The longest-tenured program in the history of the Fox network, COPS is also one of the longest-running shows in TV history. The documentary-style series, a precursor to the reality TV genre which would blossom in the 1990s and 2000s, COPS followed officers in cities across America through their day-to-day duties. Its run of 25 seasons and counting has included nearly 900 episodes. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: David Anders, villain (32); John Barrowman, captain (46); Peter Berg, doctor (51); Sam Donaldson, journalist (79); Alex Kingston, companion (50); Johnny Knoxville, jackass (42); Wallace Langham, talk show writer (48); D.J. MacHale, scary story teller (58); Mark Metcalf, character actor (67); Rupert Murdoch, magnate (82); Jeffrey Nordling, cheater (51); Tricia O’Neill, character actress (68); Rob Paulsen, voice actor (57); Susan Richardson, one of eight (61); Albert Salmi, character actor (d. 1990).