The BEST Episodes of Copper

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2021

Network: BBC America

The series centers on Kevin Corcoran, an Irish immigrant policeman trying to keep the peace in the historical Five Points neighborhood in 1860s New York City while searching for information on the disappearance of his wife and death of his daughter. It explores the aftermath of the American Civil War as well as the social stratification involving New York's aristocracy and African American population.

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A Morning Song

#1 - A Morning Song

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 21, 2013

Five Points falls into a state of panic as a community safe haven is seized by one of the deadliest men in New York City. With both coppers and civilians at the mercy of a brilliant but unstable force, Detectives Kevin Corcoran and Andrew O'Brien, with Doctor Matthew Freeman and several coppers, race against time to restore peace to the Sixth Ward. As the coppers defend their home against an unrelenting foe, Francis Maguire sees an opportunity to settle a score with Corcoran.

star 8.41
425 votes
Husbands and Fathers

#2 - Husbands and Fathers

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 18, 2012

September 21, 1864. Corcoran receives a lead on a figure from his past who may have information about the loss of his family. What he learns does little to ease his mind and only raises more questions. Meanwhile, Annie Reilly’s pursuers become brutally violent in their search for the child, forcing Corcoran and his team to come up with a plan for her safety. In the mansions of Uptown New York, Robert Morehouse strives to please his father, Norbert, who wishes to purchase the entire Five Points.

star 7.98
1,025 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Will Rokos
Beautiful Dreamer

#3 - Beautiful Dreamer

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 15, 2013

On the move, evading retaliation, Detective Kevin Corcoran works to remain hidden while seeing through events he set in motion. Old loyalties are tested and unlikely friends are made as the people of Five Points and uptown struggle to maintain their foothold in a city driven by vengeance. A catastrophic national event shatters the hope of smooth post-war recovery for not only the people of New York City, but also the United States at large.

star 7.94
375 votes
The Fine Ould Irish Gentleman

#4 - The Fine Ould Irish Gentleman

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 1, 2013

Detective Kevin Corcoran begins to question the motives behind strongholds of the Five Points community, and he solicits coppers of the Sixth Precinct to suss out the truth. In a collision of public and private spheres, Robert Morehouse’s marriage creates strife in his business ventures. The Freeman family struggles to maintain their freedom and well-being while confronting bigots in their community.

star 7.92
365 votes
The Place I Called My Home

#5 - The Place I Called My Home

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 22, 2013

In the wake of national tragedy, Detective Kevin Corcoran reels like the rest of the country. As Corcoran mourns with Robert Morehouse and Doctor Matthew Freeman, the three men decide to join a national effort once more. For the three friends, the mission elicits memories from the battlefield, resurfaces faces from the past, and creates opportunity for Five Points chaos to continue unabated.

star 7.90
365 votes
Better Times Are Coming

#6 - Better Times Are Coming

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 29, 2012

November 8, 1864. On Election Day in New York City another murder hits close to home for the detectives of the Sixth Precinct. With tensions running high, Maguire takes the law into his own hands, forcing Corcoran to make a difficult decision. In Carmansville, Doctor Matthew Freeman struggles to maintain his medical practice while caring for his reclusive wife Sara. Uptown, Robert Morehouse’s newest affiliates prove a more formidable group than he initially anticipated. Joining them on a journey to receive their latest investment, Morehouse is faced with a series of decisions that could have long-reaching repercussions for the family name and others in New York City.

star 7.88
681 votes
Writers: Sara B. Cooper
Aileen Aroon

#7 - Aileen Aroon

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 30, 2013

As more corpses of young men are found and others continue to disappear, Corcoran leaves no stone unturned in his search for answers. General Brendan Donovan employs unseemly tactics to keep the murders out of the press. Meanwhile, as Sara readies herself to attend a dinner with Frederick Douglass at the Morehouse mansion, Doctor Matthew Freeman makes a drastic decision for the health of his community – forcing her to confront her past. With his fate decided, Maguire must fend for himself and realign his allegiances.

star 7.84
418 votes
The Hope Too Bright to Last

#8 - The Hope Too Bright to Last

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 4, 2013

In his investigation, Detective Kevin Corcoran finds himself at an unusual dead end. Doctor Matthew Freeman is faced with the outbreak of a new and troubling illness sweeping Five Points. While Elizabeth tries to help with the Morehouse business, General Brendan Donovan enlists Madame Eva Heissen to gain leverage within his own affairs.

