Just started running on Me-TV, starting with season one, episode one.
Wow! That Kent McCord is a fine piece.
And Martin Milner has thick fingers and deadpan delivery. Way different from Neely O'Hara's Mel.
Bright colors and crystal clear photography.
I've seen one episode and added it to my dvr queue.
I got addicted to the show when it was on Antenna and ended up buying all seven seasons on DVD, lol! As the seasons go on, they did more filming on location in LA and it's fun to see the cars and buildings and how the city looked in the late 60s to mid 70s. Combine that with Kent McCord's great looks, Milner's solid lead performance and occasional guest turns from Gary Crosby as the obnoxious Officer Wells and it's a very entertaining show and a time capsule. Enjoy!
I started a thread about the gorgeous Kent McCord a few months ago, and most posters didn't find him that attractive. Some even said he had serial killer eyes. I thought he was a major hottie back in the day.
This sounds like a schill for the company selling these ancient, absurd, TV shows from the last millennium.
One Adam-12....see the man....
That would be a shill, not a schill, but I'm sure he's just a new fan.
Both Dragnet and Adam-12 featured a pair of cops--one married, one single. So were Milner's and Webb's characters "confirmed bachelors? (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.)
I'm surprised no one ever did a gay porn parody -- Adam-12"
This reminds me of a milder version of southland. Both have similar setups and premises, and both a reflection of their times.
[quote]Both Dragnet and Adam-12 featured a pair of cops--one married, one single. So were Milner's and Webb's characters "confirmed bachelors? (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.)
As I've said before in other threads on this show, I personally viewed Malloy as a closeted gay man. The way he was written -- single guy with virtual ZERO interest in women, not even the smart, beautiful ones Reed and Reed's wife attempted to fix him up with over the years -- there were very few other conclusions one could reach. Of course this being the late 60s/early 70s, he was, as mentioned above, labeled a "confirmed bachelor" by the time in which the show existed, but now I'd bet his character would just be flat-out gay (like the guy on "Southland"), even if he was only out to Reed and the audience and not the entire police force.
Another resemblance to Southland - the closeted training officer with the eager rookie.
Early in season 2 there was an episode in which Reed and his wife double dated with Malloy and a nurse and they went to an abandoned ghost town for a picnic, but their day was ruined by a marauding motorcycle gang. And in season 7 the writers gave Malloy a steady girlfriend with a child from her previous marriage that he talked about with Reed. And there was an odd episode in season 1 in which a rich spoiled woman gets the hots for Malloy and stalks him until finally he agrees to go on a date with her to get her off her back. That episode ends the morning after the date in which Reed asks Malloy what happened after dinner and dancing and Malloy cryptically replies along the lines of "I took care of it and that's the end of it". But overall, going by the 7 seasons the person Malloy really cares most about is his partner Jim Reed. Jim, his wife and their kid are really the only family Malloy has.
I recently saw an episode that showed Molloy in street clothes - a pair of tight brown hip-hugger bell-bottomed jeans. McCord may have been pretty, but Milner was HOT!
Who the hell doesn't find this beautiful? They recently showed a "Dragnet" where Kent guested as a young Rookie and he was stunning. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Jack Webb took one look at this kid and wrote the Adam 12 pilot.
Kent McCord appeared several times on Dragnet before Adam 12 premiered. Several times as a bit player police office and then his guest turn as a rookie cop under Internal Affairs investigation. In the late 70s Jack Webb was thinking of reviving Dragnet once again and he was going to cast McCord as his partner, but no network picked up the pilot. Jack Webb really liked his Kent McCord.
I can't tell if he's a good actor in the Jck Webb deadpan school, or a slack-jawed bad actor.
Either way, he is a joy to look at -- that square jaw, those clear yet dreamy eyes...
[quote]Who the hell doesn't find this beautiful?
Sorry forgot to post the pic of him on "Dragnet". Gorgeous boy.
McCord tried hard to act, but he was hired for that body and face. Jack Webb used him a few times on Dragnet - and a couple years younger he was even more darling. He had long legs and a high-riding ass.
Milner did a John-Wayne-without-the-drawl delivery through the whole thing.
On one episode, McCord and his character's wife and Milner and his date were camping. In jeans they both looked fine.
R3 is the type on know-nothing loser troll who really needs to find a hobby elsewhere. Tedious, irrelevant and not getting the DL.
