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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 25, 2015
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  • Summary: The Ed Burns crime drama set in 1967 where Public Morals Division officer Terry Muldoon (Ed Burns) tries to keep his family safe from his work investigating vice crimes.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Aug 25, 2015
    91
    It strides the line between comfortable and bold with enough confidence to become charismatic.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Aug 23, 2015
    90
    It's the seamy, violent and enticing world of TNT's utterly riveting new 1960s cop drama Public Morals, a world so different than the one Hollywood usually shows you...that you almost expect Rod Serling to step out from behind a bush, warning that "you're traveling through another dimension..."
  3. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Aug 24, 2015
    83
    Burns gives us a good old-fashioned crime tale, just the kind of thing we need to end our summer.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Aug 18, 2015
    70
    [Ed Burns is] not trying to reinvent the wheel, just trying to tell a good, gripping yarn in ten episodes. Based on the first four installments (all of which he helmed and authored), Burns has done pretty well.
  5. Reviewed by: Heidi Patalano
    Aug 25, 2015
    70
    Even if subtlety isn’t going to be part of the equation, Burns makes up for it with his wiseguy humor, rapid-fire dialogue and a high volume of plot.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Aug 24, 2015
    70
    Heavy on atmosphere and light on content, Edward Burns’ Public Morals is an intriguing new TNT series about vice cops in the 1960s.... Nevertheless, if you make it past the rather pro forma pilot that spends the hour introducing characters, there’s an enjoyable crime saga being developed in Public Morals that suggests patience will be rewarded.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Aug 24, 2015
    40
    Public Morals is a mess.... [Working with Amblin Television and producers including Steven Spielberg] probably accounts for the show’s technical polish, but the thin and repetitive writing and the clumsy one-note direction--every scene plays at the same pace and volume, so that family dinners, squad-room arguments and murders seem indistinguishable--can’t be finessed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Aug 28, 2015
    10
    I was a HUGE fan of Southland on TNT (should never have been canceled) so when I saw the promos for Public Morals I thought um, I might checkI was a HUGE fan of Southland on TNT (should never have been canceled) so when I saw the promos for Public Morals I thought um, I might check this out. Glad I did! I love a good cop series, but this was so much more and so well written and shot I thought I was watching HBO. TNT you finally up'd your game again - thank you. I can not wait for more episodes - EXCELLENT! Expand
  2. Aug 29, 2015
    10
    Amazing new show! Intriguing characters, played by a remarkably talented cast, in a visually stunning throwback to 1960s New York. The storyAmazing new show! Intriguing characters, played by a remarkably talented cast, in a visually stunning throwback to 1960s New York. The story is great too, but it's the acting and aesthetics that really set it apart from other shows. I can't wait for the rest of season one! Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2015
    10
    Fantastic show!!! I absolutely loved it, right from the beginning. Congratulations to Edward Burns! Job well done! Incredible cast! LoveFantastic show!!! I absolutely loved it, right from the beginning. Congratulations to Edward Burns! Job well done! Incredible cast! Love the way they portrayed the 60's with dress, cars, music, actions. My favorite show of the season. Please return with a Season 2,3,4 etc. Always look forward to watching it. Please disregard what James Wolcott of VF wrote on Oct 20. He was totally wrong. This is the kind of show we'd like to see more of. Hats off to Edward Burns for all his hard work in producing, writing, directing and acting in a successful TV show on TNT. Congrats!!! Expand
  4. Aug 26, 2015
    10
    I watched this show last night and loved it! I saw all the billboards all over the city and wanted to check the show out even though I don'tI watched this show last night and loved it! I saw all the billboards all over the city and wanted to check the show out even though I don't watch many shows on TNT. I thought the cast was great! It was fun to go back to that old NYC. It felt like a cop version of Mad Men. I will be telling everyone to tune in. Expand
  5. Aug 30, 2015
    8
    Locations, clothes, music, profanity and smoking in bars - authentic for 1965. Facial hair on men, not so much. Beards and long hair reallyLocations, clothes, music, profanity and smoking in bars - authentic for 1965. Facial hair on men, not so much. Beards and long hair really didn't start until about 1968; I was there back then. Why does Joe Patton roll up in a 10 year old Caddy? Not doing too well as a mobster? And the hearse for O'Bannon needs polishing. Is Brian Dennehy supposed to have an Irish brogue? Barely gets there. Otherwise, it's a good start. Better than that POS that Spielberg is producing - "Falling Skies". But then that had a good start too. Expand
  6. Oct 22, 2015
    8
    The writer for Vanity Fair said that this show was horrible. What an IDIOT! He needs to hang his Fedora up and stop writing because he's aThe writer for Vanity Fair said that this show was horrible. What an IDIOT! He needs to hang his Fedora up and stop writing because he's a **** idiot! I thought this show was awesome. Really worth checking out. Expand
  7. Oct 22, 2015
    5
    OK the first and perhaps only season just wrapped and what started with a lot of promise has me giving a final grade right up the middle.OK the first and perhaps only season just wrapped and what started with a lot of promise has me giving a final grade right up the middle. Certainly has great atmosphere and well appointed sets but the script and acting is quite rote. Every scene has the sameness no mater if climactic or set-up, and the dialogue is delivered almost on a satiric level. And I must ask - does anyone agree with me that the ending of the first season was extremely abrupt? I thought we were going to another commercial break but then the final credits started to roll. Very odd! Expand

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