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Adam-12 - Season One

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Race through the streets of Los Angeles with Adam-12, the series that defined the police drama genre. Still mourning the death of his former partner, Officer Pete Malloy (Martin Milner) is teamed with rookie Officer Jim Reed (Kent McCord) and together they serve and protect the City of Angels as Adam-12, their unit's radio call number. Watch a these brothers in blue struggle to manage the job's demands and frustrations, as they battle drug dealers, intervene in domestic disputes and pursue suspects in high-speed chases. Boasting high-caliber guest stars such as Karen Black, Barry Williams and Harry Dean Stanton, and containing all 26 episodes of the complete first season, Adam-12 is now available on DVD for the first time ever. You have the right to remain silent, sit back and ride along with the officers of Adam-12!

Dragnet creator-star Jack Webb's imprimatur is all over this first full season (1968) of Adam-12, a consistently entertaining look at the on-the-job lives of a couple of Los Angeles patrol officers. No surprise there: Webb co-created and produced Adam-12 as well (he also directed the first episode) and his sensibility--square, old-fashioned, low on frills-- imbues the 26 episodes included in this set.

Martin Milner stars as Pete Malloy, a veteran cop whose new partner (following the death of the previous one) is Jim Reed (Kent McCord), a rookie who's more than a little wet behind the ears. The show follows them as they make the rounds in their police black & white, dealing with all manner of circumstances, from the mundane (traffic violations, petty domestic disputes, noise complaints) to the monstrous (murder, drugs, child abuse, suicide). Each about 25 minutes long, the episodes chronicle the quotidian vicissitudes of these men in uniform, as opposed to the detectives, forensic experts, lawyers, and such who populate today's cop shows. Whatever the storyline, the tone is fairly tame, with none of the graphic violence common to later cop shows. And while the '65 Watts riots had already taken place, Rodney King, the Rampart scandal, and numerous other ugly events were far in the future. Thus Adam-12 evinces little or none of the now-vast divide (most of it racially based) that exists between the LAPD and much of the community; on this show, the cops are the good guys, without much nuance (which helps explain its popularity with real police officers). That's certainly not all bad; Adam-12's realism (for its time) and lack of pretension are refreshing, and the show is looser and not nearly as humorless as Dragnet. The packaging is as basic as the show itself--there are no extras whatsoever, with two double-sided discs containing all 26 episodes. --Sam Graham

Product Details

  • Actors: Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Jack Hogan, Shaaron Claridge, Kenneth Washington
  • Directors: Harry Morgan, Robert Douglas, James Neilson, Jack Webb, Joseph Pevney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 1294 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009UC80Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,681 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Adam-12 - Season One" on IMDb

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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Trooperboots on July 25, 2005
Format: DVD
Today's audiences may find Adam 12 tame after programs like "Cops" and "America's Most Wanted"... but this series reflects police work as it was in the 1960s, and it relies heavily on morality and negotiation to solve problems, not brute force. That's one reason I love this show. The other is that this program was actually filmed on the streets of Los Angeles and uses many actual locations at a time when L.A. was still largely suburban and growing. To see the old shopping centers, coffee shops and old green RTD busses going by is a trip to the past. I am looking forward to buying all of these DVD sets, as well as "Emergency". My only concern is that they are being released by Universal Home Video, which has a poor reputation for quality. I bought the boxed sets of Abbott and Costello's movies, and 2 of the 3 boxed sets have contain flaws with freezing, skipping and other problems. I own over 400 DVDs and these are some of the few I own with any consistant playing defects.... so I remain cautious on play quality, but I will give the content a five, just the same.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Jurek on November 18, 2005
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I'm deployed in Iraq and this is the BEST "care package" yet. My eyes lit up! ALthough I'm not old enough to have seen Adam-12 when it first came out, I can't forget the reruns played on TV. I was disappointed when TVLand took it off the are several years ago. I heard a rumor it was on again but I kinda don't have access to a TV right now.

