Trivia: COPS

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.
  • Referenced by...:
    • 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.
    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!

COPS Cartoon show

  • 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.
  • 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.