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COPS: Does TV get any better than this?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by janry, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. Sep 9, 2008 #101 of 623
    Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Geocacher

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    I thought both were good.

    The one where the drunk dude was running into the unmarked car was crazy. I kept thinking the camera man should turn off that light so the driver can see what he is doing.
     
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    DaveBogart

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    He's probably worked around my brother, a deputy sheriff in Martin County, featured many times on COPS.
     
  3. Neenahboy

    Neenahboy Statistical outlier TCF Club

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    Ah, been a while since we've had a good old fashioned drug sting. :up:

    Plus the always excellent, "Oh, it's not mine, I just bought this car!"
     
  4. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    I was LMAO with the smoke rolling out of that one guys window.
    At first, I thought he might have ditched his 'roach' and started a fire. :p
    When will people learn to roll down a window? :D
     
  5. Fl_Gulfer

    Fl_Gulfer Tivo's R Us

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    Guess I'm not smart enough for the show, I hate it.....
     
  6. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I'm watching fo the first time in a long time.

    I think it really shows the futility of the drug war. So many of the arrests are for simple posesssion. People having drugs on them, but not doing anything else wrong.

    It's kind of sad really, that so much time and money and effort is spent on such nonsense.
     
  7. YCantAngieRead

    YCantAngieRead Not Entirely Current

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    Actually, we watched for the first time in a long time as well, and I had that same thought.
     
  8. janry

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    I haven't watched yesterday's show yet so I don't know what kind of effort was shown to make a simple posession arrest, but generally they seem to be doing for the TV camera to highlight what they believe to be a drug problem. I don't believe for one minute what you see in this show is typical.

    Don't get me wrong, I find this a highly entertaining TV show :D , but it is about as staged as a "reality" show can be.
     
  9. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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    I tried watching Cops YEARS ago WAY before TiVo existed and was blown away by how terrible the TV show was. It was just a bunch of cops, trash being busted w/no real sense of organization or plot.

    I like (but don't regularly watch) stuff along the lines of World Scariest Police Chases and World's Wildest Police videos but definitely not COPS. Sorry...
     
  10. janry

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    That was a good episode last night. I've never seen anyone eat up as much taser juice as that one guy did. He really punished those two cops.
     
  11. nataylor

    nataylor Curiously Strong TCF Club

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    If you look closely (I could see it on the HD feed), most of the time the guy wasn't getting a shock. The barbs were caught in his jacket and not in contact with his skin. When they finally made contact (after they took him to the ground), he started howling.
     
  12. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I think I know where that store is in the first segment.
     
  13. mattack

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    Cite?

    How the hell can it be staged? You could argue that the drug buys are "staged", but they do that even when cameras aren't there.
     
  14. janry

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    I'm referring to how these are not your typical police patrols they put the cameras in to ride along with. I believe they pick the zone to patrol in to give the most likely chance of a good call. It's not a random patrol they ride along with.

    Also, have you ever noticed how quickly back-up gets to the scene? Lots of times, the back-up is right there as soon as a foot pursuit starts. I believe they have back-up patrol cars intentionally nearby at most times to make sure the camera crew doesn't tape a criminal getting away.

    I've read when one cop in the area spots something suspicious, such as a stolen car, if it doesn't appear to be a life-threatening situation, he will radio the car with the camera crew to come there and actually be the car that appears on camera to be the one that finds the stolen car, and then he does the pull over.
     
  15. newsposter

    newsposter Poster of News

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    i guess he answers my question about whether or not you can tase someone without hurting another cop in contact with that body.


    whatever he was on, they need to hand that out..no pain ever :eek:

    get down now..spread your arms like an airplane! (never heard that one)
     
  16. RonDawg

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    I don't know what you mean by they are "not your typical police patrols." As far as I can tell, from someone who does the job, they are about as typical as you get.

    Now are the COPS crews going to be more likely to ride in busy cities and/or patrol beats? Of course they are. You'd be bored to tears watching me on my patrol beat, for example ;)

    The quick backup may be more due to editing, in which the actual time is compressed to a few seconds. I've seen a few episodes where day suddenly turns to night all on the same call, and vice versa.

    Or it could be that the departments they ride with, and/or beats they work, have a high density of beat cars, thus the seemingly short response times.

    On most episodes I find it to be the opposite, where the cop with the camera crew is enroute to back up someone with the interesting call. With most suspicious person/circumstance calls, if you don't act on it right away, the perpetrator will long be gone by the time you do so.

    Where COPS does take a bit of creative license is in those mini-interviews they do with their officer at the beginning of each segment. Often the officer will talk about something pertaining to his personal life, or work life, and all of a sudden they are involved in a situation that relates to what he/she just spoke about. Or, they'll say they need to back up someone in what clearly is an urgent, perhaps Code 3, type of response, but appears to be extremely calm and doesn't seem to be in a hurry to get there. These you can clearly tell were staged.

    Sometimes you can tell that the beginning interview wasn't done at the same time as the exciting/interesting segment, as clothing (short sleeve vs. long sleeve) and occasionally hairstyle and presence/lack of facial hair will be different.

    The following memorable episodes makes me believe that the series, for the most part, isn't staged:

    1. The Palm Springs, CA cop who shot a guy after a short foot pursuit, and while not captured on camera, was clearly heard on the audio from his wireless microphone.

    2. The Fort Worth, TX cop who, trying to be a hero, broke out the windows trying to save a woman from a burning house. Only problem was, her house was not the one on fire :eek:

    3. Another Fort Worth cop who continued to engage in a pursuit despite being told on the radio (clearly audible to the COPS audience) to discontinue, resulting in the fleeing suspect T-boning a car at a high rate of speed and seriously injuring the innocent driver. I heard that this guy ended up getting fired for insubordination.

    4. The two Denver police cars who collided with each other while responding Code 3 to a call, one of them carrying a COPS crew inside who filmed the entire thing (and were hurt in the process).

    5. The two cops (Albuquerque?) who responded to a call of a robbery and came across a leopard-print-leotard-wearing truck driver who claimed a stranger he invited into his truck cab suddenly robbed him at gunpoint. I'm sorry, but that story is far too bizarre to be fiction :D
     
  17. nataylor

    nataylor Curiously Strong TCF Club

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    Don't forget the episode (I don't remember where it was), where the cop chased a stolen car off-road. The cop got stuck and the bad guy got away. Then the cop's car caught on fire and was a total loss.
     
  18. RonDawg

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    Yes, that was a good one too. Though I'm sure the cop involved didn't think it was funny, nor did his Chief :eek:

    Actually, there are a lot of good COPS episodes. I still remember the pilot episode in Florida, when that one detective goes home and his wife, sensing an opportunity to pounce in front of a nationwide audience, lays into him about how he's become distant and won't share stories about his day with her and how she married a cop to live vicariously through him :rolleyes: and yada yada yada. And the whole time he's simply staring at the TV going uh huh, uh huh, uh huh.

    I wonder if they're still married? ;)

    There were a couple of good ones from the Houston area. I get a kick out of the ones who wear cowboy hats as part of their uniform. One of them was even named Bubba :D
     
  19. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I just saw my Condo in the establishing shot of Broward County.
     
  20. nataylor

    nataylor Curiously Strong TCF Club

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    That was you tossing cigars off the balcony?
     

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