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Adam-12 - Season One (1968)

Martin Milner , Kent McCord , Harry Morgan , Robert Douglas  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Jack Hogan, Shaaron Claridge, Kenneth Washington
  • Directors: Harry Morgan, Robert Douglas, James Neilson, Jack Webb, Joseph Pevney
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009UC80Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Adam-12 - Season One" on IMDb

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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 Description

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!

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adam 12 on DVD at last! 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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adam 12 November 18, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adam-12, Adam-12, Handle Code Three! June 3, 2005
By Max M.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars whatever happened to good shows like this October 1, 2006
By Mark
Format:DVD
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 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Problem with Set August 26, 2005
Format:DVD
Glad I read the reviews this morning. I had been really looking forward to taking my time and watching the episodes in order with my boys, BUT just as another reviewer found On disk 2 Side B episode 24 will not run!

I too have contacted amazon and they are sending a replacement dvd set.

Sept. 1 - After purchasing from my local books/DVD store I found the problem is in manufacturing. The same problems listed here were prevelant in TWO sets bought from different chains. Steer CLEAR until problem is fixed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By BeeJay
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for Season 2 January 11, 2007
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I forgot how great this show was. It was one of my favorites as a kid. Full uncut version, picture is clear. Great chemistry between Milner & McCord.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Quality May 5, 2006
Format:DVD
I loved this show, so I was thrilled when the first season was out on DVD. I rushed out and bought it, and then promptly forgot to watch it. A couple of months later, I finally watched it only to discover that it skipped on disc 2 side one and two.

I was so bummed out. However, by that time, I couldn't find my receipt, so I went out and bought another DVD set and it did the exact same thing in the same spots.

This time I contacted Universal, and sent the 2nd set to them for a replacement. They did send one that works, however, I spent a little over $5 doing this. And I also have another set that doesn't work. I also felt their letter to me was a bit smarmy. They said if I had a problem with the new discs, I needed to contact the makers of my DVD player. In my case, I tried the DVD in 3 different players, and it did the same on all three. I would have much prefered a "we're so sorry for the problem" or something along that line. A coupon would have been nice. I'd buy a movie...but I won't drop another nickel on one of their double-sided TV sets.

At this point, after reading all the negative comments about Universal and their double-sided issues, I am not spending any more money on their DVD sets.

I still have an unopened DVD set of Leave it to Beaver, and after reading the comments about those also skipping, it won't surprise me a bit that they also skip. And I bought it a bit ago, so there is not much I can do about it.

When I returned my Adam 12 DVD to Universal, they wanted a copy of the purchase receipt and it had to be dated within 30 days of purchase. I also had to answer a slew of questions about the problem. It seems to me that they would know what the problem is considering how many complaints there have been about this product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Adam 12
211 in Progress. No specific address, just know it's in progress and handle Code 3. When young children ask what police work is like watching a few of these episodes would be the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by chu lai 1968
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series even today
This is a great series even by today's standards. All of the episodes are well written, well paced, and enjoyable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jaina Solo
3.0 out of 5 stars Andy
Bit slow and a bit dated one to watch when your tidying up early evening . Bonus no violence and swearing just for the sake of it as in later shows.
Published 1 month ago by Andy M
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Show!
I watched this show when I was a kid and loved it. And now I still love it. This is a good buy.
Published 1 month ago by steven gillespie
5.0 out of 5 stars Adam 12-Season One
This was one of my favorite shows so it was so good to have the full first season to enjoy again and again.
Published 3 months ago by Judith Gribble
4.0 out of 5 stars One Adam-12 Roger!
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... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars You can'y beat the Boys In Blue!!
We REALLY miss the old style of series TV and we enjoy playing these in order and casting our thoughts back to our past, sometimes happier and sometimes no so!?!?
Published 4 months ago by GunHawk
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fight Group with Chains and Knives
One of the reasons I became a cop was because I watched Adam-12 as a kid. It's great watching it again and reliving the adventures with my wife. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael S. Creek
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
I just love Adam -12 and anything with Martin Milner. I have all of the Adam-12 from season one to season 7
Published 4 months ago by Barbara Robertello
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Times
Brings Back Memories watching tv in my liviving room with my parents and siblings... This was a decent easy to watch cop show.
Published 5 months ago by Paul Bartolomeo
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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!
Nov 28, 2006 by Eric Roark |  See all 26 posts
Vote at Shout! Factory for future DVDs!
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
Freezes and skipping
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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