Monday, July 3, 2017


Martin Milner, one of the great yeomen of the TV Universe, passed away in September of 2015.  As was the case with our salutes to Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo and Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie, it just didn't feel right to induct Milner as Pete Malloy from 'Adam 12' without his partner, Jim Reed who was played by Kent McCord.

From Wikipedia:
'Adam-12' is a television police drama that followed two police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Pete Malloy and Jim Reed, as they rode the streets of Los Angeles in their patrol unit, 1-Adam-12.

Created by R. A. Cinader and Jack Webb, also known for creating 'Dragnet', the series starred Martin Milner and Kent McCord and captured a typical day in the life of a police officer as realistically as possible. The show originally ran from September 21, 1968, through May 20, 1975, and helped introduce police procedures and jargon to the general public in the United States.

'Adam-12' was a realistic-style police drama following the lives of two officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, veteran Police Officer II (P-2) Pete Malloy, Badge 744 (Martin Milner) and his rookie partner, probationary Police Officer I (P-1) Jim Reed, Badge 2430 (Kent McCord). Each episode of the series, like those of Dragnet, was based on actual cases with names changed to protect the innocent, and covered a variety of incidents that the officers encountered during a shift, from the tragic to the trivial.

In the series' first episode (filmed in September 1967, a year before the pilot was picked up, and directed by Jack Webb), Reed is less than a week out of the prestigious Los Angeles Police Academy, and is eager to begin his career. Three weeks before, Malloy's patrol partner (and friend) had been killed in an attempt to apprehend an armed robbery suspect; Malloy is deeply saddened, to the extent that he plans to resign from the force. (This situation would be revisted in the Emmy Award-nominated episode "Elegy for a Pig.")

On what is to be Malloy's last shift, the watch commander Lieutenant Moore (Art Gilmore) assigns Malloy to take the young, raw, rookie Reed out for his first night on patrol. Moore was Malloy's first training officer seven years earlier. While Reed shows tremendous potential on his first night on the job, Malloy realizes that his new partner has plenty to learn, and with renewed purpose the veteran officer decides to stay on the job and guide Reed during his nine-month probationary period. His comment to Reed at the end of their first watch together was: "I couldn't turn you loose on the citizens of Los Angeles, not without a leash."

How can you break up a team like that?

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'Dragnet 1967' 
    - Internal Affairs: DR-20 (1968)

174 episodes

'The D.A.' 
    - The People vs. Saydo (1971)

    - The Wedsworth-Townsend Act (1972) 

They both appeared on 'The New Adam-12', but in separate episodes.

'The New Adam-12' 
    - Crack House (1991) 

(as Captain Pete Malloy)

'The New Adam-12' 
    - R.T.D. 211 (1991) 
(as Lieutenant Jim Reed)

Again, from Wikipedia:
'Dragnet', 'Adam-12', and 'Emergency!' take place in the same universe and depict different aspects of the public safety infrastructure of Los Angeles, California. There are several "crossover" episodes on each series with characters from other Mark VII shows.

Officers Pete Malloy and Jim Reed appear on the Dragnet episode "Internal Affairs: DR-20", The D.A. episode "The People vs. Saydo" (the conclusion to a crossover that begins on "The Radical") and the Emergency! pilot movie, "The Wedsworth-Townsend Act". 

So here's to you, Boys in Blue.  Welcome to the TV Crossover Hall of Fame!


1 comment:

Jim Peyton said...

Adam 12 was one of my favorite shows. I remember the characters appearing in other Mark VII productions. Thanks TubeNose!