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One of my all times favorite television shows.  I hope there are more Adam-12 fans out there.

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There's me! I just bought the first season on dvd, and used to watch the afternoon airings on MeTv/AntennaTV (I think it switched between these networks at one point). Then they switch around so Dragnet/Adam 12 aired before I got home from work and Emergency! after. Not that I mind that much, because I love Emrgency! too. My dad was a cop right about the time this was in its later seasons, and even though we lived on the other side of the country from LA, it helped me understand what he did for a living.

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Currently, I watch this on MeTV. It's a Mark VII two hour block: 3PM Central -Dragnet, 3:30PM- Adam-12, 4PM- Emergency! It's an excuse to not do much or do nothing and to snuggle with my small dogs! :) Plus, I found I now crush more on Pete Malloy! I still think Jim Reed is nice lookin', but Pete? I can see why the rich chick stalked him.

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This show was probably one of the main/major inspirations for putting on the badge myself.

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I went thru the LAPD academy in '82. The carrel room was still there but we weren't shown many Adam-12 clips. A few, but not many. Don't know if the Westchester Campus has a carrel room or what they're showing now.

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I grew up on the city side of the border in Los Angeles and later worked on the city line and besides the uniforms it is easy to tell the differences between LAPD and LASD. As I remember the few show's featuring the Sheriffs after Rodney King when LAPD temporarily became the unwanted department for TV there were not the differences.

 

I don't see the rest of the Jack Webb empire, most notably Dragnet to contrast with Adam-12 on this boards active list, nor its spiritual child Southland.

Any thoughts on the 90's revival of Adam-12. It was not an unpleasant way to spend a Saturday as a break between football games

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I heard the 90's revival of Adam-12 was a dud.  The original show was much better.

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What a great show! I remember watching it as a kid and now I watch it on MeTv and Net Flicks. The absolute best part is the crossovers with Dragnet or Emergency!

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I have say that my favorite parts of the show are the cars and the clothes. I have to look at the cars with envy and laugh at the clothes. It is a trip down memory lane.

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. The absolute best part is the crossovers with Dragnet or Emergency!

I don't see them as crossovers as much as a shared universe like Marvel Comics are doing. Most crossovers in today's usage means a two part episode with the cast or key members crossing over to each other. Of course famously on Emergency after the pilot Station 51 was watching Adam-12 on TV when they got a call and Johnny was furiously trying to find someone to tell him the outcome. The time warp back in action as he would have had to wait for a possible summer re-run to find out what happened. Wiki tells of another show in the universe The D.A. of which I have no memory of, though I do remember a back door pilot on Adam-12 with Sharon Gless and Frank Sinatra Jr as DA investigators.

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The D.A. ran for 15 episodes in the '71 - '72 season and starred Robert Conrad.

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Add me to the mix, a little bit late to the discussion, but I am here.  Growing up in the late 60's and early 70's, what else was there to watch but cop shows?  I lived in Hawaii at the time, and I remember watching and thinking how great it would be to be in Los Angeles where there are never ending streets and you can drive in your car forever and ever. 

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I know in the first season or so they shot the show on the studio lot you can almost see the cityscape of Universal's generic city scene lot. Later though it seemed odd for the wide open spaces seeing as I think they were in downtown LA's Central Division nominally which the "1" in 1 Adam-12 stood for.

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I have say that my favorite parts of the show are the cars and the clothes. I have to look at the cars with envy and laugh at the clothes. It is a trip down memory lane.

Maybe because the show did not run enough years and fashions did not evolve much in that time period but I can remember the cars changing. In contrast on Law & Order you could see all kinds of fashion changes from the basic NYPD uniform to tattoos on the characters but whatever cars they were using before the Ford Crown Victoria didn't make much of an impact.

 

Other things come to mind since I know a retired officer from that era and he would tell the stories of ambushes being set up and 6 officers in his 400 man department being killed as in the pilot episode for the SWAT series. Especially when Officers Reed and Malloy are in danger, the s shot revolvers and one handed shooting, no body armor.... but it was a recent CSI episode where it was said a family would not know daddy is not coming home when in real life all the cops would call home as soon as they heard of an officer going down and cellphone would send out text alerts to major breaking news, is that when the officers went to visit a friend they brought a gift so the family would not think it was an official notification.

