• Star Martin Milner's daughter, Amy Milner, made a guest appearance playing the daughter of a shopkeeper shot during a robbery. Look for her as Debbie McMahon in episode #164, titled "Victim of the Crime."

  • Martin Milner's youngest son, Andrew Milner, drove a mini-bike as Johnny Whitaker's stunt driver in the episode "Northwest Division" (episode #137).

  • Season 7 Episode 20: Operation Action - Kent McCord's daughter Kristen appears in this episode as Debra. She is playing hopscotch when Reed pulls up behind Malloy's abandoned car. She looks like her dad.

  • Kent McCord made a cameo appearance on Batman (TV series) as a rookie policeman who wanted to give the Batmobile a ticket for illegal parking.

  • Season 7 Episode 24: Something Worth Dying For... Kristin Nelson, Gary Crosby, and Chief of Police Edward M. Davis are credited during the opening sequence

Kent McCord, LAPD Chief Ed Davis and Martin Milner on location

  • The LAPD station building where the show was based was actually the Rampart Division, northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The station was located at 2710 West Temple Street. It has since moved east into a newly constructed facility at 1401 West 6th Street, the site of the former emergency receiving hospital. With 375,000 residents occupying a 7.9-square-mile area, Rampart is Los Angeles' most densely populated community.

Old Rampart Station on Temple Street, now closed

New Rampart Station on 6th Street - the former Central Receiving Hospital which became a Health Center before closing.


  • In the final episode, Jim Reed receives the Medal of Valor for saving Malloy's life from real LAPD Chief Ed Davis




  • During the final season, Malloy had a girlfriend named Judy who was often talked about and appeared in the final couple of episodes. She was played by Aneta Corsaut, best known as "Helen Crump" on The Andy Griffith Show.



  • The "one" in "One Adam 12" stood for the area of the division they were stationed in, "Adam" referred to the type of car they drove (a two-man patrol car) and "12" was for the area they patrolled. However, "one" was the code for Central Division (downtown). Since the unit was shown working in Rampart Division, the actual call sign should have been 2-Adam-12.


  • During the first couple of seasons, Reed and Malloy had an informant named T.J. (credited as "Tee Jay" and played by Robert Donner) who was a recovering heroin addict.


  • The dispatcher voice on the program was played by Shaaron Claridge. Claridge was a real L.A. dispatcher. Producer Jack Webb thought using a real dispatcher for the voiceovers would lend authenticity to the program. Webb did the same thing for his later series, "Emergency!", casting real-life L.A. Co Fire Department emergency dispatcher, Sam Lanier to voice the role.

Shaaron Claridge - Dispatcher on Adam-12

Actual LACoFD dispatcher Sam Lanier, who also lent his voice as the dispatcher for EMERGENCY!


  • The patrol cars in the series were not real LAPD cruisers except for the AMC Matador. The other cars were purchased by Universal Studios from Chrysler Corporation, and outfitted by the prop department to LAPD cruiser specs. In order, the cars were: - 1: 1967 Plymouth Belvedere 383 V8 (Actual LAPD car borrowed by the studio for the "Pilot" only) - 2: 1968 Plymouth Belvedere 383 V8 (season one) - 3: 1969 Plymouth Belvedere 383 V8 (season two) - 4: 1971 Plymouth Satellite 383 V8 (season three) - 5: LAPD 1972 and 1973 AMC Matador 401 V8 (seasons four and on) purchased by Universal from the LAPD.



  • In keeping with the reputation of Jack Webb's series being scrupulously accurate about police procedures, select episodes of the Adam-12 series are still used in police academies as instructional films.


  • Fresh out of the academy, Probationary Officer Jim Reed is paired with veteran Officer Pete Malloy. However, Kent McCord had already appeared as LAPD Officer Jim Reed in several Dragnet episodes nearly a year before Adam-12 debuted.



  • In the later seasons Malloy's personal vehicle is a tan AMC Matador coupe. In a few episodes he complains of it "needing to go into the shop". This issue plays a major part in one episode from the last season. It's unusual that he has issues with the car, as AMC provided vehicles to the show, but only until 1975, the year the show ended and the last year the LAPD used the AMC Matador. Check out those cool '70s pants Malloy is sporting. Is he wearing his pants backwards... or does the zipper belong back there?


  • Malloy's badge number was 744 and Reed's was 2430.


  • While the series used 1 ADAM 12, LAPD units used odd numbers for beats, so they would have been 1 Adam 11 or Adam 13. The only even numbers were used by the supervisors (I.E. Sgt's) and they would have been the numbers 10, 20, etc. so 1 Adam 12 would never have been an actual assigned number. In 2003 1 Adam-12 was activated as an emergency/extra unit in Central Division. Kent McCord went for ride-along and was finally able to say "One Adam-12 roger" on the actual police radio frequency.


  • Kenneth Tobey, playing Lt. King of the Astro Division, is appropriate for bringing in the helicopters on Adam-12. From 1957-'60 he was one of the two stars of the show "Whirlybirds."

