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 Worst Episodes of Adam-12

Adam-12 - S1E26

#1 - Log 022: So This Little Guy Goes Into This Bar


Season 1 - Episode 26

Malloy and Reed on patrol deal with a domestic dispute, the theft of a fur, and the noise from a loud party.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.

Adam-12 - S1E1

#2 - Log 001: The Impossible Mission


Season 1 - Episode 1

Pilot Episode: Working out of a patrol car designated "Adam-12," Officers Malloy and Reed perform a typical day's work, which includes a high speed auto-chase, the capture of two robbers, and an emergency call to save a suffocating baby. Malloy decides to turn in his badge after his young partner was killed a few weeks earlier. But at the end of the shift, he comes around and decides that he can't let inexperienced Jim Reed loose on another officer, so he decides not to leave the force.

The episode was rated from 76 votes.

Adam-12 - S1E20

#3 - Log 073: I'm Still A Cop


Season 1 - Episode 20

Malloy is a part-time student at a local college, where he suddenly finds himself in the middle of of a riot.

The episode was rated from 18 votes.

Adam-12 - S1E7

#4 - Log 071: I Feel Like a Fool, Malloy


Season 1 - Episode 7

Among other calls, Officers Malloy and Reed answer a loud noise complaint and discover a teen-age babysitter in desperate need of help.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.

Adam-12 - S1E2

#5 - Log 141: The Color TV Bandit


Season 1 - Episode 2

Officers Malloy and Reed attempt to save two small victims of narcotic pills, and then pursue a long-sought burglary suspect in a foot chase.

The episode was rated from 53 votes.

Adam-12 - S1E5
#6 - Log 091: You're Not The First Guy's Had The Problem
Season 1 - Episode 5

Officer Reed learns that a professional officer has to keep their emotions under control; even when confronted with an abusive drunk-driver, right after clearing an "officer down" call & finding his close friend from the Academy critically wounded.

The episode was rated from 35 votes.
Adam-12 - S1E3
#7 - Log 011: It's Just A Little Dent, Isn't It?
Season 1 - Episode 3

Officers Malloy and Reed are involved in a high speed chase, a murder case and a family dispute as they work the P.M. watch. Reed worries all evening that the small dent in the fender he caused while backing the car up for fuel might lead to termination, since he is still on probation.

The episode was rated from 34 votes.
Adam-12 - S1E6
#8 - Log 161: And You Want Me to Get Married!
Season 1 - Episode 6

Officers Malloy and Reed look for a robbery suspect, help a woman pinned under her crashed car and settle a family dispute, among other duties.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.
#9 - Ambush
Season 4 - Episode 8

Malloy and Reed are assigned to transport a prisoner from Malibu to Los Angeles for outstanding traffic warrants. The prisoner is also a witness in a mob murder and a hit has been ordered on him. En route to LA, the cruiser is ambushed, a tire is shot out and they are out of radio range in an isolated area. Reed is captured by hit men attempting to get assistance, but Malloy and the prisoner steal the hit men's car to get to a phone and LAPD sends the police helicopter to search for Reed, who ends up overpowering and capturing the hit men. NOTE: This is the episode of Adam-12 seen on the television in the "Emergency!" Season 1 episode "Hang-up"

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Adam-12 - S1E8
#10 - Log 072: El Presidente
Season 1 - Episode 8

Malloy teases Reed about calculating the cost of a new house while their first baby is still 6 months away. In the meantime they settle a domestic dispute between arguing neighbors, help a taxi driver that was just robbed, and a local man mistaken as the President by a group of rural Mexicans. Finally, they must arrest a psychotic shooter holed up in his house.

The episode was rated from 22 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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