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Some of the COPS: Bowser, Bulletproof, LongArm, Mainframe and Sundown.
followed a group of highly-trained police officers in the future as they
protected the fictional Empire City from Big Boss and his gangsters. The leader
of COPS was Baldwin P. Vess, aka Bulletproof (Ken Ryan),
special agent called in to help stop the rampant crime in the city. However, he
was injured in his duties and had to be outfitted with a cybernetic bulletproof
torso in order to recover. Unable to do it alone, he recruited and formed the
rest of his team: P.J. “LongArm” O’Malley (John Stocker),
who used an extending handcuff device for various functions; Donny “HardTop”
Baker), a rookie Empire City officer who drove the COPS’
Ironsides vehicle; David E. “Highway” Harlson (Ray James),
an ace motorcycle cop; Colt “Mace” Howards (Len Carlson),
who used a laser Mazooka and was known for tactical strategies; Stan
“Barricade” Hyde (James), a soft-spoken officer who used a M.U.L.E. device and
performed crowd control; Tina “Mainframe” Cassidy (Mary Long),
a computer specialist; Walker “Sundown” Calhoun (Carlson), a former Texas
sheriff that was an expert with a lasso and a sharpshooter; Suzie “Mirage”
Hanna), an expert in undercover operations; Hugh S.
“Bullseye” Forward (Peter
Keleghan), a great helicopter pilot; and Rex “Bowser” Pointer
and his robot dog, Blitz.
Big Boss stroking his weasel.
The C.R.O.O.K.S. had their own team
as well. Making up the syndicate was their leader, Brandon “Big Boss” Babel
(Carlson), a businessman with a literal iron fist; Barney L. “Berserko”
De La Rosa), Big Boss’ dim-witted and impulsive nephew; Edmund
“Rock Krusher” Scarry (Brent
Titcomb), a super-strong thug who used a heavy-duty
jackhammer; Stephanie “Ms.” Demeanor (Tabitha St. Germain
as Paulina Gillis), a deceptively super-strong woman who took issue with being
called unfeminine; Ted “Turbo Tu-Tone” Stavely (Dan Hennessey),
a skilled mechanic and getaway driver; Dr. Percival “Badvibes” Cranial (Ron Rubin),
brilliant and deranged mad scientist; Rafella “Nightshade” Diamond (Jane Schoettle),
a rich girl who turned to crime for the thrill; Constantine “Buttons
McBoomBoom” Saunders (Nichols), armed with a submachine gun in a violin case he
carried and two in his cybernetic chest; and Dirk “Squeeky Kleen” McHugh (Marvin Goldhar),
Big Boss’ lacky who performed menial tasks for him. There were additional
villains not necessarily part of the syndicate as well.
Promo ad for the show.
aired in syndication from October 5, 1988-February 20, 1989, running a
total of 65 episodes. While based on the toys, the show and the comics utilized
characters that never saw an action figure in the line, such as Mirage,
Mainframe and Nightshade. When CBS
reran the series on Saturday mornings in 1993, they retitled the show CyberCOPS in order to avoid confusion
with the reality show COPS, which had debuted
the month after the animated COPS finished
its run. When USA
Network reran the series in 1995, it restored the original COPS title.