History Series / COPS

18th Sep '16 3:30:26 AM Morgenthaler
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''COPS'' is a reality show that is "filmed on location with the men and women of law enforcement", which means it's incredibly cheap to make. It is also the longest-running {{reality show}} on television (it premiered in 1989); the show has a proven formula that has remained popular for years, and it was part of the longest unchanged nightly schedule in American television ({{Fox}}'s Saturday night schedule; the other show in that schedule was ''[[AmericasMostWanted America's Most Wanted]]'', before its ChannelHop). ''COPS'' is arguably the most realistic {{reality show}} on television: there is absolutely no script and no narration outside of the opening credits; everything you see is real people in real situations.

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''COPS'' is a reality show that is "filmed on location with the men and women of law enforcement", which means it's incredibly cheap to make. It is also the longest-running {{reality show}} on television (it premiered in 1989); the show has a proven formula that has remained popular for years, and it was part of the longest unchanged nightly schedule in American television ({{Fox}}'s Saturday night schedule; the other show in that schedule was ''[[AmericasMostWanted America's Most Wanted]]'', ''Series/AmericasMostWanted'', before its ChannelHop). ''COPS'' is arguably the most realistic {{reality show}} on television: there is absolutely no script and no narration outside of the opening credits; everything you see is real people in real situations.
30th Aug '16 3:18:07 AM themisterfree
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* CrossOver: Yes, really- once with ''Series/TheXFiles'', where a normal episode gets interrupted by Mulder and Scully chasing a MonsterOfTheWeek; and twice with ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', where it's depicted as being set in Camden County and following their police force. The latter takes place in-universe before Earl discovered karma. (Both shows were also produced by Fox, though the latter aired on NBC.)
29th Aug '16 9:55:17 PM PaulA
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''COPS'' is a reality show that is "filmed on location with the men and women of law enforcement", which means it's incredibly cheap to make. It is also the [[LongRunners longest-running]] {{reality show}} on television (it premiered in 1989); the show has a proven formula that has remained popular for years, and it was part of the longest unchanged nightly schedule in American television ({{Fox}}'s Saturday night schedule; the other show in that schedule was ''[[AmericasMostWanted America's Most Wanted]]'', before its ChannelHop). ''COPS'' is arguably the most realistic {{reality show}} on television: there is absolutely no script and no narration outside of the opening credits; everything you see is real people in real situations.

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''COPS'' is a reality show that is "filmed on location with the men and women of law enforcement", which means it's incredibly cheap to make. It is also the [[LongRunners longest-running]] longest-running {{reality show}} on television (it premiered in 1989); the show has a proven formula that has remained popular for years, and it was part of the longest unchanged nightly schedule in American television ({{Fox}}'s Saturday night schedule; the other show in that schedule was ''[[AmericasMostWanted America's Most Wanted]]'', before its ChannelHop). ''COPS'' is arguably the most realistic {{reality show}} on television: there is absolutely no script and no narration outside of the opening credits; everything you see is real people in real situations.



* LongRunners: ''COPS'' has been running for over twenty-five years, making it the longest-running reality show in history. Also, the Fox Saturday night schedule that it was a part of was the longest-running unchanged nightly schedule on American television.



* UnbuiltTrope: By the time the term "RealityTV" was invented and became a popular genre, this show was already considered a LongRunner.

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* UnbuiltTrope: By the time the term "RealityTV" was invented and became a popular genre, this show was already considered a LongRunner.long-runner.
17th Aug '16 6:57:48 PM C2
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[[caption-width-right:228:"Cops is filmed on location with the men and women of law enforcement. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law."]]
28th Jun '16 4:12:44 PM ANTMuddle
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** Similarly, the opening of any prostitution sting will begin with "Are you a cop?" "''No.''" (This often works to a police officer's advantage: There's a common urban legend that a police officer is required to tell you that he's a cop if asked. Patently untrue, given that undercover police work is a thing that exists.)

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** Similarly, the opening of any prostitution sting [[MustStateIfYoureACop will begin with "Are you a cop?" cop?"]] "''No.''" (This often works to a police officer's advantage: There's a common urban legend that a police officer is required to tell you that he's a cop if asked. Patently untrue, given that undercover police work is a thing that exists.)
28th Jun '16 4:11:28 PM ANTMuddle
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->''"Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do?"''

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->''"Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do?"''
do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?"''
14th Jun '16 1:39:15 PM DocWildNole
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** At least one suspect claimed that he shouldn't be arrested for wearing pants full of, if not made of, drugs because "These aren't my pants."
26th Jan '16 3:52:35 PM MarcoPolo250
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* SpinOff: ''Street Patrol'' on {{MyNetworkTV}} consisted of previously unused COPS footage - some of which was filmed over a decade earlier - with added background music. ''Jail'' (also on MyNetworkTV, and later on truTV as ''Las Vegas Jailhouse'') took the filming indoors.

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* SpinOff: ''Street Patrol'' on {{MyNetworkTV}} consisted of previously unused COPS footage - some of which was filmed over a decade earlier - with added background music. ''Jail'' (also on MyNetworkTV, and later on truTV as ''Las Vegas Jailhouse'') Spike TV) took the filming indoors.
9th Jan '16 6:04:46 PM SilentStranger
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** People arrested for drug possession will nearly ''always'' try to lie about it, no matter what. They can be caught driving a car full of drugs, wearing pants made of drugs while smoking drugs, and they'll still claim its not theirs. Bonus points when they claim its not their drugs because its not their car, apparently car theft is better.
8th Jan '16 6:10:19 PM nombretomado
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''COPS'''s 25-year run on the Fox network ended in 2013. The program moved to SpikeTV that fall.

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''COPS'''s 25-year run on the Fox network ended in 2013. The program moved to SpikeTV Creator/SpikeTV that fall.
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