Just The Facts, Ma’am: Everything You Want To Know About Adam-12

Adam-12 was a popular police drama that ran for seven years. It was hailed as a realistic depiction of Los Angeles Police Department officers Pete Malloy (Martin Milner) and Jim Reed (Kent McCord) as they protected and served the residents of Los Angeles. Each episode concentrated on the events of one shift and included heartwarming moments as well as a sprinkling of humor. Read on to learn behind the scenes facts and more about the actors and the people who made the show so popular.

Just The Facts, Ma’am

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Harry Chase/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Before creating Adam-12, Robert A. Cinader (pictured right) and Jack Webb (left) conceived and produced one of TV’s most famous cop shows, Dragnet. Webb also played the most imitated police character in history, Sgt. Joe Friday, on Dragnet, which aired on NBC from 1951 to 1959 and again from 1967 to 1970 when it was revived.

Dragnet is such a cultural icon that today, many people recognize its theme song and other elements even if they’ve never seen an episode.