When the news broke yesterday that Cop Rock is coming to DVD, I freely admit to being well and truly shocked. The musical drama about police officers is one of television’s most notorious flops. Just 11 episodes aired on ABC during the 1990-1991 season but despite its brief run the series has never been forgotten. It has aired several times on cable since its original network run, most recently on Trio in June 2004. Yet I doubt anybody ever expected it to be released on DVD.
Shout! Factory will release Cop Rock: The Complete Series on DVD on May 17th. The 3-disc set will include the 11 episodes plus new interviews with creator Steven Bochco, co-star Anne Bobby, and others. Shout! calls the release a “cause for both celebration and a long-overdue reappraisal of a series that has been called one of the most unusual programs of all time.”
Will you be buying and enjoying Cop Rock on DVD? More importantly, if Cop Rock is on its way can NBC’s musical drama Hull High, which also ran during the 1990-1991 season, be far behind?