Cops airs its 700th episode on Saturday

Cops, one of the first unscripted TV shows, will air its 700th episode on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. The show is now in its 20th season, and previous seasons’ episodes air in syndication; the series has also spawned three uncensored DVDs.

Ironically, the series celebrates this milestone during a Writers Guild strike; it was born during the last strike, in 1988, although it debuted in March of 1989, after the strike ended. Like the series’ first episode, which followed officers in Broward County, Fla., the 700th episode will include a segment filmed in South Florida.

Besides introducing broadcast network audiences to the entertainment value of real people in real situations, the show also gave us reality show talent like Bertram Van Munster, who went on to create and executive produce The Amazing Race with his partner Elise Doganieri.

The network says that during its life, Cops “has profiled law enforcement agencies in over 140 United States cities and has also filmed in Hong Kong, London, Central and South America, Moscow and St. Petersburg. It was the first American television program to follow the police in the former Soviet Union.”

Cops [FOX]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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