for LAPD's Metro Division, an elite reserve unit that
includes counterterrorism and
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The designation "1-Adam-12" is a combination of three elements. The
first element indicates the unit's LAPD division. The second element
indicates the type of unit. The third element identifies the patrol
car's number. The one in 1-
Adam-12 means the patrol car operates in
Division 1 (Central Division). LAPD assigns two-person units the
letter "A". In the LAPD phonetic alphabet, the letter "A" is spoken
as "Adam". The third element is the last two numbers of the patrol
car's full unit number. In the program, 1-
Adam-12 typically operated
in the Rampart Division, Division 2, not the Central Division,
Division 1, meaning the unit's call sign should have technically
been 2-Adam-12. There was never an actual patrol car with the call
sign of 1-Adam-12.
Adam-12 was a realistic police drama which followed two officers of
the Los Angeles Police Department: veteran Police Officer II (P-2)
Pete Malloy, Badge 744 (Martin Milner), and his rookie partner,
probationary Police Officer I (P-1) Jim Reed, Badge 2430 (Kent
McCord). Each episode of the series was based on actual cases, with
names changed to protect the innocent, and covered a variety of
incidents that the officers encountered during a shift, from the
tragic to the trivial. The series' first episode was filmed in
September 1967, a year before the pilot was picked up. It was directed
by Jack Webb.
In episode 1, Reed is less than a week out of the prestigious Los
Angeles Police Academy and is eager to begin his career. Three weeks
earlier, Malloy's patrol partner and friend had been killed
apprehending an armed robbery suspect; Malloy is deeply saddened, to
the extent that he plans to resign from the force. (This situation was
revisited in the Emmy Award–nominated episode "Elegy for a Pig".)
Watch commander Lieutenant Moore (Art Gilmore) was Malloy's first
training officer seven years earlier, and he assigns Malloy to take
Reed the rookie out for his first patrol on Malloy's final shift. Reed
shows tremendous potential on his first night on the job, but Malloy
realizes that his new partner has plenty to learn, and the veteran
officer decides to stay on the job and guide Reed during his
nine-month probationary period.
Reed and Malloy comfort a boy whose sister was the victim of a hit and
Reed's probationary period is played out during the first and second
seasons, after which he is promoted to a full officer. Reed and Malloy
remain partners. In later seasons, Malloy and Reed began patrolling
other beats of Los Angeles, including the Los Angeles International
Airport, the Los Angeles Harbor, the Foothill District, the West
Valley area, Venice, Van Nuys, Hollywood, Rampart, and North
Hollywood. Several episodes featured the officers working with other
rookie officers, with guest actors playing these one-time characters.
Some episodes had Reed serving as the training officer, whereas Malloy
had been promoted to the rank of a Senior Lead Officer (P-3+1) who
coordinates patrols in many neighborhoods and works as the acting
Malloy displays a "Distinguished Expert" shooting medal, Reed displays
a "Sharpshooter" medal.
Malloy and Reed reported to Shift Supervisor (Sergeant 1) William
"Mac" MacDonald (William Boyett), who occasionally took a
black-and-white command cruiser (a Plymouth station wagon carrying
extra police equipment) with the call sign 1-L-20 into the field. Reed
once questioned why Malloy had not taken the sergeant's exam, as he
would have rated higher than Mac did. Malloy related he preferred
working patrol on the street to supervision. Malloy later showed he
could supervise when Mac was ill, and Malloy filled in.
Several of their fellow officers were recurring characters; the most
frequent were Jerry Woods (Fred Stromsoe), Ed Wells (Gary Crosby),
Detective Sgt Jerry Miller (Jack Hogan), and Officer Brinkman (Claude
Shaaron Claridge voiced the dispatcher and was a dispatcher
for the LAPD in real life.
The personal lives of Malloy and Reed came up on occasion and were
always tied in to their duties. Malloy is a bachelor who has at least
two girlfriends during the course of the series (the last being Judy
(Aneta Corsaut)), while Reed is married to a woman named Jean (played
by several actresses, including Kristin Nelson); in later seasons he
becomes a father.
