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Cop Rock: Season 1 (1990)



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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Cops burst into crack houses---and then burst into song---in this experimental police series, an ambitious and definitely odd musical dramedy that blends the sensibilities of Steven Bochco's `Hill Street Blues' and Dennis Potter's `The Singing Detective.' The Bochco-produced series debuted in 1990 amid much fanfare, but audiences weren't ready for the jarring experience of watching crooks and cops crooning. It lasted three months.


Peter Onorati
as Det. Vincent LaRusso
Anne Bobby
as Off. Vicki Quinn
Teri Austin
as Trish Vaughn
Barbara Bosson
as Mayor Louise Plank
James McDaniel
as Off. Franklin Rose
Dennis Lipscomb
as Sidney Weitz
William Thomas Jr.
as Det. William Donald Potts
Mick Murray
as Det. Joseph Gaines
Larry Joshua
as Capt. John Hollander
Ron McLarty
as Det. Ralph Ruskin
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Critic Reviews for Cop Rock: Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (10)

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.

May 22, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

April 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

You root for Cop Rock, against all odds.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

May 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Gritty cop dramas can be good. Musicals can be good. But, at least in this case, the two genres mix about as well as chocolate and pot roast.

May 22, 2019 | Full Review…

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