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 -ā€“ 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. Marci Green says

    Maybe we could petition Netflix to pick up Season 3 of Copper. I previously read that it was already written. Netflix just picked up another show that I watched and it was cancelled ā€“ The Killing from AMC. Iā€™m not sure how to get something started with Netflix?

  2. Mike Becker says

    BUMMER. SUPER BUMMER. Copper was one of the best period shows on tv. I appreciated the realism in costuming, armaments and set design. Made us feel a part of that era. Bring it back, please.

    • Pete says

      I get 2-3 comments per day about this series.. OK.. What do we do? There has to be something.. No one has ever delved into this period on television and it gives not only historical background, but insight as to life (although exhaggerated somewhat) of the true building period of the United States. Brilliant writing.. interesting charachters, no phony tricks.. Damn.. can’t we have just 1?

      • Linda Hayes says

        I have personally contacted BBCA and I know others who have posted here stated that they had. I received a nice curt repy from BBCA thanking me for my interest, but it was canceled and that was that…No explanation or anything…
        Someone somewhere may pick it up if if they see enough of us want it back….

  3. barbara kulifaj says

    It’s disgusting that Copper has been cancelled. Like other viewers, it was a show that Sure hope it returns on another network. What a waste of effort for only 2 seasons to have aired. But then again I am not surprised. There were 2 other series that were excellent that also was cancelled prematurely, those being Deadwood and Brothers.

  4. 0.07792273875561883 says

    So disappointed about the cancellation of Copper. I was so looking forward to the new season. Hope it’s brought back.

  5. says

    I’ve been waiting and waiting for this show to come back on and now I read that it has been cancel!! I love that show! Hope the network changes it mine or hope another network get smart and picks it back up. But I’ll keep checking for it.

  6. says

    I think it an insult to BBC America to spoon feed an audience with quality programming ad then drop it. It is difficult enough to find television that does make on puke or result to drugs to watch. Please re consider our decision not everyone wants

    honey Boo or reality TV.

  7. says

    Say it isn’t so!! I really enjoy this show, I was so looking forward to a new season. Come on listen to the people! There is nothing on the regular networks that compare to this era.

  8. Carol says

    Such an amazing show! Great storyline and wonderful casting. It’s hard to believe that it was cancelled. So much crap gets put on TV year after year. Please bring back COPPER!

  9. Marlene and Tom says

    We are very upset that Copper has been canceled. We really enjoyed the show. Missed the series finale, hoping to catch it somewhere. We are almost to the point of not watching new shows when they come on out of fear they’ll be canceled!!

  10. Denise Bach Morris says

    I loved this series. It was outstanding and well written. If BBC did not renew it and if OWN isn’t interested, maybe A&E or some cable channel would be interested in picking up a Season 3. The cast was well selected and this series is a blockbuster. Someone is missing the boat if they don’t pick this series up.

  11. Greyfox says

    I loved the show and would like to see it return somewhere on the public tv. Maybe the shows producer’s could contact the own network or Tyler Perry and try to get the program placed there for viewing. There is a large viewing audiance for Copper!

    • Linda Hayes says

      I agree 100%….There has to be a net work out there somewhere that would be enthused about adding this to their schedule…
      It has been so long now, you have to wonder, have the actors already made other committments? I would imagine so, talent like that does not go unnoticed…

  12. Murr and Son says

    we loved this show and are sad to see it go, especially when there is so much junk on TV eg Kardashians, how do they stay on and this great show get’s cancelled. There is no justice! The cast was fantastic, the premise of the show entertaining – perhaps a different night would have helped, eg Saturday nights? Give it another chance!!

  13. rick friend says

    I loved the show. It reminded me of what the police should do protect and serve.
    Not means justifies the means.

  14. Helen abd Bruce says

    It was finally a show that both my wife and I enjoyed watching and were hoping they would get a full season from then on. Not cancelled ….. Somebody somewhere missed the boat or hit their head ,and let a outstanding series to die by the side of the road is UNTHINKABLE!!!! It is rare such a cast can be brought together and create such intrigue and suspense……..

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