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Background

Langley Productions was formed in 1983 as Barbour/Langley Productions by Malcolm Barbour and John Langley, the creators of COPS. In 1994, Barbour left the company, although it wasn't renamed Langley productions until five years later.

Barbour/Langley Productions

1st Logo
(March 11, 1989-1992)

Nickname: "The Pink Logo"

Logo: Over a black background, the text "BARBOUR", in pink, flies from the right of the screen, with "LANGLEY" doing the same thing from the left. They both criss-cross and land on opposite sides, and a yellow slash draws itself between them. "PRODUCTIONS, INC." appears below, in pink.

Variant: On season 1 and the first few season 2 episodes of COPS, this logo would have a copyright notice.

FX/SFX: The flying text.

Cheesy Factor: Simple animation.

Music/Sounds: A dramatic eight-note synth tune that begins with three descending notes followed by a fourth accompanied by a pound of some kind when the words land. Then three more ascending notes follow.

Availability: This logo can be seen on 1989-1992 episodes of COPS.

Scare Factor: Medium to high. The synth along with the horrid pink may not sit well with some people.

2nd Logo
(1992-1999)

Nicknames: "The COPS Logo", "The Silver Logo"

Logo: Almost the same as before, except everything is silver and in 3D, and occurs at a faster rate. Also, there is no "INC." at the end, and the text is in Univers font.

FX/SFX: Same as the 1st logo, but an improvement over the previous logo.

Music/Sounds: There were two different themes:

  • 1992-1993: The same synth theme from the previous logo. In late 1992, a variant was introduced in which this theme was shortened.
  • 1993-1999: A southern guitar riff.

Availability: Appears on 1992-1999 episodes of COPS.

Scare Factor: Depends on the music used:

  • Medium. The synth theme is still there, but it does help that the logo is now in silver.
  • None. The absence of the synth theme certainly helps, not to mention the guitar riff is pretty cool and fits the tone of COPS.

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Langley Productions

1st Logo
(1999-2008)

Nicknames: "Still That COPS Logo", "The Second COPS Logo"

Logo: On a black screen, the letters in "LANGLEY" fly into place, scattered over the place. The word "PRODUCTIONS" then flips up, and the logo shines.

Variant: Starting in 2005, a variant was seen in which the appearance of the letters were cut.

FX/SFX/Cheesy Factor: The letters flying in and shining; simple animation.

Music/Sounds: Same as the second variant of the second logo.

Music/Sound Variant: On Street Patrol, a different guitar theme is used, which is sometimes abridged.

Availability: Appeared on COPS on Fox, as well as Jail on MyNetworkTV and TruTV and Street Patrol on TruTV.

Scare Factor: None.

2nd Logo
(2008- )

Nicknames: "Again, Still That COPS Logo", "The Third COPS Logo"

Logo: On a black background, we see a blue flash. This causes the words "LANGLEY PRODUCTIONS" to appear, in Avenir this time. Plus, "PRODUCTIONS" is in spaced-out letters.

FX/SFX: The flash.

Music/Sounds: The abridged music variant from the previous logo, but the generic Fox jingle plays over episodes that aired on Fox until 2013.

Availability: Started into use on season 21 of COPS and was used together with the previous logo for a very brief time. Some episodes are viewable on Hulu. It can also be seen on Jail.

Scare Factor: Minimal, but there's nothing to worry about.

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