Why were they called as "One Adam-12? but the series was "Adam-12"
Kent McCord was one of my first gay crushes, before I realized other men didn't look at each other like I did. He was soooo hot and I couldn't wait for Adam-12 to be shown every week. I pinged at Batman and Robin, especially at Burt Ward. Davy Jones was my favorite Monkee. Later, when I able to stay up later, I was very happy to watch Chad Everett on Medical Center. Once, his phone rang and he answered it shirtless. I had a spontaneous combustion in my underwear. That was a first, as well...
Was Jack Webb a gay?
Milner was great. I love this series!
Sometimes they have these extreme close-ups of the two of them. Really fills my screen!
McCord is no great actor, but I wouldn't call him a slack jawed non actor with only good looks to offer. He has a narrow range, but it was perfect for Adam 12, a show about two heroically ordinary patrol cops. McCord is able to project a decency and his character was always less jaded than Milner's and offered more overt sympathy to the victims and some of the pathetic people they had to arrest. And he had a low key unselfconscious masculinity that's very attractive to go with his handsome looks and fine physique.
It's a radio code:
1 = Central Unit
Adam = A, a two-man patrol car
12 = their patrol car number
Martin Milner has a supporting role in Sweet Smell of Success that's worth seeing (well, the whole movie's worth seeing) - he's not as sharp as Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis but he does get some of those great Odets lines.
As the season progresses their banter becomes more relaxed. Milner's character is starting to protest that he doesn't want to get fixed up and doesn't want to get married!
The season 3 episode in which for once Reed gets to drive the patrol car is a hoot...they act like a bickering married couple in which the husband has no choice but to let the wife drive and is nervous the whole time.
For being a show during a period where TV characters did not evolve much, they did a nice job of doing a subtle shift as the series went going from mentor and rookie to more of being equal partners and friends.
Milner also gets to run around in a speedo type bathing suit with all of his freckles showing in THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ADAM AND EVE....
r29, that's one of the things that impressed me about Adam 12 as well. By the final seasons, Malloy and Reed were equal partners and it was fun to watch that dynamic develop.
However it did take a little more time than necessary for the writers to get away from the original concept of the show. Reed was a rookie probationer for the first two seasons of the show. In the middle of season 2 someone asks Reed how long he's been on the force and he says "9 months". By season 3, Reed finally got off probation.
This is a gay site? C'mon, Marty Milner's greatest role....
Neely O'Hara's Mel was mentioned in the original post.
R18, Kent McCord never posed nude, and if there are any "candids" in that group, I don't see them. However, he has been rumored to be extremely well-endowed.
I've seen every episode of Adam-12, and damn if Milner and McCord weren't in love with each other IRL. Turn off the volume sometime and just watch their body language and their eyes as they interact. Delicious.
This week's Sunday Showcase on MeTV is four straight hours (eight episodes) of Adam-12 from 3PM-7PM.
Ack! On today's episode, Karen Black(!) appeared as a twenty-three year old victim of a prowler. She ends up hitting on Malloy and taking one of the puppies Reed is trying to give away. (Malloy wisely invoked the "no fraternizing with someone you meet on the job" rule to avoid any further dealings with Ms. Cross-Eyes.)
I want someone to redub scenes from the episodes with dialogue from gay porn movies.
16 year old Martin Milner from the movie Life with Father. Here pictured with Irene Dunne
Not often there's an episode where a woman (let alone a man) hits on Adam 12, but when it happens, it's almost always Malloy who gets hit on.
Adam 12 is also fun to catch either a few actors as they are starting out, like Karen Black, or actors, especially former child stars, winding down their careers. Tony Dow pops up as a crime victim in Season 2 and Margaret O'Brien had a guest turn as a mother on pills.
One thing I like about this series is that not every case is solved. They just go onto the next call. So we don't find out who stole the lawn, or if the little girl lived, or if the Mexicans left on by 5pm.
Did A12 ever have stories which featured gay themes?
[quote]Ack! On today's episode, Karen Black(!) appeared as a twenty-three year old victim of a prowler. She ends up hitting on Malloy and taking one of the puppies Reed is trying to give away. (Malloy wisely invoked the "no fraternizing with someone you meet on the job" rule to avoid any further dealings with Ms. Cross-Eyes.)
