Aired: March 11, 1989 - Present (Fox)
Theme Song: Inner Circle "Bad Boys"

It might not seem like it today, but choosing a reggae song for a cinema verite style program about American law enforcement was an unexpected move 23 years ago. Inner Circle's reggae hit “Bad Boys” might have been an unorthodox choice at the time, but, in hindsight, it's quite appropriate seeing how COPS was a risky, trailblazer of a show which spawned a host of imitators. As for the song itself, “Bad Boys” is badass rasta vibes with deep, deep bass that will rock your whole block like an '80s crack epidemic.