Adam-12

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 7 : Ep 24

    Something Worth Dying For (pt 2)

    Aired 5/20/75

  • S 7 : Ep 23

    Something Worth Dying For (pt 1)

    Aired 5/13/75

  • S 7 : Ep 22

    Dana Hall

    Aired 4/29/75

  • S 7 : Ep 21

    Gus Corbin

    Aired 4/1/75

  • S 7 : Ep 20

    Operation Action

    Aired 3/25/75

  • Cast & Crew
  • Martin Milner

    Officer Pete Malloy

  • Kent McCord

    Officer Jim Reed

  • William Boyett

    Sgt. MacDonald

  • Art Gilmore

    Lt. Moore

  • Shaaron Claridge

    Radio Dispatcher (Voice)

  • show Description
  • Adam-12 follows the career of Officer Pete Malloy, who had decided to leave the LAPD after his young partner was killed in the line of duty. He has one night to go and for that last ride, he is assigned a rookie, fresh out of the police academy, to take out on his first night on the street. After that night, Malloy decides that he must stay around a little longer if Officer Jim Reed is going to survive his 9 month probationary period. Adam-12, which was another "true-story" based television series from Jack Webb in the same vein as Dragnet and Emergency, was the first TV series to more realistically portray the joys and frustrations of being a police officer in the late 1960s through middle 1970s. This "new" attention to detail made the show a catalyst for uncounted numbers of people to enter law enforcement agencies when they became adults, the same way COPS has done since 1989. "1-Adam-12" was the radio call sign of the patrol unit that Malloy and Reed worked. In Los Angeles, the first digit (1), represented the division worked. "Adam" is the LAPD designation for a 2-person patrol unit; "12" was the beat area assigned. Although, Malloy & Reed could be seen patrolling the streets all over Los Angeles from downtown to the Valley, they retained the division number 1, no matter where they were. In reality, you work the same district each day and are assigned a zone in that district. The police station used throughout the series for exteriors was the then recently built (1965) Rampart Station, which is in actuality, Los Angeles, Division 2. Jack Webb was such a stickler for authenticity, that he had the Rampart substation's insides exactly duplicated in the sound stage for interiors. Adam-12 remained popular during it's entire run, though it began to slip some in it's sixth season. This prompted the producers to free Malloy and Reed up from their district and start patrolling all over the L.A. area. Their assignments would now take them to LAX, the Los Angeles Harbor, the Foothill District, the West Valley area, Venice, Van Nuys, Hollywood and North Hollywood. Also included would be a two part episode where Reed and Malloy go airborne with an ASD helicopter unit.moreless

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  • Quotes (36)

    • Thug: You guys play rough. Malloy: You were doing the driving.

    • Lt. Wangsgard: Too bad he won't have someone to hold his hand out there. Malloy: I did that once, remember?

    • Watch Commander: Remember, in this division, you can cut yourself on those shirt creases.

    • Malloy (to Reed): You're not supposed to think yet, junior. It's when you start thinking before you're supposed to think, that you think yourself dead.

    • Malloy: (to Reed after dealing with the two peace and love guys fighting) The world is full of squirrels and some days, on this job, it seems like we get them all.

    • Reed: (to Malloy) She said she was glad we got here fast...I wonder if we were in time?

    • Reed: I don't think she's going to make it...Sissy. Malloy: People die everyday. ADW, hit and run, murder...most of the time we're involved. Somehow you learn to live with it. But I'll tell you something, when it happens to a child, you never get used to it.

    • Tex: I ain't got no luck at all. Just got off the bus two hours ago from Texas. Figured I'd help myself to some easy bread. Never even got to see the town.

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    Notes (50)

    • Although Art Gilmore's role in this episode is identical to that of the first episode, his name has changed from Lt. Wangsgard to Lt. Moore. ┬áHe will keep that name for his subsequent appearances.

    • Malloy mentions that the pool should have a fence around it. This was a big issue in California and Florida, land of pools, in the 1960s, and the point of this story. The first pool fence was invented in 1963 by a Florida man and today is required code in most parts of the country for installing in-ground pools.

