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20 things you see in every cop show, as proven in action-packed 'T.J. Hooker' GIFs

It's just not a cop show without explosions, foot chases and a partner who protests your doughnut intake.

One of TV's most enduring and popular genres, cop shows play into our better nature to see bad guys brought to justice, as everyday heroes end the day with a pat on the back after a job well done. There are hundreds of shows, from Dragnet to Blue Bloods, that rotate through many of the same scenarios, and yet they remain gripping for viewers.

Few shows celebrate the very best of cop shows like T.J. Hooker, which slammed onto TVs in 1982. The William Shatner star vehicle tread some of our favorite territory of any TV police procedural, all for the love of amazing action sequences, ridiculous effects and the special bond that has defined buddy cops for ages.

Here, we've snipped out our favorite scenes from T.J. Hooker that evidence the best of tropes from cop TV shows.

1. Cops are always willing to take a leap of faith. From rooftop to rooftop.

2. Nothing makes for better TV than a hot pursuit.

3. Except, perhaps, flipping a car.

4. Or a car exploding.

5. In fact, it's best if you can try and blow up something in every episode.

6. Raging fires are a good idea, too.

7. Show cops training at the firing range as often as possible.

8. That way it makes sense when they do tough stuff like this.

9. And this.

10. Really, cops always have the sweetest moves. Stop, drop and roll… and shoot.

11. They kick down doors.

12. They dangle from helicopters.

13. …and leave no footprint unexamined.

14. There's always a sniper who seems to hate car windows.

15. The hero has to be willing to don any disguise…

16. …to stop those greedy, greedy crooks — always counting their fat stacks of money.

17. The bad guy is typically left hangin'.

18. Or slammed up against a wall.

19. Occasionally, cops also try to stop their partners from pounding too many doughnuts.

20. Which is why they always get the last laugh at the very end.

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