The Hero Cop Trope – A Controversial History

Published on October 17, 2021



The first 1000 people who click the link will get 2 free months of Skillshare Premium: https://skl.sh/thetake84 | How did the “Hero Cop” trope become such a pervasive, controversial force in our culture? On TV especially, crime is our favorite kind of story, accounting for our longest-running franchises, our most popular sitcoms, and our most prestigious cable dramas. But does this character still have a future today? Here’s our Take on this most American of myths, and whether it may be time for the Hero Cop to turn in their badge. If you like this video, subscribe to our channel or support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thetake

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21 Jump Street (2012)
All About Eve (1950)
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
Bad Boys (1995)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Bright (2017)
Bullitt (1968)
Cobra (1986)
Cops (1922)
Die Hard (1988)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Dragnet (1987)
Electra Glide in Blue (1973)
End of Watch (2012)
Fargo (1996)
Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981)
‘G’ Men (1935)
Heat (1995)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Judge Dredd (1995)
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Last Action Hero (1993)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
Let’s Be Cops (2014)
Men in Black (1997)
Men in Black II (2002)
Nails (1992)
Police Academy (1984)
R.I.P.D. (2013)
RoboCop (1987)
Scarface (1932)
Scarface (1983)
Serpico (1973)
The Big Sleep (1946)
The Chase (1994)
The Canary Murder Case (1929)
The Departed (2006)
The FBI Story (1959)
The French Connection (1971)
The Naked City (1948)
The New Centurions (1974)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
The Public Enemy (1931)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Training Day (2001)
Turner & Hooch (1989)
Dick Tracy (1945)
Adam-12 (1968-1975)
The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968)
Baretta (1975-1978)
Blue Bloods (2010-)
Broad City (2014-2019)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013-)
Cagney & Lacey (1982-1988)
Car 54, Where Are You? (1961-1963)
Columbo (1968-2003)
Cops (1989-2020)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-2015)
Dragnet (1967-1970)
Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980)
Highway Patrol (1955-1959)
Hill Street Blues (1981-1987)
Kojak (1973-1978)
Knight Rider (1982-1986)
Law & Order (1990-2010)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999-)
Live PD (2016-2020)
Lucifer (2016-)
Miami Vice (1984-1990)
Night Court (1984-1992)
NYPD Blue (1993-2005)
Orange Is the New Black (2013-2019)
Perry Mason (1957-1966)
Perry Mason (2020-)
Starsky & Hutch (1975-1979)
Stumptown (2019-)
S.W.A.T. (1975-1976)
The A-Team (1983-1987)
The Blue Knight (1975-1976)
The Wire (2002-2008)
The Closer (2015-2012)
The F.B.I. (1965-1974)
The Rockford Files (1974-1980)
The Shield (2002-2008)
The Simpsons (1989-)
T.J. Hooker (1982-1986)
True Detective (2014-)
Watchmen (2019)
Battle in Seattle (2007)
A Day with the F.B.I. (1951)
Cop Rock (1990)
Dragnet (1951-1959)
Police Story (1973-1987)
S.W.A.T. (2017-)
Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Super Troopers (2001)
The Rookie (2018-)
For Life (2020-)
Jessica Jones (2015-2019)
Dragnet (1949-1957)
In the Dough (1933)
You Can’t Get Away with It (1936)
Magnum, P.I. (1980-1988)
All Rise (2019-)
Casablanca (1942)
The Untouchables (1987)

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