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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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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 »

Also Known As:

Adam-12 See more »

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Production Co:

Mark VII Ltd. See more »
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Runtime:

(174 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The dispatcher's voice on the program was that of Shaaron Claridge. Claridge was a real Los Angeles dispatcher. Producer Jack Webb thought that using a real dispatcher for the voice-overs would lend authenticity to the program. He did the same thing for Emergency! (1972), casting a real-life emergency dispatcher to voice the role. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

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The first real life cop show
10 August 2008 | by imtoo2003See all my reviews

This show, for the first time, captured the essence of being a street cop. Not just all shootem-up and car chases.

Though obviously dated today.... a whole generation of kids watched this show and wanted to grow up and be Reed or Malloy, including me. The career that provided me with so much satisfaction was really inspired by this show. Despite what some may think, most cops got into the job with the same values and intents that hallmarked the characters on the Adam 12 show.

During my 25+ years in law enforcement, I was able to meet Kent McCord and Martin Milner at several charity events that they regularly supported. In real life, they truly are the good guys they portrayed on television. A picture of myself with them hangs on my office wall, and is one of my most cherished possessions.


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