|Created by||Steven Bochco
|Written by||Steven Bochco
|Directed by||Andy Ackerman
Jana Marie Hupp
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (12 unaired)|
|Executive producer(s)||Steven Bochco
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Steven Bochco Productions
20th Century Fox Television
|Original release||October 30, 1996|
|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.
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.
- Peter Gerety as Neil Fogarty
- Donal Logue as Det. Ken Schuler
- Bill Brochtrup as John Irvin
- Julianne Christie as Corinne O'Boyle
- Jana Marie Hupp as Sgt. Val Vandergoodt
- Joseph Latimore as Off. Darnell "Shag" Ruggs
- Justin Louis as Det. Mickey Crawford
- Larry Romano as Det. Richie Biondi
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.
|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|
- Brian Stelter. "Canceled After a Single Episode: TV’s One-Show Wonders". New York Times. April 18, 2008. Retrieved on November 11, 2008.
- "True-blue actor has little time to mourn 'Morals'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 1 1996. E2.
- Allan Johnson. "Boorish Bochco: Stereotypical 'Public Morals' is nothing to laugh at". Chicago Tribune. November 6, 1996. 3.
- Tom Shales. "'Morals' not so much a comedy as a crime". San Diego Union-Tribune. November 7, 1996. E3.
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