The truth behind the TV show Cops


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The longest-running reality show in The US.

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“When it premiered, “Cops” was one of the first reality television shows and it has been broadcasting continuously since 1989. In this video, we worked with the podcast “Running From Cops” to understand why the show has stayed on TV for so long. At the time it was selected for development by Fox executive Stephen Chao, the writer’s strike of 1988 had created a desire for unscripted television that didn’t require hiring union talent.

But once “Cops” was on the air, it was the vision of “Cops” creator John Langley that would make the show last. He understood that the show presented a new opportunity for law enforcement agencies and it was his approach to making “Cops” that has kept police interested in appearing on the show. While “Cops” no longer has the high TV ratings it garnered during the nineties, it has been a persistent presence on television and it has spawned several imitators, including the very popular show “Live PD”.

Like “Cops”, these shows use variations of a reality format developed by “Cops” that features police performing their daily duties. The stripped-down format has remained nearly the same since the show began in 1989 and during the thirty years since “Cops” has had the same agreement with police that agree to appear on the reality show.

To learn what that agreement is, make sure to watch the video above.

To learn even more about “Cops”, make sure to listen to “Running From Cops”: a podcast that investigates various aspects of “Cops” and examines its cultural impact on policing on America.

Sources:

2018 ratings (“Roseanne” no longer running):
https://www.businessinsider.com/most-popular-tv-shows-of-the-year-nielsen-ratings-2018-5
https://www.thedailybeast.com/game-of-thrones-finale-2018-how-much-will-it-cost
https://deadline.com/2018/12/live-pd-is-most-viewed-show-of-2018-on-ott-vod-and-dvr-survey-1202526855/

Newspapers:
“New York Times”, January 7, 1989
“Pittsburgh Post-Gazette” March 11, 1989
“Arizona Republic” March 10, 1989
“The Californian” November 24, 2015

“Cops” filming locations:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096563/locations
http://www.episodedata.com/
https://www.themoviedb.org/tv/3670-cops/seasons

“Cops” viewership:
“Law Enforcement and Crime on ‘Cops’ and ‘World’s Wildest Police Videos’: Anecdotal Form and the Justification of Racial Profiling” Theodore O. Prosise, & Ann Johnson p. 74 http://www.uky.edu/~addesa01/documents/Cops.pdf
https://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/cops

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If you want to learn more about the TV show Cops, make sure to check out the podcast "Running From Cops". Listen here: https://pineapple.fm/cops

3 months ago

Cops is cheap to produce, due to the police officers and the police brutality victims alike being unpaid. see the Citations Needed media podcast. ditto prison "reality tv" posts, prisoners are unpaid.

1 month ago

@toni gonzales Kinda sounds like your talking about Vox.

1 month ago

I hate you

2 months ago

I came out of this 8 minutes with no new information or perspective

3 months ago

Oh vox, you always try to spin a story.

You start the story with a seed of truth (Cops starting around the writers strike), then spin it full mental as an anti police video.

3 months ago

I remember watching this with my mom and I told her that they don’t care about they put on there that’s why there’s so many crackheads

1 day ago

I'm sorry bro but law and order been out for years

2 days ago

Cops is on YouTube wherever black people have a phone.

3 days ago

Cops hasn't been on the air in years its in syndication by that logic you can say The Andy Griffith show is still on the air. Its not popular its only on a ton of networks because they are able to re play it for pennies on the dollar compared to other shows. As for Live PD its only watchable if you have 2 hours to blow on 5 minutes of actual entertainment.

3 days ago

2:27 is that Bob Sagot and a bag of dope

5 days ago

"Weve become a very strong orgasanzayshun"

6 days ago

When I was in deportation proceedings, this is all anyone wanted to watch. That and soccer, but like bro, look behind you 🤷‍♂️

1 week ago

I find it interesting professional camera crews have been filming members of the public since 1989, but cops almost anywhere have problems when members of the public film Cops.

1 week ago

i remember watching cops with my grandpa

1 week ago

1989 the birth of reality t.v.

1 week ago

You know George Bush Senior did all that cracked after that video

1 week ago

american cops are too forceful

1 week ago

Idk man, clips from that show scare me. I'll take Twin Peaks.

2 weeks ago

My favorite Cop's is the X-Files one!!!😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

2 weeks ago

The failed war on drugs but successful war on addicts and people of color.

2 weeks ago

My dad is on cops lol delete scenes ...it was like 2006 in Washington somewhere in Tacoma lol they took him off the show for being 2 violent

2 weeks ago

War on Black People

3 weeks ago

I liked the podcast Running From Cops. It is very good.

3 weeks ago

Bush:" ok we done? Now everyone leave the room and don't come in for any reason even if I invite you in. You done with that coke bro? Oh I just like to recycle 😉.

3 weeks ago

The best police videos are worlds wildest police chases and police activity

3 weeks ago

1:58 "GIRAFFE!!"

4 weeks ago

I love live pd 😁

1 month ago

40% of people think that All Cops Are Bodacious

1 month ago

Hey ,favor could you guys explain the NO BAIL SWEDEN SITUATION ? would help us ASAP.

1 month ago

Live PD💯

1 month ago

I was hopping for a mention of the song.

1 month ago

Live PD > Cops

1 month ago

Cops show scared me as a kid 😂😂

1 month ago

How come bush is holding that bag and why is it not legal for him but it not for everybody else just asking

1 month ago