Copper TV seriesNetwork: BBC America
Episodes: 23 (hour)
Seasons: Two

TV show dates: August 19, 2012 — September 22, 2013
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Tom Weston-Jones, Kyle Schmid, Ato Essandoh, Tessa Thompson, Kevin Ryan, Tanya Fischer, Dylan Taylor, Ron White, David Keeley, Franka Potente, Anastasia Griffith, and Kiara Glasco.

TV show description:      
This crime drama TV series is set in 1864 in New York City and is filled with intrigue, corruption, mystery and murder.

Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) is an Irish-American former boxer who became a police detective. He returns from the Civil War to find that his wife is missing and his daughter is dead. Corcoran struggles to walk a straight line in New York City’s notoriously crooked Five Points neighborhood. Desperate to learn the truth about what happened to his family, he dedicates himself to seeking justice for the powerless and overlooked. He also finds himself thrust into the contrasting worlds of elegant and corrupt Fifth Avenue, and the emerging African-American community in Northern Manhattan.

Corcoran shares a secret from the battlefield with Robert Morehouse and Doctor Matthew Freeman that inextricably links their lives together. As he did in the Union Army, Corcoran proves intelligent, valiant and tenacious — stopping at nothing to bring those responsible to justice.

A handsome bon vivant and part of the Manhattan aristocracy, Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid) and Corcoran were mustered out of the 71st Regiment together. Though raised in a life of privilege, Morehouse was changed by the war and now sees the lower class as his equals — much to his father’s dismay. Spending more time drinking and cavorting with prostitutes than making a name for himself in the business world, Morehouse consistently falls short of his dad’s expectations.

An African-American physician, Doctor Matthew Freeman (Ato Essandoh) was Morehouse’s valet during the Civil War. When called upon, Freeman now assists Corcoran in murder investigations though receives no credit for his contribution. Freeman practices modern scientific methods of deduction, but precinct superiors believe this to be Corcoran’s work and he doesn’t tell them otherwise.

Freeman is devoted to his wife Sara (Tessa Thompson) whose two brothers were lynched during the Draft Riots. She’s left emotionally scarred, refuses to leave her house, and convinces her husband to leave Five Points in hopes of finding security in the African-American community of Carmansville in Northern Manhattan.

Detective Francis Maguire (Kevin Ryan) is Corcoran’s closest friend and his partner in the Sixth Precinct. Maguire assists Corcoran in his search for his missing wife, as well as in navigating the underground criminal world of Five Points. Though he cares deeply for those closest to him, Maguire possesses a quick temper and occasionally loses control. Enamored with Molly Stuart (Tanya Fischer), Maguire harbors a desire to settle down and marry the ambitious courtesan.

Flirtatious and beautiful, Molly works at at Eva’s Paradise and entertains several gentlemen from both Uptown and Five Points. Her big heart and free-spirited nature can embroil her in others’ affairs and, despite her taboo career choice, Molly possesses a deep sense of right and wrong.

Detective Andrew O’Brien (Dylan Taylor) is a colleague and companion to Corcoran and Maguire. Often teased about his acquiescence to his overbearing wife, he is fiercely loyal to his family and friends.

Captain of the Sixth Precinct, Ciaran Joseph Sullivan (Ron White) is more concerned about his reputation in the public eye than seeking justice for victims. Sullivan questions how the kingpins of New York society will be affected by the results of the tenacious Corcoran’s investigations.

Sergeant Padraic Byrnes (David Keeley) is a corrupt cop within the ranks of the Sixth Precinct and takes delight in thwarting Corcoran. He plays both sides of the law by manipulating Captain Sullivan as well as victims and criminals.

With a saloon and brothel located in the center of Five Points, Eva Heissen (Franka Potente), the Madame of Eva’s Paradise, is a shrewd businesswoman. A long list of patrons — including many coppers from the Sixth Precinct — help Eva maintain control over her employees with stern precision. Despite her tough-as-nails exterior, she shows her gentler side when she is with Corcoran — who finds comfort in Eva’s arms while his heart yearns for his missing wife.

Sophisticated, spirited and intoxicatingly beautiful, Elizabeth Haverford (Anastasia Griffith) is more than a mindless debutante. Far more business-savvy and politically astute than the other society ladies of Fifth Avenue, Elizabeth seeks to use her wealth and influence to improve the lives of others -– despite how it’s perceived by the rest of New York’s upper class. Though she meets Corcoran under horrific circumstances, Elizabeth enjoys his companionship and protection.

