The WORST episodes of Cops

Every episode of Cops ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Cops!

COPS is one of the first (and only) true and UNSCRIPTED reality shows, it follows the activities of police officers by embedding camera crews with police units. The show’s formula follows the Cinéma vérité convention, with no narration or scripted dialog, depending entirely on the commentary of the officers and on the actions of the people with whom they come into contact. COPS has followed officers in 140 different cities in the United States and also has been shot in Hong Kong, London, and the former Soviet Union. Each episode is approximately 22 minutes in length and typically consists of three segments, with each segment being one or two self-contained police incidents.

Last Updated: 2/27/2024Network: Fox NationStatus: Continuing
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Kansas City 18
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#1 - Kansas City 18

Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/22/1997

Police investigate a drive-by shooting that hospitalized a 12-year-old boy; a landlord-tenant dispute.

COPS - Coast To Coast
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#2 - COPS - Coast To Coast

Season 17 - Episode 39 - Aired 9/11/2004

Season Premiere. From New Orleans, a man in a bar who refuses to leave. From Jacksonville, Fl, an arrest for domestic aggravated assault involving a car. And from Riverside, CA, an arrest for assault involving drinking.

COPS - Mardi Gra 2004 PT 2
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#3 - COPS - Mardi Gra 2004 PT 2

Season 17 - Episode 38 - Aired 5/15/2004

More craziness from Mardi Gra 2004 in New Orleans. Stories during this episode mostly center around arrests involving drunken fights, groping of females and indecent exposure.

COPS - Mardi Gra 2004 PT 1
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#4 - COPS - Mardi Gra 2004 PT 1

Season 17 - Episode 37 - Aired 5/15/2004

Various rabble rousing from New Orleans during Mardi Gra 2004 including men flashing and getting arrested, a couple having sex, a patron spitting on a doorman and getting arrested, a man arrested for public urination and an arrest for illegal gambling.

Miami, FL 11
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#5 - Miami, FL 11

Season 9 - Episode 37 - Aired 8/31/1996

Miami, FL 11 (11:10 PM Suspicious Vehicle) Central District - Officer Jorge Castello grew up in some of the neighborhoods he patrols and it is interesting to see how people he knew have grown up. Some are good. He pursues a driver who ignored instructions to pull off the road. With some help from an anti-theft tracking device. Miami Police Sergeant Casiano aids in the arrest of a car thief. Miami Police Officer Grant questions a woman whose boyfriend shot himself in the head. #901. 8/31/96

Best of Cops 4
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Season 7 - Episode 38 - Aired 6/1/1995

(Pomona, CA - 9:15 PM Shooting Call) Sgt. Joe Waltman races to the scene of a black woman with one kidney gets shot in a drive by and cops go to the apartment and lead the six kids out that are inside. Suspects confronted the people, left and returned and shot the three adults. Ronald is still in bed. The mother is hit in the leg. They all ran inside and the blood is everywhere in pools. New York City, NY (9:02 PM Rescue Call) A call for a man in the water. There is a chopper to light him up. Cops go in the river and pull him out. He swam out 175 feet and said he was looking for oil and didn't want to come out. (10:33 PM Assistance Call) Jimmy is impaled by a wrench that fell four stories from a crane and into his back. They cut it off and move him out in case the crane falls since it is now loose. Jimmy tells cops not to tow his car away. Fort Worth, TX (9:45 PM Domestic Disturbance) Officer C.C. Ryder responds to a man wearing only shorts on a pay phone. He runs away from the camera and has broken glass on him. His wife is across the street at home. She goes to the wife who is crying with two small kids. There is broken plates and glass all over. He was drunk and out all day and hit her. She doesn't work because she just had a third kid and says she isn't scared of him and is fixin to leave anyway. #S901. 6/95

Los Angeles, CA 30
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#7 - Los Angeles, CA 30

Season 7 - Episode 37 - Aired 7/15/1995

8:40 PM (Assistance Call) convenience store robbery; domestic disturbance; stolen car. #732. 7/15/95

Kansas City 15
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Season 7 - Episode 30 - Aired 4/22/1995

In Kansas City, Mo., officers respond to a call reporting gunfire; diffuse an alleged dispute; arrest a suspect locked inside a car; assist an alleged assault victim.

