The truth behind the TV show Cops

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  • Published on:  Thursday, May 2, 2019
  • The longest-running reality show in The US.Join the Video Lab! to the "Running From Cops" podcast:“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):“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:“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 is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:
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  • Vox

     1 months ago

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

  • Spider_guard_kid

     14 days ago

    I hate you


     21 days ago

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

  • David Thatcher

     1 months ago

    My favorite line from Cops:"I may be a ho but at least I'm not a crack ho!"

  • JP Uriah

     13 days ago

    David Thatcher disgusting that dummies like you David get on here trying to be funny don’t even realize what’s happening. O lemme just make a funny comment ha ha ha GTFOH u weak minded sheep. This is serious cops are killing innocent people but idiots wanna come on here and make jokes.

  • sitdowndogbreath

     18 days ago

    @bcubed72 the one between her legs

  • Jackie chan_WTF

     1 months ago

    Officer : is there weed on you?Guy : no papiOfficer : Don't call me papiGuy : okay papi😅😅😅 anyone remember that episode?

  • Mark Henderson

     12 days ago


  • BlackBox

     14 days ago

    I just broke 2k now lol

  • BOMBON187

     1 months ago

    3:12 Why am I not surprised that the show started in Florida.

  • Elen Degenerate

     11 days ago

    @Animuldok Florida man, such a famous guy that even in Scandinavia, we know of "Florida man"

  • Mark Henderson

     12 days ago

    No it started in Ft. Lauderdale

  • Sean M

     1 months ago

    I’m so happy he didn’t say it was staged

  • Sean M

     6 days ago

    IG Chef_ Boyarufat maybe because they want someone who is good at public speaking and someone who is unaffected by a camera’s presence?Com’on man, use some brain power.

  • HH

     10 days ago

    Cops isn’t staged. I’ve had a cop’s crew ride with me. Everything they get is exactly how it happens. They just don’t go to areas that have nothing going on.

  • Willy's Toys

     1 months ago

    "why you so sweaty?" ... "Was watching cops" - Step Brothers

  • rANDOMdUDe

     1 months ago

    First thing I thought about....👏😁

  • ducatirider7

     1 months ago

    Cops doesn’t come on until 4

  • Sinister Footwear II

     1 months ago

    Cops: We got a monopoly going here, we're unstoppableLive PD: I'm about to ruin this man's career

  • Mr.Einstein

     a months ago

    Cops Reloaded: *barges in*


     a months ago

    Shasha Innova Was it the guy that was trolling the cops?

  • Grace Gonzales

     1 months ago

    I knew someone who's Arkansas hometown got featured a bit. He said he randomly started watching it and was like, (city is announced) "That's my city!" (Police car driving) "I know that street!" (guy being chased by cops) "I KNOW THAT GUY!!!"

  • Hans Landa

     16 days ago

    Was the guy’s last name *“Clinton?”*

  • WhoDoYa Love

     a months ago

    @Dean Winchester it's always fun to see a familiar bum from your city on that, I seen one one time literally at the place I go bowling I died😂

  • sam

     1 months ago

    Writer's Striker of 1988 created CopsWriter's Stike of 2007 created Keeping Up with the Kardashians

  • Madara Uchiha

     a months ago

    Seriously the writers strike of 2007 did more harm than good, many shows had to be dropped because of it.

  • Maserati7200

     a months ago

    unqualified - No. he’s just making a joke . Relax. It’s Just a funny coincidence how these shows followed writers strikes.

  • RedLight GreenArrow

     22 days ago

    Bad boys bad boys Come on guys. This was the reason we loved the show.