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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

  • Season 27, Ep. 28 : Tell It to My Wife Feb 28, 2015

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    A man calls for his wife in jail; a thief tries to give back stolen items; a woman goes from passed out to out of control.

  • Season 27, Ep. 27 : Drunk in Love Feb 21, 2015

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    A woman hitches a ride home with the wrong guy; a known prostitute; a domestic partner refuses to leave home and officers intervene.

  • Season 27, Ep. 26 : Eye in the Sky Feb 14, 2015

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    A jaywalker darts on a mad dash through the weeds; things go badly for a suspect on a stolen motorcycle when choppers help officers track him down; a domestic dispute leads cops to a slew of unexpected crimes.

  • Season 27, Ep. 25 : Scary Monsters Feb 7, 2015

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    A suspect believes he sees monsters; two women in a hotel rumble; sorting out where two motorists got their car and whose dope they have.

  • Season 27, Ep. 24 : Not My Crack Jan 31, 2015

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    An uncooperative suspect obeys instructions from a relative; uncovering crack rock; trying to get the truth out of two known drug users.

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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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