Adam-12 (1968–1975)
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Something Worth Dying For: Part 2 

Malloy and Reed are faced with citizens who want to skirt the law in special cases. Reed is faced with fallout from his wife Jean about his safety after being awarded the Medal of Valor for rescuing a wounded Malloy during a shootout.


Robert A. Cinader (created by) (as R.A. Cinader), Jack Webb (created by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner ... Officer Pete Malloy
Kent McCord ... Officer Jim Reed
Kristin Harmon ... Jean Reed (as Kristin Nelson)
Gary Crosby ... Officer Ed Wells
Edward M. Davis Edward M. Davis ... Los Angeles Chief of Police Edward M. Davis
William Boyett ... Sgt. MacDonald
Virginia Field ... Helen Newton
Aneta Corsaut ... Judy
Fred Stromsoe Fred Stromsoe ... Officer Jerry Woods
Christopher S. Nelson Christopher S. Nelson ... Angie Wilkins (as Christopher Stafford Nelson)
Kimberly Beck ... Jo Anne Thompson
Chuck Bowman ... Harold Thompson
Art Balinger ... Emcee
Janear Hines Janear Hines ... Kate Gordon
Don Brodie Don Brodie ... Security Guard


Malloy returns to duty after recovering from being shot. The manager of a typing school states only money was taken but it appears that typewriters were also stolen. They suspect the school has been buying stolen equipment. The officers research thefts but believe the stolen goods are being moved across country to cover their source. They handle a break-in at a warehouse where a girl and boy knock out the guard and shoot at the officers. The girl is sixteen and daughter of the warehouse owner who tries to persuade Malloy and Reed to free the kids. Mac gives them a hot sheet of serial numbers for typewriters. When they stop at the school an assistant is there who unknowingly allows them to check the typewriters which are stolen. Jim has a fight with his wife over the dangers of his job but at the last minute she decides to attend the ceremony when Jim receives the Medal of Valor. Written by Anonymous

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When Jo Anne Thompson & boyfriend are in the back of the squad car at the warehouse, her father walks up to the car. Next, there is a camera close-up of him asking that his daughter get out of the car. The next camera shot shows an obvious stand-in actor of the father who is standing next to Reed as they look at Malloy after Pete says his daughter & boyfriend will have to go downtown. See more »

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Series coda

Adam-12 had an enviable run of seven full seasons back when a single season represented 24 episodes. Only a few series get to depart on its own producer's terms and Adam-12 was among those few. This series ending episode features a momentous sendoff as Officer Jim Reed (Kent McCord) earns the LAPD's highest award for courage, the Medal of Valor. This for the key scene of the preceding episode where he drags his partner Pete Malloy to safety, after Malloy was shot and unconscious in a dangerously exposed position.

The episode also deals frankly with the issue of fear and trepidation faced by family of police officers. The scenes of marital strife that Reed's career is causing are honest and significant.

The medal ceremony features a cameo by the then actual LAPD Chief of Police Edward M. Davis, which is another hallmark of the series, the close association, and genuine respect, that the LAPD had for the Adam-12 series.

Adam-12 was a series with the courage to deal honestly with nearly all aspects of service as a police officer. The range of issues ran the gamut, from death of an officer in the line of duty and the impact of the surviving family (Elegy of a Pig), to cops dismissed from the force for intolerable abuse of office, to the supreme sacrifice and hallmarks of courage in saving lives and risking one's own.

The series showed police in a mostly sympathetic light, but wasn't afraid to expose human frailties and outright corruption on the part of select officers, including lapses in performance by the series' two principle stars. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, actual police officers generally regard Adam-12 as the finest police drama in TV history. It is generally regarded as perhaps the most realistic episodic portrayal as well.

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20 May 1975 (USA) See more »

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