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'Adam-12' had beat on police procedurals

(Posted August 15, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

For all those who heed the call of "one Adam-12," there is cause for celebration.

The TV-to-DVD sales boom has spurred Universal Studios Home Entertainment to release next week the Season 1 boxed set of the vastly underrated, long-overlooked cop show that was a staple of NBC's primetime schedule during the turbulent era of 1968-75.

"Adam-12" is the ultimate police procedural, and it hailed from Jack Webb's Universal-based TV fiefdom. In many ways, the show is even more by-the-book than Webb's "Dragnet," but it avoids the occasional wooden-ness of "Dragnet" through the talents of and palpable chemistry between its stars, Martin Milner and Kent McCord.


Nothing is ever neatly wrapped up in 22 minutes on the mean streets of "Adam-12." Most episodes begin and end at a random point in the work day for uniformed LAPD patrol officers Pete Malloy (Milner) and Jim Reed (McCord). The show delves into Reed and Malloy's personal lives to great effect, but not all that often.


For the most part, it's two guys in a black-and-white, bantering across the dashboard and trying to maintain their portion of the thin blue line. The tension in "Adam-12" comes from its emphasis on the haphazard nature of police work, where some days are mundane to the point of distraction, while others are packed with gut-wrenching and life-threatening incidents.


That simple, slice-of-shift premise was the brainchild of "Adam-12" creator Robert A. Cinader, a one-time William Morris agent and NBC executive who hooked up with Webb as a producer on the 1960s version of "Dragnet."



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