Adam-12 (1990 TV 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.

Also known asThe New Adam-12
GenrePolice procedural
Directed byCharles Bail
Rob Stewart
Georg Fenady
Starring(See article)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Arthur L. Annecharico
Producer(s)Burton Armus
John Whitman
CinematographyDon McCuaig
J. Barry Herron
Editor(s)Lawrence J. Gleason
Running time30m
Production company(s)The Arthur Company
Universal TV
DistributorMCA Television
Original networkSyndication
Original releaseSeptember 24, 1990 (1990-09-24) 
September 16, 1991 (1991-09-16)
Related showsAdam-12

Cast and characters

  • Ethan Wayne as Officer Matt Doyle
  • Peter Parros as Officer Gus Grant
  • Miguel Fernandes as Sgt. Harry Santos
  • Linden Ashby as Officer Honeycutt
  • Alma Martinez as Sgt. Elizabeth Cruz
  • Harri James as Officer Neville


Season 1 (1990–91)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"The Sniper"Charles BailBurton ArmusSeptember 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.
22"Kid Cop"Charles BailE. Nick AlexanderOctober 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.
33"Neighbors"Georg FenadyJoseph GunnOctober 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.
44"Gay Bashing"Georg FenadyStephen GlantzOctober 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.
55"Witchcraft"Charles BailElliott AndersonOctober 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.
66"Vigilante"Charles BailTed Alben & Greg KleinOctober 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.
77"Follow Home"Georg FenadyRalph Meyering Jr. & Richard StanleyNovember 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.
88"Real Estate Scam"Georg FenadyPeter ParrosNovember 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.
99"Teach the Children"Rob StewartNancy Ann MillerNovember 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.
1010"211 Cabs"Rob StewartCarlton Hollander & Dennis RodriguezNovember 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.
1111"Framed"Charles BailStan BerkowitzDecember 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.
1212"Escapees"Charles BailStephen W. JohnsonDecember 10, 1990 (1990-12-10)
Three violent inmates try to fight their way to freedom; two women steal cats.
1313"The Blue Avengers"Rob StewartJoseph GunnDecember 17, 1990 (1990-12-17)
Family owned shops are targeted by a violent robber.
1414"The Landlord"Rob StewartLeonard Mlodinow & Scott RubensteinDecember 24, 1990 (1990-12-24)
Unhappy tenants abduct their landlord.
1515"Gang of Two"Charles BailBurton ArmusDecember 31, 1990 (1990-12-31)
Rival gang members become romantics and a huge snake escapes from its cage.
1616"Keep On Truckin"Charles BailPaul AratowJanuary 7, 1991 (1991-01-07)
A reverse crime of a cabbie robbing a customer while truck drivers are being hijacked.
1717"Panic in Alverez Park"Rob StewartE. Nick AlexanderJanuary 14, 1991 (1991-01-14)
Thieves try to hide in a refugee shelter.
1818"Going Home"Rob StewartStephen GlantzJanuary 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.
1919"Lover Mugger"Charles BailDan DiStefano & Steve HayesJanuary 28, 1991 (1991-01-28)
A rapist uses a dirt bike for his crimes.
2020"211 Pizza"Charles BailCarlton Hollander & Dennis RodriguezFebruary 4, 1991 (1991-02-04)
Robbers target pizza deliveries.
2121"Crack House"Rob StewartBurton ArmusFebruary 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.
2222"R.T.D. 211"Rob StewartTed Alben & Greg KleinFebruary 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.
2323"D.A.R.E."Charles BailElliott AndersonFebruary 25, 1991 (1991-02-25)
A prominent citizen is arrested for DUI.
2424"Operation Estafadores"Charles BailDan DiStefano & Steve HayesMarch 4, 1991 (1991-03-04)
Illegal immigrants are being terrorized by gangs.
2525"Eye of the Beholder"Rob StewartStan BerkowitzMarch 11, 1991 (1991-03-11)
A man becomes obsessed with a waitress.
2626"Immunity"Rob StewartBurton ArmusMarch 18, 1991 (1991-03-18)
A former East German security guard wants to defect.

Season 2 (1991)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
271"Power-Out"Charles BailStan BerkowitzMarch 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.
282"Telephone Bandits"Charles BailNancy Ann MillerApril 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.
293"The Intruders"Rob StewartJoseph GunnApril 8, 1991 (1991-04-08)
House burglars are good at leaving Gus and Matt clueless.
304"Trick-or-Treat"Rob StewartElliot AndersonApril 15, 1991 (1991-04-15)
Deadly "treats" are being passed out on Halloween.
315"Bump & Rape"Charles BailE. Nick AlexanderApril 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.
326"Robber with a Badge"Charles BailCaliope Brattlestreet & Stephen GlantzApril 29, 1991 (1991-04-29)
A man impersonates LAPD officers to gain access to female victims' homes.
337"211 Bonnie & Clyde"Rob StewartTed Alben & Greg KleinMay 6, 1991 (1991-05-06)
An animal-rights activist is arrested.
348"211 Weddings"Rob StewartCarlton Hollander & Dennis RodriguezMay 13, 1991 (1991-05-13)
Weddings are targeted by robbers
359"Fear"Charles BailDan DiStefano & Steve HayesMay 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.
3610"Dead Delivery"Charles BailDan DiStefano & Steve HayesMay 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.
3711"Lock House"Rob StewartE. Nick AlexanderJune 3, 1991 (1991-06-03)
A pimp turns young girls who come to the city into drug addicted prostitutes.
3812"Acid Thrower"Rob StewartJoseph GunnJune 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.
3913"The Killing"Charles BailBurton ArmusJune 17, 1991 (1991-06-17)
Gus is forced into killing a suspect in self defense and later feels guilty about it.
4014"A Coalition of Fear"Charles BailCarlton Hollander & Dennis RodriguezJune 24, 1991 (1991-06-24)
An African-American politician uses racial tensions to win an upcoming election.
4115"Families"Sidney HayersStan BerkowitzJuly 1, 1991 (1991-07-01)
A drunk man loses his car and his baby.
4216"Playing with Fire"Sidney HayersRick KelbaughJuly 8, 1991 (1991-07-08)
Telephone booths are being booby trapped.
4317"Bad Blood"Charles BailAlan MoskowitzJuly 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.
4418"Drive-By"Charles BailGregory S. DinalloJuly 22, 1991 (1991-07-22)
Drive-by shooters attack cars.
4519"Homeless in America"Sidney HayersCaliope Brattlestreet & Stephen GlantzJuly 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.
4620"No Mercy"Sidney HayersElliot AndersonAugust 5, 1991 (1991-08-05)
An indigent, desperate old woman eats out of a supermarket; another desperate woman battles drug pushers.
4721"Anatomy of a Rape"Charles BailNancy Ann MillerAugust 12, 1991 (1991-08-12)
A rape victim tries to recover.
4822"Missing"Charles BailJoseph GunnAugust 19, 1991 (1991-08-19)
A boy turns up missing when he accidentally locks himself in an abandoned refrigerator.
4923"Addictions"Georg FenadyStan BerkowitzAugust 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.
5024"Deadly Trade"Georg FenadyCarlton HollanderSeptember 2, 1991 (1991-09-02)
Prostitutes are being brutalized by violent customers.
5125"The Bully"Charles BailBurton ArmusSeptember 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.
5226"The Fighter"Charles BailElliot AndersonSeptember 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

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.
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