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Yesterday I saw the episode where Mac was getting investigated for supposedly hitting and old lady on purpose.   It was a great, tight episode, which happened to be written by a guy named Stephen J. Cannell. He was also the story editor for the show for a bit.  It made me miss his presence behind the scenes.

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A place to discuss particular episodes, arcs and moments from the show's run. Please remember this isn't a complete catch-all topic -- check out the forum for character topics and other places for show-related talk.

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I caught one on Net Flicks as well. It was the one where a part time auxiliary cop who was a friend of Jim Reed ending up riding with Ed Wells who just hazed him unmercifully all episode. This episode had a bunch of hippies who were forced to rob banks by having a bomb strapped to them with a remote control detonator held by the bad guy. They finally catch one of them but he escapes and runs across the street to get in the getaway car.

 

Best part of the episode?

 

It was a Pontiac GTO!

 

Way cool!

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GTO's rawk!  We had one that was gold and traveled across country in it.  I think I was 8 and it was 1970.  It was cool.

 

Trivia Question ...

 

Kent McCord made a cameo appearance on what TV series who wanted to give a famous crime fighter a ticket for illegal parking...correct answer wins, uh, um, nothing but a high five.  ::giggle::

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How big of an Adam-12 fan are you?  What is the name of the guy who usually responded to the calls made from the squad car?

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If I understand the question (allergies or a cold has set in)  I would say Jim.

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I think you got me @bigskygirl, I only remember his last name, not his first...

 

Ha!  Two points away from me...

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What was the name of the snitch Pete and JIm got information from and what other television show was he on?

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No...  Btw, who is Freddy Rivers?  *lol*   The snitch did help Pete and Jim about who was selling drugs, and he had a job in the one diner where Pete was shot when he walk into a hold up, and he was also a suspect in Season 2 when a priest was robbed.  He was also a neighbor/friend of a certain television family in the 1970s/1980s.  Hopefully, these clues will help.

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I just the one with Trini Lopez where he plays a priest. I was expecting him to whip out a guitar and play "Lemon Tree" while Jim Brown runs by and drops grenades into chimneys.

 

Now that would have been awesome.

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ispansy is correct  Good job!!!

 

Which fireman from Emergency was also a policeman on Adam 12?  Hint:  It was not Roy or John.

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He may have been on the show, but I do not remember him playing a police officer on the show.  So it was not Roy, John, or Chet.

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I believe Emergency!'s Marco was a boy in blue in Adam-12 and Dragnet.

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Actionmage is correct!!!   In which episode did firefighter Chet play a pizza delivery guy?  Hint-It was a season three episode.

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I don't know episode titles, but it was the one where poor hapless Chet had the wrong address and the homeowner reported him as a prowler. Good ol' Chet ended up dropping the pizza (a Number 23, I think) anyway and ruining it.


That cherub-faced woman at the antiques store in yesterday's episode - the one where her father was shot during a robbery - was Amy Milner, real-life daughter of Martin. Sadly, she died of leukemia in 2004.

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Wow, hit the trifecta--episode of Adam-12...and the theft suspect is...Randolph Mantooth! (he

turns out to be innocent; and the guilty party is the girl from Petticoat Junction.

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Tonight's episode directed by Harry Morgan---Col. Potter on M*A*S*H*...and of course, Sgt.Friday's partner on Dragnet. (Jeez, that whole Jack Webb mafia was a tight crew!)

Did you know that...Harry Morgan was arrested as an 81-year-old wife beater in real life? Messed up his elderly wife pretty bad in their home in 1997. (He has since died of course, so impossible to ask if he had any thoughts on Bing Crosby's creepy off-screen behavior.)

That's today's not-so-much-Fun-Fact.

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Just caught a 1969 episode. How things have changed in the CSI era. There was a homicide hit and run but it was Sunday so no detectives from accident investigations were on duty and homicide passed on the case in a way seen only on The Wire. There was the old chalk outline as the body was covered and moved and no gloves when they found the murder weapon.

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Raja: LOL saw that, loved when they found the car used in a hit-and-run, and Reed just pulls the bloody scrap of dress out from the headlight--crucial evidence-- and no one thinks to leave it there, and take a picture, or anything.

A witness is asked for ID...and when she hands over her drivers license---a piece of paper--they ask if it's her correct address and she says no she moved but she wrote her new address, herself, in pen, on the back. And they consider that just fine.

