Adam-12 was a police procedural that ran for seven years in the late 1960s through the mid-1970s. Adam-12 followed the lives of officers Peter Malloy and Jim Reed. The show has been celebrated by many for portraying a realistic (albeit fiction) depiction of officers’ lives in the Los Angeles Police Department. It helped average Americans to better understand what the job entailed, as well as introducing them to regular police jargon.
The show was technically a drama, but it also had humor and warm-hearted scenes. Read on to learn more about this long-lost treasure of American television.
The Creators Of Adam-12 Also Made Dragnet
Prior to the creation of Adam-12, Robert A. Cinader and Jack Webb created a different police procedural that is perhaps more popular in American culture: Dragnet. It aired two separate times, from 1951 to 1959, and again from 1967 to 1970. Webb wasn’t just the creator of the series, but he also starred as Dragnet’s Sgt. Joe Friday, whose catchphrase “Just the facts, ma’am” is still in use today.
It is likely because of their experience with Dragnet that Adam-12 was able to become a resounding success as well. After all, if you’ve already created one popular police series, you can probably pull off making another one!