Public Morals (2015 TV series)

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Public Morals
Genre
Created byEdward Burns
Written byEdward Burns
Directed byEdward Burns
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television
Release
Original networkTNT
Original releaseAugust 25 (2015-08-25) –
October 20, 2015 (2015-10-20)
External links
Website

Public Morals is a ten-episode American police drama television series, which is created, written, executive-produced and directed by Edward Burns who is also starring. Set in New York City in the 1960s, the show focuses on the Public Morals Division of the New York City Police Department and its officers' attempts to deal with vice in the city, while managing their personal lives as Irish Americans. The series aired from August 25 to October 20, 2015, on TNT. The network collaborated with Amblin Television, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, and Aaron Lubin as producers.[1] On December 15, 2015, TNT canceled the series after one season.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
1"A Fine Line"Edward BurnsEdward BurnsAugust 25, 2015 (2015-08-25)2.14[5]
2"Family is Family"Edward BurnsEdward BurnsAugust 26, 2015 (2015-08-26) (online)
September 1, 2015 (2015-09-01) (TNT)
1.53[6]
3"O'Bannon's Wake"Edward BurnsEdward BurnsAugust 26, 2015 (2015-08-26) (online)
September 8, 2015 (2015-09-08) (TNT)
0.96[7]
4"Ladies Night"Edward BurnsEdward BurnsAugust 26, 2015 (2015-08-26) (online)
September 15, 2015 (2015-09-15) (TNT)
0.78[8]
5"A Token of Our Appreciation"Edward BurnsEdward BurnsSeptember 22, 2015 (2015-09-22)0.63[9]
6"A Good Shooting"Edward BurnsEdward BurnsSeptember 29, 2015 (2015-09-29)0.65[10]
7"Collection Day"Edward BurnsEdward BurnsOctober 6, 2015 (2015-10-06)0.62[11]
8"No Crazies on the Street"Edward BurnsEdward BurnsOctober 13, 2015 (2015-10-13)0.53[12]
9"Starts with a Snowflake"Edward BurnsEdward BurnsOctober 20, 2015 (2015-10-20)0.50[13]
10"A Thought and a Soul"Edward BurnsEdward BurnsOctober 20, 2015 (2015-10-20)0.49[13]

Production[edit]

Creator Edward Burns began working on film scripts about Irish-American New York City police officers and Irish-American gangsters when executive producer Steven Spielberg suggested he write a script about his father's experience on the NYPD, while on the set of Saving Private Ryan. Though Public Morals did not draw from those scripts, Burns' research for them helped establish a foundation for the television series.[14] In May 2015, TNT placed a 10-episode order for the series.[1] While producing the series, Burns incorporated references to some of his favorite police and gangster films, including references to The Hustler, The Godfather, The French Connection, and Mean Streets, among other films.[14]

Release[edit]

The series premiered on TNT on August 25, 2015.[15] All other episodes were released on demand before they were broadcast on TV: episodes 2–4 on August 26, and the remaining episodes on September 5, 2015.[16]

Reception[edit]

Public Morals received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the series has a certified "fresh" score of 82%, based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 7.06/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Public Morals is a worthy mob crime drama, with a strong leading man and a talented supporting cast counterbalancing cliché-ridden dialogue."[17] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 69 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kennealy, Tim (May 7, 2014). "Ed Burns-Steven Spielberg Police Drama 'Public Morals' Greenlit by TNT". TheWrap. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 15, 2015). "'Public Morals', 'Legends & Agent X Canceled By TNT". Deadline. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Kroll, Justin. "Katrina Bowden Lands Leading Role in TNT's 'Public Morals'". Variety.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Brian Dennehy & Neal McDonough Join Steven Spielberg's 'Public Morals'". Deadline.
  5. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (August 26, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals(&Network Update):8.25.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  6. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 2, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals(&Network Update):9.1.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  7. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 10, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals(&Network Update):9.8.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  8. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 16, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals(&Network Update):9.15.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  9. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 23, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals(&Network Update):9.22.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 30, 2015). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals(&Network Update):9.29.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 7, 2015). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Update: 10.6.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 14, 2015). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Update:10.13.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (October 21, 2015). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Update:10.20.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  14. ^ a b McKittrick, Christopher (August 25, 2015). "Ed Burns: An Independent Force". Creative Screenwriting. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  15. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (May 6, 2015). "TNT Moves 'Public Morals' to Premiere August 25, 'Legends' Shifts to Fall". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  16. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 4, 2015). "TNT to Release Entire Season of 'Public Morals' for Labor Day Binge (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Public Morals (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  18. ^ "Public Enemies: Season 1 reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 24, 2015.

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