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Running from COPS - Headlong Season 3

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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 Geor...Show More
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36:18 | Apr 23rd

How real is the longest running reality show in TV history? We begin our investigation of COPS.

16:12 | May 28th

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.
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38:17 | May 21st

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?

40:39 | May 14th

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?

42:59 | May 7th

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....Show More

45:30 | Apr 30th

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?

35:08 | Apr 23rd

What is it like to watch yourself on COPS when you can’t remember getting arrested?

02:42 | Apr 2nd

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 dep...Show More