- Adored by the Network: Since it pulls in decent ratings, has rock-bottom production costs, and has a pretty deep episode library, it's become the all-purpose spackle to fill in the holes on Spike TV's schedule.
- Channel Hop: It moved from Fox to Spike TV in fall 2013.
- Money, Dear Boy: One of the reason why many people allow their likenesses to appear unblurred is because the producers pay for it, which likely covers the associated court and jail costs.
- Referenced by...:
Bad Cops, Bad Cops.Bad Cops, Bad Cops.But what do you expect for the money we make?Whether in a car or on a horse,
- The Bad Boys movies not only named themselves for this show's theme song, the main characters break into that song Once PerMovie.
- My Name Is Earl had two episodes of COPS based in their town.
- One episode of The X-Files, "X-Cops", was filmed this way - the policemen the camera crew were following became involved in Mulder and Scully's latest case.
- TROOPS: a camera crew follows a group of Star Wars' 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.
- 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."
- Saints Row 2 has the FUZZ missions, where you dress up like an officer and go 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.
- Reno 911! is a parody of this series.
- CSA: The Confederate States of America had 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 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.
- Transmetropolitan gives us CPD Live. "Today, another deadly, spine-tingling mission for the girls and boys in black, the City Police Department!"
- American Dad! had "COPS: Langley Falls" appearing in a first-season episode. Stan and Francine appeared on it when Francine went berserk after Stan forgot about their anniversary.
- POPS: True Stories of the Porno Patrol, and This Ain't Cops XXX◊ and its sequel.
- The YouTube series COPS: Skyrim.
- The Ben Stiller Show featured patrols from various points in history.
- Almost Live! featured patrols in various Seattle neighborhoods.
- One episode of The Simpsons had COPS In Springfield with a hilarious theme tune.
Nasty, nasty, nasty, nasty menReal live police we up and caught you againYou were nabbed by us in a criminal raidNow go to jail and learn a really nice tradeNasty men, caught again, stealing hensNasty men!
- One episode of Freakazoid! featured "Nasty Men":
- Dueling Shows:
- Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy:
- Taser was a blond, clean-shaven white man in the cartoon and a bald black man with a handlebar moustache in the action figure line.
- Also, Hardtop had brown hair in the cartoon and black hair in the comic.
- The Crooks barely resemble their toy counterparts thanks to vast exaggerations on the part of the animators.
- What Could Have Been: Hasbro planned a third series of action figures (and two cap-firing backpacks) for 1990, but they were cancelled due to declining sales. Click here for general info on the third series, and click these◊ links◊ to see catalog photos that show the unreleased figures along with figures from the second series.