A young runaway who is growing up quickly, Annie Reilly (Kiara Glasco) is forced into prostitution to survive. After a memorable encounter with Corcoran, she becomes deeply attached as he endeavors to protect her from danger. Whip-smart with a predilection for mischief, Annie reminds Corcoran of his own daughter, and he goes out of his way to try to introduce her to a better life.

Series Finale:     
Episode #23 — “The Place I Called My Home”
In the wake of the President’s death, Detective Kevin Corcoran reels like the rest of the country. As Corcoran mourns with Robert Morehouse and Doctor Matthew Freeman, the three men decide to join a national effort once more. For the three friends, the mission elicits memories from the battlefield, resurfaces faces from the past, and creates opportunity for Five Points chaos to continue unabated.
First aired: September 22, 2013


What do you think? Do you like the Copper TV series? Are you sorry that there won’t be a third season?

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  1. William P. Martin says

    This is no way to end a series with a lot of question marks. It should be continued in another season or as a complete movie.

  2. Christina says

    I am so disappointed. I love Copper. All the characters are real and fully developed. I long to know what happens to Eva and if Corky takes up with the Organization. I so want a third season. I hope that they bring is back and if they make a movie I want all the same actors. I hate when they change the actors.

  3. says

    The reason these great shows keep getting cancelled is because the Networks are still using the outdated Nielson ratings system. I was sent a package to track my favorite shows but with the technology of today where we can record multiple shows at once I was given options for each day and was forced, for every hour of the day or evening, to choose one show while I’m actually recording multiple shows on multiple channels to watch when I please. It was so archaic that I didn’t even bother to send it back. Perhaps the networks might want to think about joining the 21st century because great shows are being cancelled simply because they just don’t seem to get it. Can somebody please tell me who out there is watching these ridicules “reality” shows that we have to wade through to watch the shows I love that are always pushed back to the 10pm hour? Since I have to rise early in the morning I just record. I’ve grown so disgusted with the networks that I’ve recently given up on live tv and spend most of my time on Netflix and Hulu and just hope that the shows I love will survive or be picked up by one or the other.

  4. tim mcgee says

    Even though I was born and raised in South Carolina and 18 family ( both great-great grandfathers) members fought the Confederate States of America I enjoyed Copper and was disappointed it was cancelled. I’m also disappointed Longmire will be cancelled after its 4th season. I’d like to have seen justified go on a bit longer too.

  5. Diane n jim says

    Please bring it back ,a show about that time line in such depth on 5 points unknown grounds to most with being around that time in history at the end of civil war unusal theme, such a grand series , acting especially and the concept . Jim and I feel very strongly about the series ,the acting impeccable and refreshing with new faces ,bravo also to the writers and producers,so so well done .thank you

  6. Raymond Appenzeller says

    They also did it to Longmire as well! Such boneheaded decisions of cancelling good shows with great actors!

  7. Raymond Appenzeller says

    This is so annoying and frustrating! Every time there is a good solid show on TV it ends up getting cancelled! Why was Copper cancelled? It had a great cast and storyline! Even Downton Abbey is in it’s final season 6! Why? There is plenty of historical events to keep the story going! It could lead up to and thru WWII. What is wrong with these networks?

  8. Lisa says

    What it’s not returning. I thought of all the network channels BBC would get it right, well now I know that they’re becoming just as unreliable as all the rest. I cannot believe they didn’t renew Copper!

    • jeff sund says

      How can we start a petition to renew COPPER???????!!!! How can we influence the producers to continue this great series? At least, give us one more season and provide us with some closure! It ended leaving everyone up in the air. The characters were very likeable and/or compelling, the writing and the acting are excellent.

      J.S., Matawan, NJ

      • Lisa says

        I completely agree with you Jeff. I’m so tired of these shows not being renewed especially when they have great actors, great story lines, chemistry & plots. Plus I enjoyed it because it was a look back at how things were sort of like Ripper Street (which finally got renewed) Also leaving the shows without closer. I’m sick of Reality Shows taking over every channel and networks. Way better than having to watch a DIY, Cooking, Teen Pregnancy shows and so on! Please if BBC is not going to be smart enough to keep this show I will keep my fingers crossed that another network will pick it up!

  9. Susan says

    Really sorry this show has been cancelled – at least Amazon took up Ripper Street*and did a great on continuing (and possibly ending) but Copper ended on an open note – very unsatisfactory..

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