Yes she had her claws out for Malloy and terrified him but Miss Black was great and acted above the dry monotone acting that Jack Webb preferred. She was just months way from getting her big screen roles.
There is no Adam-12 "resemblance to Southland."
There can only be Southland's resembance to Adam-12.
Melissa Gilbert ran against McCord for the SAG presidency. She wasn't kind in her subsequent remarks
[quote]One thing I like about this series is that not every case is solved. They just go onto the next call. So we don't find out who stole the lawn, or if the little girl lived, or if the Mexicans left on by 5pm.
I agree ... I'm sure it was a much more realistic portrayal of police work than we were used to seeing up to that time on TV.
Kent McCord was an early (the first?) crush. He looked mighty fine in that uniform...
Home sick watching the marathon on MeTV. Love this show too. Ellen Corby is guesting in the current ep.
Ellen Corby made a couple of guest appearances on Adam 12. My favorite Adam 12 guest actor was Virginia Clegg, a favorite of Jack Webb. Clegg generally played blowsy older women. In one Adam 12 she played a woman who was shooting up her husband's car because she was fed up with him. Clegg always delivered.
As for gay storylines, hardly any on Adam 12 (other than the underlying Malloy-Reed partnership/relationship). Every once in awhile there would be a victim or perp who played it "gay". I recall one episode where Malloy and Reed had to break up a fight between a church choir director and church music director who got into a sissy slap fight outside their church over whether Onward Christian Soldiers should be played at Services. I guess between Network Standards and Practices of the era, and the fact that gays and lesbians were not very likely to report being gay bashed to the LAPD, whose cases Adam 12 writers and producers drew from, there would be little in terms of gay visability on the show, beyond the occasional "sissy" or "butch woman".
R48 Virginia GREGG
Did any TV shows deal with homosexuality in the late '60s? Was watching a first-season (1973) Kojak episode the other week, and I was shocked to see a (nicely handled) subplot concerning the gay son of a murdered cop.
Virginia Gregg was a pretty terrific actress. Webb obviously adored her. Of course before multiple re-runs, he used all the time, they just changed her wig color but you can recognize by her prominent tooth gap.
Gregg was in some episodes of Hazel, too.
I liked the episode where Reed and Malloy went undercover as hustlers to arrest the johns.
Thanks R49, Virginia Gregg. Sorry about that. Nevertheless a fine character actress who always livened up her scenes on Adam 12 and Dragnet..she's clearly not adhering to the Webb deadpan style.
Okay, MeTV had a bit of trivia yesterday which said that the police training academies would show episodes of Adam-12 to their class. I wonder which episode?
Another strange question: did they ever show the police locker room or wherever Reed and Malloy went before / after their shifts to get (un)dressed?
R56, there was a locker room set for Adam 12 where scenes took place. But we never saw Malloy or Reed shirtless...undershirt and pants was about as skimpy as they got. However Gary Crosby as the obnoxious Officer Wells was shown bare chested a couple of times during the show's run. The locker room also had weighlifting equipment and occasionally Malloy, Reed, Wells, or one of the other officers would be shown working out.
For an episode where the writers and especially Millner and McCord really tapped into the strong bond between Malloy and Reed, check out the Season 4 Episode "The Search" in which Malloy is hurt in an accident.
r55, it was the episode that dealt with the aftermath of Reed shooting and killing a teenager. The episode played out as an intriguing police procedural.
R55 Hopefully it WASN'T "Elegy for a Pig."
Joe Penny. Expensive aftershave lotions. Gay cop. Closeted actor with pretty eyes.
^^ worst haiku I've read in a long time
McCord and 1-Adam-12 is still responsible for my fetish of seeing a guy in a dress shirt with his undershirt showing. Weird I know.
I'm back and forth in which uniform Reed and Malloy looked best in: short sleeves with white t shirts showing (geeky, but you can see forearms) or in long sleeves and black ties, which were well fitted, especially on McCord.
A good episode that displays the strong and intense bond between Malloy and Reed (especially on Malloy's end) is the season 4 episode The Princess and the Pig, in which Reed goes undercover to bust a drug dealer ring. Malloy is very worried and concerned for Reed but he's not permitted to be on detail and instead spends the episode listening to the radio for updates and pretty much ignores his partner for the day. Malloy loved Reed, there's no doubt.
