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Copper 2 Seasons 2012

Season 1
4.4 out of 5 stars (1,198) IMDb 7.5/10

In a time when disorder and mayhem were the law of the land, Kevin Corcoran was New York City's finest. Copper is a gripping drama, filled with intrigue, corruption, mystery and murder. Follow Detective Kevin Corcoran - a rugged Irish immigrant cop - as he seeks justice for the powerless in the notorious immigrant neighborhood of Five Points.

Starring:
Wayne Curnew
Original air date:
October 21, 2012

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1. Surviving Death

As New York City is still recovering from the Draft Riots of 1863, Detective Kevin Corcoran finds himself investigating the murder of a young Five Points girl that hits uncomfortably close to home.

CC TV-MA August 19, 2012 44 minutes
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2. Husbands and Fathers

When a figure from Corcoran's past returns to Five Points, he finds that nothing is as it seems when it comes to his daughter's mysterious death and his wife's disappearance.

CC TV-MA August 26, 2012 44 minutes
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3. In the Hands of an Angry God

When the body of an Irishman is discovered lynched, racial tension in Five Points builds. As the public cries for a hanging, Corcoran begins to question every piece of evidence that comes his way.

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4. The Empty Locket

During a murder investigation, Corcoran finds new clues about his daughter's death and the disappearance of his wife, as well as a tragic personal link to one of Five Points' most infamous women.

CC TV-MA September 9, 2012 45 minutes
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5. La Tempete

When a gang scheme to rob the wealthy is uncovered, Corcoran must ensure security at an upscale fundraiser. As the police must prepare for the gala, tensions mount between the detectives and their superiors.

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6. Arsenic and Old Cake

Corcoran and O'Brien are assigned to solving a peculiar double murder. As they weigh the evidence, it becomes apparent that the facts come together in a surprising case of revenge gone wrong.

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7. The Hudson River School

Corcoran once again finds himself reevaluating his decisions about Annie. Meanwhile, the arrival of a group of high society out-of-towners offers Robert Morehouse a unique business opportunity.

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8. Better Times are Coming

On Election Day in New York City, friendships are tested when Maguire takes the law into his own hands and Corcoran is forced to make a difficult decision.

CC TV-MA October 7, 2012 45 minutes
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9. A Day to Give Thanks

On Thanksgiving Day, Corcoran finds himself in an ungracious state. With the fallout of recent murders and a shocking discovery shaking his foundation. Corcoran struggles to keep himself together.

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10. A Vast and Fiendish Plot

Corcoran races to keep his life - and New York City - intact when he joins forces with Morehouse, Eva and the coppers of the Sixth Precinct for the biggest fight since the Draft Riots.

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Bonus: Behind the Scenes: Chemistry Between Actors

Tom Westin Jones, Franka Potente and others reveal how it feels to be part of the Copper cast.

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Bonus: Sneak Peek

A sneak peek of the thrilling new drama series Copper. It is 1864 and Kevin Corcoran, newly appointed as a New York City police detective, enforces the law in the brutal Five Points style.

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Action
Director David Hyde
Starring Wayne Curnew
Supporting actors Kyle Schmid, Anastasia Griffith, Ato Essandoh, Kevin Ryan, Dylan Tayler, Tessa Thompson
Season year 2012
Network BBC America
Producers Mary Petryshyn, Sherri Rufh, Glen Salzman, Glen Salzman, Erin Faith Young
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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One of the most ambitious new shows to be produced by the BBC is actually set on American soil. What's up with that? And "Copper" arrives with one of the season's most impressive pedigrees! Oscar winner Barry Levinson (6 total nominations with "Rain Man" earning him a Best Director prize) and Tom Fontana (3 Emmy wins for writing on "St. Elsewhere" and "Homicide: Life on the Streets") are the creative forces behind the series set in New York's immigrant neighborhood of Five Points. Set shortly after the Civil War, "Copper" showcases the unruly lawlessness that runs rampant in a city struggling to define itself. The streets are filled with murder, illicit sex, and unchecked racism. At the same time, the wealthy are embroiled in political scandal, dubious business dealings, and an equal proportion of unqualified racism. Straddling these two worlds is Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones in a star making role), a good cop who's not above coloring outside of the lines to pursue the truth or enact justice.

