History Series / Cops

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.)
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?"''
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