I’ve probably only seen one entire episode of that show, plus a few scattered parts of it every now and again.
Anyway, my mom loves to watch COPS. We think it’s hilarious because she always complains anytime there’s any violence on any tv show. We joke that she can’t watch fake violence— it has to be the real thing.
So one night Reno 911 was on when she had woken up from snoozing and she watched it for a few minutes and kept making comments about it. Then when Dangle came on she was like, “Holy cow. I can’t believe they’d let him wear that kind of outfit!” That’s when I explained it was a parody.
Unfortunately mom’s memory isn’t so good anymore, so on those few occasions that Reno 911 shows up on the screen I have to remind her that it’s a parody. I usually wait just a little bit to see if she catches on herself. Usually she says, “What kind of police force is this?” and that’s my cue to remind her... She always seems so disappointed to find out it’s not a COPS episode...