Two regular police officers patrol Los Angeles.
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 Officer Pete Malloy (174 episodes, 1968-1975)
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 Officer Jim Reed (174 episodes, 1968-1975)
Shaaron Claridge ...
 Dispatcher / ... (166 episodes, 1968-1975)
William Boyett ...
 Sgt. MacDonald (129 episodes, 1968-1975)
Fred Stromsoe ...
 Officer Jerry Woods / ... (65 episodes, 1971-1975)
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A realistic police drama following the lives of two officers of the LAPD, veteran Pete Malloy and his rookie partner, Jim Reed. Done in a spare, almost "docudrama" style, each episode covered a variety of incidents that the officers encountered during a shift, from the tragic to the trivial. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Trivia

While the series used 1 ADAM 12, LAPD units used odd numbers for beats, so they would have been 1 Adam 11 or Adam 13. The only even numbers were used by the supervisors (i.e., sergeants) and they would have been the numbers 10, 20, etc. so 1 Adam 12 would never have been an actual assigned number. See more »

Goofs

Many times when the camera shot is of the radio and siren box (when Reed or Malloy talks on the two-way radio), they are clearly talking into a Motorola microphone that is plugged into the siren box instead of the radio. This microphone is used when the public address (P.A.) function of the siren box is used to hail people in-front of the vehicle. Also you can see that there is nothing plugged into the actual radio microphone socket which is located on the lower left side of the radio. See more »

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Jim Reed: You just have to know how to arrest them and still make them like you. We call it technique.
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Crazy Credits

The episode "Elegy for a Pig" was broadcast without the usual opening credits sequence. Instead, the voice of series creator Jack Webb can be heard reading the credits. See more »

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A Jack Webb Junkie born January named John
22 June 2005 | by (San Diego, California, United States) – See all my reviews

The title is my attempt to honor the classic Johnny Carson "Claude Cooper copper clappers" bit with Jack Webb. As a kid I tried to never miss an episode of any Jack Webb series. Adam 12 being one of them. I really enjoyed how the relationship between Reed and Malloy developed throughout out the seasons. From the beginning when Malloy was a bit distant from his partner but still very mother hen-like to the later years when the two were comfortable with each other and taking little jabs at each other between calls.

One of my favorites was the episode when Reed's wife was pregnant, and the Reeds, Malloy, and his girl friend were trapped in a ghost town by a motorcycle gang. That episode still stands out in my mind. I enjoyed how the series dealt with more day to day stuff than the impossible situations shown in many other cop shows. It was amazing how a day's work could be squeezed into a 30 min show (22 w/o commercials).


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