Public Morals: Season 1 (2015)

Season 1
Public Morals

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Public Morals is a worthy mob crime drama, with a strong leading man and a talented supporting cast counterbalancing cliché-ridden dialogue.



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Air date: Aug 25, 2015

Officer Terry Muldoon (Edward Burns) gives a warning to his gangster uncle and schools a new division recruit in the series premiere of this drama that delves into the crime-fighting efforts of the Public Morals Division in 1960s New York City.

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Air date: Sep 1, 2015

Muldoon investigates his uncle's murder. Meanwhile, romance blooms between Sean O'Bannon and his best friend's sister, and newbie cop Shea takes in the fun side of the job when he's taken to a private, illegal casino.

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Air date: Sep 8, 2015

Mr. O's wake is held, bringing together Muldoon and the west-side Irish Mob. Meanwhile, Patton and his son clash over who should control Mr. O's bookmaking operation; Mr. O's enforcer considers waging war against Patton's crew; and Muldoon receives a tip about an illegal card game.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2015

Shea partners with O'Bannon, who ultimately has fun at Shea's expense. Meanwhile, Muldoon and Latucci tap into the perks of the job when on a double date with their wives, and Kane initiates a plan to avenge Mr. O's death.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2015

Rusty seeks revenge after discovering two of his soldiers were murdered. Meanwhile, Latucci's friendship with a mobster is questioned, Bullman's relationship with a high-end call girl is complicated, and Smitty's role as a boss brings him danger.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2015

A search for Smitty's killer puts Muldoon and Bullman in the line of fire. Elsewhere, Deirdre and Sean discover they're not on the same page; Duffy and Barbara bask in a boozy night; Sgt. Mike tries to gain traction in the Mr. O murder probe; and O'Bannon is tested. Edward Burns wrote and directed the episode.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2015

Muldoon juggles tensions at home, all while warning Latucci about a relationship and pursuing the Pattons. Meanwhile, Lt. King helps a former flame; Kane and Hopkins plot revenge while in hiding; and Patton questions his brother's loyalty. Edward Burns wrote and directed the episode.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2015

Muldoon puts Shea to the test to see if he's worthy of a place in Public Morals. Meanwhile, Rusty and Kay at last spend quality time together; Fortune's mother arrives in town; and Kane returns to Hell's Kitchen. Edward Burns wrote and directed the episode.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2015

Muldoon receives an unexpected tip. Elsewhere, Patton is officially finished with Rusty; Christine plans to leave Hell's Kitchen; and Deirdre gets surprising news.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2015

The west-side war comes to a head in the series finale. Also: Muldoon shares a night on the town with Christine and makes a decision; Duffy receives surprising news; and Bullman's feelings for Fortune intensify.

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It's easy for a director to fall in love with his décor to the detriment of the storytelling.

Aug 26, 2015 | Full Review…

Public Morals is engaging enough, with a jazzy pace, assured direction and a number of fine performances.

Aug 26, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

All the stories are connected, and the cast is universally great.

Aug 25, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The action in this drama is there to serve the characters, who are always unique and engaging.

Aug 25, 2015 | Full Review…

With its '60s look and its vintage '60s musical soundtrack, I like to think of it as a formerly undiscovered 10-hour cop movie from that era.

Aug 25, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 25, 2015 | Full Review…

The show gets its energy from its wonderful character actors: the wheezy-voiced, fast-talking Burns, who gives the no-bullshit Muldoon a sense of cheerful relatability... Michael Rapaport as the mushy-hearted veteran detective Charlie Bullman.

Mar 7, 2017 | Full Review…

The series isn't like most other cop shows currently on the air. It's gritty at times, sure, but it's also very funny, and it never comes off as formulaic.

Aug 26, 2015 | Full Review…

The groundwork has been laid for an excellent series.

Aug 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Public Morals blends somewhat predictable plotting with decent character development and recognizable period, cultural flourishes.

Aug 25, 2015 | Full Review…

While there's never a shortage of cop dramas on TV, Public Morals proves it has something to offer.

Aug 25, 2015 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

Been there, got the T-shirt, was pulled over, frisked, hauled off to jail, paid a bribe, smiled and walked away.

Aug 25, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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