Headlong: Running from COPS

Headlong: Running from COPS

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Dan Taberski and the team behind Missing Richard Simmons investigate COPS — the longest running reality show in TV history — and its cultural impact on policing in America. Our story begins with the footage of a routine arrest behind a church in Georgia…


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Jun 5 • 4 min
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Bonus Episode: Himalayan Salt Boy
May 28, 2019 • 16 min
One last story that shows how even the most innocuous police interactions, the ones COPS and Live PD air to get laughs, aren’t funny at all if you’re the one on TV.
6: That’s The Story
May 21, 2019 • 38 min
We get our hands on raw, unedited footage of COPS and finally answer the question we’ve been asking throughout our 18-month investigation: How real is COPS?
5: The Worst Day Of Your Life
May 14, 2019 • 40 min
How does it feel to be hunted for months by police officers and camera crews, both of whom seem hellbent on putting you on TV?
4: Mind Blown
May 7, 2019 • 42 min
An ex-cop breaks down some of the most shocking arrests we’ve watched on COPS and tries to imagine why police departments would want that footage out in the world. Plus, the next generation of COPS is LivePD — six hours a week of policing aired live. What…
3: Nothing Is Voluntary When You Have Handcuffs On
Apr 30, 2019 • 45 min
COPS producers claim every suspect on the show agrees in writing to appear on TV. Why would anyone sign that piece of paper? Plus: Who has final control over what airs on COPS, the producers or the police?
2: Shooting Fish In A Barrel
Apr 23, 2019 • 35 min
What is it like to watch yourself on COPS when you can’t remember getting arrested?
1: The One-Celled Amoeba
Apr 23, 2019 • 36 min
How real is the longest running reality show in TV history? We begin our investigation of COPS.
Coming Soon: Running From COPS
Apr 22, 2019 • 0 min
Introducing: Running From COPS
Apr 2, 2019 • 2 min
After 30 years on television, COPS has evolved into a constant messaging machine about policing in America. Running from COPS is the result of an 18-month investigation and delves deep into how the show actually gets made, how much control police…