It is the longest running series in the history of the Fox network, ahead of The Simpsons by about a year and a half, but as this current television season draws to a close, Cops is bidding the network farewell and headed to cable.
When Jack Webb brought Dragnet to television after a lengthy radio run, he taught viewers just how police work is done. Cops, in effect, took the concept to the next level. The series criss-crossed the country, following actual police patrols, and recording arrests for broadcast. When Cops resumes production, it will air on Spike TV, as this was a case of the inevitable other shoe dropping. Fox had dropped America's Most Wanted a couple of years back, and watched that series move to cable, specificially Lifetime, which recently cancelled the series themselves. Cops reruns air in syndication and on a number of cable outlets, including Tru TV. You just can't escape it.
CopsTV (naturally) uploaded a sample clip from a show taped in Las Vegas:
Inner Circle cracked the charts with "Bad Boys", which became the show's theme. I'll find the video and post it another time.