I just read the excerpts linked in r44 and Halfpint says Kent McCord challenged Peter Onorati to a fight and reading that gave me a boner.
R73, I like any scene in Adam 12 when a criminal goes on the run and McCord chases and tackles him (which he did 90% of the time on show when a culprit decided to run from Malloy and Reed). Makes me want to be the criminal so McCord can tackle me down to the ground and hold me down until he can cuff me!
Is this a program with gratuitous shirtlessness? I can't be bothered with programs that don't pander to beefcake fans. Nothing's more frustrating than investing in an old television series where everyone keeps their clothes on throughout the entire run. I just feel like I've wasted my time.
R75, see R57. No shirtlessness from Reed or Malloy, sorry to say.
a poster asked if Jack Webb was gay. No on the contrary, I read he was a womanizer and some gossip site said he raped someone woman.
I have read from people who have met Milner that he is an extremely nice man. When he acted in the TV show, Route 66, George Maharis said Milner was very nice to him ,and there were no issues working between the two actors.
BTW, I adore old movies and "Life with Father" is one of my many favorite films and a real gem. Milner and Elizabeth Taylor were just kids in that movie and they were adorable. If you haven't seen that movie, please do. It's is very light and a super cute movie.
This is the place for Milner fans to visit. A glimpse of his jock-strap during an exercise event. Halfway down the page.
R78, that's from the first episode of season 2 in which Malloy and Reed train for the police olympics while being good role models for kids. It's one of the weakest episodes of the series, but it does hold value as an excuse to watch Kent McCord show off his treasure trail in one shot where's he's removing his sweat shirt and to see him work out.
bumping for the Kent fans
Milner is in "Belles on Their Toes," the sequel to "Cheaper by the Dozen." He plays an obnoxious college jock who dates one of Ernestine Gilbreth. In one scene he's taking a bath so you have 1952 shirtless Milner.
They were both handsome but I definitely preferred Milner over McCord.
Just watched season 4 episode "Sub-station" in which Malloy and Reed work LAX on assignment. At one point they're undercover as rent a car service workers to bust a drug ring. They're sitting on a bench reading newspapers, legs spread. Camera closes in on them and you get a nice view of McCord's crotch in the jump suit he's wearing.
Check out the season 4 episode Wednesday Warrior for Kent McCord at his finest. He had more to do in the episode and just looks sensational in every shot, especially when he seethes with anger at the antics of Officer Wells.
Both men were really Hot in the day!
Kent and his dad:
Watching Season 5 right now. The Malloy-Reed partnership has truly become one between equals, which is why I enjoy watching the show and seeing how it slowly develops though the show was episodic. Some interesting guest stars in Season 5 including Juanita Moore (Annie in Imitation of Life) as a Police Commissioner who rides with Malloy and Reed one night (and gets called an Aunt Jamina by some gang members when their fight with chains and knives is halted) and Donna Douglas aka Elly May Clampett in a non Elly May role as a snobbish woman who tells Malloy he deserves to be well paid because he does menial labor.
[quote]Police Commissioner who rides with Malloy and Reed one night (and gets called an Aunt Jamina by some gang members
Did Paula Deen play one of the gang members? (And P.S.: it's JEMIMA)
Just watched Season 5 episode "Killing Ground" in which Malloy and Reed are captured by criminals and they must find a way to outwit and escape their captors. McCord gets his hair and uniform a bit mussed up in the ruckus and as a result he looks really hot.
The homoerotic subtext of Malloy and Reed is nearly off the charts on the season 5 episode The Suspension. Reed is involved in an off duty shooting so he must do desk duty while Internal Affairs investigates the incident. And Malloy and Reed are NOT HAPPY about being separated and Malloy does everything he can to clear Reed and get him back in the patrol car by his side. If there was ever an episode in which they would make out, this was the one.
Excellent blog post on Adam 12 with some good pics of Milner, McCord and Mark Harmon
Given the way the series ended, I wonder if the producers thought of trying to spin McCord off into his own series. In the last episode (a 2-parter as I recall), Reed tried out as an undercover narcotics detective and was again paired with an older, more experienced partner (played by vet character actor Norm Alden). Malloy was not in the episode very much and the whole thing just kind of played like a potential spinoff, though of course nothing ever came of it.
