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The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms 

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List Rules Most memorable policeman characters in comedy shows

List of the best police TV characters. These sitcom sheriffs, TV deputies, and television police officers have been around since the beginning of the TV box itself. From cartoon cops to black-and-white era television superstars, this page contains the greatest list of cops in sitcoms that you'll find in the whole wide world (wide web). The funny cop names on this list span all eras of TV history, including classic TV cops and cops cartoon characters.

Plus, with new shows like Mike and Molly and Brooklyn Nine-Nine with Andy Samberg, the best cops on TV sitcoms are yet to come. Who can forget Louis CK's recurring bumbling cop character drooling over Amy Poehler's character on Parks and Rec? The funniest cops on television might have begun on Car 54, Where Are You? but they're not ending anytime soon (at least according to NBC's upcoming lineup). The greatest sitcom cops range from classic appearances - like in Seinfeld's library - to unforgettable famous policeman characters - like the entire cast of Comedy Central's Reno 911! In fact, so many of these police sitcoms end with an exclamation point that they'd better be engrained in our collective memories.

Funny shows about cops don't have to take place in the police station itself (remember Carl Winslow from Family Matters?) but, as we see with the classic TV sitcom Sledge Hammer! and Police Squad! - well, it ain't a bad idea. Enjoy the rankings of these high-ranking law enforcement officials with the funniest cops on television and be sure to upvote your favorite TV policemen.
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Captain Ray Holt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
LanaYoshii added
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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Detective Jake Peralta ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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Detective Amy Santiago ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
VeryCloseTalking added Detective Amy Santiago
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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Barney Fife is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
The Andy Griffith Show
5
Detective Rosa Diaz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
VeryCloseTalking added
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
6
Adrian Monk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
Monk, Monk Universe
7
Sheriff Andy Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
The Andy Griffith Show
8
Carl Winslow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
Family Matters
9
Shawn Spencer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
Psych, Psych
10
Lt. Frank Drebin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
Police Squad
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Detective Charles Boyle ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
LanaYoshii added Detective Charles Boyle
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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Robert Barone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
Everybody Loves Raymond
13
Chief Wiggum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons
14
Maxwell Smart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
Maxwell Smart
Get Smart
15
Sheriff Rosco P. Coltran... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
The Dukes of Hazzard
16
Officer Mike Biggs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
Officer Mike Biggs
Mike & Molly
17
Barney Miller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
Barney Miller
18
Bull Shannon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
Bull Shannon
Night Court
19
Joe Swanson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
Family Guy, Family Guy Universe
20
Phil Fish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
Barney Miller
21
Lt. Randall Disher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
FranciscodeSouza added Lt. Randall Disher
Monk
22
Winston Bishop is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
VeryCloseTalking added
New Girl
23
Frank Poncherello is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
wiabux added Frank Poncherello
CHiPs
24
Agent 99 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
Get Smart
25
Leland Stottlemeyer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Cops on TV Sitcoms
liriodendron added Leland Stottlemeyer
Monk, Monk Universe