‘Cops’ Canceled by Paramount Network Amid Police Brutality Protests

The Paramount Network announced Tuesday that it has canceled the long-running TV series Cops.

The cancellation after 32 seasons comes in an effort to be more sensitive to the depictions of police violence after the nationwide protests against police brutality following the in-custody death of George Floyd on May 25.

Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don’t have any current or future plans for it to return,” a network spokesperson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Before the cancellation, the series was scheduled to launch its 33rd season on Monday -– but the premiere was delayed in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Out of respect and consideration for the families of George Floyd and other victims of police violence, The Paramount Network hadn’t aired any episodes of the show since June 1.

Cops followed police officers and county sheriff’s deputies during patrols, service calls and stings. It was the longest running reality show on television, and premiered on the Fox network in 1989. In 2013, the show moved to Spike TV, now known as Paramount Network.

For years now, the series has been criticized for racism and for showcasing a one-sided depiction of arrests that tended to favor police perspectives.