was a television police drama
The police procedural is a subgenre of detective fiction which attempts to convincingly depict the activities of a police force as they investigate crimes. While traditional detective novels usually concentrate on a single crime, police procedurals frequently depict investigations into several...
which followed two police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, Pete Malloy and Jim Reed, as they patrolled the streets of Los Angeles in their patrol unit, 1-Adam-12. Created by Jack Webb
John Randolph "Jack" Webb , also known by the pseudonym John Randolph, was an American actor, television producer, director and screenwriter, who is most famous for his role as Sergeant Joe Friday in the radio and television series Dragnet...
who is known for creating Dragnet
Dragnet is a radio and television crime drama about the cases of a dedicated Los Angeles police detective, Sergeant Joe Friday, and his partners...
, the series captured a typical day in the life of a police officer as realistically as possible. The show ran from 1968 through 1975, and helped introduce police procedures and jargon to the general public in the United States of America.
A realistic style police drama following the lives of two officers of the Los Angeles Police Department
The Los Angeles Police Department is the police department of the city of Los Angeles, California. With just under 10,000 officers and more than 3,000 civilian staff, covering an area of with a population of more than 4.1 million people, it is the third largest local law enforcement agency in...
, veteran Pete Malloy and his rookie partner, Jim Reed. Each episode of the series covered a variety of incidents that the officers encountered during a shift, from the tragic to the trivial.
was the first TV series to more realistically portray the joys and frustrations of being a police officer in the late 1960s through middle 1970s. This "new" attention to detail made the show a catalyst for uncounted numbers of people to enter law enforcement agencies when they became adults, the same way COPS
Cops is an American documentary/reality television series that follows police officers, constables, and sheriff's deputies during patrols and other police activities...
has done since 1989.
Other notable actors and actresses
In the Million Dollar Buff episode, (Season 4, Episode 2), Lindsay Wagner
Lindsay Jean Wagner is an American actress. She is probably best known for her portrayal of Jaime Sommers in the 1970s television series The Bionic Woman , though she has maintained a lengthy career in a variety of other film and television productions since.-Early life:Wagner was born in Los...
stars as Jenny Carson, jewellery store attendant and Ed Begley Jr. stars as Bud, the mistaken punk.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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released Season 1 of Adam 12
on DVD in Region 1 on August 23, 2005.
In fall 2008, Shout! Factory
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acquired the distribution rights through an agreement with Universal
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. They have subsequently released seasons 2-5. Season 6 will be released on January 17, 2012.
In Region 4, Umbrella Entertainment
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has released the first two seasons on DVD in Australia.
| Region 1
|| Region 4
| Season 1
|| August 23, 2005
|| May 11, 2011
| Season 2
|| September 30, 2008
|| August 3, 2011
| Season 3
|| August 11, 2009
| Season 4
|| February 23, 2010
| Season 5
|| August 10, 2010
| Season 6
|| January 17, 2012
| Season 7