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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: Reality, Law, Crime

Episodes

Next Episode - Season 30, Ep. 7 : Dirty LaundryJul 29, 2017

A suspect turns a small problem into a huge one when he decides to run; a defiant woman reveals her misdeeds, putting her marriage at risk; deputies investigate a suspicious female, but it's her friend that ends up in handcuffs.

  • Season 30 - Episode 11 : Beyond the Bust Aug 26, 2017

  • Season 30 - Episode 10 : Bad Business Aug 26, 2017

    Officers use stun guns after an erratic suspect attempts to outsmart them; a lawbreaker tries to convince detectives that they didn't just see him commit a crime; an officer responds to a call to supervise a ridiculous business transaction.

  • Season 30 - Episode 9 : Wrong Way Home Aug 12, 2017

    A parolee manages to outrun officers, but his luck quickly runs out; a quarreling couple attracts their neighbors' attention, and police are called to intervene; a disoriented driver blames his freak accident on bad weather.

  • Season 30 - Episode 8 : Jumping the Gun Aug 5, 2017

    Surrounded by officers, a driver's sneaky passenger makes a bold move; tempers flare between roommates after a woman feeds eggs to her dog; a deputy acts swiftly when he spots a dangerous object in the backseat of a vehicle.

  • Season 30 - Episode 7 : Dirty Laundry Jul 29, 2017

    A suspect turns a small problem into a huge one when he decides to run; a defiant woman reveals her misdeeds, putting her marriage at risk; deputies investigate a suspicious female, but it's her friend that ends up in handcuffs.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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