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The Cop Show is an idealised representation of police work, justified by the Rule of Cool. Morality is very black and white, being a cop is far more dangerous in this genre than it really is, shoot-outs and standoffs are common, as are car chases and Serial Killers. The protagonist is often a Cowboy Cop who often get their man (even if not the first time). Of course, they don't forget the niggling details of the job, either.

Specific variants: Buddy Cop Show.

The more realistic representation of police work in fiction is a Police Procedural.

See also and compare with: Criminal Procedural, Forensic Drama, Law Procedural.

Examples of Cop Shows


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In Mexico City

A shootout starts between armed criminals and officers from Mexico City's Special Unit (Buczo Especial).

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