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Series Summary
Bad boys, watcha gonna do? This series features police officers, constables and sheriff's deputies patrolling streets for car thieves, drug pushers, sex-trade workers, violent thugs and anyone else who dares step onto the wrong side of the law. There's no music, no scripted dialogue, no narration -- just sometimes gritty videos of cops in action during patrols and other police activities. In addition to following officers in 140 different U.S. cities, action has also been documented abroad in the former Soviet Union, Hong Kong and London.

Air Dates: 1989 - Present

Genres: Reality, Crime, Law

Network: FOX

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Season 28, Ep. 3 : The Blame Game Jul 11, 2015

A woman bursts into tears when her boyfriend is pulled over; a nervous passenger is quick to cooperate during a sketchy traffic stop.

  • Season 28, Ep. 1 : Cats and Dogs Jun 20, 2015

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    An armed trespasser uses a dog as a shield; a woman under the influence is on a rampage; a cat lady calls the cops on her nosy neighbors.

  • Season 27, Ep. 33 : Be Careful What You Ask For May 9, 2015

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    A man begs police to shoot him; an intoxicated woman arrested for domestic assault; making sense of a dysfunctional family.

  • Season 27, Ep. 32 : Hit and Run May 2, 2015

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    A man who has bailed on child support payments; a woman's retaliation puts her girlfriend in danger; a pile of marijuana in a suspects car.

  • Season 27, Ep. 31 : Getting Funcky Apr 25, 2015

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    A man takes off on foot when he is stopped for drinking while biking; a woman in her pajamas claims not to know how she ended up in a stolen vehicle; a couple smoking meth in front of a child.

  • Season 27, Ep. 30 : The One Dollar Shoe Apr 18, 2015

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    A local nuisance is caught bothering people again; a usual suspect with money in his shoe; a barely coherent man who is barely dressed.

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  • On the one hand, it's absolutely captivating, raw and unpredictable, a bubbling boiler of excitement rendered in the style of CBS' "48 Hours" and unrivaled by conventional cop dramas in prime time...On the other hand, the camera assumes the disgusting role of hanging judge by prematurely filling the screen with the faces of numerous suspects swept up in drug busts, some of whom may turn out to be innocent or may even go uncharged, for all we know. [7 Jan 1989, p.C1] show more

  • An ugly little glimpse into our hometown community...A cinema-verite, hand-held camera walk on the wild side with the Broward County Sheriff's Office.. A televised tour into (Broward's) heart of darkness...It had real energy. It was tense, taut, a video knuckle sandwich. You were with those cops as they chased fleeing perps, wrestled with muscled smugglers. And you couldn't help but be impressed with the heroism and dedication of the men and women on the streets -- Sheriff Nick 'I Never Met A Camera Angle I Didn't Like' Navarro's grandstanding antics notwithstanding. [Jan 1989] show more

  • More compelling than the general run of fictional drama, and often funnier, sadder and more poignant, Cops at first seems to be an unassembled jigsaw puzzle...This is a documentary being pieced together before our eyes. There is a strong, undeniable element of tabloid TV in Cops, of sensationalism and exploitation. But there is more. There is a picture of the toll this kind of work takes on the human beings who do it. Cops may also make television stars of its subjects.[11 March 1989, p.C-11] show more

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