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  • 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. Similarly, WGN acquired rights to air reruns of its early-mid20s seasons in 2018, and runs several hours of it multiple times a week.
  • Channel Hop: It moved from Fox to Spike TV in fall 2013 (though Fox still controls the episodes made before then).
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  • 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.
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    • The Bad Boys movies not only named themselves for this show's theme song, the main characters break into that song Once Per Movie.
    • On Mad TV there was the sketch CLOPS, a claymation version of COPS.
      Bad toys, bad toys, what ya gonna when they break on you?
    • My Name Is Earl had two episodes of COPS based in their town.
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    • 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 Imperial Stormtroopers from Star Wars 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."
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    • 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 and Legal Lee.
    • Reno 911! is a parody of this series.
    • C.S.A.: 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,
    • One episode of Freakazoid! featured "Nasty Men":
      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...
    • The South Park episode "Chickenlover" spoofed COPS when Cartman was made temporary police officer complete with title cards.
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
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  • 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: Several character names appear in another Hasbro franchise—Mainframe, Mirage, Barricade and Longarm appear in Transformersnote . 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).
    • It doesn't end there; G.I. Joe reused all four names as well.
  • Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy:
    • Taser is 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.


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