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"Cops" is a reality television show that airs on Fox. The stars of the show are real-life cops who put their lives at risk fighting crime on the streets. The opening theme song, appropriately titled "Bad Boys" by Circle K, starts out with a video montage of some of the most exciting moments of the show. To add to the excitement level of the show, viewers can hear real-life dispatch calls on the CB as the police officer travels to a different crime scene. On the way, police officers take the opportunity to talk about their life and what they like about their job.

Each episode is a unique adventure in a new American city, documenting a wide range of strange occurrences and scenarios. One segment might capture a domestic violence call, in which a wife has been beaten by her angry husband who has been drinking all night. Another segment may follow the case of an old lady whose house was just robbed.

One aspect that makes the show so unique is its spontaneity. The plot of the story can change in a split second; a routine traffic stop can turn into a high speed chase down a dark alley. The police officers who are being filmed don't have any more inside information than the viewers at home and this truly creates a very interactive experience.

While the show explores some serious topics and real life socioeconomic issues, there are some heartfelt and comical moments that sheds new light on the character of law enforcement. For example, in one episode police officers might respond to the scene of a pig running rampant in the middle of a freeway while another program may narrate the capture of a python snake roaming through a citizen's backyard. These moments of comic relief give viewers a glance at the nobler side of law enforcement.

Since the first episode aired in 1989 in Florida, the show remains one of the only few reality programs that has truly revolutionized television. Its no-holds-barred approach to depicting reality at all costs make this program a favorite among viewers from all types of backgrounds and will continue to make a mark on TV history when it comes back on the air in January 2013.

Saturday 8:00 PM et/pt on Spike TV
30 Seasons, 750 Episodes
March 11, 1989
Action & Adventure, Reality
7.1/10
Cast: Andrew Fincher, Heather Ashley Chase
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Cops Full Episode Guide

  • A DUI suspect makes some bad choices when he ventures out for a late-night snack. A squabbling couple brings each other down once police start asking questions. Cops pull over a man who's convinced his passenger set him up.

  • Officers wear down their brakes when a daring driver takes them on a wild ride. A chicken breeder has a shady explanation for the items discovered in his car. A trigger-happy man has trouble owning up to his mistakes.

  • An out of control driver wants to get back home for a birthday party. A man with big dreams has a hard time telling officers why his fingerprints are on a gun. A trip to buy dog food turns into a run-in with the police.

  • A half-naked cyclist takes officers on a frantic run through the neighborhood. A suspicious man makes a series of wrong moves in front of his girlfriend. Things get weird when police find a woman hiding in a cupboard.

  • Officers pursue a wanted man and prevent a potentially deadly home invasion. A tense passenger starts mouthing off before deputies can get a word in. Police search for a teen's stolen bike and find a man at the end of his rope.

  • A vigilant neighbor calls the cops when he sees the downstairs liquor store being robbed; a driver burns bridges with a new friend after he steals her truck; deputies urge a young man to be a better role model for his brother.

  • A suspect leaves his uneaten parfait behind after police find more than treats in his pocket. An armed driver tells officers a far-fetched story to justify his weapon. A heated back and forth ends with a call to animal control.

  • A quiet neighborhood turns into the scene of a dangerous multi-vehicle pursuit; a man down on his luck tries to hide his guilt by ditching some clothes; fists fly when a shopkeeper confronts a man who ripped him off.

  • Officers subdue an erratic man who is convinced that a wild animal is following him; a birthday celebration quickly goes south when guns get involved; deputies help break up a volatile domestic situation.

  • Officers use gloves when they apprehend a skittish suspect with a serious skin condition; a father-to-be quickly learns that running only makes things worse; an aspiring rapper treats officers to a song after he ends up in cuffs.

  • A wanted man makes a break for it with deputies hot on his trail; police find themselves in a vehicle pursuit when a driver's fears get the better of him; a traffic stop exposes a car full of people who have a lot to hide.

  • Police catch a familiar face; emotions run high after a man's mistress causes problems with his wife; and officers have trouble getting a straight answer from a suspicious duo.

  • A reckless driver tries to escape both the cops and the pain of a broken heart. Officers catch a PTA dad setting a bad example. A woman with a checkered past has a hard time turning over a new leaf.

  • Officers attempt to track down an armed carjacking suspect; police arrive at a hectic scene and get help from a witness to set the record straight; and a confrontational cyclist blames his bad behavior on anime.

  • It's off to the races when an injured suspect spots his window of opportunity. A man bosses officers around after he's caught with some unsavory items. Detectives catch a man in a sting, but he still won't admit to his crime.

  • An unruly man tries to give officers the slip. Witnesses call the cops when a well-dressed driver plows through multiple barricades. Even deputies are surprised when a domestic call takes an unexpected turn.

  • A fleeing suspect tries every lame excuse to get out of going to jail. A sleepy driver asks deputies to hide the truth from his angry wife. Police hear everyone's story when a trespassing call becomes a neighborhood-wide ordeal.

  • Celebrating 1,000 episodes with a special packed with fan-favorite clips from the show and a reunion with officers and the suspects they busted; hosted by Terry Crews.

