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. sue says

    Very disappointed Copper has been canceled……looked forward to seeing new season…loved the characters…….please reconsider to bring Copper back……….

  2. Debbie says

    To bad this is a very good show!! Great story line and a glimpse of our early American heritage. Bring Copper back for another season!

  3. Anonymous says

    Very sad indeed to see that Copper won’t be back. It is a fine program with characters that have depth and substance. It is one of those shows that you hate to wait for the next episode. BBC you should reconsider.

  4. Vince Harrod says

    Totally peeved off that this has been cancelled….bin all the reality rubbish and all the celebrity quiz shows…..and spend money on this..there again they make so much money from idiots ringing in to vote that I won’t hold my breath

  5. Carol says

    What a shame this show was not renewed. Why do the networks keep all the lame reality shows and drop ones like this. I hope that someone from the station realizes their mistake and reinstates the show. This has been done before and hopefully will bed done again.

  6. Anonymous says

    What a shame. This show is so much better than most. Hope that someone listens to the comments and reinstates this series. Cancel some of the reality shows and keep this one.

  7. Joy says

    Like so many others commenting on the cancellation of Copper, I am disappointed that the series ended with so many unresolved issues. If it must cancel the series named “Copper”, my hopes is that an evolved spin off can replace it, using many of the same characters. It would give the writers and network an opportunity to make whatever changes they think would gain a higher viewer share, and also allow a format for already dedicated viewers to continue with the saga that surrounds Five Points, its characters, historical events & the rise of wealth and corruption. This is too important to see left alone.

  8. Mary says

    I loved this show and looked forward to watching it every Sunday night. I was stunned and extremely disappointed that it was cancelled.

  9. Amy says

    Love Copper, never miss it. I love the characters, the stories, the history. Now to find out it has been cancelled, very disappointed. I have over one hundred channels, but there is really very little worth watching. Copper I looked very forward to every week. Thanks BBC!

  10. Pauline Suarez says

    Love the show hope BBC reconsiders its cancillation of this show. BBC has a History of canceling its more interesting shows. Its hard to want to invest your time watching a series only to have it canceled. I hope if BBC does decide to cancel that another network picks it up. Love the manner that the show displays the era, the way people lived as well as the story line. shame on you BBC America.

  11. Michael says

    I will NEVER watch another BBC show….It was so nice to have an actual interesting show to watch and I was totally engrossed and looking forward to more stories only to have to realize it was cancelled. SHAME ON BBC

  12. Paula says

    I’m stunned that COPPER wasn’t be renewed. What an engrossing show! Top-notch storylines, characters and acting by the principals. A fascinating glimpse into American history. Why run these wonderful shows and then pull them out from under us? COPPER has my vote for renewal!

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