56 votes


NBC 1968

Follow two Los Angeles police officers as they patrol the streets of Southern California. Adam-12 was the first series to realistically portray the joys/frustrations of being a police officer in the late 1960's-early 1970's. This attention to detail made the show a catalyst for uncounted numbers of people to enter public service as adults. "1-Adam-12" was the radio call number of the unit that Malloy & Reed worked: "1" was the division assigned, "Adam" was LA Phonetic for "A" designating a 2-person patrol unit, and "12" was the beat area assigned. (Although, Malloy & Reed could be seen patrolling the streets anywhere in L.A. from Downtown to the Valley, they retained the number division #1, no matter where they were). The police station used throughout the series was the newly-built (at the time) Rampart Station.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Adam-12

Adam-12 - S2E22

#1 - Log 114: The Hero


Season 2 - Episode 22

Malloy and Reed respond to a fire where a young man, Lauro, saves a man trapped inside. When the police department and city wish to give him a citation, Lauro seems reluctant to receive it or any attention much to everyone's surprise. This raises questions in Malloy and Reed's minds so they pursue what is bothering Lauro. A concerned landlord reports suspicious in-activity from a tenant with heart trouble where Malloy and Reed arrive in time to give him CPR and save his life. Malloy attempts to keep his new hat clean, but finds it an impossibility.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.

Adam-12 - S3E22

#2 - Log 16 -- Child in Danger


Season 3 - Episode 22

Officers Malloy and Reed interrupt a robbery in progress, worry about a possible child-beating case, and warn a heedless girl about driving alone in a dangerous area of town.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.

Adam-12 - S3E3

#3 - Log 95 -- Purse Snatcher


Season 3 - Episode 3

A teen-age purse snatcher thinks he can outwit the police and graduate to bigger crime.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.

Adam-12 - S3E4

#4 - Log 45 -- Bright Boy


Season 3 - Episode 4

An 11-year-old boy with a photographic memory assists Officers Malloy and Reed on a burglary case.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.

Adam-12 - S2E12

#5 - Log 043: Hostage


Season 2 - Episode 12

Two armed convicts holding up a diner shoot Malloy who entered innocently, and hold him and other civilians hostage.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.

Adam-12 - S3E6

#6 - Log 55 -- Missing Child


Season 3 - Episode 6

Officers Malloy and Reed search for a missing child whose disappearance becomes increasingly serious as time passes.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.

Adam-12 - S3E5

#7 - Log 65 -- Cigarettes, Cars and Wild, Wild Women


Season 3 - Episode 5

Reed and Malloy investigate a car theft ring, where pretty young women bait new car owners into giving them rides to a nearby convenience store (presumably to buy cigarettes). While the car owner is in the store, the women make off with their wheels. The cars are taken to a local chop shop, where they are disassembled for parts to be sold on the black market. As the officers make the arrests at the show's end, one of the women complains of being treated like "a common criminal," but Malloy refuses to give in.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.

Adam-12 - S3E24

#8 - Log 106 -- Post Time


Season 3 - Episode 24

A bewildered printer, an elderly retiree, and an unusual motorist create some special problems for Officers Malloy and Reed. Guest star: Morey Amsterdam

The episode was rated from 11 votes.

Adam-12 - S3E13

#9 - Log 175 -- Con Artists


Season 3 - Episode 13

Malloy and Reed answer a string of calls about a family who swindle residents with phony home repairs.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

Adam-12 - S3E1

#10 - Log 174 -- Loan Sharks


Season 3 - Episode 1

When a courageous teen-ager who comes forward to testify against loan-sharking racketeers is abducted, Officers Malloy and Reed must find him.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.

