‘Cops’ Cannot Break These Cuffs

04.20.10 8 years ago 10 Comments

Fox has renewed Cops for a 23rd season. Producer John Langley remarks:

“We’re still the only show on television with no script, no actors, no host and no re-enactments.”

I have to think he isn’t completely correct about this, but honestly, I can’t think of a single show that meets these criteria. Throughout its 23 seasons, this show has served as television’s cornerstone of consistency and minimalism. This is why I feel sort of bad for reducing it to the “I can break these cuffs” moment, but it probably is what it probably is: my favorite moment in the history of the show.

People enjoy the show for different reasons: some enjoy watching people get arrested, others refer to it as an indictment of the American police state, and still others just enjoy it “as a wonder of a specific slice of American life, mostly unadulterated.” Anyway. In case you haven’t seen it, video of one of the show’s finest moments (complete with clownshoes background music, regrettably) is after the jump.

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