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Set in the Five Points neighborhood of New York City in the 1860s, focusing on a rugged young Irish cop who is forced to navigate his unruly and dangerous immigrant neighborhood while ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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...  Detective Kevin Corcoran 23 episodes, 2012-2013
...  Robert Morehouse 23 episodes, 2012-2013
...  Elizabeth Haverford / ... 23 episodes, 2012-2013
...  Doctor Matthew Freeman 23 episodes, 2012-2013
...  Detective Francis Maguire / ... 23 episodes, 2012-2013
...  Andrew O'Brien / ... 23 episodes, 2012-2013
...  Sara Freeman 22 episodes, 2012-2013
...  Eva Heissen 22 episodes, 2012-2013
...  Captain Ciaran Joseph Sullivan 19 episodes, 2012-2013
...  Annie Reilly / ... 16 episodes, 2012-2013
Geordie Johnson ...  Norbert Morehouse 15 episodes, 2012-2013
...  Morehouse's Butler 13 episodes, 2012-2013
...  Brendan Donovan 12 episodes, 2013
...  Ellen Corcoran 11 episodes, 2012-2013
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Set in the Five Points neighborhood of New York City in the 1860s, focusing on a rugged young Irish cop who is forced to navigate his unruly and dangerous immigrant neighborhood while interacting with the uptown Manhattan crowd and the black community. Written by THR

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New York, 1865. There are no city limits. See more »

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6 August 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Copper - A törvény ára  »

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1,500 costume pieces from this show were acquired by United American Costume Corporation in February, 2014. See more »

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Corcoran and company are Irish immigrants working for the Metropolitan Police. The Metropolitan Police was formed by the state in 1857 as a counter to the pre-existing municipal police, and they were rival agencies. Irish immigrants worked almost exclusively for the municipal police rather than the Metropolitan Police, so it is highly unlikely that a Metropolitan Police precinct would would have been manned mainly by Irish. See more »

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Detective Kevin Corcoran: Are you all right?
Eva Heissen: It's not the first dead body I've seen.
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In the opening credits, there is a map showing the Five Points as it stood in the show's time period. See more »

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Intriguing, different
24 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

I was hooked by the promos. Although I like period dramas, usually my preferences tend more toward much earlier times. The atmosphere, the setting, even the costumes on "Copper," however, bespoke something unusual.

The actors are spot-on. Their characterizations are very human, making them both likable and unlikeable. Justice is often dispensed based on situational ethics rather than word of law. This is refreshing, since we don't have to root for every one, every time.

The writing, production values, even the editing make the show compelling and the unanswered questions persuade me to come back each episode to see how the plot is furthered. While we still don't have the larger answers, there is enough going on in the foreground so that this is not a drawback. It makes the denouement worth waiting for.

I have favorites among the characters, of course, but have a couple of unfavorites, as well: Eva, the friends-with-benefits "businesswoman" who, apparently doesn't mind snuffing out any potential rivals for someone who, in the end, will never be hers, anyway (she's quite awful: who would want to be?) and the evil child we've seen in so many horror movies that I, for one, can't muster up even a modicum of sympathy for. They and a smattering of others simply elicit the "Can't wait for this one to buy it" response.

It's outstanding in the current field. This, alas, means it probably will have a short shelf-life, as so many imaginative, non-generic shows do. I sincerely hope, however, that this proves the exception.


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