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

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
    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
    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
    Copper spins somber stories of gold.
  4. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Aug 16, 2012
    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
    Filmed with a muddy palette, the premiere hums with menace. There's lots of low-down action, with brass knuckles applied.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Sep 3, 2012
    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
    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
    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 »