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. Daleene Farmer says

    I love Copper! I was so angry to see them snatch it from the viewers just as the entire cast’s stories were finally coming together; further making me love it more! I don’t get it BBC; you’re network is open to many things without prejudice or political standings and it’s because of this that you have such successful programs. So much so that America takes your show ideas and use them, ie. Being Human… Anyway, please get it together and bring it back!

  2. dave koller says

    I enjoy watching the reruns of Copper just as much as when I saw them the first run.
    I wish or rather hope BBC will bring the series back to life.

  3. randy block says

    why does bbc America do this ?! create excellent programs and cancel them after 2or three seasons ?! what about broadchurch ? I cant even find mistresses season 2 and 3 on dvd for usa format ? as a rule bbc America has THE best programming, god help them if orphan black does not go at least 3-4 seasons!!!

  4. nancy says

    Very disappointed-this show was good quality, unpredictable and had some interesting things to say-and it was fun! Can’t we have at least a few shows that have these ingredients instead of bad comedy, completely ludicrous “reality” and gruesome details.
    Aargh! Guess it’s back to BBC movies on disc.

  5. J.Miller says

    I understand that the network executives must follow the consumer’s choices in what is considered “hot” in television shows. However, what BBC-America has presented with ‘Copper’, lets the public know that fortunately there are quality and intelligent series television that ‘mature’ viewers can watch. Pity there aren’t enough of these individuals out there to keep such a great show on the air.

  6. says

    I at one time really enjoyed whiching the BBC. Now with the cancellation of “Copper”, I just don’t know why I should watch.”Copper” was turely a great show and unlike anything on TV, now we just get inundated with programs like “Top Gear”,”Doctor Who” or “Ramsey’s Kitckens”incarnations.My last word on this matter is only “Copper” was a great show gone but never forgotten.So long BBC…

  7. angie blake says

    I missed the first season unfortunately. I quickly became addicted at the start of season two. I was so looking forward to the new season only to find my new favorite show had been cancelled. Im soooo disappointed. I told my friends and family and they too became loyal fans. Cancelled! Say it ain’t so! Please rethink your decision and bring Copper back! Thank you, Angie B.

  8. Lindsey says

    I am so devastated this show is not coming back :(. Please please consider bringing this wonderful sophisticated show back.

  9. Michael Duggan says

    Every time I like a series, they cancel it! This pisses me off. If they don’t renew Copper, I have no reason to watch BBC America again. Adios.

  10. says

    This was a great show that I enjoyed seeing-There are to many shows with witch craft, the paranormal or stupid shows about those in our country with no sense of intelligence-and some really enjoy that or they wouldn’t make them. We are also increasing the amount of shows with homosexuality as a theme. We need a variety for those of us who do not enjoy the above mentioned type of shows. Please reconsider bringing this show back.

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