The police vehicles were central characters in that "mobile patrol
units [became] associated with the black and white units made famous
in such television shows as Adam-12". It was one of the shows that
portrayed "the professionalism of the officers and police
departments". Ronald Wayne Rodman pointed out that the theme of
Adam-12 referred to a "military style topic while portraying a sense
of contemporary action". Douglas Rushkoff noted: "
marked [the] last gasp of the righteous style of cop TV." Their
set was not a squad room or an office, but the actors "watched the
changes in American culture through the windshield of their squad
In 1999, Mattel toys paid homage to
Adam-12 by producing a die-cast
toy police car based on the series a part of their "Star Car"
Other notable actors and actresses
Episode 2, "Log 141: The Color TV Bandit", stars
Cloris Leachman and
Episode 8, "Log 72: El Presidente" guest stars James Sikking, later of
Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues fame (Lt. Howard Hunter) and other various character
roles, as an armed robber.
Episode 10, "Log 132: Producer", stars
Karen Black (Easy Rider,
Five Easy Pieces, Airport 1975, Dogtown) and
James McEachin (DJ in
Play Misty for Me). McEachin also appeared in five additional
episodes, each time in a different role, as well as several episodes
Emergency! as a Sheriff's Detective.
Episode 16, "Log 62: Grand Theft Horse?", guest stars
Tim Matheson as
a horse thief.
Episode 19, "Log 51: A Jumper, Code 2" stars Hal Smith of The Andy
Episode 22, "Log 152: A Dead Cop Can't
Help Anyone", stars Barry
Williams (Greg Brady of The Brady Bunch).
Episode 25, "Log 92: Tell Him He Pushed Back a Little Too Hard" guest
Dick Sargent (Darrin Stephens #2 of Bewitched) and Jacqueline
Scott (who played Donna Taft, the sister of Dr. Richard Kimble, in
four episodes of The Fugitive).
Episode 26, "Log 22: So This Little Guy Goes into This Bar, and..."
Harry Dean Stanton
Harry Dean Stanton as a welfare hustler.
Episode 43, "Log 24: A Rare Occasion" stars
David Cassidy of The
Episode 58, "Log 55: Missing Child" guests stars
Jodie Foster as the
playmate of a missing child.
Episode 66, "Log 115: Gang War" guests stars
Trini Lopez as a local
Latino priest who tries to help the officers prevent a rumble between
two Latino gangs. Lopez would also appear the following year as "Steve
Hernandez" in Episode 95, :"The Parole Violator".
Episode 69, "Log 66: The Vandals" guest stars
George Maharis as a
father of a teenage girl. This episode reunited Maharis and Martin
Milner, who both starred in the TV series Route 66.
Episode 77, "Log 88 - Reason to Run" guest stars
Randolph Mantooth as
"Neil Williams"; and in an
Emergency! cross-over episode as
paramedic "John Gage", Episode 106, "Lost and Found" This episode
also guest starred
Linda Kaye Henning
Linda Kaye Henning of Petticoat Junction.
Episode 80, "The Million Dollar Buff", guests stars Lindsay Wagner
(The Bionic Woman) as a jewelry store attendant.
Episode 81, "The Grandmother" guest starred
Ozzie Nelson of The
Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet fame. He also directed this episode.
Episode 82, "The Radical" guest starred
Robert Conrad (uncredited) as
Paul Ryan of the DA's office. This episode was a crossover with
Conrad's series, The D.A.
Episode 91, "The Pickup" guest starred
Barbara Hale of Perry Mason and
Kathy Garver of Family Affair.
Episode 98, "Sub-Station" guest starred Frank Sinatra, Jr., protraying
a disturbed man who takes a stewardess hostage and demands a meeting
with a Hollywood director.
Episode 100, "Who Won" guest starred
Dick Clark of American Bandstand
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve fame as Benson, the drag strip
Episode 103, "Dirt Duel" guest starred
Edd Byrnes of 77 Sunset Strip
Micky Dolenz of
The Monkees as bikers.
Episode 104, "The Late Baby" guest stars both
Tina Sinatra and Frank
Sinatra, Jr. as unrelated characters.
Episode 108, "Badge Heavy" features Jack Bailey, host of Queen for a
Day and Truth or Consequences.
Episode 137, "Northwest Division" guest stars
Johnny Whitaker of
Family Affair as a juvenile on a minibike. In addition, Martin
Milner's real-life son Andrew played Whitaker's stunt double in the
minibike chase scene.
