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Adam-12 was created by Robert A. Cinader and Jack Webb. Webb, who created Dragnet made sure the show had a similar style. Starring Martin Milner and Kent McCord, the show debuted on NBC on Sept. 21, 1968, and ran through May 20, 1975.
“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”, Sergeant MacDonald appears on the Dragnet episode “Personnel: The Shooting”. The episode “Lost And Found” was set at Rampart General Hospital and featured the Emergency! cast. However, during an Emergency! episode, Adam-12 is shown as a TV show that the paramedics like to watch, causing somewhat of a paradox between the shows.
Several years after Adam-12 was canceled, Kent McCord was signed to appear in a planned third series of Dragnet playing Sgt. Friday’s partner, but the project was canceled due to Jack Webb’s sudden death in December 1982; since none of the scripts Webb wrote for the project were ever produced or released, it is not clear if he intended McCord to play a different character or to revive the Jim Reed character, although in the final episode of Adam-12, the two-part “Something Worth Dying For,” Reed talks about applying for an investigator’s license.
There was a short revival of the show from 1990 to 1991 where Reed and Malloy would make a cameo appearance but the show never really went aywhere.
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