7.9
48 votes
Adam-12

Adam-12

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 - S7E20

#1 - Operation Action

5.75

Season 7 - Episode 20

When Malloy fails to show up for an off-duty appointment, Reed retraces his partner's steps and finds out he has been kidnapped by a revolutionary group demanding the release of one of their friends.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 4 votes.

Adam-12 - S7E3

#2 - Team Work

6.80

Season 7 - Episode 3

Malloy and Reed become suspicious of a scam when they see the same witness and tow truck driver at different accidents.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 5 votes.

Adam-12 - S7E24

#3 - Something Worth Dying For (2)

6.83

Season 7 - Episode 24

Following his recovery from being shot, Malloy returns to patrol only to find out that Reed - who earned the Medal of Valor for saving Malloy's life - may indeed take the investigator's exam, at the urging of his wife. If Reed passes, he leave the patrol division, and Malloy for a desk job.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 6 votes.

Adam-12 - S6E13

#4 - Southwest Division

7.00

Season 6 - Episode 13

Responding to a dispute in a park, an elderly woman tries to stop a painter from selling a painting that she considers indecent. To resolve the issue (due to the seller needing a new permit and being short on money) Malloy buys the painting in question. Other calls include a man trying to retrieve a valuable nickel from a toy dispenser his son put in inadverently (and making the shop owner think he was trying to steal all the money); a potential "peeping tom" who is actually a liberated woman using a telescope to check meters to avoid dogs, a repo man trying to widen a door in a house he is trying to repossess furniture from, and an ex-football star who turned to robbery is captured in the very location he made his name--the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 6 votes.

Adam-12 - S7E7

#5 - Lady Beware

7.00

Season 7 - Episode 7

Malloy and Reed join forces with Sgt. Gloria Tyler to search for an attacker and rapist of teen girls.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 5 votes.

Adam-12 - S6E18

#6 - Krash

7.14

Season 6 - Episode 18

Malloy gets a new car, and Reed gets to drive it, but the car is damaged while the officers chase and capture a purse snatcher. Sgt. MacDonald refers Malloy to his brother's autobody shop for repairs, with Malloy concerned about the cost (which turned out to be $20)--despite Reed's offer of covering 1/2 the price. Calls include a drunk man shooting arrows, a shop is held up and the shop owner suffers a heart attack and dies while the officers question him, and a robbery at a pharmacy where the suspect gets away in the back of a truck, which is tracked by a motorcycle officer and alerts Malloy and Reed, who apprehend the suspect.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 7 votes.

Adam-12 - S6E19

#7 - Routine Patrol

7.14

Season 6 - Episode 19

Patrol begins with a drunk woman threatening a group of bar patrons with a gun, investigate the death of a mentally-impaired man which looks suspicious, and a group of carjackers who capture a cache of guns and go on a robbery spree.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 7 votes.

Adam-12 - S1E26

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

7.17

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 #8 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 12 votes.

Adam-12 - S1E1

#9 - Log 001: The Impossible Mission

7.24

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 #9 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 76 votes.

Adam-12 - S7E6

#10 - Point of View

7.25

Season 7 - Episode 6

A holdup gone wrong leaves two robbers on a shopping center roof with a lady held hosting and Malloy and Reed trying to set her free.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 4 votes.

#11 - Citizen with Gun
7.25
Season 7 - Episode 17

A nervous homeowner who has been burglarized on time too many decides to buy a gun to protect himself and his home, but nearly shoots Officer Wells, who is responding to a prowler call.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 4 votes.

Adam-12 - S1E20
#12 - Log 073: I'm Still A Cop
7.28
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 #2 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 18 votes.

#13 - If the Shoe Fits
7.29
Season 6 - Episode 12

Reed's shoes are being fixed and the replacements have a squeak that drives Malloy crazy. When he later returns to the shop to pick the shoes up, he notices a bank robbery which turns into a hostage situation. Malloy "gives in" by providing a car--with the doors locked and the robbers are apprehended. Other cases include a B&E that was actually a husband destroying his furniture due to his wife leaving him and the country, a van pulled over for no brake lights and a driver with a negative attitude towards police, and Sgt. MacDonald sends the officers to a demolition site where a visually-impaired boy is hiding out. Malloy takes a crane to pluck the boy out of danger.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 7 votes.

#14 - Camp (1)
7.29
Season 7 - Episode 1

A small in-stature boy seeks independence from his smothering mother and, as a result, gets in trouble with the law.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 7 votes.

#15 - Hollywood Division
7.33
Season 6 - Episode 10

Malloy really likes the voice of the new dispatcher but when he meets her in person is dismayed to find she is married to the SWAT lieutenant. Cases handled include a hit-and-run which seriously injured a young girl, a synagogue who had their Hebrew-based typewriter and money stolen, a drunk woman sitting on a lawn who is spurned by her daughter when the officers take the drunk there, and while visiting T.J.'s wagon, T.J. clues them in on a disgruntled former painter who is planning revenge, and when the officers arrive at the studio shots are fired, two painters are injured; the SWAT team is brought in to rescue another painter and capture the shooter.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 3 votes.

#16 - Camp (2)
7.33
Season 7 - Episode 2

Malloy continues to deal with a rebellious youth by making him go to a summer camp where he is a counselor, while Reed hears a young woman's report about being molested.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 3 votes.

#17 - Christmas
7.33
Season 7 - Episode 11

Reed and Malloy spend Christmas Eve on patrol, answering calls such as a man playing Christmas carols on the bagpipes, a stolen truck carrying radioactive materials, a man caught trying to steal gas from someone else's car, a liquor store robbery, and a rooftop sniper.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 3 votes.

#18 - Victim of the Crime
7.33
Season 7 - Episode 14

Reeds gets blamed by a shopkeeper's daughter for the escape of a thief.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 3 votes.

#19 - Suicide
7.33
Season 7 - Episode 19

Malloy and Reed get dispatched to find a man who has told others he plans to kill himself.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 3 votes.

#20 - Alcohol
7.43
Season 7 - Episode 9

Malloy and Reed arrest a happy drunk who is quite entertaining until the happiness turns out to be a tragedy.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Adam-12 from 7 votes.

Last updated: oct 26, 2020

Comments

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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

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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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