The series is a black comedy about two utterly corrupt police officers Lilywhite and Knutt (the "bad cop, bad cop" of the title). Lafever is their friend, a lawyer with a relaxed attitude to the goings on. Police graft, corruption and brutality are satirised in a very dry comic fashion, and with a stream of matter-of-fact obscenities. The series is shot in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, with Lilywhite and Knutt often seen drinking at the Clovelly Bowling Club and numerous references to Maroubra. Police misconduct had been a real-life problem in New South Wales and elsewhere in Australia.
The title is a reference to the tactic of good cop, bad cop; though in this case both cops are as bad as each other.
In the title sequence, <br> Lilywhite: Off the car dickhead. You're about to learn something. <br> Knutt (shows badge): We're the police. Now piss off.