Trivia / C.O.P.S.

TV Series

  • 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.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "Bad Boys" by Inner Circle. The song was initially recorded and released in 1987, two years before Cops premiered. However, it wasn't issued as a single in the United States until 1993, where it promptly went to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 because it was the theme song for Cops.
  • 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,
    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, stealing hens
    Nasty men!
    • Loiter Squad had "PO-PO", an over the top parody of COPS, featuring the Odd Future members playing both Dirty Cop(s) and criminal alike, and its own parody of the theme:
    Black cop, black cop,
    What dem uh doo,
    What dem uh doo when you step in poopoo,
    Black cop, black cop
    What dem uh doo,
    What dem uh doo when you step in poopoo...

C.O.P.S. Cartoon show
  • Acting for Two: Many of the voice actors played more than one character, most notably John Stocker & Len Carlson
  • Dueling Shows:
    • More of a Dueling Merchandise with the cartoon series of Police Academy; just look at the gimmicks of both toylines.
    • The same with Kenner's Robocop line, as both featured cap-firing gimmicks.
  • Missing Episode(s): Episodes 40-48 have been taken off the CO Ntv website, and have yet to return as of this writing.
  • Name's the Same: Noteworthy as these names appear in another Hasbro franchise- Mainframe, Mirage, Barricade and Longarm appear in the Transformers. Mainframe, of course, never had a COPS toy and Longarm appeared in Transformers well after the fact, debuting in Armada. The irony of the modern Barricade being police-themed is not lost(in fact, the first movie Barricade toy even had a ramming arm gimmick).
  • 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.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • John Stocker voiced both Longarm and his dad Mickey.
    • Happened frequently with the late Len Carlson, who in addition to voicing Big Boss, Mace, & Sundown often voiced numerous recurring or one shot characters, such as Small Guy & Mayor Davis.
  • 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.