Adam-12 - S3E21
#11 - Log 164 -- The Poachers
Season 3 - Episode 21

Officers Malloy and Reed capture a joy-rider in a police car, arrest a girl attempting forgery, and Reed even delivers a baby during their rounds.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Adam-12 - S4E15
#12 - The Princess and the Pig
Season 4 - Episode 15

A disturbance call leads the officers to a nightclub where a singer named Kathy is strung out on drugs, and clings to Reed on the way to the hospital, telling him someone is trying to kill her and give her drugs. Narcotic detectives decide to assign Reed undercover as an AWOL soldier with a large stash of heroin to sell. Reed makes a deal, but Kathy blows his cover, and Malloy saves his partner from being killed and helps bring down the dealers.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Adam-12 - S5E17
#13 - The Beast
Season 5 - Episode 17

Malloy and Reed are given a different police car which has 300 miles to go until retirement, and also inherit the problems--the car suddenly surges power, the glove compartment door constantly drops on Reed's knees, the water hose breaks while they are sneaking up on a prowler suspect who it turns out used to live there, a busted taillight prevents them from writing a ticket to a citizen whose car had the same problem, the distributor cap fails when trying to respond to another call, and finally, after capturing a suspect in a pursuit, the car's emergency brake fails and the unmanned car runs into a tree. Another call regarding warehouse activity (for the first time in eight years) results in the capture of a some burglary suspects.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Adam-12 - S3E8
#14 - Log 105 -- Elegy for a Pig
Season 3 - Episode 8

One of the finest episodes in the series' run, Malloy (who narrates this episode, Jack Webb-style) recalls the rainy night his previous on-duty partner was killed during a robbery. But Malloy's story goes much deeper, as he relates the life of the slain officer, confiding that the officer was more than just his partner, but a loyal and trusted best friend with a young family. Malloy also remembers how he met Reed and the early days of their relationship (before Malloy and Reed became a team). The opening and closing credits are shown over a black screen (in lieu of the usual sequences) without the music and with Jack Webb himself speaking, in apparent tribute to police officers who died in the line of duty.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
Adam-12 - S3E2
#15 - Log 35 -- Easy Bare Rider
Season 3 - Episode 2

Officers Malloy and Reed have to exercise all their wits when they encounter an amiable drunk driver who presents an unusual problem.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
Adam-12 - S2E9
#16 - Log 123: Courtroom
Season 2 - Episode 9

A look at courtroom procedures, wherein a routine arrest on a traffic warrant uncovers a cache of narcotics. However, the suspect bases his defense that Reed was guilty of improper search and seizure.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Adam-12 - S5E1
#17 - Dirt Duel
Season 5 - Episode 1

A series of purse snatchings involving motorcyclists is causing problems with the police, as they cannot follow them down the off-road trails they take. Reed holds a community meeting with the various motorcycle clubs (one of which is suspected in the snatchings), but one of the club leaders challenges Malloy to a race on one of the off-trails. Reed teaches Malloy the secrets of off-road cycling, however Malloy loses the race but gains the respect of the club's leader, who helps them apprehend the suspects by blocking their escape route after another crime.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Adam-12 - S4E3
#18 - The Grandmother
Season 4 - Episode 3

Malloy and Reed investigate a robbery in a store run by a group of "grandmothers", who sell small homemade items, then later return the money. The suspect later robs an antique shop but is captured when he returns to the first store to attempt another robbery, and the officers purchase some items from the "grandmothers". Other incidents include a high-speed chase of three robbery suspects, who are captured with the help of Sgt. MacDonald, and a priest stopped for a traffic violation who wants to have a drug dealer arrested for selling him marijuana.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
Adam-12 - S2E7
#19 - Log 063: Baby
Season 2 - Episode 7

Reed foolishly comes to work on the same day his wife is admitted to the hospital to give birth to their child. Reed continually attempts to contact his hospitalized wife but is always foiled by crime, timing or incompetence. Malloy just tries to get through the day.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
Adam-12 - S3E12
#20 - Log 85 -- Sign of the Twins
Season 3 - Episode 12

Officers Malloy and Reed contend with an antagonistic robbery victim, a nerve-wracked mother and a unique zoning case.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.

Last updated: apr 30, 2021



Watched many of these but not sure which ones. Great show and I watched many of them as a kid and also later in re-runs. I got to meet the two actors at Comic-Con, too! Here's a pic of them http://suzann.com/images/famous/adam12.jpg


I have to be honest, the only reason I found to watch this show were actors, Martin Miner and Kent McCord. They were absolutely GORGEOUS!! Back from that, there was no way I could tolerate more than 2 or 3 episodes of this show. It was waaaay too "goody two shoes," for my taste. I put this in the category of one of those "made for TV" shows. The episodes were so bubblegum, they became unrealistic after awhile. They might as well made it into a children's show on how to obey your parents, and always "do the right thing," kind of show. This show was definitley not for me.

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