If you’re wondering why we are mixing media on this list, the emphasis of this list is not on the medium, but on the specific branch of law enforcement, i.e.: the Police. So we are excluding national law enforcement agencies, e.g.: the FBI; special unit squads; e.g.: SAS; and other black op squads. There will be no X-Files, James Bond, or Ghost in the Shell on these lists. Since some titles have crossed over from the big screen to the little screen, or vice versa, we agreed to include both formats.
You’re going to see a lot of “1’s” in these lists. That is because we are not acknowledging any of the sequels. Most of them suffer from sequel-itis. And you’ll also notice that these titles didn’t make our Top Ten Sequels List.
You have the right to be entertained. Any comments you make will probably be used against you in some internet chat forum. You have the right to cable TV. You have the right to stream movies. So without any further adieu, here is…
The Top Ten favorite Cop Shows and/or Movies
- 10. Barney Miller (1974-82)
- 9. Fargo [Movie only] (1996)
- 8. Hill Street Blues (1981-87)
- 7. 21 Jump Street [TV only] (1987-91)
- 6. Die Hard 1 (1988)
- 5. Copland (1997)
- 4. Beverly Hills Cop 1 (1984)
- 3. The Negotiator (1998)
- 2. The Shield (2002-08)
- 1. Lethal Weapon 1 (1987)
Honorable mentions: Team America World Police (2004); Black Rain (1989); The Departed (2006); Miami Vice [TV only] (1984-90); Training Day (2001); Robocop (1987)
- 10. Alien Nation (movie = 1988/ TV = 1989-90)
- 9. Team America World Police (2004)
- 8. Sledge Hammer! (1986-88)
- 7. Police Squad / Naked Gun 1 (TV = 1982/ movie = 1988)
- 6. Patlabor (OVA = 1988 / movies = 1988-89, 93 / TV = 1989-92)
- 5. Police Academy 1 (1984)
- 4. You’re Under Arrest! (OVA = 1994 / TV = 1996, 2001, 2007-08 / movie = 1999)
- 3. Robocop (1987)
- 2. Die Hard 1 (1988)
- 1. Beverly Hills Cop 1 (1984)
Honorable mentions: Forever Knight (1992-96); The Departed (2006); NYPD Blue (1993-2005)
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Note: For those that are following the podcasts, you will notice that I am skipping a list. I have disavowed that list on the grounds that we both messed up royally on the nature of that list, and thus is really embarrassingly stupid.