10 episodes

Dan Taberski and the team behind Missing Richard Simmons investigate COPS — the longest running reality show in TV history — and its cultural impact on policing in America. Our story begins with the footage of a routine arrest behind a church in Georgia...

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    • Society & Culture

Dan Taberski and the team behind Missing Richard Simmons investigate COPS — the longest running reality show in TV history — and its cultural impact on policing in America. Our story begins with the footage of a routine arrest behind a church in Georgia...

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    • 4 min
    Bonus Episode: Himalayan Salt Boy

    Bonus Episode: Himalayan Salt Boy

    One last story that shows how even the most innocuous police interactions, the ones COPS and Live PD air to get laughs, aren’t funny at all if you’re the one on TV.

    • 16 min
    6: That’s The Story

    6: That’s The Story

    We get our hands on raw, unedited footage of COPS and finally answer the question we've been asking throughout our 18-month investigation: How real is COPS?

    • 38 min
    5: The Worst Day Of Your Life

    5: The Worst Day Of Your Life

    How does it feel to be hunted for months by police officers and camera crews, both of whom seem hellbent on putting you on TV?

    • 40 min
    4: Mind Blown

    4: Mind Blown

    An ex-cop breaks down some of the most shocking arrests we’ve watched on COPS and tries to imagine why police departments would want that footage out in the world. Plus, the next generation of COPS is LivePD — six hours a week of policing aired live. What could possibly go wrong?

    • 42 min
    3: Nothing Is Voluntary When You Have Handcuffs On

    3: Nothing Is Voluntary When You Have Handcuffs On

    COPS producers claim every suspect on the show agrees in writing to appear on TV. Why would anyone sign that piece of paper? Plus: Who has final control over what airs on COPS, the producers or the police?

    • 45 min

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