Adam-12 (1990 TV series)

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Also known as The New Adam-12
Genre Police procedural
Directed by Charles Bail
Rob Stewart
Georg Fenady
Starring (See article)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Arthur L. Annecharico
Producer(s) Burton Armus
John Whitman
Cinematography Don McCuaig
J. Barry Herron
Editor(s) Lawrence J. Gleason
Running time 30m
Production company(s) The Arthur Company
Universal TV
Distributor MCA Television
Original release September 24, 1990 (1990-09-24) – September 16, 1991 (1991-09-16)
Related shows Adam-12

The 1990 television series Adam-12, also known as The New Adam-12, is a syndicated revival of the 1968-1975 series of the same name. Like the original, this program focused on the daily jobs and lives of two police officers whose patrol car is designated "Adam-12." This time, the officers assigned to Adam-12 were Matt Doyle (Ethan Wayne) and his partner Gus Grant (Peter Parros).This series ran two 26-episode seasons consecutively for 52 straight weeks, so although it had two seasons it ran for one calendar year. The New Adam-12 was paired up with another revival of a Jack Webb television series: The New Dragnet. Both revivals were considerably different from the originals and can be considered revivals in name only.

Cast and characters[edit]


Season 1: 1990–91[edit]

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1 1 "The Sniper" Charles Bail Burton Armus September 24, 1990 (1990-09-24)
A series of sniper attacks on police black and white units has the whole division on edge. Meanwhile Officers Doyle and Grant also answer calls about a man who claims he is being blackmailed and a potential jumper who has other motives.
2 2 "Kid Cop" Charles Bail E. Nick Alexander October 1, 1990 (1990-10-01)
A young boy tries to get his brother to quit a street gang with the help of the Adam-12 team.
3 3 "Neighbors" Georg Fenady Joseph Gunn October 8, 1990 (1990-10-08)
Fighting neighbors who are escalating a dispute spark a series of calls to the police, eventually leading to a tragic conclusion. Officers Grant and Doyle also crack an ATM scam.
4 4 "Gay Bashing" Georg Fenady Stephen Glantz October 15, 1990 (1990-10-15)
Officers Doyle and Grant are charged with tracking down a group of young men who are targeting and beating up homosexual men. In addition, a string of thefts from vintage cars is investigated.
5 5 "Witchcraft" Charles Bail Elliott Anderson October 22, 1990 (1990-10-22)
The theft of several dogs and a body from a mortuary and the discovery of human and canine bones at a ritual burn site leads Officers Doyle and Grant towards a confrontation with the black arts.
6 6 "Vigilante" Charles Bail Ted Alben,
Greg Klein
October 29, 1990 (1990-10-29)
Actor Howie Melton (Jonathan Prince) is going to star in a police movie called "Midnight Heat" and the L.A.P.D. has allowed him access to some of its officers. Sgt. Santos assigns Howie to ride with Officers Grant and Doyle, where he proceeds to complicate a few of their routine calls. The Officers also investigate a series of washer and dryer thefts in the North Valley. Meanwhile, the entire L.A.P.D. must deal with a string of rapes and a violently angry vigilante group that is determined to take the law into their own hands.
7 7 "Follow Home" Georg Fenady Ralph Meyering Jr.,
Richard Stanley
November 5, 1990 (1990-11-05)
Officers Doyle and Grant work a case involving a string of thefts where wealthy women are followed home from grocery stores and mugged and beaten by two men. Other calls include a neighbor dispute over a dog and a stolen 5-ton truck full of watermelons. Meanwhile at the station, the officers try to raise bail money for their shoeshine man, Homer, who finds himself in jail due to $480 in jaywalking fines. Martin Milner and Kent McCord who both starred in the original Adam-12 make a cameo appearance as store owners.
8 8 "Real Estate Scam" Georg Fenady Peter Parros November 12, 1990 (1990-11-12)
