Adam-12 (1968–1975)

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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 / ... (61 episodes, 1972-1975)
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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

In the first season(s), the officers wear the 8-point hat, and the buttons on their shirt pockets and epaulettes on the shoulders were brass, and the jackets were of the wool Melton type. When Ed Davis became the Chief for LAPD, he did away with these items and went with a round hat, antique silver buttons, and the Eisenhower type of jackets, which is reflected in later seasons. See more »

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Whenever there is an insert of either the radio, the "hot sheet" (list of stolen cars), or when Reed is jotting down information on the pad, the visuals almost never match the continuity of the scene. Example: It can be daytime in the scene, but when the insert of the radio or the hot sheet is shown, they appear, due to the lighting, that the inserts are from nighttime. Also, the same insert of Reed writing on the pad is used whenever he writes info down. As with the errors with the radio not matching the scene, there are times when Reed is wearing the short-sleeve uniform, yet when he's writing info down, we see the cuff of a long-sleeve shirt. See more »

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Pete Malloy: You know what this is?
Jim Reed: Yes sir, it's a police car.
Pete Malloy: This black and white patrol car has an overhead valve V8 engine. It develops 325 horsepower at 4800 RPM's. It accelerates from 0 to 60 in seven seconds; it has a top speed of 120 miles an hour. It's equipped with a multi channeled DFE radio and an electronic siren capable of admitting three variables, wale, yelp, and alert. It also serves as an outside radio speaker and public address system. The automobile has two shotgun racks, one attached ...
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Crazy Credits

At one point the opening credits changed from taking place during the day to taking place at night. 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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