Langley Productions

From Audiovisual Identity Database

Credits
Logo descriptions by
yomoneyboat and WizardDuck


Logo captures by
Eric S. and Pygmalion X


Video captures courtesy of
sailorclose, JohnnyL80, Broken Saw, theRafaMarc (a.k.a. "RM") and External Galaxy

Background

Langley Productions was initially established in 1983 as "Barbour/Langley Productions", named after Malcolm Barbour and John Langley, the creators of Cops. In 1994, Barbour left from producing Cops. Two years later, the company was renamed to its current name to reference the departure.

Barbour/Langley Productions

1st Logo (March 11, 1989-December 12, 1992)

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Nicknames: "The Cops Logo", "The Pink Logo"

Logo: Over a black background, the text "BARBOUR" flies from the right of the screen, with "LANGLEY" doing the same thing from the left. They both criss-cross and land on opposite sides, and a white slash draws itself between them. "PRODUCTIONS, INC." appears below.

Variant: On some episodes of Cops, a copyright notice would appear.

FX/SFX: The flying text.

Music/Sounds: A dramatic 8-note synth tune that begins with 4 descending notes, followed by a 5th done on synth strings when the words land. Then 3 more ascending notes follow. This was all done on a Roland D-50 synthesizer with the patches "Future Pad" (for the descending and ascending notes) and "Pizzagogo" (for the 5th note).

Availability: Rare. Can be seen on 1989-1992 episodes of Cops.

Editor's Note: Those who have seen reruns from this era may be caught off-guard seeing this logo for the first time. The high contrast colors might cause headaches as well.

2nd Logo (August 15, 1992-September 18, 1999)

Nicknames: "The Cops Logo II", "The Silver Logo"

Logo: Almost the same as before, except everything is silver and in 3D, and occurs at a faster rate. Also, there is no "INC." at the end, and the text is in Univers font.

Variant: When the logo first appeared in 1992, some episodes of Cops had the "BARBOUR/LANGLEY" text shining.

FX/SFX: Same as the last logo.

Music/Sounds:

  • 1992-1993: The last logo's theme, which was sometimes shortened.
  • 1993-1999: A southern guitar riff.

Music/Sounds Variant: Some Cops tapes have a silent variant.

Availability: Uncommon. Appears on 1992-1999 episodes of Cops. A still version of the logo may appear on Spike airings on Cops.

Editor's Note: The guitar stinger used in this logo definitely suits it and its show better, making it a favorite of Cops fans.

Langley Productions

1st Logo (1999-November 23, 2008)

Nicknames: "The Cops Logo III", "Jumbled Letters"

Logo: On a black screen, the letters in "LANGLEY" fly into place, scattered about. The word "PRODUCTIONS" then flips up, and the logo shines.

Variant: Starting in late 2005, the logo starts as all the letters have fully appeared.

FX/SFX: The letters flying in and shining. Simple animation.

Music/Sounds: Same as the second variant of the second logo.

Music/Sounds Variant: On Street Patrol, a different guitar theme is used, which is sometimes abridged.

Availability: Common. Appears on Cops episodes from the era, as well as Jail and Street Patrol.

Editor's Note: Same as the 2nd Barbour/Langley Productions logo.

2nd Logo (September 7, 2008-June 3, 2018)

Nicknames: "The Cops Logo IV", "The Langley Flash"

Logo: On a black background, we see a blue flash. This causes the words "LANGLEY PRODUCTIONS" to appear, in an Avenir font this time. Plus, "PRODUCTIONS" is in spaced-out letters.

FX/SFX: The flash.

Music/Sounds: The abridged music variant from the previous logo, but the generic Fox jingle plays over episodes that aired on Fox until 2013.

Availability: No longer current. Was seen on post-season 21 episodes of Cops and was used together with the previous logo for a very brief time. It can also be seen on Jail.

Editor's Note: Not as remembered as the previous logos.

3rd Logo (June 4, 2018-)

Nicknames: "The Cops Logo V", "The Langley Flash II"

Logo: On a black background, we see the same logo, but the letters flip and zoom out in the center, and they are in 3D and metallic colored.

FX/SFX: The logo zooming out.

Music/Sounds: Same as before.

Music/Sounds Variant: On PlutoTV prints of Season 13 of Cops, this plasters the 1st logo but leaves its music intact.

Availability: Current. It was seen on Cops from season 31 onwards.

Editor's Note: Same as before.