Adam-12 (TV Series 1968–1975) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • Two regular police officers patrol Los Angeles.

  • Pete Malloy is a seven year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department working out of the Rampart Division. Unfortunately, after his young partner is killed while investigating a warehouse robbery, Malloy is ready to hand in his resignation. However, on what was supposed to be his last night on the force, he is given the task of breaking in a young rookie officer named Jim Reed. After their first night on patrol, Malloy sees potential in the young rookie and decides to not resign after all, and the two begin a seven year partnership in which the two officers handled cases from the serious (murder, robbery, rape, and drug abuse) to the humorous (children getting caught in awkward situations and the odd husband getting kicked out of the house by his wife. The officers also worked various details from S.W.A.T., and even flew on helicopter patrol. Also, during the next seven years, Reed went from probationary to full fledged officer, and Malloy got promoted to the rank of officer three plus one, just one rank below Sergeant. Other officers that were seen working with Reed and Malloy were Seargent "Mac" MacDonald, cynical, by the book Officer Ed Wells, good-natured officer Jerry Woods and Lew Walters.

  • Pete Malloy and Jim Reed are partnered uniform LAPD patrol officers. In relative terms, Pete is the veteran, Jim the green neophyte. At the beginning of their partnership, Pete had been on the force for seven years, his previous partner having just been killed on the job, while Jim was fresh out of the academy. Their patrol unit is code named Adam-12. As Pete and Jim attend to calls and patrol the streets of Los Angeles, they deal with the entire gamut of police situations, from the dangerous and tenuous, to the mundane, to the absurd and ridiculous. Through their burgeoning friendship, a continuing point of contention between the two is their differing lifestyles, each who tries to convince the other that they are happier, and thus should be emulated. Jim has a loving wife named Jean and a growing family, while Pete is the confirmed bachelor who wants whoever his latest girlfriend solely to be casual.



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