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.

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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