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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Complete series cast summary:
Anne Bobby ...
 Officer Vicki Quinn (11 episodes, 1990)
 Mayor Louise Plank (11 episodes, 1990)
 Officer Andy Campo (11 episodes, 1990)
 Capt. John Hollander (11 episodes, 1990)
 Officer Franklin Rose (11 episodes, 1990)
 Det. Lt. Ralph Ruskin (11 episodes, 1990)
Mick Murray ...
 Det. Joseph Gaines (11 episodes, 1990)
 Det. Vincent LaRusso (11 episodes, 1990)
 Chief Roger Kendrick (11 episodes, 1990)
 Cop (11 episodes, 1990)
 Cmdr. Warren Osborne (10 episodes, 1990)
 Det. Bob McIntire (9 episodes, 1990)
 Trish Vaughn (9 episodes, 1990)
 Sidney Weitz (8 episodes, 1990)
William Thomas Jr. ...
 Det. William Donald Potts (6 episodes, 1990)
 Ray Rodbart (5 episodes, 1990)


In what must have been one of the shortest lived series on network television, "Cop Rock" was part "Real Stories of the Highway Patrol" and part "The Sound of Music". After chasing down a criminal, the force would take to the street for an organized dance number, then haul the guy back to HQ. This may have been the only series to have been based on a Broadway musical format. Written by Michael Silva <>

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Drama | Musical





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26 September 1990 (USA)  »

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(11 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a May 2009 poll conducted by The O'Reilly Factor (1996), Bill O'Reilly revealed that this short-lived series was voted the 5th worst TV show in broadcast history. Ahead of it were The Gong Show (1976), Friends (1994), "The Jerry Springer Show" (1991)_, and My Mother the Car (1965). See more »


Referenced in Jargon (2004) See more »

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cop rock: extremely underrated
21 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this show was actually better than the promos would have made it seem. it was by all means innovative, unlike anything else in the time or since. why this show failed is beyond me. the music was catchy and the characters represented the same caricatures we love to watch in law and order and shows of the like. perhaps the selling point (or point of no return, depending upon how you look at it) was the combination of the two. if this show had been produced as a run of the mill cop show it probably would have been popular, and maybe still airing today. but this was a time when the American viewing audience was not willing to take a chance on something new. while the songs used provided a great insight into the minds of the characters, they were the obvious downfall of a promising drama. please join me in my continued mourning of a show that was never allowed to reach it's potential.

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