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Viva Laughlin is gone, so let's remember Cop Rock! - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 27th 2007 3:01PM

Cop Rock logoBefore Viva Laughlin (one of the worst shows to premiere on television in the past five years) debuted, no one would have believed a show like Cop Rock ever existed. Cops and crooks suddenly breaking into song and/or dance about robberies, shootings, drug deals, and murder? Sure, why not!

It came from Steven Bochco and ran on ABC in 1990. Check out the video after the jump. It's the classic scene you saw on Hill Street Blues all the time, the cops getting their morning rundown on what's going on. Then the captain suddenly starts singing "Let's Be Careful Out There." There's a cameo by another Bochco star at the end. I'm still wondering why the cops don't look at the guy singing and say "um, shouldn't we call the police psychologist?"

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well i really liked the show i think it would have been a big hit it only giving a chance i grew up on that music and i still listen to it today at least you can understant the words the sing insread of having a mouth full of gritts, or mashed potatoes ,something . welll i am sorry to see it gone....

November 08 2007 at 9:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Another thing about Viva Laughing is that the main guy couldn't hold a tune with a pitch fork, it was just bad.

October 28 2007 at 7:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What is more amazing than Viva Laughlin being taken off the air so quickly is the fact that Cavemen has survived 4 episodes so far.

The critics say that 'Viva Laughlin' is the worst show ever. I think Caveman is a close second.

October 28 2007 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe Fish Police wasn't Steve's. I thought it was. Still horrible, though.

October 28 2007 at 12:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It wasn't as horrible as people make it out to be. Bochco's Fish Police cartoon was much much worse.
Thing is, the seargent has already finished with the rundown THEN he starts to sing, what is another rundown. It's redundant so it doesn't move the story along. It stalls it. In a music, the music should gently push the story along. But someone was beholden to opening with the words, "Lets be careful out there" and that is the END of the sarge's speech, so that's where they put it.
The whole scene is surreal and a bit awkward, but I imagine had they thought of things like this a little more carefully it might have had a better shot.

October 28 2007 at 12:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

I must have lost my mind, because I thought that was kind of cool. Of course, most of that cool went away when the podium piano came out of nowhere.

October 28 2007 at 12:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The problem with Viva.. Was that the songs werent orginalt songs.. im not saying that the show would have survived with that, but at least it would have had a chance with its "orginall" and "edgy" ways

October 27 2007 at 10:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Before my time, so maybe I just don't "get it", but it boggles the mind that both ABC and Steven Bochco thought this was going to be a hit. I mean, I can see pushing the envelope and such and such, but it's far fetched to see this becoming huge and sinking millions into it.

Also, this clip was the most amazing thing ever. I'm so gonna find the rest of the episodes now.

October 27 2007 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Viva Laughlin had terrible music, singing, and dancing?! They should have showed it on The Disnet Channel! People there love High School Musical so why not another badly done musical?

October 27 2007 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

Say whatever you want about "Cop Rock", at least the songs were original and sung by the actors. In "Viva Laughlin" I always had the sense that the actors were barely contributing their voices at best to songs done by other artists. The music in "Viva Laughlin" was badly done Karaoke; "Cop Rock" was a true, original, musical.

October 27 2007 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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