I was watching the 20th anniversary episode of "COPS" last night, reflecting on the fact that it must be at least one of the top five continuous, longest running programs in television history.
It has done extraordinarily well in syndication as well. Seems that one channel or another, you can find more COPS re-runs than I Love Lucy or MASH these days. And that's saying something.
When it first came on the air in the late 80's, FOX was a toddler network. No NFL, the Simpsons just coming along, not even seven nights a week of programming for its affiliate stations.
This truly was among the first, if not the first, reality shows to hit it big.
What do you think has made COPS such a success?