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Two regular police officers patrol Los Angeles.
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Complete series cast summary:
...  Officer Pete Malloy 174 episodes, 1968-1975
...  Officer Jim Reed 174 episodes, 1968-1975
Shaaron Claridge ...  Dispatcher / ... 166 episodes, 1968-1975
...  Sgt. MacDonald 129 episodes, 1968-1975
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 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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Trivia

During scenes where Reed and Malloy received a radio call in the patrol car, real-life LAPD dispatcher Sharon Claaridge would lie on the floor in the back and say her lines, so the timing between the dispatcher and the officers would be perfect. Her actual "dispatches" would be added later in post-production. See more »

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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 »

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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

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 Dragnet 1967: Internal Affairs: DR-20 (1968) See more »

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The Forefront of other cop shows that were to follow
11 November 2000 | by 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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