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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:

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

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 specifications. 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

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 »

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 »

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