Public Morals

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  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 7.2  (75)

Public Morals, a police procedural drama created by Steven Bochco and Jay Tarses, premiered on TNT in 1996. Set in New York City during the 1960s, the show takes a close look at the Public Morals Division of the NYPD, which is responsible for enforcing laws related to public decency and morality. The series is composed of ten episodes, each of which runs for an hour.

The central character of the show is Terry Muldoon, a detective in the Public Morals Division who is played by Donal Logue. Terry comes from a family of cops, and his father (played by Peter Gerety) is a sergeant in the division. Terry is a complex character who is sometimes torn between his loyalty to his family and his duty to uphold the law. He is a skilled detective, but he also struggles with drug addiction and a rocky marriage.

Other members of the Public Morals Division include Detective Johnny O (played by Bill Brochtrup), Detective Dick McCarren (played by Larry Romano), and Sergeant John Wiley (played by Louis Ferreira). These characters provide a diverse range of perspectives on the work of the division and the challenges that they face. There are also a number of recurring characters, including Terry's wife (played by Jana Marie Hupp) and a local mob boss (played by Julianne Christie).

The show's writers use the setting of 1960s New York to explore issues related to morality and law enforcement. Many of the cases that the Public Morals Division works on involve crimes related to prostitution and gambling, and the show takes a nuanced look at the complex social and economic factors that contribute to these activities. The series also delves into issues related to race and class, as the detectives navigate a city that is undergoing significant social change.

One of the things that sets Public Morals apart from other police procedurals is the attention that it pays to character development. The show's writers take their time in establishing the personalities and backstories of the central characters, which makes the viewer more invested in their struggles and successes. The show also presents complex and nuanced relationships between the characters, which adds depth to the drama.

The show's creators also make good use of its 1960s setting. The production design is meticulous, and the costumes and hairstyles of the characters are authentic to the period. The show also makes use of popular music from the era, which adds to the overall mood and atmosphere.

Public Morals received mixed reviews from critics and struggled to find an audience during its initial run. Some critics praised the show for its gritty realism and complex characters, while others found it to be too slow-paced and unoriginal. The show was cancelled after one season, and the final episode aired in November 1996.

Despite its short run, Public Morals remains a compelling watch for fans of police procedurals and period dramas. The show's attention to detail and strong character development make it stand out from similar shows, and its exploration of social issues gives it an additional layer of complexity. Although it may not have found the audience that it deserved during its initial run, Public Morals remains a hidden gem that is worth seeking out.

Public Morals is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on August 25, 2015.

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A Thought and a Soul
10. A Thought and a Soul
October 20, 2015
The streets of Hell's Kitchen run red with the blood of the Irish Mafia, as the west side war comes to a head. Muldoon treats Christine to a night on the town, and makes a decision. Duffy gets surprising news from Deirdre. As Bullman's feelings for Fortune intensify, he's forced to make a decision about their relationship.
Starts With a Snowflake
9. Starts With a Snowflake
October 20, 2015
Muldoon gets an unexpected tip. Patton decides to take matters into his own hands. Christine makes plans to leave Hell's Kitchen, with or without Muldoon.
No Crazies on the Street
8. No Crazies on the Street
October 13, 2015
Muldoon tests Shea to see if he's worthy of being in Public Morals. Rusty and Kay finally spend some much anticipated alone time together.
Collection Day
7. Collection Day
October 6, 2015
Muldoon tries to balance the demands of home and work. Meanwhile, Lt. King helps out an old flame and has fellow officers take care of the situation.
A Good Shooting
6. A Good Shooting
September 29, 2015
Muldoon and Bullman's lives are threatened. Elsewhere, Deirdre and Sean disagree; Duffy and Barbara enjoy a night out drinking.
A Token of Our Appreciation
5. A Token of Our Appreciation
September 22, 2015
Rusty seeks vengeance after two of his soldiers are killed. Meanwhile, Latucci's association with a mobster is questioned, Bullman's relationship with a high-end call girl is complicated, and Smitty's role as a boss brings him danger.
Ladies Night
4. Ladies Night
September 15, 2015
Muldoon and Latucci take their wives on a double date, using the perks of the job to their advantage. Shea is partnered for the night with O'Bannon, who has some fun at Shea's expense when arresting a couple of hookers. Kane puts his plan in motion of avenging Mr. O's death.
O'Bannon's Wake
3. O'Bannon's Wake
September 8, 2015
Mr. O's wake brings together Muldoon and the west side Irish Mob, where Muldoon and Patton agree to meet and discuss the case. Also, Muldoon gets a tip about a high stakes, illegal card game run by the Italian Mob.
Family is Family
2. Family is Family
September 1, 2015
Muldoon's Aunt Kay asks him to find the person behind his uncle, Mr. O's murder. Mr. O's son, Sean O'Bannon, also a Public Morals officer, strikes up a new romance. Shea gets a taste of the fun side of working in Plainclothes when Bullman takes him to a private, illegal casino.
A Fine Line
1. A Fine Line
August 25, 2015
In the series premiere set in the 1960s in New York City, office Terry Muldoon issues a caution to his gangster uncle and offers support to a new division recruit.
Where to Watch Public Morals
Public Morals is available for streaming on the TNT website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Public Morals on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    August 25, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (75)