    • In this episode, it's shown that Malloy and Reed are back on the road again patrolling immediately after the gun fight with the burglars. In reality, what is not seen in this episode is that Reed, Malloy, and Brinkman would be tied up at the scene for hours. First securing the suspects, clearing the rest of the building to make sure there was no one else there to get hurt or to hurt others, then mark their "brass", where their shots were fired from. Anytime an officer fires his weapon, a shooting team must come out and evaluate the shooting to justify it. There would be interviews by the shooting team, walk-throughs, superiors would arrive and have to be briefed, union attorneys would also come and evaluate the shooting scene before it was cleared up for future legal issues, the bodies of the deceased suspects would remain until the detectives arrived, who would interview the officers and get their story while it was fresh in their memory, etc. They would most likely be there until the end of their shift and even later. Then most departments have a policy that would put officers who discharge their weapons, especially if there was a death involved, on mandatory paid leave or a desk position until the department's Internal Affairs Department had finished their own investigation and cleared the officers for street duty again.

    • Action that related to this episode but was not seen on screen involved Malloy serving an entertainer by the name of Randy Tait a subpoena. They assumed it would be something bad, making it difficult for Reed to ask Tait to be the featured entertainment at the annual department party. Turns out the subpoena was expected for a case he was testifying in and he was glad to work the party for Reed.

    • What is not seen on screen is the aftermath of a shooting and accident like this. Anytime an officer discharges his weapon, it's a big deal and they would rarely be put back on the street so quickly, especially when it is against department policy to shoot at a fleeing car. Most likely, after on-site interviews, the two officers would be sent back to the station to start work on their reports while everything is fresh in their minds. They may also be put on administrative leave, if one or both suspects dies, until Internal Affairs concludes their investigation.

    • Kent McCord landed his Adam-12 role largely on the strength of a guest appearance on Dragnet, playing a young cop who was subjected to a similarly grueling interrogation by Detectives Friday and Gannon.

    • After Adam-12 aired two episodes which showed officers involved in shootings going right back out on patrol, the show decided, probably with some prodding from the LAPD Chief of Police, to show what actually happens not only when an officer discharges his weapon, but when that shooting results in a death. In real life, the investigation would go on for days, even weeks, and the officer would be put on paid administrative leave until the shooting board and Internal Affairs cleared him of wrong doing.

    • This episode about going "by the book" may have been one of the "political" episodes Adam-12 had to produce during it's seven seasons. According to writer Stephen Cannell, there was a tug-of-war that went on constantly between the LAPD Sgts. that were assigned as technical advisers (who would have to approve the scripts) and the writers, who went on ride-a-longs with real street officers and saw how it really was on patrol. The advisers always wanted the scripts to reflect how it was supposed to be done, while the writers wanted to write what they saw on the streets. So several episodes during the show's run addressed procedure and "doing it by the book."

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    Trivia (93)

    • The voice of the police dispatcher belongs to real life LAPD 2nd shift radio dispatcher Shaaron Claridge, who would add her voice talents to all but two of the 174 episodes of the series.

    • Malloy and Reed's first police cruiser in the series is a 1967 Plymouth Belvedere.

    • The name listed in the credits for the writer of this episode, John Randolph, was in actuality, series creator/executive producer Jack Webb. Webb's real name, is John Randolph Webb.

    • The police station seen in this episode and throughout the series was the recently built (1965) station for the Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Division.
      With Jack Webb's insistence on authenticity, he had the interior sets of the station actually constructed to mirror the interior of the "real" station.

    • The Rampart station shown in the series is actually in Division 2 within the LAPD, meaning that Malloy & Reed's radio call sign should technically have been "2-Adam-12".
      Series creator Jack Webb thought "1-Adam-12" sounded better, and as the series wore on, it became a moot point, since the two officers spent time in just about every division in the city, which would not have happened in reality.

    • This is the only time on the series where we see Malloy, apparently, smoking. (Malloy has a clearly lit cigarette in his hand in the lunch room scene, tapping it on the ashtray, although we never see the cigarette in his mouth.)

    • At around 14:52, as Reed and Malloy are driving away from talking with the suspect, they are in a flat, tree lined residential neighborhood of houses on both sides of the street. As they discuss the conversation they just had with the suspect, when the angle cuts to Malloy, you see the nice pretty houses through his window. When the angle cuts to Reed, the terrain outside his window is suddenly rough, barren, hills and ravines with sage brush bushes and deep, dangerous valleys. When the wide view of the police car from the front returns, they are driving through the pretty, tree lined neighborhood with large old houses again on both sides of the street. This lack of continuity is from them grabbing Reed's lines on a different stretch of highway, possibly on a different day, which is common in film production.

    • At about 20:22, the boom mic can be seen reflected in the window of the police car as Malloy gets out his door to go eat.

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  • Fan Reviews (19)
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