COPS follows police officers, constables, and sheriff's deputies during patrols and various police activities by embedding camera crews with their units. The show's formula adheres to a classic cinéma vérité ethos. With no narration or scripted dialog, it depends entirely on the commentary of the officers and on the actions of the people with whom they come into contact.
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In Plain Sight 31x15
A persistent woman doesn't want police to interrupt her late-night bike ride. A reckless motorist gambles with the lives of multiple innocent people. A questionable date night ends with a spun-out car and two pairs of handcuffs.
Perfect Strangers 31x14
An apologetic man decides to ditch his friend and make a break for it. The passenger of a chaotic car chase swears she doesn't know the driver, but her records say otherwise. Cops find a wanted man, but not where they expected.
Wheeling and Stealing 31x13
A driver subjects his wife to a high-speed chase when he decides he's had enough of the police. A paranoid man takes his anger out on his roommates' cars. It's one lie after another when cops catch up to a chatty shoplifter.
Slow and Low 31x12
A sluggish suspect gives up when he realizes he can't outrun the law. Officers try to piece together the events of a wild fight between neighbors. A vengeful man's plan to extort money from his ex-girlfriend goes awry.
Get A Bus Pass 31x11
An impulsive teenager can't stomach the magnitude of his mistake. One woman learns a lesson in not accepting rides from strangers. Marital issues spiral out of control when a husband picks his wife up from jail.
Breaking The Cycle 31x10
An innocent man is startled when a runaway motorcyclist crashes into his trailer. A stubborn suspect plays dumb when deputies confront him with the truth. Officers are disappointed when they run into a repeat lawbreaker.
Burning Rubber 31x09
Multiple attempts to stop a fleeing vehicle eventually gain traction. A driver becomes visibly agitated when deputies get closer to uncovering his secret. Officers split up when a young cyclist tries to make a quick getaway.
Out The Window 31x08
A kitchen fire rapidly engulfs a house and traps one man on the top floor. A surprisingly calm runaway driver confuses officers when he blames his actions on nerves. A quiet suspect asks police to go easy on him.
Three's Company 31x07
A regular suspect can't convince deputies that he had a good reason to run. A married couple's nosy roommate holds them back from kicking their bad habits. Neighbors witness a husband and wife fight over their infant son.
The Facts Of Life 31x06
A night of watching football with the family descends into a full-blown fight. A notorious shoplifter wears out officers' goodwill when he's found with some stolen goods. A middle-aged suspect admits he can't escape the streets.