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Two regular police officers patrol Los Angeles.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Martin Milner ...  Officer Pete Malloy 174 episodes, 1968-1975
Kent McCord ...  Officer Jim Reed 174 episodes, 1968-1975
Shaaron Claridge Shaaron Claridge ...  Dispatcher / ... 166 episodes, 1968-1975
William Boyett ...  Sgt. MacDonald 129 episodes, 1968-1975
Fred Stromsoe Fred Stromsoe ...  Officer Jerry Woods / ... 65 episodes, 1971-1975
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Storyline

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 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 also worked various details from S.W.A.T., and even flew on helicopter patrol. Also, during the next seven years, Reed went from probationary to full fledged officer, and Malloy got promoted to the rank of officer three ... Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1968 (USA) See more »

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Auto-patrouille See more »

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Production Co:

Mark VII Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(174 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to the LAPD training officers doing the audio commentary on the season two DVDs, the little medallions that Reed and Malloy wore on their uniforms signified their shooting abilities. In the case of Malloy, who had a gold medallion with two bars, he was rated as an distinguished expert shot, while Reed, who had a silver medallion with one bar, was a sharpshooter. The commenting officers also explain that police officers are required to be tested on their shooting skills every two years in the LAPD. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

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

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Referenced in Confessions of the D.A. Man (1978) See more »

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Still the best.
9 July 2002 | by Mister-UHFSee 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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