Adam-12

The WORST episodes of Adam-12

Every episode of Adam-12 ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Adam-12!

Follow two Los Angeles police officers as they patrol the streets of Southern California. Adam-12 was the first series to realistically portray the joys/frustrations of being a police officer in the late 1960's-early 1970's. This attention to detail made the show a catalyst for uncounted numbers of people to enter public service as adults. "1-Adam-12" was the radio call number of the unit that Malloy & Reed worked: "1" was the division assigned, "Adam" was LA Phonetic for "A" designating a 2-person patrol unit, and "12" was the beat area assigned. (Although, Malloy & Reed could be seen patrolling the streets anywhere in L.A. from Downtown to the Valley, they retained the number division #1, no matter where they were). The police station used throughout the series was the newly-built (at the time) Rampart Station.

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Southwest Division
star
5.37
35 votes

#1 - Southwest Division

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/19/1973

Responding to a dispute in a park, an elderly woman tries to stop a painter from selling a painting that she considers indecent. To resolve the issue (due to the seller needing a new permit and being short on money) Malloy buys the painting in question. Other calls include a man trying to retrieve a valuable nickel from a toy dispenser his son put in inadverently (and making the shop owner think he was trying to steal all the money); a potential "peeping tom" who is actually a liberated woman using a telescope to check meters to avoid dogs, a repo man trying to widen a door in a house he is trying to repossess furniture from, and an ex-football star who turned to robbery is captured in the very location he made his name--the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Directors: Dennis Donnelly
The Sweet Smell...
star
6.39
36 votes

#2 - The Sweet Smell...

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/9/1974

Malloy and Officer Woods return from a day of fishing, and the car smells like fish...which is aggravated when a disoriented woman who caused a lot of damage to a shop is put into 1-Adam-12 and she spills perfume in the back seat; she blames both her accidents in the shop and in the car on her "poltergeist". Numerous trips to the police garage fail to get the smells out. Other incidents include a mute woman informing the officers someone had broken into a church, and investigation shows the pastor got into the church because he forgot his keys and ID, and Woods (backing up Malloy and Reed) has to explain why he's missed church services, a kidnapping call that turns out to be a man picking up a drunk woman to take her home, and a boy whose bike was stolen by a big boy and was recovered when the boy's friends caught and held the big boy until the police arrived.

Directors: Dennis Donnelly
Log 88: Reason to Run
star
6.46
39 votes

#3 - Log 88: Reason to Run

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired 4/1/1971

Officers Malloy and Reed handle a burglary at a riding school owned by a former Western movie star.

Operation Action
star
6.57
7 votes

#4 - Operation Action

Season 7 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/25/1975

When Malloy fails to show up for an off-duty appointment, Reed retraces his partner's steps and finds out he has been kidnapped by a revolutionary group demanding the release of one of their friends.

Directors: Dennis Donnelly
Log 022: So This Little Guy Goes Into This Bar
star
6.91
46 votes

#5 - Log 022: So This Little Guy Goes Into This Bar

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired 4/5/1969

Malloy and Reed on patrol deal with a domestic dispute, the theft of a fur, and the noise from a loud party.

Directors: Phil Rawlins
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Log 071: I Feel Like a Fool, Malloy
star
7.00
57 votes

#6 - Log 071: I Feel Like a Fool, Malloy

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/2/1968

Among other calls, Officers Malloy and Reed answer a loud noise complaint and discover a teen-age babysitter in desperate need of help.

Directors: Alan Crosland
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Hollywood Division
star
7.00
60 votes

#7 - Hollywood Division

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/21/1973

Malloy really likes the voice of the new dispatcher but when he meets her in person is dismayed to find she is married to the SWAT lieutenant. Cases handled include a hit-and-run which seriously injured a young girl, a synagogue who had their Hebrew-based typewriter and money stolen, a drunk woman sitting on a lawn who is spurned by her daughter when the officers take the drunk there, and while visiting T.J.'s wagon, T.J. clues them in on a disgruntled former painter who is planning revenge, and when the officers arrive at the studio shots are fired, two painters are injured; the SWAT team is brought in to rescue another painter and capture the shooter.

