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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
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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.
"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.
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.
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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Adam 12 was always a good police story, and presented its best when representing the LAPD. Today if it was remade there would have to be cussing and agressive behavior.Published 3 days ago by David Strong
This show gives a realistic look at what life is like if you are a cop driving a patrol car. It's better than than today's crime shows where characters spend as much time... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Robert Graul
I grew up watching Adam 12 and started when I was about 15 years old. Looking back today, it was a bit corny and the acting was surely a little dry and rigid (Definitely in the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle CustomerJUNE MOODY
I love these shows, Dragnet, Adam 12, Gunsmoke. Called me old fashioned but anybody can watch them.Published 2 months ago by T. Mincey
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