[[folder: [[Series/Cops TV Series ]]
* EarWorm: "Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?"
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Each department has their own fan favorite officer or deputy who is popular with fans and the production staff, who are spotlighted/namechecked, even if they only appear for a couple of seconds. Case in point, Deputy Win Sargent of Pierce County, Washington. Or Officer Duane Eamon, of North Las Vegas.
* MemeticMutation: "You can't break those cuffs!"
** Comedians and commentators often note how often male suspects being taken into custody will be [[ShirtlessScene lacking a shirt]].
** And the guys who are wearing a shirt are usually in little more that a white, sleeveless undershirt. To the point where the frequent appearance of such men in domestic disturbance calls on ''Cops'' has lead such shirts to become irrevocably known as "wife beaters".
* MostWonderfulSound: The awesome [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AloXrnU7BkM&feature=player_embedded Blues]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNBNUgfWGJ8&feature=player_embedded Riff]] of the Langley Productions VanityPlate after '93.
* NightmareFuel: ...the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It5efcmEc24 original]]. Many a child was creeped out...damn synth...
* WhatAnIdiot: The way a lot of suspects get caught. One of the most common themes is the officer will pull them over or otherwise stop them for something incredibly minor, which would only result in a warning or a minor citation, only for the suspect to flee, which results in them getting arrested.
** But to be fair, it's easy to say this, but in an actual situation where someone is confronted by police, it's all easy to panic and have a "fight or flight" response, not thinking through a situation rationally.
[[folder: Western Animation/COPS Cartoon show ]]
* EarWorm: The theme song; here, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dmucx-c9ig take a listen]].
* FairForItsDay: Yes, the series was terribly written, but a 1980s WesternAnimation series with an African-American lead character who is indisputably in charge and more than one female C.O.P.S. member in the main cast was progressive for its time.
* FridgeBrilliance: With the exception of the two parters, each case file number ends with the last two numbers being the number of the episode.
* FridgeHorror: The Big Boss's coat is buttoned with ''police badges''. [[spoiler:Yes, the file card does imply he took them off officer's he'd personally murdered. The cartoon, not to much.]]
* FridgeLogic: Combined with AmbiguousSyntax. When someone says they'll "call the cops", do they mean the regular police, or the [[FunWithAcronyms Central Organization of Police Specialists]] of the show's title (hence, calling the "C.O.P.S.")?...
* HilariousInHindsight: A [[Series/WalkerTexasRanger Texas Ranger named Walker]]? Kids, can we say, "Low-hanging fruit"?
** Even more hilarious when one realizes C.O.P.S. and its Texas Ranger named Walker debuted ''five years'' before [[Series/WalkerTexasRanger that other guy]].
** This series would not be the only time that a [=DiC=]] cartoon series [[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers would do a rather blatant episode about drugs]], although the second time would be MUCH darker than this one went.
* SocietyMarchesOn: Could the example of GettingCrapPastTheRadar that I put on the main page, of Mainframe's sexual misconduct in the workplace towards Mace, be a reflection of such behavior being more tolerated in the era in which the cartoon was made (and was it actually more tolerated back then?) than in the 21st century, in which it is set?
* TearJerker: "The Case of The Blitz Attack". Even if you're not a dog person, you'll have a lump in your throat watching this episode. (Issue #5 of the comic, while almost identical, was even worse.)
* WhatAnIdiot: Berserko.