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Air Date: March 11th, 1989

Network: FOX

Series Summary
Cameras catch police in action as they confront crime and comfort victims.

Rating: TV14

Genres: Crime, Law, Reality


  • Season 29 - Episode 33 : Running Scared Apr 22, 2017

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    Suspected jewelry thieves attempt a daring escape during a high-speed pursuit; a feisty man does everything that he can to challenge his arrest; a traffic stop leads to a marital spat after the discovery of some illegal items.

  • Season 29 - Episode 32 : Mommy's Tears Apr 15, 2017

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    A wanted man complains to deputies about chest pain after he injures a fellow driver; an angry woman calls the cops over a spicy bag of chips; a violent man finally learns where his girlfriend draws the line.

  • Season 29 - Episode 31 : Window of Opportunity Feb 18, 2017

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    Officers come to the rescue when a troubled man hits a low point; cops respond to a call when a man starts a food fight in a fit of rage; deputies catch a man off-guard while searching a parking garage.

  • Season 29 - Episode 30 : Rock Star Feb 18, 2017

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    An irate man has trouble accepting the truth when confronted with his actions; officers question a cagey group to confirm suspicions; an argument between parents becomes violent.

  • Season 29 - Episode 29 : The Naked Truth Feb 11, 2017

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    An evasive driver tells the police that he's the victim; a pregnant woman makes some questionable choices; a robbery suspect finds comfort in coming clean.

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  • 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

  • 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

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