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. says

    I Looked online to see what happened to the Sept. 29th Sunday series…I looked forward to it every Sunday…I don’t care what came on I looked at Copper. I couldn’t wait until this series resumed. Here we go again…it seems like the networks don’t care about their customers…why don’t you get a pol from your customers before you cancel the series. I thought this one of the best series in the states and BBC. What happened when they got back…now we will never know…that’s is why I am going to stop looking at series…seems like the networks don’t know what is a good series.
    At least give us a ending that is a ending! Did he become the sheriff, did he find Iva…what??? I wait for Copper every Sunday…please reconsider your cancellation.

  2. Jayne Bloom says

    Why is it only the good shows get cancelled? Please bring it back. I’m reading a lot more and watching a lot less TV.

  3. Jack Bauer says

    Also left us hanging , what happened to our ladies? And other unanswered questions . Also did they film other episodes to wrap it up? Are they going to show them?

  4. marci j green says

    I am shocked by the news that BBC America canceled Copper. It’s a great show, good writing with good story lines, great cast of characters with good actors. There’s so much reality crap and bad shows on TV, so please, please bring Copper back!!

  5. Julie Erdely says

    I just don’t believe that Copper was cancelled! This was one of my favorites. It had everything going for it: good writing, acting, scenery, etc. please BBCA bring this show back!

  6. says

    Bad Judgement. BBC was doing a great job in engaging American viewers with their tapestry of stories and wonderful performances by actor we may have not seen. Unfortunately, they have gone the way of their American counterparts, where the almight
    dollar is king! How very disappointing coming from a country I expected was above all that; as Gordon Geko said “Greed is Good”. The very least you can do for those of us who have invested our time and emotion is “Wrap it Up”in an episode or movies you can be proud of. Samantha of Detroit

    • Linda Hayes says

      BBCA is in America, it brings us the shows that originated on BBC in the UK…Copper was it`s first original show. I personally am extremely saddened that it is cancelled. I do not think it got the promo it deserved. A lot of people probably did not even know about it. I am sure it cost a lot for production, but I doubt it was too extreme. Sets did not change much, a lit was CGI, but I am no expert on all that..

  7. John B. says

    If there’s one show that should be resurrected, this would be it. It was well-written and performed, and unlike all the pablum being spoon-fed to the masses on tv these days, actually offered insight into history. I bet the large majority of New Yorkers have no clue of the number of people who lived right in the same building as they do. Cosmopolitan New York was once just as rough-and-tumble as you can get, and shows like Copper give a glimpse into that time. Please bring it back, BBCA!

    • Linda Hayes says

      I agree John B. Do we live in such a stupid culture that they put on the reality shows year after because the masses really swarm to that? I do not get it, so are we eventually doomed to that for television entertainment? Not me, if I can’t have quality TV like Copper and other shows…Books for me and the occasional DVD…
      BBCA needs to reconsider this…I went to their website but could find no avenue to protest this action on their site…

  8. Jackson Bridges says

    I suggest going to BBCA on Facebook & hitting every blog w/a protest message. I just did that. Made me feel a lot better!!*

  9. D mk says

    Are you kidding…..I discovered BBC America and just love the dramas. Copper and Ripper are my all time favorites along with Downton Abbey. I even pay for the shows. I live in the US and ” reality” TV is not my thing. I just don’t understand Copper being cancelled. The second season sometimes can be low but good shows find their way when they have good actors and writers. I had a million questions when the finale aired. Give it a chance to play out…we are hooked and loyal!!!

  10. Linda Hayes says

    Maybe if the posts keep coming as they are and they see the passion of the fans they will re-think…The sad part is that it cost gazillions of dollars to produce shows, and if the numbers are there for the ratings, even if they are also saddened by the cancellation, it won’t matter…We can hope and I do hope they change their mind, or at least put the movie out for closure for us fans…

  11. says

    Well written and acted show. Head and shoulders over the pap that passes for adult viewing. Hope reason will strike the heads of BBC AMERICA, and the show will be saved. It is one of the best reasons to watch tv,

  12. Amanda says

    it was obvious that the writers expected to come back for a third season, I read that they have the main story arch for what would have been season 3 already, so fingers crossed that they translate it into a movie at least to tie up loose ends instead of leaving us hanging

  13. Willis Lindsey says

    I can’t believe they cancelled this show! Wait, yes I can, what with all the brain dead idiots that watch “Reality TV” shows that have no entertainment content for anyone with an IQ over 10!
    Then to top it off, they end it like they did – more like a season finale instead of a series one, the top prostitute missing, her 2 dead employee’s and the main dude in a world of **** again! That is supposed to be a series finale? Not exactly closing up all the loose ends, like other shows do when they are ending – or did all the cast & crew die and so they had to end the show due to lack of same (along with all the writers no doubt).
    I thought more of BBC than this kind of exit and lack of respect for their customers (that being us – the ones that buy the products that their advertisers pay for the ad air time)

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