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In this reality series, cameras ride along with law enforcement officers as they go about their daily (actually, usually nightly) duties patrolling the streets of American cities. The action is sometimes exciting, often mundane, and always colorful. The series debuted on Fox in 1989 and continues to air.

Saturday 8:00 PM et/pt on Spike TV
1 Season, 819 Episodes
March 11, 1989
Action & Adventure, Reality
Cast: Andrew Fincher, Heather Ashley Chase
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Cops Full Episode Guide

  • Officers uncover a shoplifter's haul, but he insists he had charitable intentions; a supposed baseball fan is found with numerous illicit items in his car; and a traffic stop for dark tint leads to a slew of problems for the driver.

  • The possibility of a hefty prison sentence scares a suspect into running from an officer. Deputies talk some sense into two parents who need help. Police try to contain an irate woman who attacked her ex-boyfriend with a hammer.

  • A family calls the police when they realize an intruder is in their house. A mother asks her son to seek help after deputies find some unsavory items in his car. Tensions reach a breaking point for a young man and his stepdad.

  • A man in a mask reacts in fear when he learns he has a warrant, a woman drives erratically on her way to the nail salon, and a woman's boyfriend burns her with wax.

  • A trespassing suspect asks a lot of questions instead of answering them. Deputies uncover a heap of contraband during a traffic stop. Exes do their best to tolerate each other for a few more hours until one leaves for rehab.

  • A driver escapes a traffic stop and pretends to be a laundromat customer. Party plans are cancelled when a polite young man gets pulled over. Deputies respond to a distressed woman whose ex-boyfriend locked her out of the house.

  • A woman's birthday goes south and investigators are suspicious of a suspect; An old lady rescues a teen who was pulled over.

  • An apologetic motorcyclist is lucky to be alive after crashing out on a dark road. On a traffic stop, deputies turn to two passengers for answers. A young driver admits his situation doesn't look good when police pull him over.

  • Vehicles peel out of a parking lot when officers arrive to break up a street race; a goofy driver tries to crack jokes to lessen the seriousness of his mistake, and a wanted woman cares more about her oral hygiene than her warrant.

  • An unlucky family gets a rude awakening when a drunk driver crashes out in their driveway; a suspended license doesn't stop a man from driving his dad home; and a car full of teens gets pulled over on their way to a movie.

  • Nerves get the better of one woman when she tries to elude a deputy on a bike. Deputies come to a decision after two animated exes tell their sides of the story. A man's choice in seasonings raises a red flag for police.

  • A convenience store confrontation turns into a parking lot skirmish; an uncoordinated car passenger attracts deputies' attention; and a suspicious man swears he peeked into a closed store because he wanted to read their menu.

  • A burglary exhausts himself after jumping many fences. Officers engage in a standoff with a felon.

  • A mother gets a warrant; a frequent traffic offender gets pulled over; authorities respond to a report about a blood fight.

  • A protective mother tries to hide her daughter from both deputies and consequences. Police search for the key to a mysterious glove compartment. A rideshare driver gets pulled over when her passenger raises deputies’ suspicions.

  • A man in cuffs tries to bet deputies that he can outrun them next time. A teenager can't deny the evidence that places him at the scene of a robbery. Sparks go flying when a trucker takes his whole family on a high-speed chase.

  • Deputies react quickly and nab a suspect with a penchant for identity theft; two women learn the value of keeping track of what's in their bags; and police help a high schooler understand that his parents just want the best for him.

  • A young man turns on his crew after their night of joyriding gets cut short. An unlucky pizza delivery driver flags down police after getting robbed. Deputies identify a distinctive scent when they pull over a suspicious car.

  • Everyone is on edge after a deranged man harasses his sister and her coworkers. A driver plays innocent during a traffic stop, but his passengers call his bluff. A man with a checkered past vows to do better by his young son.

  • A shop owner gets a big surprise when a runaway offender hides in her store. Deputies pull over a moving van and find more than furniture in the back. Police confront a woman about trespassing for the third time in a week.

  • A traffic stop leads to an altercation with an armed passenger, a man is accused of assault while searching for marijuana, and a woman on probation has mismatched plates.

  • A frantic fight between siblings ends with a stabbing; Officers arrest a delirious man after he attacked his brother and neighbor.

  • Officers react quickly when a quiet passenger causes trouble during a traffic stop. One family gets a happy ending when a deputy safely recovers their stolen puppy. A struggling woman hits a speed bump on the road to recovery.

  • In a desperate bid to avoid jail, a wanted man sprints across multiple lanes of traffic; a heated argument is taken to the next level when a woman starts smashing windows; a short-tempered driver takes his road rage way too far.