Episode 150, "Clinic on Eighteenth Street" guest stars Sharon Gless,
later of Cagney & Lacey fame and most recently co-star of Burn
USA Network and Frank Sinatra Jr. in his third role on the
Episode 158, "X-Force" guest stars
Paul Gleason as a father of a
kidnapped girl. Gleason guest-starred in other various roles
throughout the series.
Episode 159, "Alcohol" guest stars Dick Van Patten, later of Eight Is
Enough fame, as a belligerent drunk who believes himself to be Albert
Episode 164, "Victim of the Crime" features Martin Milner's real-life
daughter Amy Milner as Debbie McMahon, the shopkeeper's daughter.
Episode 170, "Operation Action" features Kent McCord's real-life
daughter Kristen McCord as a child named Debra, who is playing
hopscotch when Reed pulls up behind Malloy's abandoned car.
Episode 171, "Gus Corbin", guest stars Mark Harmon, the star of NCIS
Episode 174, "Loan Sharks" guest stars Eve McVeagh, film actress of
High Noon, Tight Spot, and television series
The Clear Horizon and
The production of the program involved showing all aspects of correct
police procedures, and "Webb wanted the vehicle itself to be
considered a character." The show specifically centered on police
radio cars and helped reinforce "the sound of radio as an anti-crime
technology." The police vehicles used in the production of show
were purchased from local dealerships and outfitted by the prop
department to LAPD cruiser specs.
Plymouth Belvedere - pilot 
Plymouth Belvedere - season one 
Plymouth Belvedere - seasons two and three 
Plymouth Satellite - season four 
1972 and 1973
AMC Matador - seasons five through seven 
In seasons two and three, there were many instances where Reed and
Malloy would be seen driving a 1969 Plymouth one minute, then with a
camera or scene change, they would be in a 1968. The two years were
very similar, with only minor differences between them.
Connections to other Mark VII shows
Dragnet, Adam-12, and
Emergency! take place in the same universe and
depict different aspects of the public safety infrastructure of Los
Angeles, California. There are several "crossover" episodes on each
series with characters from other Mark VII shows.
Officers Pete Malloy and Jim Reed appear on the Dragnet episode
"Internal Affairs: DR-20", The D.A. episode "The People vs. Saydo"
(the conclusion to a crossover that begins on "The Radical") and the
Emergency! pilot movie, "The Wedsworth-Townsend Act". Sergeant
MacDonald appears on the Dragnet episode "Personnel: The Shooting".
The episode "Lost And Found" was set at Rampart General Hospital and
Emergency! cast. However, during an
Adam-12 is shown as a TV show that the paramedics like to watch,
causing somewhat of a paradox between the shows. Several years after
Adam-12 was cancelled,
Kent McCord was signed to appear in a planned
third series of Dragnet playing Sgt. Friday's partner, but the project
was cancelled due to Jack Webb's sudden death in 1982; since none of
the scripts Webb wrote for the project were ever produced or released,
it is not clear if he intended McCord to play a different character or
to revive the Jim Reed character.
Main article: List of
Universal Studios Home Entertainment released Season 1 of Adam 12 on
DVD in Region 1 on August 23, 2005.
In fall 2008,
Shout! Factory acquired the distribution rights through
an agreement with Universal. They have subsequently released the
remaining 6 seasons, with season 7 packaging titled "The Final
In Region 4,
Umbrella Entertainment has released the first two seasons
on DVD in Australia.
August 23, 2005
May 11, 2011
September 30, 2008
August 3, 2011
August 11, 2009
February 23, 2010
August 10, 2010
January 17, 2012
April 10, 2012
As of January 5, 2015, episodes of
Adam-12 air on Cozi TV. The series
had been airing on
Me-TV from May 2013 until January 1, 2015, when its
place in the network's weekday afternoon line up was taken by
Adventures of Superman.
Adam-12 previously aired on Me-TV's
Antenna TV until April 2013, and on Retro Television
Network before that.
Episodes from Adam-12's first four seasons are available for on-line
Hulu in some regions. Amazon and Apple's iTunes Store
offer only Season 1 as available for sale as permanent downloadable
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