ADAM-12 (1968 – 1975)

Creator: Robert A. Cinader, Jack Webb.
Cast:  Martin MilnerKent McCordShaaron Claridge

A realistic police drama following the lives of two officers of the LAPD, veteran Pete Malloy and his rookie partner, Jim Reed. Done in a spare, almost “docudrama” style, each episode covered a variety of incidents that the officers encountered during a shift, from the tragic to the trivial.
A great TV Police Show of the 1960’s. I read a review that one viewer watch the show and because of it He became a police Officer in 1970 until he retire in 2003. That is so cool. it Has a real feel documentary feel to it. The dispatcher voice on the program was played by Shaaron Claridge. Claridge was a real L.A. dispatcher. Producer Jack Webb thought using a real dispatcher for the voiceovers would lend authenticity to the program. Webb did the same thing for his later series, “Emergency!”, casting a real-life emergency dispatcher to voice the role. The “one” in “One Adam 12” stood for the area of the division they were stationed in, “Adam” referred to the type of car they drove (a two-man patrol car) and “12” was for the area they patrolled. However, “one” was the code for Central Division (downtown). Since the unit was shown working in Rampart Division, the actual call sign should have been 2-Adam-12. This is a classic series.

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