History Series / Cops

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.
20th Nov '15 7:57:35 PM DragonQuestZ
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!! Fictional Versions:

* One episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'', "X-Cops", was [[DocumentaryEpisode filmed this way]] - the policemen the camera crew were following became involved in Mulder and Scully's latest case.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bocmVZXXY8w TROOPS]]'': a camera crew follows a group of Film/StarWars' Imperial Stormtroopers as they keep the peace in an insignificant corner of the Dune Sea on Tatooine, dealing with Jawas, bounty hunters, or [[Film/ANewHope a couple whose boy has run off with that crazy hermit]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} 2'' had something like this when the fairy tale characters living in Shrek's swamp are watching the Far Far Away Royal Ball on the Magic Mirror (repurposed as a TV) and they see a segment of ''K.N.I.G.H.T.S.'' showing Shrek, Donkey, and Puss In Boots being arrested, including parodies of the OJ Simpson car chase by showing a helicopter shot of Shrek fleeing on Donkey while the pilot reports "We got a White Bronco headed east into the forest. Requesting backup."
* ''SaintsRow 2'' has the FUZZ missions, where you dress up like an officer and go [[PoliceBrutality assault people with blunt objects]]. Noted in that it's a very obvious parody of the show and you are given the missions by an opportunistic TV producer.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' had two episodes of ''COPS'' based in their town.
* ''{{Reno 911}}'' is a parody of this series.
* ''Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica'' had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMSKAZObGxQ a fake commercial for "Runaway"]], a parody of this show based around finding runaway slaves. Even its theme song sounds suspiciously like a version of ''[[RealSongThemeTune Bad Boys]]'' done by a bluegrass band instead of a reggae group.
* The film ''Dirty Cop, No Donut'' and its sequel, ''Dirty Cop 2: I Am a Pig''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' gives us ''CPD Live''. "Today, another deadly, spine-tingling mission for the girls and boys in [[TheFutureIsNoir black]], the City Police Department!"
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' had "COPS: Langley Falls" appearing in a first-season episode. Stan and Francine appeared on it when Francine went berserk after Stan [[ForgottenAnniversary forgot about their anniversary]].
* ''[[ParallelPornTitles POPS: True Stories of the Porno Patrol]]'', and ''[[http://pornparody.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/this-aint-cops-xxx-hustler-540-porn-parody.jpg This Ain't Cops XXX]]'' and its sequel.
* The Website/YouTube series ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxHbO1MHXuI COPS: Skyrim]]''.
* ''Series/TheBenStillerShow'' featured patrols from various points in history.
* ''Series/AlmostLive'' featured patrols in various UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} neighborhoods.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had ''COPS In Springfield'' with a hilarious theme tune.
--> ''Bad Cops, Bad Cops.''
--> ''Bad Cops, Bad Cops.''
--> ''[[CorruptCop Springfield Cops are on the take]],''
--> ''But what do you expect for the money we make?''
--> ''Whether in a car or on a [[CoolHorse horse]],''
--> ''[[PoliceBrutality We don't mind using excessive force.]]''
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' featured "Nasty Men":
-->Nasty, nasty, nasty, nasty men
-->Real live police we up and caught you again
-->You were nabbed by us in a criminal raid
-->Now go to jail and learn a really nice trade
-->Nasty men, caught again, [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous stealing hens]]
-->Nasty men!
2nd Oct '15 5:15:07 AM Morgenthaler
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->''"[[RealSongThemeTune Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do?]]"''

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->''"[[RealSongThemeTune Bad
->''"Bad
boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do?]]"''
do?"''
12th Jul '15 4:52:23 PM Usagi1992
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* EvilIsCool: Subverted. Most of the criminals shown on the show aren't portrayed as all that bright.
1st Jun '15 11:03:31 AM ShinyTsukkomi
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The basic premise is as follows: camera crews follow police officers in various cities as they go about their jobs. While your average police officer's job is generally mundane, ''COPS'' makes it look rather... well, not glamorous, but certainly more action-packed than usual. There's generally a few chases, a few drug busts, a couple of prostitution busts, and more than a few instances of ([[ShirtlessScene usually shirtless]]) trailer trash. Only ''JerrySpringer'' has [[PointAndLaughShow more trailer trash per episode]] than ''COPS''.

