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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Up in Smoke 30x33
A desperate man's last-ditch effort to flee from officers goes down in flames. Multiple units work together to diffuse a dangerous situation. Deputies keep an eye on a custody battle that involves some expensive groceries.
Cheek to Cheek 30x32
A traffic stop takes an unexpected turn when the suspect decides to go off-roading. A woman refuses to cover for her son's friend. Security cameras catch a man trying to conceal some items in a not-so-nice hiding place.
Kiss and Make Up 30x31
A motorcyclist leads officers on a chase down city streets. Even a dead car battery doesn't stop a grieving man from eluding the police. A jumpy driver fails to avoid the cops and gives an awkward apology to his girlfriend.
Change of Heart 30x30
Officers step in when a man tries to start a fight with everyone in his neighborhood. A wanted suspect is convinced police told him to take off on his bike. A young, troubled mom gets a second chance to turn her life around.
Sleight of Hand 30x29
A DUI suspect makes some bad choices when he ventures out for a late-night snack. A squabbling couple brings each other down once police start asking questions. Cops pull over a man who's convinced his passenger set him up.
Bad Eggs 30x28
Whose Gun Is it Anyway? 30x27
The Running Man 30x26
Hug it Out 30x25
Late Night Shopper 30x24
Just Desserts 30x23
Fake Cash and Whiplash 30x22
Scaredy Cat 30x21
Face the Music 30x20
Run and Gun 30x19
It's Nothing Personal 30x18
Loaded Up and Truckin' 30x17
Nowhere to Hide 30x16
Fake Friends 30x15
Wedding Car Crasher 30x14
Set in His Ways 30x13
Crawl Space Catnap 30x12
A fleeing suspect tries every lame excuse to get out of going to jail. A sleepy driver asks deputies to hide the truth from his angry wife. Police hear everyone's story when a trespassing call becomes a neighborhood-wide ordeal.
I Used to Use My Brain 30x11
A first-time offender immediately regrets his destructive decisions. Nothing adds up when an evasive driver tells police that he's the victim of a crime. A deputy encourages a troubled young woman to turn her life around.
Bad Business 30x10
Tasers are deployed after an erratic suspect attempts to outsmart officers. A lawbreaker tries to convince detectives they didn't just see him commit a crime. An officer is called to supervise a ridiculous business transaction.
Wrong Way Home 30x09
A parolee manages to outrun officers, but his luck quickly runs out. A quarreling couple attracts their neighbors' attention, and police are called to intervene. A disoriented driver blames his freak accident on bad weather.
Jumping the Gun 30x08
Surrounded by officers, a driver's sneaky passenger makes a bold move. Tempers flare between roommates after a woman feeds eggs to her dog. A deputy acts swiftly when he spots a dangerous object in the backseat of a vehicle.
Dirty Laundry 30x07
A suspect turns a small problem into a huge one when he decides to run. A defiant woman reveals her misdeeds and puts her marriage at risk. Deputies investigate a suspicious female, but it's her friend that ends up in cuffs.
Pants on Fire 30x06
With officers hot on his trail, a wanted suspect's world comes crashing down. A tearful woman calls deputies to help apprehend her hostile husband. During a traffic stop, one passenger tries to outrun the police and his past.
Do Not Pass Go 30x05
A chatty motorist becomes agitated when officers start asking questions. Police are shocked when a fleeing driver calls his wife in the middle of a pursuit. Deputies catch a man lying and give him a test to prove his innocence.
On the Fence 30x04
A precarious foot pursuit ends with the suspect in an embarrassing position. A motorist calls the cops when a pedestrian loses his cool. A relationship is jeopardized when a man resorts to old habits.
Surprise Guest 30x03
Police organize a search of a neighborhood and find the suspect in a tight spot. A pastor calls the cops when a suspicious car parks behind his church. An officer gives valuable advice to a young mother with a troubled past.
Dog Treats and Delinquents 30x02
A repeat offender takes the police on a bumpy ride. A deputy schools a couple of teens after he discovers them in a parked car. A woman is shocked when deputies reveal her brother's secret.
On the Dean's List 30x01
A wanted man makes a desperate decision after he flees on foot. An overprotective girlfriend questions the cops and finds herself in cuffs. A jealous man loses more than his girlfriend after he picks a fight with her son.