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

The "one" in "One Adam 12" stood for the area of the division they were stationed in, "Adam" referred to the type of car they drove (a two-man patrol car) and "12" was for the area they patrolled. However, "one" was the code for Central Division (downtown). Since the unit was shown working in Rampart Division, the actual call sign should have been 2-Adam-12. See more »

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At the opening of every episode, the radio announcer makes a call to Adam-12 and reports some crime in progress. Adam-12 then speeds to the scene - without the benefit of the address. See more »

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Pete Malloy: A wise man once said; great hazards accompany innovation.
Jim Reed: Yeah. Who was that?
Pete Malloy: Me!
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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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The Forefront of other cop shows that were to follow
11 November 2000 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

Even though it was one of the best shows ever in depicting the activities of everyday policeman on the beat in the streets of America, "Adam-12" was the forefront of future cop shows that were to follow it. This show was sort of like the "Cops" of its day as police officers Reed and Malloy go after the bad guys who brake the law and protect its citizens in the gritty streets of Los Angeles. Even though it only ran from 1968-1975 on NBC,this show was a fine police procedural that went straight by the book on how police procedures were done and how the officers handled difficult but strange situations in the line of duty(courtesy of its executive producer and creator Jack Webb). Catch the repeats on TV Land!!!!


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