Directors: Dennis Donnelly
Log 073: I'm Still a Cop
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7.04
52 votes

#8 - Log 073: I'm Still a Cop

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/22/1969

Malloy is a part-time student at a local college, where he suddenly finds himself in the middle of of a riot.

Directors: Phil Rawlins
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If the Shoe Fits
star
7.08
36 votes

#9 - If the Shoe Fits

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/12/1973

Reed's shoes are being fixed and the replacements have a squeak that drives Malloy crazy. When he later returns to the shop to pick the shoes up, he notices a bank robbery which turns into a hostage situation. Malloy "gives in" by providing a car--with the doors locked and the robbers are apprehended. Other cases include a B&E that was actually a husband destroying his furniture due to his wife leaving him and the country, a van pulled over for no brake lights and a driver with a negative attitude towards police, and Sgt. MacDonald sends the officers to a demolition site where a visually-impaired boy is hiding out. Malloy takes a crane to pluck the boy out of danger.

Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Capture
star
7.09
35 votes

#10 - Capture

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/14/1973

Reno West's burglary reign continues, and the Captain orders it stopped at all costs. Malloy and Reed find the veteran burglar at a gas station with a female companion and West is not too happy to see the police following him. Later West's friend's car is spotted at the scene of another burglary and despite Officer Wells blowing the stakeout, Malloy re-captures his old nemesis. Other cases include having to divert a vicious guard dog so the officers can save a 70 year old man in a diabetic coma, investigate a theft of a rare jade statue from a mansion, and a domestic dispute between a couple where it appears the wife is the abuser.

Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Log 092: Tell Him He Pushed Back a Little Too Hard
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7.10
48 votes

#11 - Log 092: Tell Him He Pushed Back a Little Too Hard

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/29/1969

A couple of neighbors co-own a boat and continually fight over it so Malloy and Reed do their best to mediate this latest rift.

Directors: Phil Rawlins
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Northeast Division
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7.12
34 votes

#12 - Northeast Division

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/5/1973

Reed needs his TV repaired, and brings in his Boy Scout neighbor with a merit badge in electronics to work on it, but takes the entire TV apart and the squad is skeptical he can put it back together again. He does fix it--with a little help from a TV repairman. Cases involve pursuing a juvenile on a souped-up minibike, only to find he lives with his aunt after being orphaned and has no friends, a woman whom a neighbor thought had killed her husband after overhearing an argument and the woman digging in the backyard, only to find she was burying a dead chicken; a robbery committed by a long haired woman in high heels, whom Reed spots at a bus stop with shorter hair and no heels; a picket line at a store resolved when the lead picketer found out she went on a "computer date" with the store manager and he lied about his occupation; and a report made on a robbery turned out to be made by the actual robbers.

Directors: Dennis Donnelly
Trouble in the Bank
star
7.13
31 votes

#13 - Trouble in the Bank

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired 1/15/1974

On patrol, Reed stops at his bank to do some personal banking and walks into an armed robbery in progress. The two robbers are experienced and take steps to make sure other officers won't storm the bank. A suggestion by Malloy allows the suspects what they want: a getaway car, with the provision that the robbers let all hostages go except Reed. Malloy hides in getaway car's trunk, with a portable radio to advise fellow officers of his position. The suspects drive to a remote location to switch to another vehicle. Thinking that they had accomplished in getting away unnoticed, the suspects order Reed out of the car with the intention of killing him. Malloy calls Mac advising he has to act and kills one gunman while the other gives up, saving Reed's life.

Directors: Dennis Donnelly
Credit Risk
star
7.14
35 votes

#14 - Credit Risk

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/17/1974

Reed applies for a credit card only to discover that he has been turned down because he is considered a bad credit risk. Reed fights to clear his credit history while Malloy offers advice in the interim.

