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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, 24 Episodes
August 4, 2012
Cast: Tom Weston-Jones, Kyle Schmid, Anastasia Griffith, Ato Essandoh
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  • 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.

  • Corcoran challenges Tammany Hall; Matthew Freeman reaches his breaking point; Elizabeth Morehouse is immersed deeper into addiction; Eva's murder trial begins.

  • Corcoran solicits coppers to uncover the truth about Gen. Donovan's outpost in Five Points. Meanwhile, Robert Morehouse's marriage threatens his business; and the Freemans challenge bigots at home.

  • Returning to the Precinct, Detective Kevin Corcoran is shocked to discover a new investigation has a loved one in chains.

  • The greater Copper family -Uptown and Five Points alike -rally around Detective Kevin Corcoran, who is still feeling the effects of a shocking loss. In a quest to cure the illness sweeping Five Points on a grander scale, Doctor Matthew Freeman steps beyond his boundaries.

  • In his investigation, Detective Kevin Corcoran ends up in a road block. Doctor Matthew Freeman is faced with the outbreak of a new and troubling illness sweeping Five Points.

  • A murder forces Detective Kevin Corcoran to work closely with an unlikely source as General Brendan Donovan is eager to close the case cleanly.

  • Five Points panics when a community safe haven is seized by one of the deadliest men in New York City. With both coppers and civilians at the mercy of a brilliant but unstable force, Detectives Kevin Corcoran and Andrew O'Brien, with Doctor Matthew Freeman and several coppers, become desperate to establish peace in the Sixth Ward.

  • The Sixth Precinct's search for the killer of a fellow officer gets off course when Annie Reilly creates a rift in the Corcoran home. Meanwhile, Madame Eva Heissen -attempting to preserve a secret she has been harboring-discovers an unlikely ally in General Brendan Donovan.

  • Corcoran gets closer to finding those responsible for the kidnapping and murder of young Five Points men. As the pressure mounts, he is faced with a dilemma.

  • As more corpses of young men are found and others continue to disappear, Corcoran is willing to do anything in his search for answers.

  • In the second season premiere, young men are dying and disappearing at a disturbing rate and a career criminal is terrorizing the Sixth Ward. With pressures from Tammany Hall descending upon the police force, Detective Kevin Corcoran and the coppers of the Sixth Ward must follow the guidance of returned ward leader, General Brendan Donovan.

  • Corcoran teams up with Morehouse, Eva and the coppers of the 6th Precinct when a large-scale fight breaks out.

  • Corcoran struggles to maintain control on Thanksgiving after a shocking discovery shakes him to the core.

  • Friendships are tested on election day when Maguire decides to handle things his own way, despite the law, and Corcoran is faced with a dilemma.

  • Corcoran once again questions his decisions about Annie. Meanwhile, the arrival of a group of high society out-of-towners proposes a unique business opportunity for Robert Morehouse.

  • Corcoran and O'Brien investigate a double homicide, and the evidence exposes a revenge plot gone wrong.

  • A gang's plot to rob some of the wealthiest families in New York is exposed, and Corcoran is charged with protecting patrons at an upscale fund-raiser from the thieves.

  • Corcoran continues to investigate his daughter's mysterious death and his wife's disappearance and discovers new evidence linked to the murder of an infamous woman in Five Points.

  • Racial tension is heightened when an Irishman is found lynched and a black pastor is suspected.

  • Someone from Corcoran's past returns to Five Points, and new questions surface regarding his daughter's death and his wife's disappearance.

  • In the series premiere, Kevin Corcoran, an Irish-immigrant cop in 1864 New York City, searches for a child killer.

  • A behind-the-scenes look at the show.

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