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Raja: LOL saw that, loved when they found the car used in a hit-and-run, and Reed just pulls the bloody scrap of dress out from the headlight--crucial evidence-- and no one thinks to leave it there, and take a picture, or anything.

A witness is asked for ID...and when she hands over her drivers license---a piece of paper--they ask if it's her correct address and she says no she moved but she wrote her new address, herself, in pen, on the back. And they consider that just fine.

Actually California still issues a little piece of paper where you write your address in on the back when you report an address change to the DMV. I suppose they can swipe the magnetic strip now if there were a question

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Yesterday's episode was all about Jim's wife finally having that baby, and the constant search for a pay phone...but all I could see was the sign at the gas station with the price per gallon...."31.9" cents.

I'm giving away my age, but I remember getting my driver's license and pulling in by a tank and telling the attendant (who would pump the gas, squeegee the windows, pop the hood and check the oil)  "Give me a dollar's worth!"

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I loved this show and had a crush on Reed.  Now 40 years later, I think Malloy's hotter!

 

Don't have access to whoever's airing it now, but I did watch every episode a few years ago on TVland or whoever was running it.   Loved the never ending search for payphones (not as prevalent as in early Dragnet episodes - the Adam 12 guys had much more interactive police radios).  Loved how tough/Jack-Webby Milner was in the pilot episode -- that character certainly underwent a transformation over the course of the show!

 

I'm not a car person, but it always cracked me up that the "ambulance" was basically a station wagon and they'd unceremoniously toss the person onto a table and move them in.  

 

I do remember one episode where they needed crime scene pictures and one of the cops had his instamatic in the car.  COmplete with the square rotating flash, if I'm not mistaken!

 

Another show from that era that doesn't get aired anywhere is The Rookies.  Loved that show, but wasn't allowed to stay up late enough to watch it much.

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in the hit and run homicide episode Sergeant MacDonald did the CSI work with the instamatic camera. The Rookies is sometimes bundled with its spin-off SWAT. With fewer episodes SWAT seems to air more often.

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A recent episode showed the guys in the locker room hollering because one cop said his wife wanted to get a job!

They were appalled. Of course.

 

I love the crappy radio/siren/flashing light "control panel"--with a toggle switch.

Does it seem to anyone else that in the driving scenes, Reed and Malloy seem to be sitting awfully close to the dashboard?

I've notice when the patrol car goes around a curving street, it's always the same curve. The same street. On whatever episode.

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I love the crappy radio/siren/flashing light "control panel"--with a toggle switch.

Does it seem to anyone else that in the driving scenes, Reed and Malloy seem to be sitting awfully close to the dashboard?

 

Between the radio pack, control panel for the siren and "coke can" lights, shotgun rack and hot sheet stand, those interiors were pretty tight, especially in the Matadors. Talk about "old school", the Matadors didn't have power steering either.

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ooh--today's episode, Malloy lectures a father about his kid's criminal record:

"Sir, your son has a package the size of a telephone book!"

Well, then, He should be popular in prison.

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I've been watching this on Netflix lately. I remember watching it when it was first on. Yes I'm old. Lol I noticed that all the officers have a briefcase and another small black bag they carry to the car. What's in the small bag? Anyone know?

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Our "kit" or "battle" bags we carried and stored in the trunk typically contained our helmets (hard plastic then, Kevlar now), a pack or 2 of plastic "flex" cuffs, extra ammo, rain slicker/poncho, surgical gloves, water and tons of various report forms.

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Talk about "old school", the Matadors didn't have power steering either.

 

 

I don't know about the early-1970s version of the Matador used on the show, but my very first car was a 1976 AMC Matador Brougham (purchased used in 1980). It had power steering, air conditioning, and velour seats, I was stylin'.

 

Mr. Ouisch started it months ago, but now it's become automatic that he and I play "Slugbug" (or "Punchbuggy", depening on where you live) while watching Adam-12. There are a TON of VW Beetles to be seen in every episode! 

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Our "kit" or "battle" bags we carried and stored in the trunk typically contained our helmets (hard plastic then, Kevlar now), a pack or 2 of plastic "flex" cuffs, extra ammo, rain slicker/poncho, surgical gloves, water and tons of various report forms.

That's what I'm thinking it is. Thanks! And I wouldn't mind getting busted by Reed any day. Nope. Not at all.

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