Krash
star
7.14
7 votes

#15 - Krash

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/5/1974

Malloy gets a new car, and Reed gets to drive it, but the car is damaged while the officers chase and capture a purse snatcher. Sgt. MacDonald refers Malloy to his brother's autobody shop for repairs, with Malloy concerned about the cost (which turned out to be $20)--despite Reed's offer of covering 1/2 the price. Calls include a drunk man shooting arrows, a shop is held up and the shop owner suffers a heart attack and dies while the officers question him, and a robbery at a pharmacy where the suspect gets away in the back of a truck, which is tracked by a motorcycle officer and alerts Malloy and Reed, who apprehend the suspect.

Directors: Lawrence Doheny
Log 054: Impersonation
star
7.15
41 votes

#16 - Log 054: Impersonation

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/7/1970

An investigator for the Rampart division is suspected of defrauding residents of their money. But is he really the guilty party, or is it a clever criminal who has assumed his identity?

Directors: Joseph Pevney
Citizen with Gun
star
7.17
6 votes

#17 - Citizen with Gun

Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/4/1975

A nervous homeowner who has been burglarized on time too many decides to buy a gun to protect himself and his home, but nearly shoots Officer Wells, who is responding to a prowler call.

Directors: Christian Nyby
Log 161: And You Want Me to Get Married!
star
7.17
59 votes

#18 - Log 161: And You Want Me to Get Married!

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/26/1968

Officers Malloy and Reed look for a robbery suspect, help a woman pinned under her crashed car and settle a family dispute, among other duties.

Directors: Phil Rawlins
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The Wednesday Warrior
star
7.18
34 votes

#19 - The Wednesday Warrior

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/15/1972

Reed is worried when his friend, an electrical engineer, is made a reserve police officer and ends up being partnered with Officer Wells. Malloy and Reed have to contend with illegal campers, a couple driving a stolen car, and help Wells and his new partner chase down a heavily-armed bank robber who forces innocent people to participate in his crimes.

Directors: James Neilson
Log 072: El Presidente
star
7.19
58 votes

#20 - Log 072: El Presidente

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/9/1968

Malloy teases Reed about calculating the cost of a new house while their first baby is still 6 months away. In the meantime they settle a domestic dispute between arguing neighbors, help a taxi driver that was just robbed, and a local man mistaken as the President by a group of rural Mexicans. Finally, they must arrest a psychotic shooter holed up in his house.

Directors: Phil Rawlins
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Log 052: Good Cop: Handle with Care
star
7.19
52 votes

#21 - Log 052: Good Cop: Handle with Care

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/4/1969

A pair of freelance reporters are determined to do a story on police brutality, and harass Reed and Malloy as their marks. The officers warn the reporters to cease their behavior, but they don't and they end up causing a tragedy.

Directors: Robert Douglas
Log 091: You're Not the First Guy's Had the Problem
star
7.19
72 votes

#22 - Log 091: You're Not the First Guy's Had the Problem

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/19/1968

Officer Reed learns that a professional officer has to keep their emotions under control; even when confronted with an abusive drunk-driver, right after clearing an "officer down" call & finding his close friend from the Academy critically wounded.

Directors: Alan Crosland
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Suicide
star
7.20
5 votes

#23 - Suicide

Season 7 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/18/1975

Malloy and Reed get dispatched to find a man who has told others he plans to kill himself.

Directors: Dennis Donnelly
Log 093: Once a Junkie
star
7.20
40 votes

#24 - Log 093: Once a Junkie

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/22/1969

Malloy and Reed begin to suspect that their street informant has returned to using and is committing crimes to support his habit.

Directors: Joseph Pevney
Harry Nobody
star
7.21
34 votes

#25 - Harry Nobody

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/8/1972

A hotel janitor (and wino) named Harry witnesses a murder in a hotel room, but refuses to talk until Reed shows him compassion and respect, both of which are lacking from his family and friends, but his testimony is clouded by his alcoholic past. Malloy relives his childhood by telling the story of his chaperoning a junior high dance.

Directors: Sam Freedle

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