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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.

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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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Liz Jackson August 29, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Please bring back Copper, even if just to finish out the storyline. It was the best show in a long time, then you cancel it. If I ain’t broke, please don’t fix it! Bring it back and add the excitement that this show brought with it.


Robert August 29, 2014 at 11:18 am

Come on guys. It’s a good show, but has several flaws. One that I can’t get past is a mis-casting of the central character. Think for a moment about Kevin Ryan (Maguire) playing Corky. Ryan is amazing and I believe the only native Irishman of the main players. I also think they WAY under-utilized Kiara Glasco (Annie) who was a major scene-stealer in the first season. She can take on the persona of a 25-year-old effortlessly. Some high points for me were the performances of Kyle Schmid (Morehouse) and Donal Logue (Donovan). Logue did the best Irish accent I’ve ever heard; having parents born in Ireland probably helped! I also couldn’t get into the portrayal of the struggle of blacks in the 1860′s; the attempts always seemed to drip with too much sappiness. I found myself getting bored and wanting to see more of Detective Maguire instead.


Jodi August 27, 2014 at 8:26 am

I just finished watching season 1 & 2, what a great series! Would love to see more. Kinda was left hanging on that last episode. Best T.V. I’ve seen in many years! Bring Copper back and finish the story.


Richard August 26, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Just saw all the previous episodes, where is 2014? It was a great series, bring it back!!!


irv August 26, 2014 at 2:55 am

What the heck is going on? Copper has got to be among the best series I’ve seen on T.V. I don’t watch BBC much because I didn’t think their quality of shows were all that good But I stand corrected. And now they cancel it. Again I say what the heck is going on ?


Carin becerra August 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Why would this show be canceled. I can not understand this. It is a great show with great stories lots of history great acting looked forward to every episode. So now what? You left us hanging. How rude. Please bring it back . Many people will watch it and tell their friends. There is so much crap on TV and this show was wonderful to watch. I loved, loved, loved it.!!!!!!!!!!


Deb August 24, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Loved Copper. Great story line, wonderful characters and brilliant writing. Too bad it has been cancelled – - the best shows always seem to be the first to go so the mindless pap can go on in it’s place.


Deborah LaRowe August 23, 2014 at 8:08 pm

My husband & I were very loyal followers. Loved this show! So sorry it has been cancelled. Wish there was some way it could restart. There is not a show on like that one .


Sally Broadhurst August 23, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Copper was one of the best shows to tell more of American history that we may not have known. Loved the show and the actors. I was hoping it would be back because they left us hanging in midair not knowing what happened at the saloon. Why do tv shows do this with no resolution?


Stacey August 23, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Just got done watching this series on Netflix & I loved it! I’m so sorry that the show has been cancelled!


Darrell Miller August 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Was one of my favorite shows and very disappointed. I hate everytime I find something I like is dropped…..Hate to see it is gone.


JIm August 19, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Was one of my favorite shows and very disappointed it got cancelled. Cant even think why it would have


R kramer August 18, 2014 at 9:32 pm

WTF like the show then wham no more. What a pile of crap


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