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The basic premise is as follows: camera crews follow police officers in various cities as they go about their jobs. While your average police officer's job is generally mundane, ''COPS'' makes it look rather... well, not glamorous, but certainly more action-packed than usual. There's generally a few chases, a few drug busts, a couple of prostitution busts, and more than a few instances of ([[ShirtlessScene usually shirtless]]) trailer trash. Only ''JerrySpringer'' ''[[Series/TheJerrySpringerShow Jerry Springer]]'' has [[PointAndLaughShow more trailer trash per episode]] than ''COPS''.
27th May '15 6:01:20 AM TompaDompa
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* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bocmVZXXY8w TROOPS]]'': a camera crew follows a group of Film/StarWars' Imperial Stormtroopers as they keep the peace in an insignificant corner of the Dune Sea on Tatooine, dealing with Jawas, bounty hunters, or a couple whose boy has run off with that crazy hermit.

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* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bocmVZXXY8w TROOPS]]'': a camera crew follows a group of Film/StarWars' Imperial Stormtroopers as they keep the peace in an insignificant corner of the Dune Sea on Tatooine, dealing with Jawas, bounty hunters, or [[Film/ANewHope a couple whose boy has run off with that crazy hermit.hermit]].
20th Mar '15 3:58:20 AM KingLyger
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* ByTheBookCop

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* ByTheBookCopByTheBookCop: Almost everything shown by the police officers is by-the-book, even if some things are occasionally skipped over in the show itself for time, like the reading of a suspect's Miranda rights.



* EvilIsCool: Subverted in-universe. Most of the criminals are not-very-bright losers.

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* EvilIsCool: Subverted in-universe. Subverted. Most of the criminals are not-very-bright losers.shown on the show aren't portrayed as all that bright.



* IdiotBall: Running from the police once they've cuffed your hands behind your back. Once there was a clip that involved a man calling the cops because someone had stolen his marijuana.

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* IdiotBall: Running from the police once they've cuffed your hands behind your back. Once there was a clip that involved a man calling the cops because someone had stolen his marijuana. [[WhatAnIdiot He was arrested]].



* LongRunners: ''COPS'' has been running for over twenty 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.
* LowerClassLout: Most of the criminals.

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* LongRunners: ''COPS'' has been running for over twenty 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.
* LowerClassLout: Most of the criminals.criminals tend to be in a pretty poor state of physical health, lower-class income, and probably on some sort of drug. Several parodies make note of this.



** This trope was subverted a bit in an episode where a cop shoots a suspect armed with a knife in a pretty clear-cut case of self-defense. The full footage shows multiple officers trying to both talk to the suspect and peacefully subdue him, and the suspect was clearly shown ''on camera'' lunging at the cop in question with the knife.

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** This trope was subverted a bit averted in an episode where a cop shoots a suspect armed with a knife in a pretty clear-cut case of self-defense. The full footage shows multiple officers trying to both talk to the suspect and peacefully subdue him, and the suspect was clearly shown ''on camera'' lunging at the cop in question with the knife.



* SoundEffectBleep: People tend to swear while being arrested. Also, whenever a name is mentioned, the last name is muted. Car reg numbers 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. Car reg numbers license plates are also visually blurred.
31st Jan '15 8:03:14 PM MorganWick
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The basic premise is as follows: camera crews follow police officers in various cities as they go about their jobs. While your average police officer's job is generally mundane, ''COPS'' makes it look rather... well, not glamorous, but certainly more action-packed than usual. There's generally a few chases, a few drug busts, a couple of prostitution busts, and more than a few instances of ([[ShirtlessScene usually shirtless]]) trailer trash. Only ''JerrySpringer'' has more trailer trash per episode than ''COPS''.

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The basic premise is as follows: camera crews follow police officers in various cities as they go about their jobs. While your average police officer's job is generally mundane, ''COPS'' makes it look rather... well, not glamorous, but certainly more action-packed than usual. There's generally a few chases, a few drug busts, a couple of prostitution busts, and more than a few instances of ([[ShirtlessScene usually shirtless]]) trailer trash. Only ''JerrySpringer'' has [[PointAndLaughShow more trailer trash per episode episode]] than ''COPS''.
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