Public Morals

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This article is about 1996 sitcom. For the 2015 drama, see Public Morals (2015 TV series).
Public Morals
Genre Sitcom
Created by Steven Bochco
Jay Tarses
Written by Steven Bochco
Jay Tarses
Directed by Andy Ackerman
Don Scardino
Jay Tarses
Starring Peter Gerety
Donal Logue
Bill Brochtrup
Julianne Christie
Jana Marie Hupp
Joseph Latimore
Justin Louis
Larry Romano
Composer(s) Ben Decter
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (12 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Steven Bochco
Jay Tarses
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Steven Bochco Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Original channel CBS
Original release October 30, 1996 (1996-10-30)
Related shows NYPD Blue

Public Morals is an American situation comedy that aired on the CBS network in October 1996. Created and executive produced by Steven Bochco, the series was poorly received and was canceled after airing only one episode.[1]


The show is based around a group of detectives and others in a city's vice squad. Among the actors who appear in the series are Peter Gerety and Donal Logue. Bill Brochtrup's character John Irvin, a gay administrative assistant, had been imported into the show from the drama NYPD Blue, and would return to NYPD Blue after the cancellation of Public Morals. Both Public Morals and NYPD Blue were produced by Steven Bochco.[2]



The original pilot episode of Public Morals was scrapped because critics and some CBS affiliates believed the language was too vulgar. However, the episode that did air was also poorly received. Critics argued that the characters were one-dimensional and that some of the humor involved racial stereotypes.[3][4]


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "The Blue Cover" October 30, 1996
1-2 "The Yellow Cover" Never aired
1-3 "The Aqua Cover" Never aired
1-4 "The Red Cover" Never aired
1-5 "The White Cover" Never aired
1-6 "The Green Cover" Never aired
1-7 "The Purple Cover" Never aired
1-8 "The Orange Cover" Never aired
1-9 "The Shrimp Cover" Never aired
1-10 "The Cornflower Cover" Never aired
1-11 "The Goldenrod Cover" Never aired
1-12 "The Camel Cover" Never aired
1-13 "The Tuna Cover" Never aired


  1. ^ Brian Stelter. "Canceled After a Single Episode: TV’s One-Show Wonders". New York Times. April 18, 2008. Retrieved on November 11, 2008.
  2. ^ "True-blue actor has little time to mourn 'Morals'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 1 1996. E2.
  3. ^ Allan Johnson. "Boorish Bochco: Stereotypical 'Public Morals' is nothing to laugh at". Chicago Tribune. November 6, 1996. 3.
  4. ^ Tom Shales. "'Morals' not so much a comedy as a crime". San Diego Union-Tribune. November 7, 1996. E3.

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