The Division is plagued with a real estate scam in which a thief forges homeowners' signatures and, unknown to them, sells their homes out from under them. Officers Grant and Doyle also keep an eye out for Rooster Joe Martinez (Bert Rosario), who has a history of putting on cock fights, and have to deal with a rowdy bar patron who has already beat up two Marines.
9 9 "Teach the Children" Rob Stewart Nancy Ann Miller November 19, 1990 (1990-11-19)
While the entire Division focuses on capturing a child molester, the officers also respond to two garbage vandalism complaints, a neighbor dispute, an argument at a restaurant over smoking and have to deal with a mean-spirited celebrity during a traffic stop. They also take their turn at teaching a course to parents on keeping their children safe.
10 10 "211 Cabs" Rob Stewart Carlton Hollander,
Dennis Rodriguez
November 26, 1990 (1990-11-26)
A series of taxi cab robberies, including one where the driver is murdered, is investigated. Other calls involve a dispute with a weapon, a prowler call and a verbal altercation.
11 11 "Framed" Charles Bail Stan Berkowitz December 3, 1990 (1990-12-03)
A drug dealer's son accuses Gus of planting drugs on his father. Other cases involve the theft of a meter maid's cart and the disappearance of an employee from a restaurant.
12 12 "Escapees" Charles Bail Stephen W. Johnson December 10, 1990 (1990-12-10)
Three violent inmates try to fight their way to freedom; two women steal cats.
13 13 "The Blue Avengers" Rob Stewart Joseph Gunn December 17, 1990 (1990-12-17)
Family owned shops are targeted by a violent robber.
14 14 "The Landlord" Rob Stewart Leonard Mlodinow,
Scott Rubenstein
December 24, 1990 (1990-12-24)
Unhappy tenants abduct their landlord.
15 15 "Gang of Two" Charles Bail Burton Armus December 31, 1990 (1990-12-31)
Rival gang members become romantics and a huge snake escapes from its cage.
16 16 "Keep On Truckin" Charles Bail Paul Aratow January 7, 1991 (1991-01-07)
A reverse crime of a cabbie robbing a customer while truck drivers are being hijacked.
17 17 "Panic in Alverez Park" Rob Stewart E. Nick Alexander January 14, 1991 (1991-01-14)
Thieves try to hide in a refugee shelter.
18 18 "Going Home" Rob Stewart Stephen Glantz January 21, 1991 (1991-01-21)
An ex-con tries to get himself sent back to prison after finding life on the outside too hard for him to handle.
19 19 "Lover Mugger" Charles Bail Dan DiStefano,
Steve Hayes
January 28, 1991 (1991-01-28)
A rapist uses a dirt bike for his crimes.
20 20 "211 Pizza" Charles Bail Carlton Hollander,
Dennis Rodriguez
February 4, 1991 (1991-02-04)
Robbers target pizza deliveries.
21 21 "Crack House" Rob Stewart Burton Armus February 11, 1991 (1991-02-11)
A groups of neighbors, upset over the police's inability to shut down a crack house, threaten to take matters into their own hands. Other calls include the theft of a valuable horse and a man who is convinced some ducks have been stolen from city property. Martin Milner guest stars in this episode reprising his role as Pete Malloy from the original Adam-12 who is now a captain.
22 22 "R.T.D. 211" Rob Stewart Ted Alben,
Greg Klein
February 18, 1991 (1991-02-18)
The officers must deal with a series of armed robberies on Regional Transit buses: The masked gunman gets on the bus at a stop, robs the passengers of their cash and jewelry, and gets off the bus before authorities can apprehend him. Additional cases include traffic accidents, and a business dispute at a fortune teller's; when Gus sides with the customer, the Gypsy woman places a curse on him. Kent McCord guest stars reprising his role as Jim Reed from the original Adam-12 who is now a lieutenant.
23 23 "D.A.R.E." Charles Bail Elliott Anderson February 25, 1991 (1991-02-25)
A prominent citizen is arrested for DUI.
24 24 "Operation Estafadores" Charles Bail Dan DiStefano,
Steve Hayes
March 4, 1991 (1991-03-04)
Illegal immigrants are being terrorized by gangs.
25 25 "Eye of the Beholder" Rob Stewart Stan Berkowitz March 11, 1991 (1991-03-11)
A man becomes obsessed with a waitress.
26 26 "Immunity" Rob Stewart Burton Armus March 18, 1991 (1991-03-18)
A former East German security guard wants to defect.

