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Copper is a unique and engaging police drama. It takes place in New York just before the start of the Civil War. The main character is an Irish cop named Kevin Corcoran, who is based out of the notorious five points. This show is definitely not an ordinary these procedural in period costumes. It engages the audience on many levels, simply because this setting is not trade at a piece of history or a what if this happened instead type of show. It presents the drama in such a way as to make the viewer feel as though they are witnessing the daily life of each one of the characters.

This television show does not glamorize the time period, or try to place modern morals into the show rather he deals with things from the perspective of the particular time period and does not judge things like prostitution as good or bad, but rather as just a fact of life and the show does not portray the characters as either heroes or antiheroes like some other police dramas, but rather as merely human this show does an excellent job of demonstrating that life isn't just black and white, but is more often than not, a grayish area, and sometimes deals need to be made and palms need to be greased for the greater good.

The main characters are bonded together by the unique experiences of combat, as well as the interesting dynamic that is friendship. One of the characters is a well-to-do fifth Ave. resident who was the major underlying the main character served so there is an excellent representation of the differences between the people that lived on Fifth Avenue and the people that lived in the five point and the different way the law was applied to the two classes. The rich can literally get away with murder if they have the right friends.

There is also an interesting character and friend of Detective Corcoran, who is a doctor of African-American descent, who uses the latest in cutting edge forensic technology (for the time of course) to give Detective Corcoran and entirely unique and sometimes aww inspiring perspective on the crimes he solves which range from murder to theft, and everything in between such of prostitution political corruption illegal gambling and any other crime of the day.

There are no outlandish plots involved with this television series that is to say nothing that couldn't happen on a daily basis during that time in New York. Anyone who is a fan of detective shows, and/or historical period pieces is sure to find an intriguing aspect that will make Copper well worth watching.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on BBC America
2 Seasons, 26 Episodes - Canceled
August 19, 2012
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Copper Full Episode Guide

  • In this all-new second season, Donal Logue joins the cast of Copper as General Brendan Donovan. Get an inside look at the former copper and tenacious new leader of the Sixth Ward.

  • New York City, 1865 - Copper returns for its explosive second season as Detective Corcoran struggles to tame the wartime metropolis while wrestling his personal Demons. Welcome back to Five Points.

  • In aftermath of President Lincoln's assassination, the country is still in shock. Corcoran, Morehouse and Freeman decide to join the national effort to locate Lincoln's killer, John Wilkes Booth.

  • Detective Kevin Corcoran attempts to remain hidden, while a catastrophic national event destroys smooth post-war recovery.

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