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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
So great to see re-runs of the older TV shows and Jack Webb's influence over the script and delivery style are fun, too. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Riki
Great stories, I especially love going through all the Los Angeles cities and the San Fernando Valley during the 1970's. Things sure have changed.Published 1 month ago by Lupe Loya
My one-star rating is for the media, not the content. Adam-12 was a superb program. However, season one (Universal) was placed on two double-sided discs, and some episodes will... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lyle D.
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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!
Nov 28, 2006 by Eric Roark | See all 26 posts
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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!!!!!!
Mar 2, 2011 by Penny C. Menzel | See all 3 posts
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I have tried cleaning over and over again, also changing DVD players I have continued to have these problems, in the same exact places!
I have had luck with cleaning sometimes, but it goes back to lock up in the exact same places on a second play, without even leaving the player! this is the only... Read More
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