star 7.83
365 votes
Think Gently of the Erring

#9 - Think Gently of the Erring

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 25, 2013

Returning to the Precinct, Detective Kevin Corcoran is staggered when he discovers a new investigation has one close to him in chains. Racing to free his friend, Corcoran seeks help from those in power. However, General Brendan Donovan is consumed by an upcoming, major political and business move. Meanwhile, Doctor Matthew Freeman approaches Robert Morehouse to suggest a joint effort to aid the city.

star 7.82
441 votes
Good Heart and Willing Hand

#10 - Good Heart and Willing Hand

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 8, 2013

Looming devastation to Five Points forces Detective Kevin Corcoran to take drastic, irrevocable action. Injuries old and new push Doctor Matthew Freeman to the breaking point. As Elizabeth Morehouse spirals further into addiction, intervention comes from the unlikeliest of sources.

star 7.82
372 votes
The Children of the Battlefield

#11 - The Children of the Battlefield

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 7, 2013

Corcoran closes in on the parties responsible for the kidnapping and murder of young Five Points men. As the pressure to capture the culprits grows, he is forced to choose between fealty to the badge and loyalty to loved ones. Francis Maguire embraces his new position in the underworld, rapidly climbing the ladder of New York City’s criminal elite. Robert Morehouse and Elizabeth Haverford exchange vows – though the evening will prove to be nothing like either anticipated.

star 7.81
409 votes
Arsenic and Old Cake

#12 - Arsenic and Old Cake

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 15, 2012

October 16, 1864. Corcoran and O’Brien are charged with solving a peculiar double murder. As the detectives weigh the evidence, affairs and deception come together in a surprising case of revenge gone wrong. Five Points gathers to watch the exhibition fight between Jasper Longfield and "Irish" Jake McGinnis. But as the boxing match continues, it becomes apparent that there is more riding on this fight than meets the eye. As racial tensions flare in the final moments, Robert Morehouse is forced to make a decision that will affect the security of Five Points and New York City at large. Rebellious Annie continues to terrorize an impatient Elizabeth. Desperate to reform the wayward child, Elizabeth feels she has only one option.

star 7.78
805 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Kevin Deiboldt
A Vast and Fiendish Plot

#13 - A Vast and Fiendish Plot

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 13, 2012

November 25, 1864. Corcoran is racing the clock to keep his life and New York City intact. Joining forces with Robert Morehouse, Eva Heissen, and the coppers of the Sixth Precinct, Corcoran prepares for his biggest fight since the Draft Riots. Doctor Matthew Freeman is forced to make a difficult decision when wife Sara takes her well-being into her own hands, placing their family at risk. Morehouse discovers the true nature of his father’s involvement with his new business associates. With little time and no options, he calls upon the one person he trusts implicitly – Corcoran. The worlds of Corcoran and Morehouse collide with explosive fallout that could change the face of New York City – and the trajectory of the Civil War – forever.

star 7.75
639 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Tom Fontana, Will Rokos
I Defy Thee to Forget

#14 - I Defy Thee to Forget

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 14, 2013

The Sixth Precinct’s search for the killer of a fellow officer is derailed as Annie Reilly creates a rift in the Corcoran home. Meanwhile, Madame Eva Heissen – attempting to preserve a secret she has carried for months – discovers an unlikely ally in General Brendan Donovan. Elizabeth Morehouse soothes her troubled conscience by aiding the Freemans in their quest for Sara’s mother and Francis Maguire finds himself crossing paths with his old friends – to surprising results.

star 7.75
432 votes
Surviving Death

#15 - Surviving Death

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 11, 2012

September 17, 1864. New York City is still recovering from the Draft Riots of 1863. In Five Points, the worst slum in the country, Detective Kevin Corcoran of the New York City Metropolitan Police Department’s Sixth Precinct finds himself investigating the murder of a young girl that hits uncomfortably close to home. As the investigation heats up, detectives Corcoran, Francis Maguire, Andrew O’Brien, and old comrade, Doctor Matthew Freeman, must navigate the slums of Five Points and the mansions of Uptown to search for the child’s killer.

star 7.70
1,327 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Tom Fontana, Will Rokos
Home, Sweet Home

#16 - Home, Sweet Home

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 23, 2013

February 5, 1865. Five Points remains a bedlam. Young men are dying and disappearing at an alarming rate and a career criminal is terrorizing the Sixth Ward. With pressures from Tammany Hall raining down upon the police force, Detective Kevin Corcoran and the coppers of the Sixth Ward must follow the guidance of returned ward leader, General Brendan Donovan. Meanwhile, Doctor Matthew Freeman visits his mentor and is presented with an attractive offer that will cause a rift in his marriage. Uptown, Robert Morehouse and Elizabeth Haverford make plans for their wedding and Confederate spy Kennedy’s execution. In the tombs, Francis Maguire is set to learn his fate.

