This groundbreaking, raw and realistic series is a window into the world of crime and punishment in America.
Arguably the first so-called "reality" show, and to this day the most authentic, COPS follows police officers, constables, and sheriff's deputies during patrols and various police activities by embedding camera crews with their units. The show's formula adheres to a classic cinema verite ethos. With no narration or scripted dialog, it depends entirely on the commentary of the officers and on the actions of the people with whom they come into contact. COPS is one of the longest-running television programs in the United States, with more than 30 seasons and over 1000 episodes on the air. Created by John Langley and Malcolm Barbour, it premiered on FOX Saturday, March 11, 1989.
COPS has followed officers in over 140 different cities in the United States, won the American Television Award in 1993, has earned four Emmy nominations and is well-known for its popular theme song, "Bad Boys," performed by reggae group Inner Circle.