The Cop Show is an idealised representation of police work, justified by the RuleOfCool. Morality [[BlackAndWhiteMorality is very black and white,]] being a cop is far more dangerous in this genre than it really is, shoot-outs and standoffs are common, as are car chases and [[SerialKiller Serial Killers]]. The protagonist is often a CowboyCop who [[AlwaysGetsHisMan often get their man]] (even if not the first time). Of course, they don't forget the niggling details of the job, either.

Specific variants: BuddyCopShow.

The more realistic representation of police work in fictional is a PoliceProcedural.

See also and compare with: CriminalProcedural, ForensicDrama, LawProcedural.
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!!Examples of Cop Shows
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* ''Series/AdamTwelve''
* ''Series/AshesToAshes''
* ''Series/AlarmFurCobra11''
* ''Series/AlienNation''
* ''Series/{{Almost Human}}''
* ''WebVideo/BabyMentalist''
* ''Series/BlueBloods''
* ''Series/BlueHeelers''
* ''Series/BlueSWAT''
* ''Series/{{Boomtown}}''
* ''Comicbook/{{Bookhunter}}''
* ''Anime/BravePoliceJDecker''
* ''Series/BrooklynSouth''
* ''Series/BurkesLaw''
* ''Series/CagneyAndLacey''
* ''Manga/{{The Case Files of Yakushiji Ryoko}}''
* ''Series/CHiPs''
* ''Series/{{Continuum}}'', partially
* ''Series/{{Copper}}''
* ''Series/CrackedSeries''
* The two ''{{Series/CSI}}'' spinoffs, ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' and ''Series/CSIMiami'' combine this with ForensicDrama (but not the original, since its characters are not detectives)
* ''Manga/DeathNote''; partially
* ''DetroitOneEightSeven''
* ''Series/TheDistrict''
* ''Series/DueSouth''
* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}''
* Disney also made a send-up of this with ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'', which follows the adventures of a middle-school safety patrol.
* ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}''
* ''Series/{{Gang Related}}''
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellArise''
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', to an extent.
* ''Series/GoldenBoy''
* ''Series/{{Graceland}}''
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}''
* ''{{GSG-9}}''
* ''Series/HawaiiFiveO''
** ''Series/HawaiiFive0''
* ''Series/HillStreetBlues''
* ''Series/{{Hunter}}''
* ''Series/{{Identity}}''.
* ''Series/KidouKeijiJiban''
* ''Series/{{Kidnapped}}''
* ''Series/LifeOnMars2006''
* ''Series/LifeOnMars2008''
* ''Series/MemphisBeat''
* ''Series/{{Mob City}}''
* ''Series/TheModSquad''
* ''Series/NashBridges''
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}''
** ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''
** ''Series/NCISNewOrleans''
* ''Series/NYC22''
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}''
** ''Anime/WXIIIPatlaborTheMovie3''
** ''Film/{{The Next Generation Patlabor}}''
* ''Series/PoliceWoman''
* ''Series/{{Rejseholdet}}''
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles''
* ''Series/RookieBlue''
* ''Series/{{Power Rangers SPD}}''
* ''Series/{{Rush}}''
* ''Series/SavingGrace''
* ''Series/TheSentinel''
* ''Series/TheShield''
* ''Series/StarskyAndHutch''
* ''Series/TheStreetsOfSanFrancisco''
* ''Series/{{SP}}'' - A Japanese police show which centered on the Metropolitan Police's Security Police Division
* ''Series/{{SWAT}}''
* ''Series/TheSweeney''
* ''Series/TigerCubs''
* ''[[TaiyouNiHoero Taiyou ni Hoero]]'' (Bark at the Sun), a Japanese police show that first aired in the Seventies. It had majorly influenced every Japanese Cop Show since; references and comparisons to it -- even snatches of the InstrumentalThemeTune -- are now almost inescapable. (The show was in the thematic vein of ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'', except with a ''HillStreetBlues''-sized ensemble cast.)
* ''Series/TokkeiWinspector''
* ''Series/TokusouExceedraft''
* ''Series/TokusouRoboJanperson''
* ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger''
* ''Series/TokkyuuShireiSolbrain''
* ''Series/TJHooker''
* ''{{Turks}}''
* ''Series/TheUntouchables''
* ''TheUnusuals''
* ''Series/VanDerValk''
* ''Series/{{Vegas 2012}}''
* ''Manga/{{Youre Under Arrest}}''
* ''Series/PoliceSquad'' and ''Series/SledgeHammer'' were parodies.
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