Corcoran is introduced as a troubled soul reeling from personal tragedy. Despite being a copper who commonly takes refuge in a house of ill repute, he also has ties to a more elite base of friends. Oftentimes within "Copper," these two divergent paths are at odds. In my opinion, that is one of the most fascinating aspects of the show. The lives of the rich are expertly juxtaposed to the travails of the less fortunate. Within its crime format, there are a lot of different topics struggling for attention within a crowded plot line.
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Set in the gritty Five Points area of New York during the Civil War, Copper follows Det.Kevin Corcoran, an Irish American 'copper', as he solves crimes with nothing more than guts, brains and the clumsy tools of the day. Set against the backdrop of his own missing wife and murdered daughter, it's a dark and foreboding angst-fest for all. Corcoran's urge to champion every underdog continually undermines his career, and he has as many enemies on the police force as he does friends in the filthy underground he polices. Some people may be surprised or offended at some things depicted in this show - including a child prostitute 'married' at the age of ten against her will, and later imprisoned in a brothel to serve a 'certain kind of gentleman'. Child actress Kiara Glasco plays Annie Reilly, the child prostitute, and her performance is simultaneously electrifying and disturbing. Even seeing a child her age uttering the lines she's given in the show is enough to sometimes turn the stomach - which is likely the point. If Kiara Glasco is electrifying, then Tom Weston-Jones' performance can only be described as one that captures the screen and the imagination entirely. His face is one of those that can be angelic or brutish, depending on angle, and its chameleon quality is used to full effect here. One never knows from one scene to the next or even one line to the next which side of Kevin Corcoran we're about to see. The writing so far is top notch, though the third episode wasn't quite as startling as the first two. The production quality is top notch - so much so that this show must cost an enormous amount to produce. That in mind, if you are interested in dark drama, late Victorian New York City or just good television - watch this and keep them in business. It's one of the best of it's kind to come along in a very long time.
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As K. Harris did the heavy lifting. I can provide a more granular viewpoint re: what I like about Copper.

While some "poetic license" has to be allowed, as a student of history, BBC America nailed it! The time period has been covered before in the big budget "Gangs of New York" who took somewhat more of a "poetic license" than BBC America.

The Irish as a growing minority, the winding down of the Civil War, Tammany Hall, The integration of Blacks, the role of woman, the gap between rich and poor (& the fostering of well-known industrial titans) and general cleanliness (it might be a small thing, though look at the dirt caked nails of some of the main characters) are all topics prevalent to the time period.

Copper is both well-acted and well scripted. Franka Potente stands out with her best performance since "Run Lola Run."

The storyline itself might only merit a *4 rating, though historical accuracy bumps Copper up to *5 IMHO. Truth be told, I do have an ancillary motive, as my hope is that both commercial and critical acceptance of Copper will not only encourage BBC America to script additional programs, but that they will also open up the vaults by expanding their current offerings menu to include many of the fine programs that US audiences can only currently obtain through purchase.
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I am not sure how much research went into this project or how realistic it is. I am sure the result is hugely entertaining.

Great sets, costumes and,overall, persuasive acting. I agree with the comment that the writing could be sharper and Corky's Irish accent is a little off, but Copper's head on confrontation with the harsh, often desperate, poverty endured by the immigrants, and characters who are flawed, complex people who feel real, pulled me in. I didn't feel the plot was unfocused--I particularly like the abrupt transitions from violence to tenderness and vice versa. And the mystery of Corky's lost family helped tie in several subplots, including an abortionist's murder and a child prostitute's precocious love for Corky.

Overall, I give this a big recommend. Every episode unveiled (sometimes unnerving) surprises, and I couldn't take my eyes off the screen.
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