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The true cinematic glory of ‘Cops’, however, lies in neither of these areas, but instead, in the fact that the scenes on the show are not scripted, or fake. For this reason, fans of shows like ‘Cops’ will love some of the shows I’ve got coming up for them in this article!
On ‘Cops’, real life police officers are followed by a camera crew who record and occasionally intervene in altercations and arrests. From drug dealing to domestic abuse to a refusal to comply with bail terms, fans of TV shows like ‘Jail’ and ‘Traffic Cops’ are sure to fall in love with this series. This critique explores what cops think of the show itself.
This follow-up to 1997’s ‘World’s Scariest Police Chases’ really does what it says on the tin. Rather than having an entire camera crew following a specific set of police officers in one area, ‘World’s Wildest Police Videos’ uses in-car police cameras to bring real life chases from all over the globe to our screens.
Plus, not only do viewers get the opportunity to witness police car chases and incidents, but we’re also privy to what their helicopters pick up, too. This article explores how the show has changed over its lengthy time on air.
That exclamation mark isn’t just there for show: this TV series really does pack a punch of action! ‘Police, Camera, Action!’ focuses on the disastrous attempts some people make at driving as the police round them up and take them off the road.
Each episode features a series of unrelated clips in which police officers and their camera crews chase all kinds of road criminals. From those with no license, to dangerous driving, to the simple likes of not wearing a seatbelt, the precision and dedication with which these cops deal with un-roadworthy criminals is enough to ensure you abide by the law!
This time we’re headed to the UK to explore a TV series like ‘Cops’. The ever-popular ‘Traffic Cops’ is miles more specific in terms of what it deals with than the latter. Indeed, ‘Traffic Cops’ doesn’t even just deal with car crimes, but rather, viewers can also witness the cops pursuing individuals for traffic-related crimes such as speeding or driving without insurance.
‘Traffic Cops’ combines the cringingly hilarious with heart-string-pulling moments as the incidents they examine range from road accident collisions to drunken pedestrians causing problems.
Here, we move more specifically to the Thames Valley and Devon & Cornwall in the UK. Believe me, there’s nothing more exciting than seeing thrilling chase scenes filmed in your very own home town, which, has always drawn me a little bit more towards ‘Road Wars’ than ‘Cops’.
This is a TV series in which viewers follow the antics of a specific set of police officers on their crime-busting path. ‘Road Wars’, however, even goes so far as creating on-screen profiles for their most prevalent officers on the show, so that viewers can get to know them that bit better.
As you’ve probably guessed from the name of the show, ‘Road Wars’ is based around people committing crimes on the road, and has an epic range of these. In each episode, the likes of drug use, incorrect paperwork, and dangerous driving will keep you coming back for more.
Now that we’ve rounded up the biggest, baddest, most real cop shows from all over the Western world, it’s time to turn our attention to other shows that are lurking in the shadows.
Our obsession with the justice system does not end with the front line of police work, but pervades all aspects of it, including preventing criminal activity in a country and monitoring jail sentences. If you love ‘Cops’, you’re bound to love shows like these action-packed ones that explore the criminal justice system and its counterparts.
In a way, ‘Jail’s action can be seen as a follow-up to what we see on ‘Cops’. This show follows suspected criminals through the administration process at American jails as they get booked and sent to the slammer. If you’re interested in seeing what it’s really like to be incarcerated, this is your show.
Viewers get a first-hand experience on how ‘the chair’ is used for unruly prisoners, what a spit bag is, and more. If you’re looking for something truly dramatic and factual, this is definitely worth a watch!
Here, we move away from chasing suspicious individuals, as we do in ‘Cops’, and move to assessing individuals and items at Heathrow Airport and the port of Dover.
Customs Officers attempt to lessen the impact of drug trafficking and criminal activity within our borders – this is the core of the show. Interviews with passengers allow us to gain a real insight into how customs officers work.
If you want to watch something that will keep you on the edge of your seat in the centre of crime-busting action, then shows like ‘Cops’ are a brilliant go-to. From high-speed chases, all the way to unruly behaviour in ‘Jail’, the range of shows we have explored here is immense.
Even so, did I miss any great series similar to ‘Cops’? Let me know in the comments below!
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