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Setting out to watch and read your way through the entire canon of American cop stories, as I did for a five-part series on depictions of the police in American pop culture, is a daunting, possibly foolhardy task. In assembling an initial list, I generally excluded stories about law enforcement agencies other than police departments, unless those stories had, in some way, been subsumed into the cop canon (see: “Point Break”), and most popular crime stories. And while I didn’t quite make my way through the entire initial list, here are all the television shows, movies and books that inform this series, with special thanks to film historian Mark Harris and critic Noel Murray for their advice and recommendations.

TELEVISION


Dominic West, Larry Gilliard Jr. and Wendell Pierce in HBO’s “The Wire.” (David Lee/HBO)

• “Dragnet (Radio: 1949; Television: 1951-onward)

• “Naked City (1958-1963)

• “The Untouchables” (1959-1963)

• “The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968)

• “The Mod Squad (1968-1973)

• “Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980)

• “Columbo (1971-2003)

• “Police Story(1973-1979)

• “Kojak (1973-1978 and 1989-1990)

• “Barney Miller (1974-1982)

• “S.W.A.T. (1975-1976)

• “Starsky and Hutch (1975-1979)

• “Hill Street Blues (1981-1987)

• “Cagney and Lacey (1982-1988)

• “Miami Vice (1984-1990)

• “21 Jump Street (1987-1991)

• “In the Heat of the Night (1988-1995)

• “Cops (1989-present)

• “Law & Order(1990-2010) and affiliated shows

• “Homicide: Life On The Street (1993-1999)

• “NYPD Blue (1993-2005)

• “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-2015)

• “The Shield (2002-2008)

• “The Wire (2002-2008)

• “Reno 911! (2003-2009)

• “Deadwood (2004-2006)

• “Southland (2009-2013)

• “Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013-present)

MOVIES


Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) in “Zootopia.” (Walt Disney Animation)

• “The Bangville Police (1913)

• “Convict 13” (1920)

• “Cops (1922)

• “Modern Times (1936)

• “The Naked City (1948)

• “On Dangerous Ground (1951)

• “In the Heat of the Night (1967)

• “The Detective (1968)

• “Bullitt (1968)

• “Dirty Harry (1971)

• “The French Connection (1971)

• “Serpico (1973)

• “Chinatown (1974)

• “Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981)

• “Police Academy (1984)

• “Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

• “Lethal Weapon (1987)

• “RoboCop (1987)

• “Die Hard (1988)

• “The Naked Gun (1988)

• “Do the Right Thing (1989)

• “Point Break (1991)

• “Heat (1995)

• “Bad Boys (1995)

• “Fargo (1996)

• “L.A. Confidential (1997)

• “The Negotiator (1998)

• “Summer of Sam (1999)

• “Training Day (2001)

• “Insomnia (2002)

• “Mystic River (2003)

• “Inside Man (2006)

• “The Departed (2006)

• “Zodiac (2007)

• “American Gangster (2007)

• “End of Watch (2012)

• “21 Jump Street (2012)

• “Zootopia (2016)

BOOKS

(Credit: Dee Wambaugh) (Courtesy of Dee Wambaugh)

• “I, the Jury,” by Mickey Spillane (1947)

• “Cop Hater,” by Ed McBain (1956)

• “In Cold Blood,” by Truman Capote (1966)

• “The New Centurions,” “The Onion Field” and “The Blue Knight,” by Joseph Wambaugh (1971, 1973 and 1973)

• “Cops and Robbers,” by Donald E. Westlake (1972)

• “If Beale Street Could Talk,” by James Baldwin (1974)

• “Helter Skelter,” by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry (1974)

• “The Black Dahlia,” by James Ellroy (1987)

• “Homicide,” by David Simon (1991)

• “To Protect and to Serve: The LAPD’s Century of War in the City of Dreams,” by Joe Domanick (1994)

• “True Blue: The Real Stories Behind NYPD Blue,” by David Milch and Bill Clark (1995)

• “A Prime-Time Life,” by Aaron Spelling (1996)

• “The Corner,” by David Simon and Ed Burns (1997)

• “Policing: Key Readings,” Edited by Tim Newburn (2004)

• “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union,” by Michael Chabon (2007)

• “American Police: A History, 1845-1945,” by Thomas A. Reppetto (2010)

• “Popular Crime,” by Bill James (2011)

• “Policing and Media,” by Murray Lee and Alyce McGovern (2013)

• “Rise of the Warrior Cop,” by Radley Balko (2013)

• “Cop Shows,” by Roger Sabin (2014)

• “Ghettoside,” by Jill Leovy (2015)

• “The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America,” by Barry Latzer (2016)

• “Truth is a Total Defense,” by Steven Bochco (2016)