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Did You Know?


In keeping with the reputation of Jack Webb's series being scrupulously accurate about police procedures, selected episodes of this series were used in police academies as instructional films. See more »


In many shows a gold 1967 Mustang with a white vinyl top may be seen either parked at the crime scene or cruising the street in the background. See more »


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
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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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