No…this isn’t a post about those ridiculous jailhouse phone conversations between Nick Hogan and daddy Hulk.
Ever since I was a kid, I was fascinated by the TV show COPS. Part of it might have to do with the fact that when I was much younger (5-12 years old), my favorites shows all involved some sort of good guy/bad guy justice dynamic. Whether it was CHiPs, Miami Vice, The A Team, or the Duke of Hazzard, at the end of the show, someone had to pay.
COPS was one of those shows when i was younger that i would make a paoint out of watching, even though it would scare the crap outta me. Oftentimes as a wee lad, I’d be home for several hours on a Saturday night alone, my sisters on dates or otherwise engaged in social lives, and my parents performing in some sort of play or show. Porr Adam would watch COPS and America’s Most Wanted all alone in a big, dark house and scare himself silly. Every Saturday night I’d keep coming back for more, though!
COPS was actually pretty groundbreaking and revolutionary. Coming at a time when the war on street drugs was at it’s height, it really ripped the Hollywood glamour and veil off how the viewer saw law enforcement. It was gritty, raw and real. To be honest, even more so than the news (as it contains so much opinion), it could be said that COPS is the original reality TV show.
What it certainly is is one of the longest running shows in TV, having passed the 20 year mark recently. There’s even a great DVD that was released that I’m watching right now in another window! You can order it here, BTW. As a film school nerd, I actually enjoyed the commentary track on the original pilot episode.
It’s funny that FOX has two of the longer running shows in history with COPS and The Simpsons, which both started around the same time. Must have been something in the water over there at FOX at the time.
Anyways, I was just watching this DVD and thought I’d share my appreciation of this fine show. It certainly impacting me a number of ways. There’s a few videotapes that perhaps I’ll upload to You Tube one day of my cousins and I doing our own version of COPS in North Delta, BC. I’ve even, at different time approached different police stations about doing ride-alongs or somethng similar as a video project. Several of my childhood friends ended up in law enforcement, and I giddilly pump them for stories all the time. Maybe in an alternate universe where I had more balls i would have been a police officer, too? You never know.
Anyways, to sum it all up. Yeah, COPS rules!