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Cop Shows

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The orignal CSI; based on the night shift crew, of a CSI lab in Las Vegas. Detective Jim Brass is the resident 'cop' in this series.
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People who added this item 1279 Average listal rating (840 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.3
P.I Emerson Cod enlists the help of pie maker, Ned, who can bring the dead back to life. Together they investigate murder cases and collect the rewards, simply by asking 'who murdered you?'.



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People who added this item 1897 Average listal rating (1351 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Bones (2005)
A group of forensic anthropologists use their analytical skills to solve murder cases; along side FBI agent Seeley Booth. Loosely based on the forensic crime novels of Kathy Reichs.
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People who added this item 3541 Average listal rating (2383 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.6
Dexter (2006)
Based around Dexter Morgan a blood pattern analyst at Miami Metro PD. Did I mention..he also happens so be a serial killer? Adapted from the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay.
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People who added this item 123 Average listal rating (78 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.1
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People who added this item 53 Average listal rating (44 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
New Tricks (2003)
Three grumpy and retired police officers are recruited to work for the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS).
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People who added this item 449 Average listal rating (272 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.3
Life on Mars (2006)
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People who added this item 1858 Average listal rating (1459 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.4
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People who added this item 1503 Average listal rating (1149 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.9
CSI: NY (2004)
Spin-off CSI series; set in New York. This CSI focuses mainly on the lives and trials of yet another cop duo Det. Stella Bonasera and Det. Mac Taylor.
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People who added this item 18 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.5
Based on Scotland's favourite, surely law enforcer; Inspector Rebus. Rebus cleans up the streets of Edinburgh in this series; based on the Rebus novels, by Ian Rankin.
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People who added this item 1385 Average listal rating (1016 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 8
Obsessive, compulsive detective Monk, proves that mental illness has an up side.

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People who added this item 56 Average listal rating (41 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.8
Heartbeat (1992)
ITV cop drama in the quiet town of Goatland, Yorkshire, set in the 1960s.

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People who added this item 2698 Average listal rating (1973 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.6
The X Files (1993)
FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are put in charge of investigating a series of the unsolved and paranormal cases...cop duo of the century.
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People who added this item 104 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.4
Cracker (1993)
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People who added this item 120 Average listal rating (83 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
Medical, nose-butter, Dr. Mark Sloan helps solve crimes with his son doctor who solves crimes with the help of his son, a homicide detective played by his real-life son Barry Van Dyke.
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People who added this item 153 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 8
Due South (1994)
The first man I ever fell in love with;Constable Benton Fraser of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Fraser and his wolf Diefenbaker clean up the street of Chicago...with sexy results.
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People who added this item 78 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.5
The Bill (1984)
Long running British police drama/soap (1985-present). Follows the bobbies and detectives in the made up town of Sun Hill, London.
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People who added this item 386 Average listal rating (284 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.5
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People who added this item 169 Average listal rating (128 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
Peter Falk plays Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department.
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People who added this item 102 Average listal rating (81 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
Kojak (1973)
No nonsense cop, Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak; graces the streets of New York with a great hat and an iconic one liner.
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People who added this item 168 Average listal rating (121 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.9

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People who added this item 366 Average listal rating (287 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Magnum, P.I. (1980)
Thomas Magnum, private investigator. Not entirely a cop show; but adhering to so many cop show cliches; it just has to be here.
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People who added this item 214 Average listal rating (164 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
Det. Dave Starsky and Det. Ken Hutchinson, the tough guy and the smart guy; cleaning up the seventies with the help of Huggy Bear and a '74 Torino.
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People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
The Sweeney (1974)
70's cop duo, an elite branch of the British police force specialising in armed robbery and violent crime.
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People who added this item 79 Average listal rating (60 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.7
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3 tough cops are recruited as members of CI5. A law enforcement department, instructed by the Home Secretary to deal with crimes that have gone beyond police capacity. By any means necessary!
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People who added this item 145 Average listal rating (109 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Hawaii Five-O (1968)
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People who added this item 39 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
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People who added this item 212 Average listal rating (161 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.5
NYPD Blue (1993)
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People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
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This list goes out to all the men and women in law enforcment.



A mix of British and American cop shows; including the FBI and specialist task forces. This list is ranked from my most to least favourite. If you think of any more, please let me know. If the adaptation is based on a series of novels; I've placed a link to the author rather than a specific book.

The 'Cop Show' here, is generic term for any show following an individual or body of law enforcement, be it P.C, F.B.I, C.S.I or P.I.

'Interesting' aside
Slang terms for


Bacon: Derived from Pigs: often used in the structure "I smell bacon" to warn of the approaching presence of an officer.

Bizzies: Common Liverpool slang term for the police, it was invented as the police were always too "busy" to help.

Bobby: This can occur with a mixture of affection and slight irony in the phrase "village bobby", nowadays referring to the local community police officer.

Boys in blue: A reference to the blue uniform worn by some officers.

Brass: Term originating from the brass badges that police carry in order to identify themselves.

Cop or Copper: While commonly believed to be an acronym for Constable On Patrol, the term refers to "one who captures or snatches".

Ducks and Geese: Cockney rhyming slang for police.

Feds: Usually used in the United States to refer to higher federal law enforcement agencies, especially the F.B.I.

Filth: a widespread term used in several countries, very popular in London, where it is pronounced "Filf".

(Name of city)'s Finest: Used in either admiration, or slightly derisive irony, in the United States.

Fuzz: This North American term first appeared in the 1920s and gained popularity in the 1930s.
The Gaver: Cockney rhyming slang for the police - unknown origin - London.

The Guards: Irish term for the Garda Síochána

The Heat: American; putting the heat on someone.

Heavy or Heavies: Cockney rhyming slang for the Flying Squad, from the Heavy Mob.

Jake: A common term used and created in New York City, New York

John Law or Johnny Law: Used across the United States.

Johnny Hopper: Cockney rhyming slang for copper

Law or The Law: Probably an abbreviation of the phrase "The long arm of the law".

The Man: A derisive term popular during the 1960s and 1970s during the anti-establishment and anti-authoritarian movements.

Mr. Plod, P.C. Plod or Plodder: a British term that arose from the Noddy books by Enid Blyton, in which Mr. Plod was the village policeman.

Nickers : A uncommon British term being a pun on "knickers" (female underwear). As well as the term 'nick', London slang for in 'to arrest'.

Old Bill/ OB: A term in use in London among other areas, inspiring the television series The Bill.

Pigs: This term became especially popular during the 1960s and 1970s in the underground hippie and anti-establishment culture.

Po-po or Po: A term used commonly by North American youth and rap artists.

Po-9: A term originating from "po-po", used mostly in the southern US.

Rashers: British slang derived from pigs.

Rozzers: A British term. To Rozz was slang for to roast in the East End of London.

Scuffers: An old British term, which came to prominence in the 1960s Merseyside-set BBC television series Z-Cars.

Scum: Used across Britain, as an insult to say that the police are lower than the criminals.

Snippers: An African-American term used mostly in North America.

Sweeney: Cockney rhyming slang for the Flying Squad, from Sweeney Todd, inspiring the television series The Sweeney.










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