History Series / COPS

5th Jul '17 2:57:03 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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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.

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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 it's not their drugs because its it's not their car, apparently car theft is better.
6th Nov '16 11:34:38 PM dragonheart1986
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* ShockAndAwe: Unsurprisingly, it's not uncommon to see a suspect who thought it was a good idea to run or fight find themself getting tased.

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* ShockAndAwe: Unsurprisingly, it's not uncommon to see a suspect who thought it was a good idea to run or fight find themself themselves getting tased.
6th Nov '16 11:33:06 PM dragonheart1986
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* ShockAndAwe: Unsurprisingly, it's not uncommon to see a suspect who thought it was a good idea to run or fight find themself getting tased.
28th Oct '16 11:13:43 PM DisneyFan94
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* EscapedAnimalRampage: One episode has the police dealing with a zebra escaped from a zoo. They rescue the zebra from drowning in a swimming pool.
12th Oct '16 9:41:24 PM dfwemt
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* SoundEffectBleep: People tend to swear while being arrested. Also, whenever a name is mentioned, the last name is muted. Car license plates are also visually blurred.

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* SoundEffectBleep: People tend to swear while being arrested. Also, whenever a name is mentioned, the last name is muted.names and addresses are muted, usually covered by a radio squelch tone. Car license plates are also visually blurred.
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.)
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