Adam 12

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  • TV-PG
  • 1968
  • 7 Seasons
  • 7.6  (4,782)

Adam-12 is a police procedural drama that aired on NBC from 1968 to 1975. The show follows the daily lives of two Los Angeles police officers, Pete Malloy (Martin Milner) and Jim Reed (Kent McCord) as they patrol and enforce law and order in the city. Each episode of Adam-12 shows the challenges, dangers, and triumphs of the police officers as they respond to calls and handle various situations such as robberies, burglaries, car accidents, domestic disputes, and much more. The show accurately depicts the routine duties of police officers such as issuing parking tickets and responding to noise complaints, and highlights the importance of good communication, teamwork, and respect for the law.

Martin Milner plays the role of veteran police officer, Pete Malloy, who has been with the force for many years and brings his experience and wisdom to the job. Kent McCord plays the role of Jim Reed, a newly sworn-in officer who has a lot to learn from his partner. Both actors deliver convincing performances and have great chemistry on screen, making their partnership believable and enjoyable to watch.

The show is known for its realistic portrayal of police work and attention to detail. The show's creator, Jack Webb, was a former police officer and brought his knowledge and experience to the show's production. The series was also shot on location in Los Angeles, further adding to its authenticity.

One of the unique features of the show is its use of police jargon and codes. The characters frequently use 10-codes, which is a system of numeric codes used to communicate between officers, and this added an extra layer of realism to the show. The codes were displayed on the screen when they were used, allowing viewers to learn and understand the police language.

Adam-12 was also notable for its opening theme and title sequence. The opening shows a police car racing through the streets of Los Angeles, and the theme song is an upbeat instrumental piece that became an instant classic. The show's music composer, Frank Comstock, was also responsible for the iconic theme songs for shows such as The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show and The Thin Man.

Adam-12 was a huge success during its run, and many police officers credit the show for inspiring them to join law enforcement. The show was praised for its realistic portrayal of police officers, and its focus on showing the human side of law enforcement. It was also groundbreaking in its depiction of a partnership between a white officer and an African American officer, as Officer Wells, played by William Boyett, was a recurring character in the show.

In conclusion, Adam-12 is a classic police procedural drama that accurately depicts the daily lives of police officers. The show's attention to detail, realism, and engaging storylines make it a timeless classic that is still enjoyed by many today. Martin Milner and Kent McCord's performances as Pete Malloy and Jim Reed are unforgettable, and the show's impact on popular culture and law enforcement cannot be overstated.

Adam 12 is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (174 episodes). The series first aired on September 21, 1968.