Season 2: 1991[edit]

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27 1 "Power-Out" Charles Bail Stan Berkowitz March 25, 1991 (1991-03-25)
A major power outage forces the Police Department to go on tactical alert and Officers Doyle and Grant have to deal with a series of resulting incidents, including a car accident in which one of the drivers suffers a heart attack, a gun-wielding patient at a hospital, a liquor store theft, and the theft of some 40 shotguns from a sporting goods store.
28 2 "Telephone Bandits" Charles Bail Nancy Ann Miller April 1, 1991 (1991-04-01)
The Division faces a challenge when armed robbers phone in a series of "officer needs assistance" 911 calls to send police away from their intended targets. While pursuing the investigation and also keeping their eyes on an elderly woman who commits insurance fraud by pretending to be hit by bar patrons cars, Officers Doyle and Grant must also deal with their difficult emotions around Randy Collins, a young boy dying of AIDS that he contracted from a untested blood transfusion after his premature birth. Randy's wish was to be a cop for a day as he hoped to live long enough to grow up and become a police officer.
29 3 "The Intruders" Rob Stewart Joseph Gunn April 8, 1991 (1991-04-08)
House burglars are good at leaving Gus and Matt clueless.
30 4 "Trick-or-Treat" Rob Stewart Elliot Anderson April 15, 1991 (1991-04-15)
Deadly "treats" are being passed out on Halloween.
31 5 "Bump & Rape" Charles Bail E. Nick Alexander April 22, 1991 (1991-04-22)
Assailants bump into women's rear bumpers and attack the cars' drivers; an obese man robs a deli of its food instead of money.
32 6 "Robber with a Badge" Charles Bail Caliope Brattlestreet,
Stephen Glantz
April 29, 1991 (1991-04-29)
A man impersonates LAPD officers to gain access to female victims' homes.
33 7 "211 Bonnie & Clyde" Rob Stewart Ted Alben,
Greg Klein
May 6, 1991 (1991-05-06)
An animal-rights activist is arrested.
34 8 "211 Weddings" Rob Stewart Carlton Hollander,
Dennis Rodriguez
May 13, 1991 (1991-05-13)
Weddings are targeted by robbers
35 9 "Fear" Charles Bail Dan DiStefano,
Steve Hayes
May 20, 1991 (1991-05-20)
A dealer puts out a contract on Matt and Gus when they arrest him; a sniper shoots at officers from a hillside.
36 10 "Dead Delivery" Charles Bail Dan DiStefano,
Steve Hayes
May 27, 1991 (1991-05-27)
Mailmen carrying money are robbed by a man on a motor-scooter. A Vietnam veteran threatens people with a knife.
37 11 "Lock House" Rob Stewart E. Nick Alexander June 3, 1991 (1991-06-03)
A pimp turns young girls who come to the city into drug addicted prostitutes.
38 12 "Acid Thrower" Rob Stewart Joseph Gunn June 10, 1991 (1991-06-10)
A sadistic robber sprays nitric acid on his victims despite their cooperation; a drug addicted teenager steals and runs away from her parents.
39 13 "The Killing" Charles Bail Burton Armus June 17, 1991 (1991-06-17)
Gus is forced into killing a suspect in self defense and later feels guilty about it.
40 14 "A Coalition of Fear" Charles Bail Carlton Hollander,
Dennis Rodriguez
June 24, 1991 (1991-06-24)
An African-American politician uses racial tensions to win an upcoming election.
41 15 "Families" Sidney Hayers Stan Berkowitz July 1, 1991 (1991-07-01)
A drunk man loses his car and his baby.
42 16 "Playing with Fire" Sidney Hayers Rick Kelbaugh July 8, 1991 (1991-07-08)
Telephone booths are being booby trapped.
43 17 "Bad Blood" Charles Bail Alan Moskowitz July 15, 1991 (1991-07-15)
An officer who received an AIDS-infected, window period blood transfusion two years earlier when he was shot now knows his condition and is deliberately risking his own life while on duty.
44 18 "Drive-By" Charles Bail Gregory S. Dinallo July 22, 1991 (1991-07-22)
Drive-by shooters attack cars.
45 19 "Homeless in America" Sidney Hayers Caliope Brattlestreet,
Stephen Glantz
July 29, 1991 (1991-07-29)
An injured indigent is rejected by a private hospital, causing Officers Doyle and Grant try to track down the suspect(s) of a series of brutal attacks on the homeless in the Van Nuys district, which proves difficult when the hospitalized victim's fellow indigents become suspicious and hesitate to cooperate; a desperate man asks the officers to arrest his drug-addicted son; a murder occurs at a school where a usually quiet boy kills another student in anger over the murdered boy's insulting of his mother.
46 20 "No Mercy" Sidney Hayers Elliot Anderson August 5, 1991 (1991-08-05)
An indigent, desperate old woman eats out of a supermarket; another desperate woman battles drug pushers.
47 21 "Anatomy of a Rape" Charles Bail Nancy Ann Miller August 12, 1991 (1991-08-12)
A rape victim tries to recover.
48 22 "Missing" Charles Bail Joseph Gunn August 19, 1991 (1991-08-19)
A boy turns up missing when he accidentally locks himself in an abandoned refrigerator.
49 23 "Addictions" Georg Fenady Stan Berkowitz August 26, 1991 (1991-08-26)
While investigating illegal immigrants in an abandoned building, Matt finds a man who smuggles both immigrants and crack and one of his former high school classmates who is now a homeless alcoholic.
50 24 "Deadly Trade" Georg Fenady Carlton Hollander September 2, 1991 (1991-09-02)
Prostitutes are being brutalized by violent customers.
51 25 "The Bully" Charles Bail Burton Armus September 9, 1991 (1991-09-09)
A detective whose daughter died of a crack O.D. tries to avenge this by brutalizing drug dealers, including a young man he mistakes for a drug dealer.
52 26 "The Fighter" Charles Bail Elliot Anderson September 16, 1991 (1991-09-16)
An ex gang member is murdered when he tries to get other kids away from gangs; a cop killer gets a last minute reprieve from a scheduled execution.

Home video release[edit]

As of early 2012, there are no plans to release either this show or The New Dragnet to DVD. Episodes are, however, available for streaming on Hulu.[1]


  1. ^ ""Adam-12": A "gay bashing", 1990 style.". 25 March 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2014.