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. Jackson Bridges says

    I have never watched anything on BBCA before, and I guess cancelling Copper will mean I will not be watching anything else in the future! Maybe they can rerun thesame old movies they show ever darn week. What kinda audience do they expect on a Sunday night?.. Best show on TV! BAD DECISION BBCA!

  2. Kathy Harley says

    BBCA says Copper had poor ratings. As much as I love Gordon’sKitchen Nightmares, Broadchurch and other BBCA programs, they’ve lost one little viewer by cancelling Copper. I can’t help but think there is more to the cancellation than ratings.

  3. Kim Moore says

    I just began to watch Copper at the beginning of this season, but was hooke from the first episode. That period of time is so interesting. Went back and watched the whole first season on Netflix. I am very sad that it is being cancelled. I am sure I is an expensive show to make, as any period piece is, but it was a great show and had so many more directions to go. I will miss it.

  4. k says

    99 percent of the garbage on tv I will not watch. Forget that reality show crap (which dominates the evenings. Total garbage. I looked forward to Cooper and Ripper Street. Two decent shows that made getting through the work week, worth it. They get rid of Copper, I’m stuck with dvd s and listening to classic rock instead of watching tv until the half dozen other shows that I watch start back up.

    Fracked shame to lose such an awesome show. Started off a Corky fan, totally enamoured of Francis now. (still a Corky fan…want his hat!)

    • Gina says

      I am so in agreement with you on the reality shows. Nothing but boring nonsense but they are cheap to make and I guess some people do like them, just not you and me.

      More and more I think I should just cancel my cable anyway. Not enough on to justify paying the $ and canceling good shows like Copper just makes me think I should go ahead and just cut the cable.

  5. karla price says

    Copper is one of the best series ever put together. Each actor appeared to be hand-picked, and each character was in their right role; this create a great show. I read a bit of viewing dropped off. I am sure not enough to cancel a show of such quality. I was so happy to see a show on the television that, not only was entertaining, it was educational.

    I am very sad to see this series cancelled. I thought for once the producers got it right. Was I wrong.

  6. Colin M says

    With all the crap thats called TV, you choose to cancel the one of best programs to come down pipe? Please re-consider. It’s very rare you get a cast which gels so fast. This has got to be reversed. SAVE COPPER!!!!!!

  7. Sheldon says

    How could they cancel one of the best shows on TV…..A great story line but a horrible wrap up….I hope the TV execs change their minds and renew this wonderful show.

  8. Nat says

    This is one of the best series on TV…HOW IN THE WORLD CAN THEY CANCEL IT!! Totally unacceptable….I’m so tired of quality shows being canceled.

  9. Gina says

    this was a wonderful and unique show. I’m very disappointed to hear that it isn’t being renewed for another season. When there’s so much dreck on TV, having a well scripted, well acted show like Copper to watch was a nice change.

  10. Linda says

    I am very angry and disappointed that “Copper” has been cancelled…it was a season finale as of last week now on Saturday it was running as the series finale…I just flipped…great show..cast is excellent…there is so much more story to be told…I can only hope that they will reconsider and renew it or at the very least have a proper series finale to tie up loose ends but I would rather have it back to continue it’s run…I agree that there is so much “crap” on TV and good dramas such as “Copper” get the “axe”…my sister and I love “Copper” !!! Please Renew !!!

  11. Rhonda says

    It’s such a shame that a superb show as this is cancelled. There are so many more stories that can come out of it. There hasn’t been a show like this around in a long time. It’s the kind of show that I and a lot of others look forward to each week. I know of a few times where the fans have changed whether or not the series is cancelled by writing to the people that produce the show. If that were to happen maybe they might rethink the cancellation.

    • Linda Hayes says

      Maybe we can hope a bit that if BBCA pays attention, they will reconsider. This was their first time out for a original program, they need to Ser this cancellation is very hasty…

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