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Something Worth Dying For (2)
24. Something Worth Dying For (2)
May 20, 1975
Having just recovered from being shot, Malloy returns to work and finds out Reed is thinking about becoming an investigator. If Reed passes the investigator's exam, he'll wind up with a desk job -- and Malloy will need a new partner.
Something Worth Dying For (1)
23. Something Worth Dying For (1)
May 13, 1975
With his wife telling him to quit the force, Reed wonders whether he's really making a difference as a police officer. In order to better serve his community, Reed volunteers to work with the narcotics department.
Dana Hall
22. Dana Hall
April 29, 1975
Female cop Dana Hall isn't getting any respect at the Los Angeles precinct from the male officers, so she sets out to prove her toughness. But Dana's attempts to impress everyone end up backfiring and creating major problems.
Gus Corbin
21. Gus Corbin
April 1, 1975
Mark Harmon guest stars as Gus Corbin, a rookie cop who becomes Reed's temporary partner. While Malloy works a desk job, Reed struggles to keep Corbin from taking unnecessary risks in the line of duty.
Operation Action
20. Operation Action
March 25, 1975
It's strange when Malloy misses an appointment, so Reed starts looking for him. By retracing his partner's steps, Reed discovers he's been kidnapped by a group of young revolutionaries who want to trade him for one of their friends.
19. Suicide
March 18, 1975
A man has started telling people that he plans to take his own life. When the police department is notified of this potential suicide risk, officers Reed and Malloy are assigned to track him down and make sure he's safe.
Follow Up
18. Follow Up
March 11, 1975
Someone has been stealing horses from a horse riding academy, and the company's owner is considered one of the prime suspects. Malloy and Reed investigate the case, trying to find out who the horse thief really is.
Citizen with Gun
17. Citizen with Gun
March 4, 1975
A homeowner who's been the victim of several burglaries purchases a gun for safety, but he doesn't know how to properly use it. After calling in the police for help, the man accidentally fires his weapon at Officer Wells.
Lady's Night
16. Lady's Night
February 18, 1975
During a night off, Reed and his wife decide to meet up with Malloy and his girlfriend for a dinner together. But their evening plans quickly change when the Reeds see someone robbing a gas station.
Pressure Point
15. Pressure Point
February 4, 1975
New recruit Ernie Sampson doesn't tell anyone he has an occasional stuttering problem because he fears it might cost him his job. But Ernie gets into big trouble when his stutter prevents him from telling Reed and Malloy about a potential ambush.
Victim of the Crime
14. Victim of the Crime
January 28, 1975
A shopkeeper is critically wounded during a holdup, and one of the two robbers gets away. Receiving lots of pressure and guilt from the victim's daughter, Reed tries to find the criminal who's still on the loose.
13. G.T.A.
January 21, 1975
The statistics for auto thefts are on the rise, particularly for older-model vehicles. Since they haven't had much luck locating the missing cars, Malloy and Reed turn their attention to investigating scrap metal yards.
Pot Shot
12. Pot Shot
January 14, 1975
Malloy spends his day off catching up on household chores, including doing his laundry. When he gets to the laundromat, Malloy discovers that all of the dryers are being used by a man who's processing marijuana.
11. Christmas
December 24, 1974
It's Christmas, and Reed and Malloy are stuck with patrol duty. Reed wants to donate a Christmas tree to a senior citizens center, but Malloy says they can't use their police cruiser for personal business.
Credit Risk
10. Credit Risk
December 17, 1974
While applying for a credit card, Reed discovers he's been labeled a major credit risk by a computer database. Determined to find out why, he sets off on a mission to get to the bottom of his sagging credit rating.
9. Alcohol
December 10, 1974
Reed and Malloy get a kick out of a funny drunkard they're arresting. But when the alcoholic, who appears harmless, gets into a tragic accident later in the day, the two cops step in to investigate. Dick Van Patten guest stars.
8. X-Force
December 3, 1974
Reed and Malloy's search for a missing girl ends in a foot chase with a suspect. In the process of arresting the alleged child molester, Malloy loses his cool and is later charged with excessive force.
7. Earthquake
November 19, 1974
A violent criminal is on the loose attacking and raping young girls. In order to have a better shot at catching this creep, Malloy and Reed start working with a female police officer, Sgt. Gloria Tyler.
Point of View
6. Point of View
November 12, 1974
After their attempted robbery fails, two men take a woman hostage and head to the roof of a shopping center. Reed and Malloy try their best to capture the two criminals without harming the hostage.
Suspect Number One
5. Suspect Number One
October 29, 1974
An old ex-con is having trouble adjusting to life in the real world outside of prison, so he desperately wants to go back in. The man turns to Malloy for help, but there is very little the cop can legally do.
Roll Call
4. Roll Call
October 22, 1974
Reed goes undercover as a pizza delivery boy to attract and capture a gang of robbers. When an unknown police officer makes a desperate call for help, the rest of the force begins a frantic search all over town.
Team Work
3. Team Work
October 8, 1974
Reed and Malloy notice that a car accident witness from one location is at the spot of a different collision later in the day. After realizing the same tow truck driver was also at both locations, the two policemen become suspicious.
Camp (2)
2. Camp (2)
October 1, 1974
Malloy is having trouble keeping a delinquent youth in check, so he sends him to a special summer camp to get straightened out. Meanwhile, Reed pays a visit to a young woman who claims she was molested.
Camp (1)
1. Camp (1)
September 24, 1974
The fact that a young boy is small doesn't stop him from getting into big trouble and clashing with his overprotective mother. As he tries to break free from her grip, he gets picked up by the police and winds up spending time with Malloy.
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Adam 12 is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Adam 12 on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 21, 1968
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (4,782)