Called the original reality show, Cops is a gritty and unfiltered look at the seemier parts of our society as seen through the eyes of the men and women who struggle to keep the peace.

Since 1989, camera crews have traveled across the nation and into other countries providing an intimate look at police officers and the nuts and bolts of their day-to-day work.

Cops uses a modern adaptation of cinéma vérité, a French documentary style of film making from the early 1920s, where life is shot as it happens, without script, narration or interference. Here, the police officer is narrator, guiding you through the shift and what happens within it, using his or her own words.

A four-time Emmy nominee, Cops offers a whole new perspective on law enforcement.

Episode Info

Next: 29x07 -- Pants Down, Hit the Ground (Jul/23/2016)

Prev: 29x06 -- Funny Money (Jul/16/2016)

Cops find themselves in a pursuit when they respond to a tip about a bail jumper. A deputy pulls over a surprisingly cooperative lawbreaker. Deputies struggle to remove a violent offender from a crime scene.

Harry NewmanHarry Newman
As Announcer


Reviews: 1
Rating: 0 likes, 8 dislikes

This show is so one sided. The "perpetrators" are made into "viliains" who are to be kicked around, disrespected, and cast aside as nuisances and the dregs of society. It scares me that that this show appeals to enough people that it is still on the air. This show sensationalizes controlling "Cops" who build themselves up by looking down on others. Most likely, this is the sort of person the show appeals to. Isn't there enough racism, hatred, and lack of compassion in the world without sensationalizing this behavior? The show sickens me. Please take it off the air and replace it with a more intelligent approach. Read more

Review posted on Saturday, October 17th 2009 at 11:58 pm

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22x2: Liar, Liar #4 recap: (9:15 PM, san Bernardino County, Hesperia Police Department, Pursuit in Progress, Deputy Lisa Guerra) Deputy Guerra joins the pursuit of a domestic violence suspect. The suspect fled from the scene of the incident and began to flee after officers attempted to make a stop. The suspect got into an argument with his wife and subsequently hit her. The suspect says the argument began because his wife didn't like his haircut. The suspect is arrested for felony spousal abuse and felony evading... read more.

22x1: Odd Arrests #2 recap: (5:21 PM, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Downtown Area Command, Assistance Call, Officer Zachary Johnson) Officer Johnson responds to assist the fire department with a physically aggressive man. Upon arrival the man begins to walk away. After about a block, he gets on the ground and starts to crawl. When officer Johnson attempts to handcuff the man, he becomes combative. The two then begin to fight. When the suspect knocks Officer Johnson down, the camera crew steps in to assist. The suspect is under the influence of an unknown substance and continues to be aggressive even after being detained. The suspect is taken to the hospital and is charged with battery on a police officer and resisting arrest... read more.

13x21: Caught in the Act recap: (12:31 PM, Albuquerque Police Department Vice Unit, Vice Sting, Sgt Clarence G. Davis) The vice unit is setting up a sting operation to catch illegal activity. The first sting is a prostitute, who recognizes the officer but he tells her he is someone else. The officers go on to make a drug bust... read more.

13x9: Pierce County, WA #23 recap: (3:21 AM, Pierce County Sheriff's Department, South Hill Precinct, Vehicle Pursuit, Deputy Eric Carlson) Deputy Carlson is attempting to stop a stolen truck. During the pursuit, the passenger throws a bag out of the car, which is later found to contain meth. The driver and the passenger were apprehended in a stolen vehicle one week before... read more.

recap: (3:02 AM, Pierce County Sheriff's Department, South Hill Precinct, Traffic Stop, Deputy Erik Clarkson) Deputy Clarkson spots an El Camino driving erratically and attempts to make a stop. Once the pursuit begins, Deputy Clarkson thinks he sees the driver dropping something out the window but then suddenly makes the call of shots fired. Further into the pursuit, the suspect throws his handgun out the window. When attempting to perform the PIT maneuver on the vehicle, Deputy Clarkson loses control of his vehicle. The Cops crew is next seen with Deputy Jerry Tiffany. A few seconds later, the El Camino goes into a trailer park and crashes into a tree when trying to cut through a yard. The driver has started to run on foot and a deputy is heard on his intercom telling residents to stay in their houses because the K-9 is tracking the suspect. The VIN for the El Camino comes back stolen. The suspect had used plates from his own El Camino on the stolen car... read more.

Executive Producer: John Langley (2)
Supervising Producer: Douglas Waterman
Producer: Morgan Langley, Jimmy Langley
Main Title Theme Written/performed: Inner Circle

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Network: SPIKE ( USA)
Type: Documentary
Genres: Crime
Status: Returning Series
Airs: Saturdays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: March 11, 1989
Episodes Order: 33
Bad Boys by Inner Circle Lyrics
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