Also read that Jack Webb had wanted to do a new "Dragnet" with McCord as his detective partner (not sure if he would've been playing Reed or someone else) but Webb died and the project was dropped.
I loved all of the episodes of Adam-12 (and Dragnet) which featured the cops interacting with the counter-culture of the time especially hippies. Reed and Malloy, although being "pigs" seemed like they could rap with the kids and dig their scene.
I grew up in LA and watched Adam-12 as a kid. Its interesting to see parts of LA I remember so well and to see businesses that don't exist anymore.
I always got the homo vibe from the two characters. Remember the episode when Malloy drives off the embankment and Reed finds him. When Malloy sees Reed, he simply sighs, "Partner."
Unrealistic because of political correctness. They never featured any perps of color.
Milner and McCord used to do little videos for LAUGH-IN, also an NBC show.
Once they were driving in their patrol car with the fake scenery behind them.
McCord: How long have we been driving together?
Milner: Almost six years.
McCord: Yea, six years. So how about it?
Milner: How about what?
McCord: (long pause, gazes at Milner, then) How about letting me drive for a change?
And they got out of the prop car with the scenery still moving behind them and changed places.....
And, Kent was a friend of Rick Nelson's, they were in college together.
Kent appeared as one of Rick's fraternity brothers in several episodes of OZZIE & HARRIET under his real name Kent McWhirter.
Kent McCord was anti gay, he was molested as a child by a homosexual.
The last couple episodes of the series all seemed to be try out vehicles, for either a spin off, like McCord becoming a narcotics or vice detective, or carrying on the series with Milner as the Sgt and McCord as the training officer with either a woman partner, or a hot shot rookie, played by Mark Harmon. But instead the series came to an end, and quite appropriately with McCord's character receiving a medal of valour from the LAPD Chief as Malloy looks on in total love and happiness.
McCord had that odd new 'do because he was trying to make totally new pilot playing someone other than a cop.
Those last few episodes are playing this week on ME TV.
True, R110. And MeTV is getting ready to change its schedule come January 1st, so I wonder if they will take Adam-12 off for a while. If so, hopefully it will be back come summer.
Did they ever go undercover to catch homosexuals who were cruising the local parks? They should have.
The last episode is on right now on MeTV.
Original air date (according to cable guide) was May 20, 1975.
R107 that police chief was the real police chief in LA.
Not true, r106. I had a friend who knew Kent McCord quite well at SAG (when McCord was on the board). McCord is very liberal, very gay-friendly (my friend was openly gay), and hung like a horse (apparently wore tight slacks that showed the goods quite often).
Kent McCord was one of my first crushes. To this day I wish I could have been in the middle of a 1970s Kent McCord/Randolph Mantooth sandwich...
Adam 12 will be moving over to COZI on January 5.
That makes sense, because COZI is an NBCUniversal service, and Adam-12 came from Universal.
It's like GetTV pretty much only has Columbia movies, and The Works, MGM/UA.
Both of these guys had absolutely delicious asses that one could rim for days..
Did they ever do a Manson Family-themed episode? It was on-air right as it all came down, afterall.
[quote]Adam 12 will be moving over to COZI on January 5.
Really? Interesting. This show is constantly on the move, isn't it? It played on Antenna TV for about, what, a year, then moved over to MeTV the last year or so, and now it's jumping to COZI. They just can't seem to stick anywhere!
Ugh! I hate COZI TV - they edit big chunks of the show out and never show all of the closing credits.
I got my 1st boner for Kent McCord
No Manson Family type episode, but there is an episode based on the Onion Field case, though in this instance both Malloy and Reed survive, but it's still one of the more chilling episodes of the series.
Martin Milner... oooh... the answer is always, "YES!"
R122, I must admit I too wish that it was staying on MeTV. But just as long as someone's showing it, I guess I won't complain.
I still get it on MeTV.
You can also watch it on Hulu.
All 7 seasons are on DVD, the last 6 of which were issued by Shout Factory which did a fine job with them.
A fun game is to enter into Google the address they give for a call. That show used real addresses of actual locales and you'll have them in Van Nuys for their first call, and then in Echo Park for their next.
Great show that I've just started watching a couple of months ago. Kent and Martin have great chemistry, and both look hot in those tight police uniforms. I, too, picture Malloy as a closeted gay man. He WANTS Reed!