Two regular police officers patrol Los Angeles.
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Shaaron Claridge ...
 Dispatcher / ... 166 episodes, 1968-1975
William Boyett ...
Fred Stromsoe ...
 Officer Jerry Woods / ... 65 episodes, 1971-1975
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Pete Malloy is a seven year veteran of the Los Angeles Police department working out of the Rampart Division. Unfortunately, after his young partner is killed while investigating a warehouse robbery, Malloy is ready to hand in his resignation. However, on what was supposed to be his last night on the force, he is given the task of breaking in a young rookie officer named Jim Reed. After their first night on patrol, Malloy sees potential in the young rookie and decides to not resign after all and the two begin a seven year partnership in which the two officers would handled cases from the serious (murder, robbery, rape and drug abuse) to the humorous (children getting caught in awkward situations and the odd husband getting kicked out of the house by his wife. The officers would also work various details from SWAT and even flew on helicopter patrol. Also, during the next seven years Reed go from probationer to full fledged officer and Malloy get promoted to the rank of officer three ... Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Trivia

The patrol cars in the series were not real LAPD cruisers but were purchased by Universal from Chrysler Corporation and American Motors, and outfitted by the prop department to LAPD cruiser specs. In order, the cars were: 1: 1967 Plymouth Belvedere 383 V8 ("pilot" only); 2: 1968 Plymouth Belvedere 383 V8 (season one); 3: 1969 Plymouth Belvedere 383 V8 (season two); 4: 1971 Plymouth Satellite 383 V8 (season three); 5: 1972 and 1973 AMC Matador 401 V8 (starting in season four). See more »

Goofs

In all episodes throughout the series, during any interior scenes showing the captain's office, which is depicted as having a door and windows facing the hallway and a wall with a window looking into the adjoining office, there is never any glass in either the doors or windows. See more »

Quotes

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, wail, 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

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Undead (1997) See more »

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Still the best.
9 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Around 1975, I heard a police officer call Adam-12 the most realistic police show ever. In 1999, I heard a recently retired police officer say the same thing. It's hard to top those reviews.

All I'll add is that it had the best casting of any TV show I've seen.


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