Adam-12 is without a doubt the best cop series ever made. I haven't experienced any problems with my DVD except for minor errors which can be overlooked since this is the best TV series ever made. I just wish they had all episodes on DVD.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mountain Mike on April 29, 2010
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I well remember Adam-12 when it was first on the air. It was part of the reason I went to Los Angeles and applied to LAPD and LASO. I loved that show. It's great to see it again on DVD. The program itself deserves FIVE STARS without question! (You might be aware that although cutting edge at the time, and supposedly following LAPD regs to the letter, things would be handled far differently in the last 25 years than what is shown from 1968-1969.) The only reason I gave it 1 star is because the quality of the discs is BAD. I have now given up trying to get a set that will play without freezing or stopping altogether. I see that other people have had a similar problem. I've watched the 2nd season produced by Shout. These functioned perfectly. These discs from Universal have a nice transfer, but you will have trouble finding a set that plays without problems. Still, I love this old show so much that I will just mix and match various season 1 discs in order to be able to play each episode. It's not Amazon's fault. Don't you wish there was some way to complain to the Studio and tell them how they have screwed up? I sure hear about it in my job if I screw up. Oh well. I still recommend you get Season 1 in one form or another, if you love the show.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Max M. on June 3, 2005
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The complete first season of Adam-12 will contain 26 action packed episodes of Pete Malloy (Martin Milner) and Jim Reed (Kent McCord) responding "code three" in their black and white patrol car. Very early in the series, Pete teaches Jim some respect of this four wheeled modern marvel:

"Attached to the middle of the dash, illuminated by a single bulb is a hot sheet desk. Fastened to which you will always make sure is the latest one off the teletype before you ever roll."

Who needs a computer when you have a hot sheet desk illuminated by a single bulb containing all the latest 411 on the crimes to hit the Los Angeles area? Not these outstanding police officers!

This will be the first season of seven (a total of 174 episodes) of this realistic "docudrama" about two everyday police officers patrolling the streets of L.A. and I can't wait to own the entire collection as it is released.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mark on October 1, 2006
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First of all, I haven't had any problems with my discs. They play well on my DVD play with no glitches like i've been reading about.

The show is as good today as it was 38 years ago. Watch a show, any show, that is currently on and you will see this is really better than anything on TV. No filth, just great entertainment about 1968 Los Angeles Police. Shows like "Friends" come off as stupid and trashy and not funny. Its no wonder that its rare that a show lasts these days
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By BeeJay on August 5, 2006
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I had hoped that by waiting, the playability problems reported by other purchasers would have been fixed. Sadly the set I bought on the 26 May 2006 is suffering freezes and in some case whole episodes not playing.

The strange thing is, that if I repeatedly clean the disk with a cleaning cloth I CAN get the episode to play. For example the first episode I had problems with (5th episode, disk one, side A) originally froze at 13 minutes, but by repeatedly cleaning it I was able to get it to play OK until 15 minutes, then 17 minutes, 21 minutes, then all the way to the ending credits.

It has me totally baffled. Why would repeated cleaning of an apparently undamaged disk enable it to play through ? AND, why are SOME episodes on the same side playing OK ?

It's a great pity that Universal have not fixed the problems. Because of this, I'll think twice before buying another universal release no matter how much I want to see it rather than suffer the frustration's of not being able to get the disk(s) to play.

My ratings ? -10 (at least) for the disk quality and 5 stars for the show itself.
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ADAM 12 SEASON 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 on DVD
What a rip off!! If you are going to start it, why not end it with the last season. I think maybe because the sales are not to well. Why cant universal just put out the whole series like Time Life did with Get Smart!
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I would very much like to see ADAM 12 good quality DVD's- seasons 6 & 7 . When might these be available for sale to the public? I have seasons 1 - 5 and enjoy watching these police stories. I am LOOKING FORWARD to seasons 6 & 7 in the NEAR FUTURE!!!!!!
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