Critic Consensus: Cop Rock's ambition to innovate the police procedural is admirable, but the contrast of grit and glam proves too jarring with unmemorable music throwing the series' more promising dramatic beats askew.
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as Det. Vincent LaRusso
as Off. Vicki Quinn
as Trish Vaughn
as Mayor Louise Plank
as Off. Franklin Rose
as Sidney Weitz
as Det. William Donald Potts
as Det. Joseph Gaines
as Capt. John Hollander
as Det. Ralph Ruskin
It's easy to pinpoint where Cop Rock went wrong. Its songs... are rarely memorable, except for the wrong reasons, and they tend to stall the plot rather than advance it.
Bochco's most impressive accomplishment with Cop Rock is how realistic the series attempts to be. The musical numbers are, for the most part, subservient to the action and integrated very intelligently.
Well, it's not unwatchable but it's certainly an unsettling failed experiment that unsuccessfully mixes violence, tragedy, goofball comedy and soap opera with songs that range from sentimental to raucous.
Several of the numbers are so jarring in their context that it's almost ludicrous. You don't know whether to laugh or simply watch in stunned amazement.
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