announcing the Good Cop, Bad Cop Blogathon!

A new blogathon! I’m super excited! Are you excited? (I hope so!)

Okay, so I was going to start out by talking about how there are so many police procedural dramas on TV and oodles of mystery books and tons of police-themed movies and I wanted to honor all that with this blogathon. But no. While all that is technically true, this blogathon began mainly as a way to finally motivate myself to write that epic post about why I love Jim Gordon (Dark Knight trilogy, mainly Batman Begins). So, I was going to write that post and then I had the idea for this blogathon and I was really struck with the idea, and that’s what I’m going with.

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He’s too awesome!


  • The blogathon will run from March 28th-31st. You can publish your post (or posts) on the 28th, 29th, 30th, or 31st.
  • Duplicate topics will not be allowed, as there’s a slew of material to chose from.
  • ‘Good cop’ is defined as someone who’s a walking pillar of loyalty, great bravery, and awesomeness in their community. (So basically Jim Gordon.) (Fine. I’ll be quiet about him…for now.). ‘Bad cop’ is defined as someone who is either totally crooked, playing both sides, on the good side but pretending to be on the bad side, on the take, has a less than stellar personality but is still good at heart, etc. You get it.
  • You can write about a character from a movie, book, TV show, graphic novel – basically any medium.
  • FBI, CIA, and all other special/secret agents are disqualified. So are private investigators/detectives. So is western law enforcement, because there could be a whole other blogathon just for them and I wanted to keep this one centered on city-based police. (Police detectives are fine. As are police inspectors, commissioners – whatever rank you can think of.) (If you have any questions about a particular character’s eligibility for the blogathon, just leave ’em in the comments.)
  • If you need inspiration when it comes to choosing a character, there’s loads of lists on the internet that should help – Google is awesome for that. 🙂
  • EDIT: Your entry does not have to include both a good cop and a bad cop. It can be one or the other.
  • And that’s about it. Let me know in the comments what fictional cop you want to feature on your blog and I’ll add you to the roster. Then check out the awesome buttons below, stick one on your blog, and let’s have some fun with this!






Blogathon Participant Roster:

Hope to see you there!


(EDIT: I used a photo of US Marshall Gerard from ‘The Fugitive’ movie as one of the blogathon button images. Like the FBI, CIA, etc., US Marshalls are actually not an approved category for this blogathon. I apologize for any confusion/inconvenience this has caused and I hope you like the replacement button.)

59 thoughts on “announcing the Good Cop, Bad Cop Blogathon!

  1. This is the perfect opportunity for me to check out one of the noirs I’ve been missing. Could you sign me up for The Big Heat (1953) for Musings of a Classic Film Addict please? Thank you!


  2. Great idea! The name of this blogathon makes me think of a certain movie title and it’s this movie I’ll pick! Please put me down for the French-Canadian film Bon Cop, Bad Cop (2006) 🙂


  3. Dear Eva,

    Greetings from the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society! This is a fine article about a swell blogathon.

    I, Rebekah Brannan, have not participated much in the blog world in the past, but I intend to become more involved now. My sister Tiffany and I are considering a topic for your blogathon. We would like to compare a Code policeman, Captain Louis Renault from “Casablanca” (1942), who starts out corrupt but turns good in the end, and a Post-Code policeman, Nester Patou from “Irma La Douce” (1963), who starts out upright but turns bad when he leaves the police force. Please let us know if this would be a valid topic. If not, would Sergeant Bruce, Nelson Eddy’s Mountie from “Rose-Marie” (1936) count?

    By the way, I would like very much for you to participate in my upcoming blogathon, the Singing Sweethearts Blogathon, which will be my first real participation in PEPS. This blogathon, which will be hosted around Valentine’s Day, is celebrating the famous singing team Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.

    You can read the rules of the blogathon at: If you want to join, please comment and tell me your topic, if you have chosen one. I hope you’ll join me in honoring this brilliant team and the holiday of love!

    Please let me know if you can participate. My blogathon is drawing near, and I have few participants, so I would greatly appreciate a contribution from you.

    Many thanks and good wishes!


    Rebekah Brannan


    1. Hi! Thanks for your lovely comment! You and your sister can definitely write about Renault and Patou. I’ll add you to the list. And I will definitely Italy check out your blogathon.

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      1. Dear Eva,

        Thank you so much for your prompt response! I’m sure we’ll have a good time writing our article for your blogathon!

        I hope you’ll be able to join our blogathon, because we’d love to have you! If you need any suggestions, want me to put you down on the roster, or have any questions about the blogathon, please leave me a comment and let me know!

        Thanks again!


        Rebekah Brannan


      2. Dear Eva,

        I’m glad that I’ve introduced a new element of classic Hollywood to you! As your first ventures into the world of the Singing Sweethearts, I would suggest “Maytime” (1937) and “New Moon” (1940), since I consider these to be their best!

        If you don’t get a chance to watch one of their films before the blogathon, you can find out more about this wonderful screen couple by reading all the wonderful articles we’re going to have for the blogathon!


        Rebekah Brannan


  4. I didn’t see anything in the rules about it having to have both. I’m assuming it’s just a standard police procedural blogathon. My choice has a good cop and a not-so-good cop (although you can’t class him as” bad”…) It is a sci-fi movie so you may disqualify it on those grounds, but I would like to pick “Alien Nation”. It will only be about the original movie in detail, since I don’t have either the TV series or any of the made-for-TV movies…:-( I will briefly reference those, but should you have someone else choose one of them, I won’t be ruining any of it with my comments.


    1. Nope, it totally doesn’t have to be both. Either/or is fine. And sci-fi is fine as well. 🙂 I’ll add you to the participant roster!


      1. Hi…I’m going to have to pull out of this one…not going to get around to re-watching Training Day. I barely remember it so wouldn’t do it justice in a post…


      2. Awesome. I’m so sorry again about the Good Cop, Bad Cop….BUT, after having read some of the comments I realised that I don’t need both the good cop and the bad cop so….maybe, just maybe, I’ll join you after all…will let you know.


  5. ACK! I am trying to stick to only one blog event per month because I got stretched too thin this year and stopped enjoying them so much, and I just signed up for the Favorite TV Show Ep blogathon that runs March 23-25. But I LOVE police detectives. You know I do. Adore them.

    So… I am tentatively in. But I need to know — you have Sammy Gerard from The Fugitive (movie) in one of your buttons, but he’s not exactly a policeman, he’s a (deputy) US Marshal. Are Marshals eligible? Cuz you said CIA and FBI aren’t. If they’re fine, then put me down for The Fugitive (1993) cuz it’s only my 3rd-fave movie of all time, and I’ve never really reviewed it.

    If he’s not, then… I’ll figure something else out.


    1. Well, when I chose Gerard, I was looking on the Wikipedia page for the original show where he really is with the police force. I realized my mistake afterwards, but the button looked so nice… 😉 So, unfortunately, I’d have to say no. *unhappy sigh*

      And please don’t enter unless you absolutely have time and a character you love to talk about – I’ll definitely understand if you end up not being able to participate.


      1. Okay! That clears that confusion up.

        The trouble really is just choosing ONE to write about. I love so many! So I’m going to go with the easy choice: Alan Ladd. His movie Hell on Frisco Bay (1955) is all about cops both good and bad.


      2. Same here! There are so many great cops I could write about – the trouble was finding bad ones (that I know, anyway) for the blog buttons. 🙂 I’ll enter you on the roster!


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