  • LEO GORDON - Writer and Actor on Adam-12 appearing in many episodes. Leo (arrested suspect pictured below) plays the role of a former cop turned fugitive living in a hotel in that episode. Leo played many villains on Adam-12. In Season 5 Episode 11: Hot Spell - Written by Leo Gordon. Leo's wife, Lynn Cartwright  and he appear in the episode pictured (R) below. Lynn plays a woman who is suffering from heroin withdrawal in her car while awaiting her drug connection. Instead Malloy and Reed pull up.

    Leo Gordon and his wife Lynn Cartwright also appear in the episode 'Million Dollar Buff'. He plays a wealthy police buff with a police radio in his car and lots of law enforcement equipment who interferes rather than help the police. Lynn portrays a thief with a tough attitude and a bad wig who implies Malloy is "badge heavy" and refers to Reed as "junior." The infamous gold / white-top Mustang also makes an appearance in this episode, as well as, Kent McCord's blue Corvette. Lindsay Wagner appears as a department store employee and Ed Begley, Jr. is harassed and thumb-cuffed by Leo Gordon's character.

  • The identities of look-alike actor brothers William Hudson (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman) and John Hudson (The Screaming Skull) are frequently confused, even by B-movie buffs. In one episode, William impersonates John, who plays an LAPD detective.


  • "Elegy For A Pig" - Except for Martin Milner's narration and Jack Webb's introduction, there was no dialog in this episode. The season three episode "Log 105: Elegy for a Pig." made to appear as a documentary. The regular opening credits were replaced by Jack Webb reading them over a black screen. Martin Milner narrated the episode in character. The policeman the episode revolves around, Tom Porter, had not been seen on screen before despite being a friend of Malloy and Reed's, going through the police academy with the former. No lines are spoken by any character on screen.

    In a bit of interesting casting, Rachel Romen, who portrayed the woman who Malloy correctly suspected of murdering her mentally disabled husband in
    Season 6 Episode 19: Routine Patrol, previously portrayed the wife of Malloy's slain best friend in the Season 3 episode "Elegy for a Pig."


  • Lindsay Wagner makes her TV debut on Adam-12 Season 4, Episode 2 "Million Dollar Buff" Air Date: 22 Sep. 1971



  • The letters spelling out "Plymouth" on the hood of the cars were covered with tape. In both "Adam-12" and "Dragnet" this was a common practice if a vehicle's make was highly obvious. Also, the Motorola red "M" on the upper left front and brand name is rubbed off of the
    hand microphone in the car.

  • James Lydon, who played "Tyler", a bogus adoption agent, also starred with Martin Milner in the movie, "Life With Father" in 1947. Lydon played Martin Milner's older brother, Clarence Day, Jr.



  • Fred Stromsoe's first appearance on the show was a bad guy. However, it would be two more episodes before he would settle into his regular role as Officer Jerry Woods.



  • Footage of an Adam-12 episode is shown in "Emergency!" (1972) {Hang-Up (#1.10)}. At the point where Reed is held hostage and the exchange offer is made, Station 51 gets a call and the crew has to leave and missed the end of Adam-12. Gage spends the majority of the episode trying to figure out ways he can find out Reed and Malloy's fate.

    In an interesting point, they finally decide to give up and wait to see it on a rerun. However, this episode of Adam-12 aired originally in November and the episode of Emergency aired in early April so technically they would have already been watching the rerun. Funny, since Marco Lopez portrayed a cop in the episode they were watching. Lopez was cast as a cop on many episodes of Dragnet and Adam-12 before being cast as Fireman Marco Lopez on Emergency!

    Season 5 Episode 4: Lost And Found
    - is the second time that Adam-12 and Emergency! crossed over on screen. The first time was in the Emergency! pilot, "The Wedsworth-Townsend Act."



  • Gary Crosby was a part-time regular as Officer Ed Wells on Adam-12 and also appeared in EMERGENCY! in two different roles (the first time as a firefighter, the second time as a publicity-happy paramedic) in season one.

    Season 5 Episode 2: The Late Baby
    - This episode was notable for featuring three children of iconic musical performers: Gary Crosby, Christina Sinatra, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. They were all credited together at the end of the episode.

    Frank Sinatra Jr. also appears in the episode: Substation (1972) as Tyrone Jeffers, an out of work actor who takes a flight attendant hostage to gain the recognition of a Hollywood Producer.



  • All non regular, non-corrupt background officers are named after actual LAPD policemen Webb had gotten to know all the way back to Dragnet's radio days.



  • LXI 483 (Lincoln / X-ray /  Ida -  4 - 8 - 3) seems to be the license number of a lot of cars in Los Angeles. It's the license number the dispatcher checks in the opening credits of the first two seasons and of several cars over the course of the series.



  • One of the things Pacific Telephone had set up in Los Angeles County was a fake phone number in every exchange, consisting of the exchange number, the digit 1, and the exchange number, so a phone number like 282-1282 or 772-1772 would be a fake number. At least one guy asked for his phone number by the police gave a number in the exchange-1-exchange format. Of course, this was back when Los Angeles consisted of just area code 213, not the current 10+ area codes it has now.





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