TV Series

  • Ear Worm: "Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: 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.
  • Memetic Mutation: "You can't break those cuffs!"
    • Comedians and commentators often note how often male suspects being taken into custody will be lacking a shirt.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The awesome Blues Riff of the Langley Productions Vanity Plate after '93.
  • Nightmare Fuel: ...the original. Many a child was creeped out...damn synth...
  • What an Idiot: 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.

COPS Cartoon show

  • Ear Worm: The theme song; here, take a listen.
  • Fair for Its Day: Yes, the series was terribly written, but a 1980s Western Animation 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.
  • Fridge Horror: The Big Boss's coat is buttoned with police badges.
  • Fridge Logic: Combined with Ambiguous Syntax. When someone says they'll "call the cops", do they mean the regular police, or the Central Organization of Police Specialists of the show's title (hence, calling the "C.O.P.S.")?...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A 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 that other guy.
  • Society Marches On: Could the example of Getting Crap Past the Radar 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?
  • Tear Jerker: "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.)
  • What an Idiot: Berserko.