  • An ATV driver leads deputies on a wild chase, a woman tries to ditch a bag of hard drugs, and an assault suspect is caught off guard by an incriminating voicemail.

  • A defiant cyclist recalls a different version of the events leading up to his arrest; deputies respond to a disturbance involving a belligerent man and barbecue sauce; a slow-speed chase ends at the driver's girlfriend's house.

  • A wanted female gives deputies a fake name, but her brother accidentally reveals the truth. Canned vegetables go flying during a fight between roommates. Two officers help a couple understand that honesty is the best policy.

  • A traffic stop takes a surprising turn when a suspect creates a spur-of-the-moment diversion; a man refuses to give his real name, but officers find a hint in plain sight; a soft-spoken driver has difficulty being upfront.

  • A violent man who threatened his neighbors redirects his anger toward deputies. One suspect vehemently blames his friend for the items found in his pants. A driver in crisis gambles with everyone's lives, including his own.

  • A wanted felon makes a brazen attempt to outsmart and outrun deputies. Undercover officers conduct a sting in an area known for prostitution. A domestic dispute between cousins goes too far when someone pulls out a knife.

  • A man tries to jump out of a car when his friend takes him on a high-speed chase. A naïve man puts himself in danger when he tries to make a quick buck. A deputy investigates a familiar man he finds walking down a dark road.

  • Deputies are shocked when they find a hit-and-run driver’s kid in the backseat. A shoplifting call leads officers to one mad woman and some unsavory items. A fed-up man calls the cops when his stepson starts acting erratically.

  • A mouthy passenger keeps everyone on their toes during a routine traffic stop. Deputies track down a shoplifter that deals exclusively in baby products. A distressed boyfriend can’t take any more of his volatile relationship.

  • The deputies engage in a stand-off with a wanted person.

  • Police work through a high-risk situation and turn it into a teaching moment; an oblivious suspect tries to make some money by ripping off two detectives; and a driver's inability to do simple math lands her in hot water.

  • A masked suspect lashes out in fear when deputies discover his outstanding warrant; an eccentric woman commits a traffic violation on her way to the nail salon, and a physical altercation marks the end of a strained relationship.

  • A distraught man wants to confront his wife over her bold accusations; officers are baffled when a suspect has an elaborate explanation for his belongings; a dishonest driver gets caught in multiple lies.

  • Police turn to forensic analysis when two suspects won't take ownership of a sketchy pack of smokes; dinner is ruined after one roommate lets his fists fly; a recent divorcee stands his ground when he thinks he's being set up.

  • A persistent woman doesn't want police to interrupt her late-night bike ride. A reckless motorist gambles with the lives of multiple innocent people. A questionable date night ends with a spun-out car and two pairs of handcuffs.

  • A sluggish suspect gives up when he realizes he can't outrun the law. Officers try to piece together the events of a wild fight between neighbors. A vengeful man's plan to extort money from his ex-girlfriend goes awry.

  • An innocent man is startled when a runaway motorcyclist crashes into his trailer; a stubborn suspect plays dumb when deputies confront him with the truth; and officers are disappointed when they run into a repeat lawbreaker.

  • Multiple attempts to stop a fleeing vehicle eventually gain traction. A driver becomes visibly agitated when deputies get closer to uncovering his secret. Officers split up when a young cyclist tries to make a quick getaway.

  • A kitchen fire rapidly engulfs a house and traps one man on the top floor. A surprisingly calm runaway driver confuses officers when he blames his actions on nerves. A quiet suspect asks police to go easy on him.

  • A regular suspect can't convince deputies that he had a good reason to run. A married couple's nosy roommate holds them back from kicking their bad habits. Neighbors witness a husband and wife fight over their infant son.

  • A stubborn suspect prolongs the inevitable when he bargains from a rooftop. Chaos ensues when a nightclub manager confronts the employee who stole his cash. A talkative man insists he meant to get arrested.

  • In a matter of seconds, officers go from arresting a suspect to saving his life. An unhappy husband reacts badly when his wife uncovers his internet history. A man’s hostile behavior alienates and hurts everyone around him.

  • A feud between brothers escalates when someone pulls out a gun; a man won't stay away from his ex-girlfriend despite being under a court order; officers have a heart-to-heart with a woman who wants to take control of her life.

  • A fishy license plate helps officers prevent a possible burglary. Police arrive just in time when a case of unrequited love turns violent. Deputies are surprised by a suspected arsonist's choice of attire, or lack thereof.

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