star 7.65
486 votes
The Empty Locket

#17 - The Empty Locket

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 1, 2012

October 2, 1864. Corcoran uncovers a new piece of evidence that provides clues about his daughter’s mysterious death and the disappearance of his wife. As he investigates the trail behind this new discovery, he finds a tragic personal link to a current murder investigation of one of Five Points’ most infamous women. Meanwhile, Doctor Matthew Freeman faces personal challenges of his own as his ex-boxer uncle, Marcus Freeman, uses his friends to execute his planned return to the ring.

star 7.64
736 votes
Directors: Clark Johnson
Writers: Kyle Bradstreet
In the Hands of an Angry God

#18 - In the Hands of an Angry God

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 25, 2012

September 26, 1864. Racial tensions in Five Points come to a head as the body of an Irishman is discovered lynched and hanged. While all evidence points toward a black pastor as the murderer, Corcoran has doubts. As the people of New York cry for a hanging, Corcoran is forced to question every piece of evidence with the help of Doctor Matthew Freeman. The Morehouse family attempts to capitalize on the situation by eyeing new parcels of land in the Points that may become available if the city panics. Meanwhile, the search for Corcoran’s missing wife unexpectedly lands in the hands of Eva Heissen – though Corcoran is entirely unaware.

star 7.64
941 votes
Directors: Clark Johnson
Writers: Frank Pugliese
Ashes Denote the Fire That Was

#19 - Ashes Denote the Fire That Was

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 18, 2013

The greater COPPER family – Uptown and Five Points alike – gather around Detective Kevin Corcoran, who is reeling from a shocking loss. In a quest to cure the illness sweeping Five Points on a grander scale, Doctor Matthew Freeman steps beyond his role as physician. Robert Morehouse finds himself fighting to ensure that a tumultuous chapter of his past is dead and buried, and that he and his loved ones lives will continue to thrive.

star 7.62
420 votes
The Hudson River School

#20 - The Hudson River School

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 22, 2012

October 18, 1864. Corcoran once again finds himself re-evaluating the decisions he’s made about Annie. The arrival of a group of high society out-of-towners offers Robert Morehouse a unique business opportunity. As he explores the potential investment and its risks, he finds himself running interference on personal conflicts between those closest to him. Meanwhile, Detective O’Brien’s spitfire of a wife, Sybil, demands that her husband uses his connections within the Sixth Precinct to verify the truth of a rumor that New York City is in danger.

star 7.61
657 votes
Writers: Frank Pugliese
La Tempête

#21 - La Tempête

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 8, 2012

October 11, 1864. Detectives Maguire and O’Brien uncover a gang’s scheme to rob some of the wealthiest families in New York City. Corcoran, once informed, must ensure the safety of patrons at an upscale fundraiser without intruding upon Norbert Morehouse and Elizabeth Haverford. As the police prepare for the gala, Maguire reveals a startling, life-changing decision, surprising O’Brien and Corcoran. Meanwhile, Marcus Freeman prepares Jasper Longfield for his exhibition fight against "Irish" Jake McGinnis. As the former boxer trains his new protégé, it becomes apparent to Doctor Matthew Freeman that Marcus has his own interests at heart.

star 7.57
630 votes
Directors: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Brant Englestein
A Day to Give Thanks

#22 - A Day to Give Thanks

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 6, 2012

November 24, 1864. It’s Thanksgiving Day but Corcoran finds himself in an ungracious state. The fallout of recent murders and a shocking discovery leaves the detective shaken to the core. Robert Morehouse’s latest business entanglement takes a dire turn as his associates attempt to bring his father into the deal. Sensing what this could mean for Norbert, Morehouse must act quickly to keep his father out of the scheme.

star 7.55
683 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Kyle Bradstreet
To One Shortly to Die

#23 - To One Shortly to Die

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 28, 2013

A murder demands Detective Kevin Corcoran work closely with an unlikely partner as General Brendan Donovan is eager to close the case cleanly. Meanwhile, Robert Morehouse makes a difficult decision regarding the trial of Kennedy, leading to a surprising change in the proceedings. With spring on the horizon, the Freemans welcome a loved one back into their arms and home; while Madame Eva Heissen and Ellen Corcoran discover shared secrets they both wrestle to keep hidden.

star 7.31
394 votes