COP ROCK REVIEWED
“Cop Rock” is an interesting failure of a show. It’s Bochco’s only real misstep during his golden era, but it’s not that big of a failure. If given another season, I could’ve seen the show lasting 6 or 7 years. The idea of a cop show musical is a novelty, but one that has to work within the structure of the world. When the cops rarely get to sing, one is left watching a show where the basic rules don’t work. The material isn’t carried by song, but the music punctuates scenes in a few places.
Going from the pilot to the 11 or so episodes that aired, it was clear that the showrunners were still working out the kinks. Sure, “NYPD Blue” sprung from the ashes of this show, it’s just WHAT IF? What if ABC had faith in an odd show that was finding its feet? We could drive ourselves crazy asking about a world where a C List show with A List dreams eventually hit that high note. That being said, I think it deserves to be forgotten outside of the realms of TV trivia.
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 1.33:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital Mono