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'Cops' (1989-present) and 'America's Most Wanted' (1988-2012)
Several of FOX's early shows were decried as subversive, dangerous for kids and basically the end of civilized society as we know it. Not these two. "Cops" (which is at least as much about gawking at the sorry state of the arrestees as it is celebrating the work of police officers) and "AMW" (which migrated to Lifetime in the 2011-12 season) gave the network's Saturday night a distinctly law-and-order feel. Both became institutions.
Apr. 20, 2012