Miami, FL 19
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#9 - Miami, FL 19

Season 9 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/30/1996

A sting operation targets suspects allegedly dealing in rock cocaine; officer arrests a suspect accused of threatening an ex-lover.

Las Vegas, NV 26
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#10 - Las Vegas, NV 26

Season 10 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/16/1997

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#11 - Las Vegas, NV 25

Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/6/1997

Pregnant with triplets, a woman allegedly stabs a man during a dispute; alleged girlfriend attacker is sought.

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 COPS - Indianapolis, IN
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#12 - COPS - Indianapolis, IN

Season 6 - Episode 53 - Aired 5/7/1994

From Indianapolis, Indiana. Police capture of an alleged car thief, and a badly injured suspect refuses treatment.

Fort Myers, FL 3
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#13 - Fort Myers, FL 3

Season 9 - Episode 33 - Aired 6/21/1997

Elderly man allegedly fires a gun in his Fort Myers, Fla., apartment; spray-paint vandals are rescued from a water tower.

Fort Myers, FL 2
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#14 - Fort Myers, FL 2

Season 9 - Episode 28 - Aired 4/26/1997

A Fort Myers, Fla., infant has breathing difficulties; alleged shoplifters caught on tape; restaurant patrons allegedly refuse to pay.

Fresno, CA 1
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#15 - Fresno, CA 1

Season 9 - Episode 25 - Aired 3/29/1997

Fresno, Calif.: K-9 unit catches suspect; armed man; truck accident; trespassing.

Buffalo, NY 6
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#16 - Buffalo, NY 6

Season 8 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/13/1996

Officers in Buffalo, N.Y., interview witnesses to a fight; a young man claims his stepfather threatened him with a gun.

Indianapolis, IN 6
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#17 - Indianapolis, IN 6

Season 6 - Episode 46 - Aired 9/24/1994

Suspect in motorcycle traffic stop tries to ditch his marijuana during a pat down. Police find a drunk man hitting his girlfriend on a 911 domestic disturbance call. Stabbing call with several stories of how it happened.

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Season 18 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/24/2005

Police are dispatched to a fast-food restaurant where a disturbed man has reportedly threatened a customer.

Pierce County, WA 13
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#19 - Pierce County, WA 13

Season 9 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/22/1997

In the Seattle/Tacoma, Washington area, a driver ignores an officer's order to pull over, a mother & daughter have a dispute, a restraining order is violated and a lottery ticket is reported stolen.

Los Angeles, CA 28
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#20 - Los Angeles, CA 28

Season 7 - Episode 33 - Aired 5/20/1995

In Los Angeles, officers make drug arrests, get called on a restraining-order violation and investigate a traffic infraction.

Kansas City 12
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Season 7 - Episode 26 - Aired 3/18/1995

In Kansas City, a suspect runs from police, officers are called to a trailer-park brawl and a domestic dispute.

COPS - Coast To Coast
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#22 - COPS - Coast To Coast

Season 17 - Episode 41 - Aired 9/18/2004

COPS in New Orleans, Jacksonville, Fl, and Riverside County, California. Stories include drug busts from a Task Force operation, domestic violence involving alcohol and a meth bust in a vehicle.

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#23 - COPS - Coast To Coast

Season 17 - Episode 40 - Aired 9/11/2004

Florida police officers target street-level drug dealers in an undercover sting operation and a 15-year-old is arrested in a domestic disturbance, while New Jersey officers encounter a suspect with a chronic drug habit.

 COPS - Cleveland, OH
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#24 - COPS - Cleveland, OH

Season 6 - Episode 52 - Aired 12/4/1993

From Cleveland, Ohio. Police investigate allegedly stolen vehicles, officers are called to a gang fight and a bar disturbance.

 COPS - El Paso, TX
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#25 - COPS - El Paso, TX

Season 6 - Episode 51 - Aired 3/5/1994

From El Paso, Texas, police investigate a pharmacy burglary, officers are called to a neighbor dispute, and a landlord and tenant are involved in a fight.