• Network: BBC America
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 19, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Aug 16, 2012
    100
    Copper has much to recommend it: action, passion and great performances arising from an exploration of classic American themes.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Aug 20, 2012
    91
    It's both a promising and foreboding series, with class warfare an ever-present force that wants no part of any idealized forms of truth, justice and the American way.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Aug 20, 2012
    83
    Copper spins somber stories of gold.
  4. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Aug 16, 2012
    83
    The characters hold promise, the show looks swell, the stories reflect rich history and the makers have earned our trust.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Aug 16, 2012
    83
    Filmed with a muddy palette, the premiere hums with menace. There's lots of low-down action, with brass knuckles applied.
  6. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Aug 21, 2012
    80
    The second hour is more engrossing than the first, and is easily rich enough to keep us coming back for more.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Aug 17, 2012
    80
    A half-dozen plots routinely swirl around Copper, banging into each other. Levinson and the cast never let them unravel.
  8. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Aug 16, 2012
    80
    Its unyielding moral passion, exemplified in the character and pursuits of its hero, Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), is the life force that propels this powerful--and powerfully violent--tale of New York City, 1864.
  9. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Aug 16, 2012
    80
    Those [dialogue] imperfections never jolted me out of the spell Copper casts.
  10. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Aug 20, 2012
    75
    Copper doesn't open as confidently as I had hoped (or as its pedigree might lead one to expect), but given the classic themes, rich time period and great acting, I trust it will keep my interest.
  11. Reviewed by: Chris Conaton
    Aug 20, 2012
    70
    If it strains our credulity at times, Copper also assumes our intelligence, specifically, for introducing us to an unfamiliar world and, rather than explaining every simple detail, expecting us to keep up with plot and context.
  12. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Aug 20, 2012
    70
    There's enough to recommend about Copper that it's worth tuning in to see how the series develops.
  13. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Aug 20, 2012
    70
    Copper has come to entertain, not to educate, and it discharges that duty well.
  14. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Aug 16, 2012
    67
    It's a promising framework for a series, and the first two episodes of Copper work in fits and starts.
  15. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Aug 31, 2012
    63
    Copper lacks the brains or kick to lift it above being a period piece. [10 Sep 2012, p.41]
  16. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Aug 27, 2012
    63
    So far, it's certainly no "Homicide," in which the dialogue was always crisp and unexpected.... But when Copper puts down its billy clubs and delves deeper into its characters, the series has great possibilities.
  17. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Aug 17, 2012
    63
    Everything about the show feels just a bit off: underfunded, insufficiently cast and flatly written.
  18. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Aug 16, 2012
    63
    The scenes are always gritty and often very violent, which makes great TV. However, the dialogue? Whew. I mean, seriously? "She is waiting for you with breath bated!"
  19. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Aug 17, 2012
    60
    As it is, the decent but unspectacular Copper comes off as "Deadwood Cop," minus the Milch.
  20. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Aug 16, 2012
    60
    All of these characters and situations are mildly interesting, but it's difficult to know from just a couple of episodes if they're ever going to become desperately interesting.
  21. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Aug 17, 2012
    50
    The first two episodes are so full of clunky explanations that it's impossible to forget for a moment you're watching a TV show.
  22. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Aug 17, 2012
    50
    while the opening episodes set up this material, they don't do much with it, getting bogged down in a sensationalistic, but not especially well-plotted, child-prostitution story.
  23. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Aug 16, 2012
    50
    Copper has the same problems that AMC's Hell on Wheels does, which is that there's an excellent show there somewhere, just not on the screen.
  24. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Aug 16, 2012
    50
    While the story does capture a sense of the times--and provides intriguing glimpses into the Manhattan of 160 years ago--as constructed, this can't help but feel like "Deadwood" lite.
  25. 40
    If the actors were stronger--or, to be fair, if the show had had a better sense of how to tap whatever talents they possess--they might have been able to sell the material. No such luck.
  26. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Aug 17, 2012
    40
    It's missing exactly the elements that make you want to watch those British shows on BBC America: energy, irreverence, a sense of humor and, crucially, consistently good performances.
  27. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Aug 17, 2012
    40
    It doesn't lack in ambition. It's in the stilted, stiff execution where things fall apart.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Sep 3, 2012
    10
    TV is littered with cop/detective shows set in modern time attempting to find a niche to get people to watch something more than once. It is so difficult to make a unique show, if they find success they copy it and add a city's name to make it sound different. This is a detective show, but it delivers a special treat way the way of very brave producers. They have taken on the immense task of delivering a time and place most know little about. This show delivers the same caliber of acting and writing, if not better, than our normal dramas. But adding to this is a very accurate depiction of two sides of 1865 New York. We are given dynamic characters with real flaws and vices. The struggle is honest without being over the top.

    We should all judge the merits of the show after watching a few episodes, the efforts of the crew deserve this much.
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  2. Sep 10, 2012
    0
    I have been watching "Copper" since it started and thought it was a fair, C+ show. After watching this sunday's episode,9/9, I will no longer be recording it. The one Jewish character is the most negative stereotype I have ever seen on a network program. What makes this so reprehensible is that there are no other Jews depicted on the show. There are multi-character blacks, Irish and others but only one Jew who is a pawn broker who lies for money. Does "Copper" have another agenda besides telling a story? Too bad this goes unnoticed by the reviewers. Full Review »
  3. Aug 19, 2012
    8
    Not bad - but it will take some time for the characters to develop. Also wondering why this is on BBC America - since it seems to have been filmed and developed in America. Full Review »