- Starring: Anne Bobby, Paul McCrane, Vondie Curtis-Hall
- Summary: Steven Bochco's groundbreaking musical drama series was similar to his previous Hill Street Blues, save for one thing: characters would burst into song, performing up to 5 original numbers per episode. Canceled after 11 episodes, it is considered one of the most infamous TV failures of allSteven Bochco's groundbreaking musical drama series was similar to his previous Hill Street Blues, save for one thing: characters would burst into song, performing up to 5 original numbers per episode. Canceled after 11 episodes, it is considered one of the most infamous TV failures of all time, though it was admired by some critics when it debuted.… Expand
- Genre(s): Drama, Music
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This is the longest leap of imagination TV viewers have ever been asked to make, and at first the chasm may look wider than the Grand Canyon. It's a magnificent optical illusion. Your chances of bridging the gap are actually quite good, but it may take more than one try. [26 Sep 1990, p.E1]
It's fresh, invigorating and one of the true highlights of the new season. ... Even without the score and choreography, "Cop Rock" is a compelling, well-acted police series that indeed does (as some of its critics charge) echo Bochco's late, great "Hill Street Blues," almost as if he meant it as a homage to his own work.
This is not the most seamless pilot of the season, or the most enjoyable. But nobody whets the appetite for more as well as Bochco. "Cop Rock" is the most exciting program of the fall season. [26 Sep 1990, p.47]
Overall, the pilot for "Cop Rock" has too many flaws to be called great television. But it is daring, exciting and innovative television -- with moments where music and drama meet to touch the heart in ways television all too rarely does.
This is as slick as prime-time gets, a clever amalgam of TV drama and Broadway musical. ... Still, it seems a shame that so much writing, acting and musical talent is being devoted to such tired and simplistic polemics. [26 Sep 1990]
Certain scenes are powerful, even exhilarating. Others don't work at all. [23 Sep 1990]
By the time the show ended, I disliked it a lot, but I kept an open mind. ... I watched it a second time. And a third time. I now believe I can praise Bochco and ABC for trying to do something different and, at the same time, say that "Cop Rock" is a bomb of major proportions. [17 Sep 1990, p.1D]