Created by Jack Webb, Adam-12 was a spinoff of the popular police procedural “Dragnet”. The focus of the show was on veteran beat cop Pete Malloy and his rookie partner Jim Reed. The two were paired together after Pete’s partner was killed in a gun battle. This show was a departure from police procedurals of the time, as most of them focused on detectives, lawyers, and forensics experts. The scripts for the show featured situations right out of the LAPD police files. Jack Webb wanted the show to be accurate and as a result, Adam-12 featured department issued badges and accurate vehicle and patrol markings.

Adam-12 Broadcast History

Network: NBC
Broadcast: 1968-1975
First Broadcast: September 21, 1968
Last Broadcast: August 26, 1975


Martin Milner...Officer Pete Malloy
Kent McChord...Officer Jim Reed
Shaaron Claridge...Dispatcher

Regulars & Guest Stars

William Boyett...Sgt. MacDonald
Fred Stromsoe...Officer Jerry Woods

Theme Song / Opening Credits


There were 7 seasons and 174 episodes of Adam-12. Check out the Adam-12 Episode Guide.


Shaaron Claridge, the voice of the dispatcher on the show, was really an L.A. dispatcher. Jack Webb thought it would add authenticity to the show.

Officer Jim Reed was supposed to be a rookie. However, he appeared in an episode of Dragnet the year before Adam-12 premiered.


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