  • Tasers are deployed after an erratic suspect attempts to outsmart officers. A lawbreaker tries to convince detectives they didn't just see him commit a crime. An officer is called to supervise a ridiculous business transaction.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Deputies investigate three unrelated cases, including a suspicious female whose friend is the actual culprit. Also: A runaway suspect turns a small problem into a huge one; and a defiant woman reveals her misdeeds and puts her marriage at risk.

  • With officers hot on his trail, a wanted suspect's world comes crashing down; a tearful woman calls deputies to help apprehend her hostile husband; during a traffic stop, one passenger tries to outrun the police and his past.

  • A chatty motorist becomes agitated when officers start asking questions; a fleeing driver calls his wife in the middle of a pursuit; and a man is caught lying and is given a test to prove his innocence.

  • A precarious foot pursuit ends with the suspect in an embarrassing position; a motorist calls the cops when a pedestrian loses his cool; a relationship becomes jeopardized when a man resorts to old habits.

  • Cops organize a search and discover a suspect in a tight spot; a pastor locates a suspicious car parked behind his church; and an officer gives advice to a young mom with a hard past.

  • Officers face a repeat offender; a deputy finds a group of teens in a parked car; and a lady is surprised after deputies unearth a secret of her brother's.

  • A wanted man makes a desperate decision after he flees on foot; an overprotective girlfriend questions the cops and finds herself in cuffs; a jealous man loses more than his girlfriend after he picks a fight with her son.

  • Suspected jewelry thieves attempt a daring escape during a high-speed pursuit. A feisty man does everything that he can to make his arrest a challenge. A traffic stop leads to a marital spat after it reveals some illegal items.

  • A wanted criminal complains of chest pains after hurting a fellow driver; a woman phones the police over a spicy bag of chips; and a savage crosses the line with his girlfriend.

  • Officers ave the day when a troubled guy hits a low point; cops answer a call when a man initiates a food fight in a fit of rage.

  • A furious man has a hard time accepting the truth when faced with his actions; officers interrogate a cagey crew to confirm suspicions; a disagreement between parents turns violent.

  • An deceitful driver tells the cops that he's the victim; a pregnant lady makes some questionable decisions; a robbery suspect feels comfort by coming clean.

  • An audacious motorist can't believe that his mother agrees with the law; deputies find a man in an unusual costume during a traffic stop; officers protect a hardworking mother from a couple of unexpected visitors.

  • A desperate suspect runs from the police after shots are fired; a dad and daughter are caught off guard when they come face to face with a man wielding a screwdriver; the cops catch a bunch of women making bad decisions.

  • A young man receives a wakeup call when officers catch him breaking the law. A traffic stop turns up a nervous trio with a lot to hide. Officers play peacemakers after a board game sparks a family feud.

  • A lady's job search becomes sour and officers intervene when she goes to extremes. In addition: deputies approach an edgy man with bad habits and cops run into a suspect who believes his girlfriend is the reason he was caught.

  • A guy has a heart-pounding incident and requires medical attention; a lawbreaker can't seem to understand the magnitude of her situation; the cops grill an interesting trio.

  • A detective gets hurt during a chase of a probable car thief; a young pair get arrested after a bar fight; and an inspection of a suspect's car yields a variety of items.

  • Officers follow a parolee down a dead end street; authorities face a jealous boyfriend with inconsistencies to his tale; and an officer comes to the assistance of frustrated citizens.

  • Deputies run into a bad car crash and pull a guy from the wreckage; cops question a robbery suspect who says he was actually the victim; and officers encounter a young man who declares he has a disorder that causes him to run away.

  • A felon looks for safe haven and turns to his grandmother; deputies use an old security item from the 1980s; and police call in animal control after neighbors wont return a dog to its owners.

  • A car chase changes gears when the driver leaves on foot; tempers rise between neighbors after some children get physical; a nervous driver gets mad when the cops search his passenger.

  • A crafty guy attempts everything to escape police; Good Samaritans place their lives on hold when they see a violent crime in progress.

  • An officer gets outnumbered by three suspects; a guy gets in over his head while attempting to help a neighbor; and deputies must separate a husband and wife to do a search of their car.

  • A dad reports his boy to the cops; a lawbreaker attempts to blame his actions on family responsibilities; and officers find odd items while searching a guy's car.

  • Emotions run high during a dispute with alcohol and a beloved pet; a talkative motorist struggles to keep his story straight; deputies investigate a domestic incident and find the aggressor in an awkward spot.

  • A young lady attempts to escape jail; a mom makes an error, forcing her father to intervene; and a traffic stop prompts a deputy to wonder if an elderly couple is involved in criminal activity.

  • A teen reports a neighbor to police; a grandmother reports a young mother; and deputies question a suspicious group hanging out in a quiet truck stop.

  • Cops help a frightened woman flee an abusive fiancĂ©; a motorist's passenger causes problems; and authorities come face-to-face with an overly friendly guy.

  • Officers go into a dark building to halt a robbery; approach a cyclist; and face a scared lady who has difficulty staying calm when she gets pulled over.

  • A suspicious man decides to take his chances with the wrong end of a taser. A lawbreaker tries to convince the cops that he's a good guy. Deputies smell trouble during a traffic stop.

  • A high-speed pursuit ends abruptly when the suspect makes a wrong turn. Officers are forced to intervene when a jilted lover can't take a hint. A nervous man attempts to hide his crime when he thinks no one can see him.

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